Local artists from the Richmond Artists Guild will exhibit their work series, Bodhi of Art, from Feb. 6 to March 17 at the theatre gallery after being inspired by a new Gateway Theatre production.
The upcoming Gateway show, Yoga Play, is a comedy, which looks at the paradox of how yoga, an ancient spiritual practice steeped in Indian culture, has become a money-making tool in a commercialized society.
“We exhibited regularly at Gateway but this is the first time we created an exhibition related to the theme of their play,” said Jennifer Heine, acting president for the Richmond Artists Guild.
“When I approached them about doing another exhibition, we asked what play they were doing, and this one sounded appealing, so we decided to work on artworks in harmony with this show.”
Around 20 art pieces will be put on display, including watercolour paintings, oil paintings and sculptures, focusing on inner peace, mindfulness and yoga, according to Heine.
“We have some works about yoga poses, images of Asian or South Asian temples, meditation gardens, lanterns and blossoms,” she added.
She hopes by creating work in conjunction with the latest performance in Yoga Play, people will “enhance the platform the ideas worked on and experience those concepts in different ways.”
“And we hope people enjoy the artwork and learn a bit about the artists we have in Richmond. We have a lot of talent here,” said Heine.