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March 30, 2015 - 10:51 AM

KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops Arts Council presents Inked and Adorned by Catherine Dalfort April 9 to May 2 with an opening reception planned 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 10.

Catherine Dalfort was born in Prince George, BC. She grew up living in and charming (or maybe terrorizing) the staff and guests in her parents' hotels on Texada Island, then in Kimberley, BC. As a teen she moved to Vancouver and completed high school while running amuck and having a plethora of amazing life experiences in the metropolis. She moved to Alberta where she studied Fine Arts specializing in Printmaking and Photography at the University of Calgary and earned her BFA. Finally, she returned to BC and settled in the North Thompson area. Catherine now lives on an acreage in Barriere with her partner Alan, 7-year-old daughter Isabella and plenty of critters. In her home she has a studio with an etching/litho press overlooking the horse pasture and beautiful North Thompson River.? 
Catherine primarily works in various printmaking and photography mediums but also works but in any media that suits her artistic intention.  Tactile and sensual copper etching is her first love but the other forms such as smooth slick lithography or sharp crisp silkscreen are close behind. Each form has its own beauty and characteristics. Collagraph printing with its looser painterly feel and embossed texture, is a recent addition to the repertoire.  

“This selection of works is inspired by my fascination with the human body and with the ways in which it is adorned. Tattoos and piercings have always evoked some kind of feeling within me. It's a complex mix of feelings; a strange mix of attraction and repulsion, like a Yin and a Yang, seemingly opposite but actually complementary.  It keeps me in a sense of wonder. I wonder how people choose and why they choose, I wonder about meaning or lack thereof, I wonder about the pain and the pleasure, I wonder about the social and antisocial implications, I wonder what they were thinking or not thinking and I wonder what is going on in their psyche. Lastly, I wonder at the beauty.”
The Kamloops Arts Council's Main Gallery is located in the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 4 p.m. on Saturdays. This gallery has no admission fee. 


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