Karen & Co.
A Celebration of Art at the Textile Museum - theHumm January 2023

Karen & Co.
A Celebration of Art at the Textile Museum - theHumm January 2023

When Dr. Karen Dover likes an artist’s work, she doesn’t just say so — she puts her financial support, time, and considerable talents into promoting it. Cosmetic and laser physician by day, both artist and art patroness in her “spare” time, Karen draws inspiration from synergies and symbioses. Her own abstract art results from a fearless fusion of influences and life experiences, and she strives to connect diverse people and ideas.

Towards the end of January, Karen Dover Modern Art will play host at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum to an intriguing group show, featuring works by Karen Dover and some of her favourite artists: metal sculptor Jack Stekelenburg, stone sculptor Chaka Chikodzi, and author Jana Begovic. theHumm reached out to Karen to find out more about the Karen & Co. Art Exhibition.

theHumm: Can you tell us about the artists whose work will be featured, the media they work in, and how you came to curate this particular ensemble?

Karen Dover: “If you wish to go fast, go it alone. If you wish to go far, go it together,“ an old African proverb, embodies the philosophy of this exhibition. On the heels of a well-received and very successful solo art show last April, I was in the preliminary phases of imagining my next, and on a whim decided to invite a few artist friends to share the light. These talents have particular challenges finding appropriate venues to display their work, due in part to the sheer size and scope, and I could easily envision the wonderful “conversations” my large modern paintings and ceramic pieces would enjoy with Jack Stekelenburg’s brilliantly-conceived patinated metalwork creations and Chaka Chikodzi’s alluring Zimbabwe-stone sculptures, and so it was…

Jana Begovic, our wordsmith and masterful weaver of tales, was the perfect literary counterpoint, and with her latest novel Dragonfly Slayer just published, in which I have apparently inspired a main character, it was done! Jana will read excerpts and poetry selections each Sunday afternoon.

Although the show itself is multi-faceted, I understand that the vernissage on January 20 will include a veritable symphony for the senses. Would you provide a sneak peek and let people know how they might attend?

With pleasure! It is with fascination that I’ve explored the impact of context in which art is experienced, and I love playing with the creative dance of connection and engagement. Just imagine the scene: the complementary nature of the bold and the sublime in the various modern art forms, with my colourful, abstract expressionist canvases and unique ceramic works floating amongst the white, hand-hewn structural columns of the industrial mill; the islands of raw genius in Jack’s reappropriated metal forgings, contrasted with the soothing, sinuous curves of Chaka’s stone carvings. Couple this with a cornucopia of French culinary delights by chef Jean-Claude Terrettaz, add the rhythms of an African musical ensemble, and tastings of a curated collection by Artizen, a local artisanal Kombucha, all set against the exquisite backdrop of the beautiful historic site on a snowy, midwinter eve…

Everyone is invited and most welcome with an RSVP @ KARENDOVERMODERNART.com/RSVP.

Then on January 21, there will be a talk and ceremony honouring the first new moon of 2023 — exploring the concept of a “blank canvas” both artistically and through movement and ritual. What was the inspiration behind this facet of the show?

The creative process is intriguing to many, and sharing art in unexpected and interactive ways is always a treat, so it seemed we could explore both. This is such a special time of year, having just passed the winter solstice and the holiday season, and as we enter the New Year with a fresh slate, the first new moon marks our very own “blank canvas”. A short artists’ discussion will lead into the Cacao ceremony, an ancient Mayan ritual, a very calming and peaceful interlude involving gentle movement, which will be facilitated by yoga instructor supreme Aleysha Derksen. Specially-prepared warm cacao will be served, as Aleysha’s blend of exquisite beauty, wisdom and insight will help guide us to a new perspective on our creative potential. This all takes place on Saturday, January 21 at 4pm, and is not to be missed!

What do you hope attendees take away from your juxtaposition of these various artists, media and experiences?

Art LOVES company. It is so central to our lives, infusing beauty and richness into the quotidien, and like us, it prefers being amongst those that bring out its best. Celebrate it, champion it, appreciate it, and most importantly, please take care of our artists! One simply has to imagine a world without art, a place I certainly don’t wish to inhabit, and the choice becomes glaringly obvious. Living with intentionality involves investing wisely. Art never disappoints; it rewards you with dividends in all aspects of your life.

Not only have you commissioned works from some of these artists — you are now mounting and enthusiastically promoting this show. What motivates you to be a patron, and why do you think patronage is so important?

Engaging with, learning from, and supporting those who create has been a life-long love, bordering on the sacred. Rarely has an artist crossed my path without a connection budding. Reciprocity in the interaction is critical, with mutual respect, admiration, and inspiration as cornerstones. The triad of championing art first honours the artist and the unique artwork, secondly, supports a way of life (often a family, or a whole village in Chaka’s case), and culminates in a treasured gift to enrich and enhance one’s quality of life in myriad ways. A perfect trifecta!

The show runs weekends from January 21 to February 5 at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte. To attend the vernissage on January 20 from 4-7pm, please RSVP @ KARENDOVERMODERNART.com/RSVP


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Karen & Co.
A Celebration of Art at the Textile Museum
- theHumm January 2023

When Dr. Karen Dover likes an artist’s work, she doesn’t just say so — she puts her financial support, time, and considerable talents into promoting it. Cosmetic and laser physician by day, both artist and art patroness in her “spare” time, Karen draws inspiration from synergies and symbioses. Her own abstract art results from a fearless fusion of influences and life experiences, and she strives to connect diverse people and ideas.

Towards the end of January, Karen Dover Mo......


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