New show by Shayli Vere features pulp painting and photography
by Peggy Miles
Nestled in the back corner of the Waterfront Shopping Centre in Summerside is Vere Studio & Gallery, something you stumble on quite unexpectedly. The studio seems a bit out of its element, contained in a retail environment that frankly has seen better days. But it is a refreshing sight—comparable to the moment ‘The Wizard of Oz’ goes from black and white to colour.
When I arrive, I’m greeted by owner Shayli Vere. Vere is an artist, photographer, and self proclaimed control freak. If you meet her, you’ll also quickly realize that she is a strong advocate for art and all that is creative.
Vere’s talent is as vast as her involvement with the arts scene. She started out with an interest in fashion, moved on to photography, and also trained in interactive multimedia which led her to the film industry. Mixed in with these experiences was working with pulp paper as an art medium. Vere intertwined pulp paper into her photography, which allowed her to bring craft into technology.
Vere’s exhibit Textures and Technology will be featured at the studio and gallery in August. The exhibit will feature abstracts and landscapes using pulp paintings and alternative photography.
Vere’s pulp paper works are visually stimulating and inspired by Prince Edward Island landscapes. Vere shows me the process she uses for producing the pieces, which includes hand dying the pulp and pouring it onto a screen—a process which is repeated many times. Texture is added as it dries. The completed piece is peeled off as a full sheet, mounted onto a canvas and varnished for protection.
The process Vere uses for the alternative photography component of the exhibit is just as interesting. She has had a special camera built (with the help of a local electrical engineer), which allows her to record time and manipulate movement in a different way than a traditional camera. The images that are captured with the camera will produce landscape images that are a bit unexpected and allow those who view the images to think about landscapes in a different way.
It is clear that Shayli Vere has a lot of initiative when it comes to the advancement of the arts. As she explains, the gallery is about extending a hand to local artists and providing a collective support. She has even had discussions with Oran Canada (who own the Waterfront Place) about possibilities for working together to further develop an artistic environment in Summerside. Vere Studio is currently open seven days a week.