The Arts: Feathered Opens At The Kariton Art Gallery

By January 12, 2013Arts

Submitted. The Abbotsford Arts Council announces its first gallery show of 2013 at the Kariton Art Gallery: “Feathered” by local artist Ellen Sereda. The show will feature highly-detailed paintings and drawings of birds depicted in isolation or abstract, subtly surreal environments.

“I realized after observing and studying birds and other animals, I find it difficult to romanticize wildlife and create conventional wildlife paintings,” comments Sereda. “There isn’t a species or area of earth that hasn’t been transformed or affected by human activity, and I have a compulsion to explore that reality in my work.”

Her mixed media pieces combine drawing, painting and thread to express an intangible, subconscious connection we have to birds and nature.

Sereda was born in Burlington, Ontario and moved to British Columbia in 1992, eventually settling in Mission with her husband and two children. She abandoned her job in the non-profit sector and as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator to stay at home and raise her children. Now that her children are older, she has gone back to her first love of making art and is pursuing her passion full time. Sereda studied Studio Art and History at the University of Guelph and is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

The show will run from January 11 to February 5 at the Kariton Art Gallery, located in Mill Lake Park at 2387 Ware St. The gallery’s hours are Tuesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The artist will be present at an opening reception on Sunday, January 13, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, please contact the Abbotsford Arts Council by phone at (604) 852-9358, by email at, or visit our website at

About the Abbotsford Arts Council
Established in 1972, the Abbotsford Arts Council acts as a resource for local artists while promoting the vision, creativity, and energy of the Abbotsford community through the arts. We consist of members, volunteers and directors representing diverse artistic, economic, and cultural interests of community members of all ages. We showcase the talents of local artists at the Kariton Art Gallery and at a number of events throughout the year including the Envision Concert Series, the Arty Awards and the Christmas Artisan Gift Fair. To learn more about the Abbotsford Arts Council, visit our website at

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