Former Vancouver NHL goalie Richard Brodeur's art featured in new exhibit

Former goalie turns artist

A former Vancouver NHL goalie’s artwork is being featured at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

Vancouver Canucks fans know him as ‘King Richard,’ but Richard Brodeur is now a Kelowna-based artist.

Brodeur is one of three artists featured in a new Arts Council of the Central Okanagan exhibit called Storytellers. It also features work from Danielle Krysa and Jude Clarke.

The exhibition highlights the idea that all people are storytellers who encounter narratives throughout their lives, whether that be through books, newspapers, conversations, media outlets or social media.

Despite all of these overlapping stories that compete for one's attention, it is a person's own inner narrative that acts as the most compelling way of communication.

By sharing their stories, Brodeur, Clarke and Krysa invite viewers to open up and invite inspiration in.

Executive director of the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan Kirsteen McCulloch hopes viewers of the exhibit will start dreaming and thinking about their own stories.

“The story of 2020 is still unfolding but it's fair to say that it has been a dark and challenging year. I believe the works and stories featured in this exhibition will provide hope, light and inspiration in this time of substantial change and uncertainty," said McCulloch.

"To quote Leonard Cohen, ‘There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.'"

Krysa is an author, illustrator and artist based in Summerland. She is best known for her contemporary art site The Jealous Curator and various social media channels.

Clarke is an artist, educator and author based in Vernon. Her work has been featured throughout the Okanagan, Lower Mainland and Strasbourg.

Combined with Brodeur, the three artists bring a diverse range of stories and styles to the gallery.

The exhibit is running now until Jan. 31. The community gallery space where Storytellers is placed is free of charge at all times. Admission to the rest of the gallery space is $5.

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