Wednesday Dec 21, 2016 



The Face of Art

2017 solo show includes paint and wood

Jennifer Hickey, CCAC


unning January 13 to February 13, this striking solo exhibition explores the range of emotions, personalities, and stories that our faces evoke through portraiture.

Inspired by her students’ creations, Abbotsford, British Columbia artist and teacher, Shannon Thiesen, often uses non-traditional tools and surfaces when creating her paintings.


Thiesen sees the potential in every artist and believes expensive training and tools are not necessary for expressing an artist’s viewpoint.


When she isn’t teaching her fifth grade class of enthusiastic artists at Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts – North Poplar Campus or attending graduate studies at Simon Fraser University, Thiesen seeks out intriguing ways of sharing her talent both locally in her own community as well as



Thriving from the energetic atmosphere of live painting in a public setting, Thiesen represented her province by competing at the 2016 National Art Battle Championship in Toronto, Ontario.


Among her many accolades, Thiesen is the recipient of the University of the Fraser Valley’s 2016 Young Distinguished Alumni Award, and one of the only international artists to take part in the Sing for Hope Project, a non-profit initiative focused on making art and music accessible to New York City public schools and their surrounding communities.


In Your Face, Thiesen’s first of the year exhibition, combines her passion for pushing artistic boundaries and experimenting with unexpected mediums. Featuring lively portraits of intriguing individuals, Thiesen’s expressive and colourful strokes of paint and ink accompanied by touches of pyrography (the technique of decorating wood by burning a design on the surface) visually write the background story for each person depicted in the pieces.


Ranging from bold and abstract to subtle and refined, the nuances of the facial lines and forms reveal the personalities behind the façade in a playful and eye-catching style.


Come face to face with Shannon Thiesen’s upcoming exhibition at the Chilliwack Community Arts Council.


In Your Face is on display from January 13 to February 13, 2017. A free to attend artist meet and greet will be held on Friday, January 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chilliwack Community Arts Council (20 – 5725 Vedder Rd.).


Guests will have the opportunity to speak with the artist and discover the story behind her exhibition. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details about the exhibition please call 604-769-2787 or visit the Gallery page on





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