Commissioned Landscapes of the Toba River Valley by Yehouda Chaki
on Display at Buschlen Mowatt Gallery
Vancouver, B.C. -- May 28, 2008 -- Sixty-five paintings capturing
the pristine ecological landscape of the Toba River Valley created by
renowned international artist Yehouda Chaki are on display at
Vancouver's Buschlen Mowatt Gallery in an art exhibition hosted by
Plutonic Power Corporation (PCC: TSX).
Plutonic Power Corporation Vice-Chair and CEO Donald McInnes personally
commissioned Yehouda Chaki, famous for his strong, colourful palette and
vivid expressionistic images of Mediterranean scenes, to capture the
vivid beauty and stunning landscapes of the Toba River Valley, north of
Powell River, on canvass. The valley is the location of five of
Plutonic's run-of-river projects, including the $660 million 196
megawatt East Toba River-Montrose Creek project presently under
"I commissioned these paintings and share the rugged beauty of the Toba
Valley with people who will never get a chance to visit this remote
river valley," said McInnes. "These paintings serve as a permanent
artistic record of the Toba Valley in its most pristine setting. It's a
way to demonstrate how green energy generation and the environment can
Plutonic Power has been a steadfast supporter of the arts for many years
in keeping with its corporate philosophy that art provides an essential
resource for community development and helps enrich the workplace.
On May 29, Plutonic will host a reception for its community partners,
First Nations and key stakeholders at the Buschlen Mowatt Gallery,
located at 1445 West Georgia Street, to share and celebrate the series,
from 6 - 8 p.m. Yehouda Chaki will be attending the reception and will
be available for media interviews.
The Buschlen Mowatt Gallery opening reception will take place on Saturday, May 31 at 1:00 p.m.
As an enduring legacy to the beauty of the Toba River Valley, Plutonic
Power commissioned a limited edition book Chaki -- The Toba River Series
-- featuring photographs of the paintings, the story of Chaki's
journey, a history of the region and a description of Plutonic's
run-of-river projects, which will be available at the gallery.
"The Powell River-Toba River Valley Project represents what can be
accomplished when individuals come together through synchronicity," said
Buschlen Mowatt Gallery owner Barrie Mowatt. "It re-emphasizes how
important relationships are in realizing the smallest of visions and
Working primarily within classic landscape and still life genres,
Yehouda Chaki's paintings and works on paper--- vibrant and
gestural---are linked by a mastery of colour, brushstroke and visual
drama. His depictions of the Golan Heights subtly recall the inherent
tension that lurks on Israeli soil. For Chaki, nature is a language
wherein trees, streams, valleys and hills explore a delicate balance
between national history and personal experience. Born in Greece and
trained in both Israel and Paris, Chaki has lived in Montreal since
1963. He has exhibited extensively in Canada and the United States, in
addition to exhibiting in Israel, Belgium, and Norway. His work is found
in private collections world-wide, including The Montreal Museum of
Fine Arts, Le Musée de Toulon; France, and the Museo de Arte Moderna in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
About Plutonic Power Corporation
Plutonic Power's vision is to provide leadership and create a legacy
through the development of renewable, reliable, made-in-BC clean energy.
Its proposed Green Power Corridor, comprised of 40 facilities,
including the flagship $660 million, 196 MW East Toba River/Montrose
Creek run-of-river project currently under construction, have the design
capacity to generate enough energy to meet the annual needs of about
630,000 homes and create approximately 5,500 person years of employment.
Once built, the Green Power Corridor could offset an estimated 4
million tons of CO2 emissions every year - the equivalent to taking as
many as 650,000 vehicles off the road. Plutonic is committed to working
in partnership with First Nations, stakeholder groups and local
communities in the development of all its run-of-river projects. By
developing its suite of projects, Plutonic Power will help British
Columbia realize its goal of becoming electricity self-sufficient by
2016, meet demand utilizing 90% clean domestic generation sources and
will play a significant role in the fight against climate change.
About Buschlen Mowatt Gallery
Buschlen Mowatt Gallery is a prestigious showcase featuring modern and
contemporary masters of international significance. Recent exhibitions
include: Colour Field installation of major works by Helen
Frankenthaler, Jules Olitski, Kenneth Noland, Larry Poons and Frank
Stella; Louise Nevelson Retrospective; Javier Marin and Ricardo Mazal -
Latin American Visions. Upcoming exhibitions will include sculpture by
Cecilia Miguez and Sorel Etrog Paintings and Sculpture from the 1960's.
Rediscover the fine art of collecting at Buschlen Mowatt.
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