Gina Kling’s artwork has been displayed in some of B.C.’s most prestigious galleries — from Granville Island to White Rock to Fort Langley.
But on Jan. 29, the Langley painter’s curriculum vitae will be taken to a whole other level, when her work is fixed to a wall in New York City’s Limner Gallery.
Having her work included in the Manhattan gallery’s newest exhibit — a collection of more than 60 pieces titled “Small Works” — is the fulfillment of a lifelong goal for the Langley artist.
“Every artist dreams about having their work shown on the international stage, but New York City is starting at the top,” said Kling.
Kling began drawing at five years old. In the 1980s, she took night classes at Emily Carr and began selling her paintings, mostly by word of mouth, in the early ’90s.
Five years ago, Kling opened her own online gallery, at absolutelyart.ca. Her work is also available at specialty boutiques throughout Canada.
She is currently an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, an association which has opened doors in the art gallery world, said Kling, providing international exposure she might not have otherwise enjoyed.
While membership in FCA has helped create connections for the Langley artist, having her work accepted to the Limner Gallery in New York is the result of many years of hard work and artistic growth, Kling said.
“My love for the arts, and endless hours of painting and thinking about painting has lead me to this point in time. When I look back at my life, I realize it has always been about art.
“Art is who I am.”
Kling’s work will be on display at Limner Gallery, in Manhattan’s East Village, until Feb. 21.