Leslie Barnwell / Michelle Gazely

June 21 - July 16, 2016

Opening reception: Friday June 24, 7-9pm

Leslie Barnwell (Main Gallery)

"Intimate Garden" 

This photographic exhibition is a series of macro images of flowers. I don't consider myself a photographer, as such - my knowledge and skill don't compare with that of people who have studied the medium and the technical possibilities available, I think of myself more as a painter taking pictures. It's quite remarkable,really, that with digital technology we are able to take something tiny and transform it into an image massively larger than we began with. We're so used to this that we're sometimes immune to the power of it. Maybe we forget, now and then, that enlarging things is also a process of exposure. And so I try to remember, when I bring the beauty of these flowers, in detail, to many eyes, that this is an act of opening the intimate. Even as I bring it to light I seek to respect this private world, ever grateful for the gift of growing things. In this spirit I offer it to others.

Leslie Barnwell is an artist living in the Kispiox Valley in northwest British Columbia. Leslie's paintings demonstrate her fascination with colour, pattern and form. Her work also shows a deep concern for people, social issues and our place in the natural world. She has mounted more than 30 individual exhibitions including at the Two Rivers gallery in Prince George, the Museum of Northern BC in Prince Rupert, the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria and the Vancouver Community Arts Council Gallery. Her works hang in Canada and abroad in public and private collections.

Michelle Gazely (Mini Gallery)

"The Wilds of Walcott Road"

With paints and brushes, I connect and pay homage to the incredible natural environment that surrounds me. I photograph, observe and paint our rural acreage and road, our valley, my cats and family. I love the process of solving a painting. Working on smaller canvases provides me with immediate gratification. I love big colour and bold brush strokes.

Michelle Gazely graduated with a Fine Arts diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Surrey, BC) and a Graphic Design and Illustration diploma from Capilano University (North Vancouver, BC). She has spent the last 15 years working as a graphic + web designer, illustrator and commercial photographer. Recently Michelle moved with her husband and son from the Fraser Valley to the Bulkley Valley to follow their dream of owning acreage and growing food. She is deeply inspired by her natural surroundings and the artists in her northern BC community. Although her first love is painting in oils, she enjoys creating in a variety of mediums, including wood, clay and digital media.