Marie-Christine Claveau/Sherri Rogers

July 18 - August 12, 2017

Opening reception: Friday July 21, 7-9pm

Marie-Christine Claveau (Main Gallery)

Marie-Christine Claveau spent most of the last twenty years outside enjoying the wilderness, trees, and forest that surround her.

Since a young age, Marie-Christine has always painted. Born in La Baie on the side of the Saguenay River in Quebec, she moved west in 2000. From 2000-2004, Marie lived in a van in Squamish. In her van, she used to sleep with tubes of paint so that they would not freeze in the winter. Her need for space, change, and growth brought her to Rossland where she purchased her first home. This move allowed for Marie to have her own working studio space where she could paint and develop her art practice.

In 2006, Marie moved to Rosswood. For the past decade, Marie-Christine has lived just outside Terrace, British Columbia in the Northwest of our beautiful province. Here, with her husband and young daughter Lily, they worked the raw land in the Nass Valley to build a home on a small homestead.

Art, gardening, and exploring the outdoors drives Marie-Christine each day to do the things she loves. Marie hopes to share this journey with you thru her visual art practice.

Sherri Rogers (Mini Gallery)

Sherri lives and works as a professional artist in Vancouver, BC. Sherri's landscape paintings capture urban graffiti in its environment, capturing the beauty and color that artists have contributed to their surroundings. These landscapes bring up questions about ownership of public space and what is fair representation in the public sphere. Who decides what is graffiti and what is legitimate art? Can street art- ephemeral by nature, social media in the street- be legislated? Trained in fine art at the University of Alberta and in animation at Sheridan College in Ontario, she paints primarily in acrylic on wood. By day, she works as a digital artist in the visual effects and animation industry.

A culture is reflected by its artists.  A street artist publicly displays this culture, reflecting the ethos of a city back to its people.  Historical roots, musical themes, and ethnic heritage are demonstrated in street artwork, showing the diversity and priorities of a city.

In Vancouver, nature plays a big role in murals, decorating our buildings with animals and fish we cohabitate with in our oceanside living.  Toronto shows its hip hop roots in a concrete haven, bringing color to back alleys between streets.  Canada’s cities show the rich and broad terrain of artists in our country.  The city makes the artist, and the art makes the city. With these landscape paintings, I turn a collage of street artists' temporary and often changing murals into a piece of one artist's work, capturing a moment in time.