Dyan Myhr, Gail Turner Sears, Joan Billey, Kathleen Stuart

March 6 - April 7, 2018

Opening reception: Friday March 9, 7-9pm

"Better Together"

"Better Together" is a group exhibition of art and haiku by four Terrace artists. The artwork is diverse in subject matter: animals, figures, landscapes, florals, and structures. The types of media are equally varied: coloured pencil, ink, soft pastel, watercolour, acrylic and oil on paper, board and canvas.  Four unique styles and inspirations emerge in the artwork with the imagery further explored and enhanced using haiku poems. In this group show, the presented combination of paintings and poetry are better together.

Artists' Statement

We each take our artistic inspiration and work through the creative process in our own unique way. The final shape of the painting is formed by our individual life experiences, our visual and emotional perceptions, and the influences of our surroundings. Reaching visual expression with a completed painting is generally a personal, undocumented journey. With that in mind, we have composed a haiku poem to accompany each piece as an added descriptive element. We hope this extends the creative flow of each piece and the exhibition as a whole.

Dyan Myhr

Born in North Vancouver, BC, Myhr spent her formative years moving around the province of British Columbia and is now pleased to call Terrace her home. She and her husband Terry have raised three children there – Kara, Trina and Lucas.

Initially self-taught, Myhr began attending watercolour workshops in 1989 and has continued to do so on a regular basis over the ensuing years.

With her favourite medium of watercolour, she paints a varied subject matter.  Some of her subjects include wildlife, northcoast landscapes, totem poles and harbour life.

Myhr has participated and placed in a number of juried art shows for the BC Festival of the Arts.  She has also successfully exhibited in major gallery showings and various public venues.

She is proud to have been active on the executive of the Terrace Art Association, a non-profit group that manages the Terrace Public Art Galleries in support of the flourishing arts community in the Terrace area.

Associations - Federation of Canadian Artists, Terrace Art Association, North Coast Artists Cooperative (lce House), Skeena Colours Art Group, The Easel Weasels (Prince Rupert Art Group) 

See more on DyanMyhr.com

Gail Turner Sears

Gail Turner Sears was born in Nelson, BC. She spent her formative years in Whiterock, BC, and finally settled in Terrace in 1960. She graduated from Kwantlen University College with a Diploma in Fine Arts in 1999 and has been working in the visual arts ever since, both as an artist and as a teacher.

She has had numerous exhibitions throughout BC and has received a number of awards. Her work can be found in New York City, Africa, Australia, eastern Canada and throughout BC.

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Joan Billey

Joan Billey was born in Fort St John, BC, and moved to Terrace in 1992.

Billey loves and is inspired by the people and landscapes of the west coast of BC.  Spending time in the outdoors in this stunning area inspires her art and lifts her soul. She has not settled on one medium, and experiments with acrylic, oil, watercolour, and coloured pencils. She also enjoys time in the pottery studio, and knitting and sewing at home. 

When not participating in artistic endeavors she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, and kayaking. She and her husband Curtis are recently retired and enjoy family, traveling, and the outdoors. Best of all is time with their children, Danielle and Mark.

Kathleen Stuart

Kathleen Stuart was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and grew up in a family that enjoyed spending time outdoors. After immigrating to Canada in 1966, Stuart worked in entomology, fish and wildlife habitat protection, and conservation. During her career years, artwork was limited to scientific illustration and the occasional oil painting.

Retirement allows Stuart to indulge her artistic interests and she enjoys sharing her journeys through paintings. She is mainly self-taught and prefers to work alone, exploring materials and experimenting with techniques. She especially enjoys plein-air painting and sketching whether traveling in new landscapes or out on a local hike. Many of her studio paintings are developed from field sketches and observations, and she uses her photographs for additional reference.  

Stuart is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and has exhibited in British Columbia, Ontario, California, Arizona and England. Her art has been published as front cover for Thema Literary Magazine and The Rivers Speak poetry book, and her insect illustrations can be found in scientific journals and publications.

Learn more at www.kathleenstuartart.com

This show is proudly sponsored by FYI Doctors