Rene Jaspers / Michelle Stoney
October 26 - November 23, 2016
Opening reception: Friday October 28, 7-9pm
Rene Jaspers (Main Gallery)
"Hope in the North"
“Hope in the North” illustrates the roadside scenery of the route between Prince George and Prince Rupert. Starting in Prince George, Rene Jaspers travelled the highway, stopping every 25kms along the way and taking no more than 5 steps from the car to take a photograph of whatever was before her. The resulting paintings reveal to us the beauty of this northern corridor and bring fresh eyes to the things we might otherwise overlook as we speed by. We are pleased to be hosting the inaugural showing of the exhibition’s upcoming year-long tour of the north. This art project is fueled by Rene’s passion to help others - she loves the northern parts of British Columbia and seeks to show everyone the beauty here and encourage people to go out and experience the north. Jaspers will be donating all her proceeds from sales of the paintings towards projects focusing on safe transportation in the north.
Michelle Stoney (Mini Gallery)
Michelle Stoney is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art & Design and an up-and-coming artist who is definitely one to watch - we are very pleased to be showing Michelle’s first formal exhibition. Working mainly in acrylic painting and metal sculpture, Michelle incorporates the distinct art forms and cultural influences of her Gitxsan and Cree heritage into her own unique art form, combining Gitxsan form line with the bright colors and black outlines of Cree artwork. Michelle’s inspiration comes from her late grandfather, Victor Mowatt, as well as many contemporary Native artists, such as Sonny Assu, Arlene Ness and Shawn Hunt. Michelle has moved back to her community in Hazelton and is currently working on a mountain series of Stygyoden (Roche de Boule) as well as teaching painting in the surrounding villages.
This show is proudly sponsored by Creekstone Press