Juried Art Exhibit Celebrates Peace Region’s Character

An opening reception will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Peace Gallery North for the Federation of Canadian Artists Peace River Chapter Juried Art Exhibition, “Faces of the Peace”.

An opening reception will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Peace Gallery North for the Federation of Canadian Artists Peace River Chapter Juried Art Exhibition, “Faces of the Peace”. It runs until July 9.

Federated artist and long-time South Peace resident Charlie Parslow said the exhibit is about celebrating the character of the area, whether it’s people, places or wildlife, the theme is wide-open.

“It can be faces of people, but it can also be those things that are the face of the region. For example, it can be distinctive landscapes, features like rivers, mountains, valleys, things we see like cattle, horses, wild animals, etc. – these are all faces of peace,” Parslow said. “It could be windmills, town halls, historical sites, whatever is the face of our region.”

The Peace River region is well known for its biodiversity and stunning vistas, stretching from Alberta to British Columbia.

A total of 16 artists came together to share 36 works. The semi-annual event has always alternated between Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

“I can’t wait to see people. There’s great camaraderie between the artists and the community supporters, and that’s really facilitated by the reception,” Parslow said.

The next show is set to take place at Beaverlodge this fall and is titled ‘Beauty Defined’, again inspired by the artists’ love of the region and the northern wilderness.

It also reflects the enormous talent of the artists living in these communities, Parslow said, noting that the show is a diverse mix of mediums: acrylic, charcoal, mixed media, oil, pastel, print works, and more.

“All of our performers have been recognized as capable performers, and each show is judged by iconic members of the federation,” he said. “The people who serve on our show’s jury do not come from our communities, but they come from other parts of Canada.

The winners of the exhibit were announced virtually on June 8, with Elizabeth Hutchinson taking first place for her work “Counsel,” an oil painting on canvas reflecting the outdoors and finding herself.

Darlene Dautel took second place with ‘Blank Canvas’, a child’s watercolor painting using a frosty school bus window as a wintry canvas.

Agnes McDonald came third with ‘Spring Thaw’, an acrylic painting of an old barn on their family farm, which sat for nearly 40 years before collapsing.

Peace Gallery North curator Jaqueline Bendetto said the exhibition really shouldn’t be missed, especially by those who love the area.

“Group shows are a wonderful opportunity for the community to enjoy the art of many incredibly talented local artists,” said Benedetto.

Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative.

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