Local art fans flocked to the Gibsons Public Art Gallery on Saturday to celebrate two new art shows opening, which include works by Powell River artist Meghan Hildebrand in the main gallery and Lower Sunshine Coast painter, Suzy Arbor in the Eve Smart Gallery at GPAG.
Hildebrand’s ‘Restless Fables’ is a journey to childhood and back, she noted at the opening.
“Masks came about as a way to combine place, memory and sense of self,” she writes in her artist statement, “My childhood in the Yukon was rich with art and storytelling.”
Hildebrand has had 30 solo shows already in her career as an artist and the Yukon government has retained a number of her art works as part of their permanent collection. She also thanked Stewart Stinson and Judith Hamell for helping her install her art at GPAG.
Suzy Arbor said that her painting collection titled “This Small Migration” is inspired by her commute to Vancouver and back on the ferries.
“In this work I am documenting the moments in this journey when I am surprised by beauty,” Arbor expressed, “For example, as I wait at the bus stop in a groggy stupor, I am treated to the luscious blues of predawn light and the calm that comes with real silence.”
Arbor paints trees as well as urban landscapes for her many subjects.
“In this body of work I am documenting the moments in this journey when I am surprised by beauty. The paintings are about actively seeking beauty in the sometimes onerous day to day activities that make up our lives,” the painter expressed.
Sunshine Coast Olive Oil sponsored these GPAG exhibitions, and both shows are available for viewing until October 13 at GPAG, 431 Marine Dr, Gibsons, BC in Gibsons Landing. Info (604) 886-0531 www.gpag. ca.