Community

Nostalgic, bright portraits

Nana Cook has finished her series Paintings of Barkerville and its People and is taking it up to the historic B.C. town for an exhibition this summer. - Lissa Alexander Photo
Nana Cook has finished her series Paintings of Barkerville and its People and is taking it up to the historic B.C. town for an exhibition this summer.
— image credit: Lissa Alexander Photo

LISSA ALEXANDER

reporter@pqbnews.com

Artist Nana Cook spent the winter and spring hashing through her research, sketches and photos to create a historic new series which will hang near Barkerville throughout the summer.

The Nanoose Bay artist fell in love with the historic town of Barkerville during a trip there last year and was soon invited back to the B.C. town to be Theatre Royal’s first Artist in Residence. Last summer, Cook spent 10 days watching shows, getting to know the theatre, the cast, wandering around the mountain town and its cottages and learning about the historical sites.

She has now created 20 paintings, and although she is usually known for her nature and landscape pieces, this collection is largely portraits.

“I kept finding I was painting people,” she said. “They are the ones that really make the place come to life.”

The nostalgic portraits are bright and evocative while her paintings of the town’s old buildings are also striking, showing great detail like snow damage, imperfections in the logs and capturing a variety of textures.

The primary goal of Cook’s project is to raise funds for the Theatre Royal, operated by Newman & Wright Theatre Company and the Barkerville Heritage Trust, she said.

“The money we raise with my paintings will help Theatre Royal continue to bring to life the story of Barkerville, and add much needed funds to preserving the town,” she said.

The series will hand at the Singing Camel Gallery in Wells, B.C. (five kilometers from Barkerville) all summer and Cook will be in attendance at the Gallery from June 21 to July 15. Local residents can order giclee prints of the series through Nana Cook’s website or through Theatre Royal at www.theatreroyal.ca. Following the show in Barkerville, Cook is hoping her paintings will travel the Gold Rush Trail.

For more on Cook visit her website:

 

www.nanacook.com.

 

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Harvest Fun
 
Coquitlam couple visit paradise in Parksville
 
Gurr concert cancelled
Linden Singers turning their talents to Jewish music
 
Prosit! Share a pint at Oktoberfest
 
Young musicians perform April 28 for SPO
Crafter back at Alberni mill for light fest
 
Sounds and stories mix at Char’s Landing
 
Homecoming

Community Events, September 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.