This painting by Martha Jablonski-Jones is one of the winter-themed pieces making up the multi-artist Almost Black and White show at TOSH running from Nov. 20-Dec. 20. — Submitted by Corinne James

Nearly no colour for winter-themed show in Qualicum Beach

Painters, photographers, wreath-makers to fill TOSH with art for Almost Black and White

Last year’s chill, snowy winter has inspired a novel mandate for artists participating in TOSH’s November/December show.

It’s all about shades of grey for the Almost Black and White show which will feature 16 wreaths by the Mid Island Floral Arts Club, and about 60 other arts pieces including paintings and photos.

“When we look outside on the West Coast, that’s really what we see, you know: the grey skies and the dark trees,” said Corinne James, executive director of TOSH.

“It’s a certain beauty that we can bring into the galleries, and it’s a nice study for the artists and the photographers to work on. That’s what the challenge was this year.”

TOSH has been doing November/December-themed shows for about six years with wreaths and Christmas displays, but decided on a winter theme this year, she said.

“I was particularly inspired by last winter. We had so much snow, and I thought that it’s a great time for our photographers and painters to start thinking (about next year’s exhibitions).”

Many local artists describe their style as revolving heavily around bright, saturated colours, and the Almost Black and White theme discouraged some participating, while others took it as a challenge.

“Using a simplified palette allows the artist to concentrate on elements such as composition, value, lighting and form and imparts a certain timeless quality to the images,” she said, adding that the exhibition will be an opportunity to see something new and different from some local favourites.

“I think it will be very interesting for the viewers to come and see the challenge being met,” said James.

The exhibition runs from Nov. 20 to Dec. 20, with a Chi Chi Black and White Tea event on Nov. 25 featuring a fashion show by Meryl the Vintage Clothing Lady. However, the tea event has already sold out.

For more info, go to www.theoldschoolhouse.org/.

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