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4 artists currently have work on display at Qualicum Art Supply and Gallery

Displays changed to host multiple exhibitions
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Artwork by Virginia Moon (left) and Georgia Edwards (right). (Contributed)

Some big changes are happening at Qualicum Art Supply and Gallery.

The gallery has changed its main display wall to now house several local artists at a time, according to a news release by the gallery.

“Now our local artists that didn’t have enough paintings or large enough paintings to fill an entire wall have the chance to exhibit some of their favourite pieces with us,” the release said. “We love how we can show off so many unique and talented artists all at once.”

The exhibits will still be hosted for around two months, according to the gallery.

Currently the gallery is home to exhibits by Virginia Moon, Georgia Edwards, Halima Rogers and Fay St. Marie.

Virginia Moon

Painting from a small studio on her property in Coombs, Moon’s chosen subject is her life.

As an outsider artist she uses familiar childhood forms to tell her stories. Her whimsical style evokes a fairy tale mood.

Peopled with family, friends, small animals and even herself, the tea party scenes, with small shoes and cakes, are just some of the recurring symbols she uses to tell her stories and observations.

Georgia Edwards

Edwards’s paintings are inspired by the natural world, especially wildlife. An artist who strives to capture those fleeting moments of surprise, a calm measured gaze or fierceness. It’s all about the eyes. With a goal to transport the viewer to those private places that people don’t often see in their everyday lives.

“My pieces are colourful, textural and often a bit whimsical,” Edwards said. “As a self taught artist and curious individual, I enjoy exploring different mediums and techniques. My primary medium is soft pastel. I just love that those amazing little sticks of pure pigment can do.”

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Halima Rogers

Rogers is an abstract visual artist who works with acrylic, oil and various other media. In a layer-by-layer method, never planning the final result, she paints with deep attention to feeling, sensation, abstract composition and colour.

Her style is metaphorical, intuitive and open, painting impressions of sound, colour, feeling and thought in large-canvas format. This open style stems from an initial ‘painting because it feels good, talent-be-damned’ approach, when Rogers reached for the paintbrush at the crossroads of illness and growing children.

With a background in cultural anthropology and psychotherapy, she takes interest in stories, and the meanings we give to the events of our lives. Her personal understanding and reflection of these events is facilitated through creative art-making.

Fay St. Marie

St. Marie has been painting since the 1970s, but started full-time since leaving the nursing profession in the mid-1990s. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinguished Exhibition from the University of Saskatchewan. Her paintings hang in numerous collections.

“Painting primarily in acrylic because it is so versatile, I also incorporate various media and objects to create my pieces of art,” St. Marie said.

Her largest series is a Ukrainian series which started after a mission trip to Ukraine in 2008 to help widows and orphans.

She has lived in Parksville since 2005, where she paints in her backyard studio. St. Marie has participated in many solo and group shows through her art career. Fay is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

The exhibits will be up until the end of March.

— NEWS Staff



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