September at the Station House Gallery brings the community of Williams Lake and Visitors two colorful and challenging exhibitions all in a newly painted and refinished building. The Station house Gallery is excited to be hosting in the Lower Gallery ” Coastal Perspectives” featuring artist from the Bella Coola valley Theresa Bagshaw, Kathleen Booth, and Ernest Hall; and in the upper gallery ” The Art of Reconciliation” with 13 artists exploring the weighted topic of Reconciliation, sponsored by the Orange Shirt Day Committee.
Exhibition Dates September 5th – 27th, 2014
” Coastal Perspectives” featuring artist from the Bella Coola valley Theresa Bagshaw, Kathleen Booth, and Ernest Hall
This mix of artists from the Bella Coola Valley bring with them some unique and extraordinary art works of clay and paintings to the Station House Gallery from the heart of the Great Bear Rain Forest. Creekside Studio Gallery.
The Art of Reconciliation
The Art of Reconciliation came out of my experiences participating in the planning process and events of the St. Joseph’s Mission Commemoration and Reconciliation Project (and Truth and Reconciliation Hearings) between 2011 and 2013. Using art to explore a significant historical, community and social issue in our community seemed like an interesting way to keep the conversation about reconciliation alive and active, and to spread it to a larger audience who might not otherwise engage with it. The Orange Shirt Day Committee (which also grew out of the SJM Project) agreed to act as a sponsor for the Art of Reconciliation. The project has also been supported by funding from the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society.
First Nations and non-First Nations artists were invited to a workshop in May 2012 to explore the topic of reconciliation and to
then create some representation of their thoughts and experiences of reconciliation. My friend and colleague Sheila Dick courageously agreed to co-facilitate the workshop with me, to hold the space for this exploration. There were twenty of us who spent over six hours talking about our experiences and thoughts about residential school, its impacts on ourselves, our families, and our communities. We learned a lot about each other, about healing, and about the impacts of this history that has so deeply damaged our communities.
Artists came back together in mid-June to share their work and further explore the process of visually representing their thoughts about reconciliation.
This September at the Station House Gallery bring two new exhibitions. Coastal Perspectives with participating artists from the Bella Coola area; Ernest Hall, Kathleen Booth and Theresa Bagshaw in the Main Gallery. In the Upper Gallery an engaging exhibition Sponsored by the Orange Shirt Day Committee : The Art of Reconciliation. Exhibition dates September 5th -27th, 2014.
The Station House Studio and Gallery Society is pleased to be hosting “My Williams Lake: Celebrating Williams Lake 85th Birthday” with 24 contributing artists from the Cariboo Area sharing their story and history of what Williams Lake means to them. Local artist featured in the exhibition include: Ann Nicholson, Catherine Roland, Shirley Reynolds, Leah Selk, Elisabeth Hoelderl, Eleanor Friesen, Jean Wellburn, Mary Forbes, Wilfred Wright, Harvey Overton, Carole Taylor, Kathryn Steen, Marcia Reid, Lynda Sawyer, and two collaborative projects. There are also a few new artists who contributed to the exhibition who have never shown work in the gallery before, these artist include: Lynda Archibald, Anne Munroe, Maeghan Watkinson, Helen Sandy, Zephyira Holdal, Angie Holdal, and Lisa Anderson.
There are two pieces in the exhibition that are collaborative community projects.
The first one is the Women’s Spirituality mural. On March 28th and 29th the Community of Williams Lake hosted the first Women’s Spirituality Circle in Williams Lake at Lake City Secondary Campus. During the day a Group Felted Art Mural “Women’s Spirituality Circle Felt It” happened!
Women from the event helped to create a keep sake from an unforgettable experience that can be shared and celebrated with the community for years to come. Each woman was invited to make a creation out of wool of a symbol that has been meaningful on her spiritual path. The mural takes that which is deeply personal and individual and joins it in a beautiful communal work of what is most important to women in our community. Felt Artist, Liliana Dragowska, prepared the canvas for a 6ft x 6ft woolen felt mural that individuals participating in the Women’s Spirituality Workshop assisted in decorating and creating over the day on Saturday.
The second collaborative piece is the Youth Quilt. Youth in Williams Lake were invited to take photos of what is important to them in Williams Lake. Several children submitted photos which were then used to construct a quilt. Eight of the photos include in this quilt come from children attending the Exploring the Puddle, Early Learning Centre in Williams Lake. The centre is very community-oriented and as such, they take community walks daily. After discussing our town at circle time, they ventured out to find things that were “important to Williams Lake”, as they put it. Submissions were made on behalf of the children by Faren Rouse, owner and educator at the centre. Along with the photos, she sent along the following comments. Photos from two other children were also received and included in the quilt. The quilt was assembled by Cary Burnett and Kathryn Steen and is on display and up for bid during the exhibition.
The exhibition will be on display at the gallery until August 30th and is open Monday through Saturday 10 am – 5pm. Bring your summer guests and help share the magic we all experience in Williams Lake!
Come and Celebrate Williams Lake’s 85th birthday and opening reception for “My Williams Lake” Summer Theme Show at the City’s oldest heritage building, The Station House Gallery!
This opening is in conjunction with the Gallery’s fundraiser for the repair of the buildings exterior. The days events will include live music, beer garden, family art activities including mural painting, silent auction, succulent sale, food, great company to share your stories with and more!
Come and join in the fun!
The opening reception of “Brushes With History: Our Cariboo Roots” celebrated the Cariboo Art Soceity’s 70th Birthday. In honour of the Birthday Celebrations President of the Cariboo Art Soceity, Cat Prevette spoke about her experience with this “wondersully supportive group of seasoned and relatively new members”. The Cariboo Art Soceity met consistently 3 times a week on Thursday afternoons and evenings and Saturday mornings to share, grow, learn and explore art together.
The lower gallery features painting the Cariboo Art Soceity members have completed this past year. The year of painting kicked off with group visit to the Onward Ranch, where the Soceity all began. There the artists painted the famous Red Barn, first painted by founder of the Society, Vivien Cowan and her mentor A.Y. Jackson of the Group of Seven.
The upper gallery features former members who have graciously lent paintings from their private collections. In addition the Cariboo Art Soceity has brought special historical pieces from their permanent collection to be displayed.
During the opening Cat Prevette invited Sheryl Salloum and Dave Abbott to speak to the crowd at the opening reception. Sheryl is currently researching Sonia Cornwell, Vivien Cowen’s Daughter, and writting a book to be published in 2015. Dave Abbott a local painter and retired school teacher, was a contemporary of Vivien and Sonia.
The exhibition is strong and bold in colours, creativity and diversity, similar to the roots of the Cariboo Art Society. We hope you will pop by the gallery and soak up the depth of “Our Cariboo Roots”.
Gallery Hours are Monday – Saturday 10am -5pm. Admission is Free
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