Of the coast, by the coast, for the coast
VICTORIA, BC, — See the splendour of the West Coast through new eyes at the Raincoast Reflections – Art, Information, Inspiration exhibition beginning October 24 at Dales Gallery.
The beauty of a place is often hard to capture in an image — especially a place as magnificent as British Columbia’s untamed coastal landscape. However, more than 50 Canadian artists have found ways to interpret this majesty through paintings, carvings, and sculpture. In 2012, Canadian artists took an expedition through coastal communities, First Nations’ lands, and the heart of wilderness to gain an understanding of the vulnerability of this remarkable region. With this adventure as inspiration, this talented group has created and generously donated their remarkable pieces to the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.
The Raincoast Reflections exhibit will run from Oct. 22 to Nov. 8, with a gala opening in the evening on Oct. 24. The collection for the art exhibit is comprised of original paintings by Harold Allanson, Gaye Adams, Dianne Bersea, Carl Chaplin, Brent Cooke, Carole Evans, David Goatley, Terry Isaac, Sharon Rose Kneeshaw, Judy McLaren, Christian Morrisseau, Dorset Norwich-Young, Roy Henry Vickers and Alan Wylie. The art exhibit is sponsored by the Dales Gallery, Maple Leaf Adventures and Turnham Woodland Barristers and Solicitors. The pieces will be for sale. Artist-donors will be in attendance and additional merchandise will be available—including a collection of the artists’ contributions in the book Canada’s Raincoast at Risk, and a short documentary.
Brian Falconer, Marine Operations Program Coordinator for Raincoast Conservation Foundation, talks about the region on which the art collection is based, “This [the Great Bear Rainforest] is the largest tract of intact temperate rainforest in the world, that’s why people are so connected to it, that’s why people are so emotional about it. And I believe it’s what has motivated these fifty artists to contribute their talent and their work—to try and interpret this and explain to Canadians why this is so important.”
The proceeds from the Art for an Oil Free Coast exhibition will support Raincoast’s mission to investigate, inform and inspire through the conservation and protection of BC’s lands, waters and wildlife.