Brenda Pom and Bonnie Cruikshank hang the February show

Brenda Pom and Bonnie Cruikshank hang the February show

Find out what’s Hidden at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery

There's a mix of paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry and more at the February art show, The Hidden.

There’s a cloud of mystery surrounding the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery newest art show.

The gallery’s February show, which opened this past weekend, is called The Hidden.

The poster for the show refers specifically to fog, whether it’s “the excitement of grey mist wrapping itself around trees, languishing on water, kissing the sky” or “moody, sullen, sad, morose fog, hiding the earth in its clutches, causing anxiety and fear.” Artists are challenged to incorporate their interperation of The Hidden.

Gallery curator Leona Petrak says this theme was one of the Ladysmith Arts Council board’s most popular choices.

A work of art that is part of The Hidden doesn’t necessarily have to be about fog — that was just an idea to stimulate the artists, according to Petrak.

And it seems it worked. The gallery received a wide range of work for this show.

“There are a lot of paintings done in all different styles,” said Petrak. “Some have objects hidden within them and you have to go searching through all the images in the paintings to find them, so they’re interactive. We have quite a few really beautiful photographs.”

Petrak says the show also features framed prints, pottery, glass beads and jewelry, three-dimensional pieces and stained-glass.

“We have a lot to choose from,” she said. “There’s something for everybody, really, in this show.”

The show opened Saturday, Feb. 1 with a gala featuring guest speaker Joan Larsen, an artist from Parksville who is known for her horse portraits. The evening also featured live music from two Ladysmith Secondary School students.

The show runs until Feb. 23, and the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 250-245-1252 or click here.