Tree paintings by Gail Ralphs will be part of The Tree Show at the Waterfront Gallery March 3 to 27.

LAC’s show lets us see the forest for the trees

A forest of art goes on display at the Waterfront Gallery March 3 to 27

Sherry Bezansonthe chronicle

A forest of art goes on display at the Waterfront Gallery March 3 to 27, all part of the Ladysmith Arts Council’s challenge for artists to tell their stories on the theme of trees in paint, clay, stone, fabric or glass.

On the west coast we live in a rainforest that provides life for a multitude of organisms and animals. The cedar tree was the staple of life for the First Nation people of the area; providing shelter, clothing, baskets for cooking and carrying, rope, planking, and an integral part of spiritual life and cultural practice.

Our forests are also rich with arbutus, hemlock, pine, fir, dogwood and alder. All these trees serve a place in the joy of island life.

Trees not only provide us with great beauty but they are the planet’s main source of oxygen. They bear fruit for us to eat. Some bloom exotic, breathtaking flowers, others shelter wildlife, and provide man with a living in the forest industry.

How would we live without them?

Opening night for the show is Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

Guest speaker at the Gala, Penny Maday, will share her journey in the art world. She created and runs Island Girl Art Studio on Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo.

The studio offers small classes that feature lots of support and instruction in a nurturing atmosphere for all ages. She offers inspiration in mixed media art, acrylic and water colour.

Penny has been an artist for over forty years and a teacher for almost thirty. She has taught in public, private and First Nation Schools in two Canadian provinces, as well as developing and delivering art curriculum for numerous community agencies and public education courses for youth and adults. Her story will inspire and invigorate you.

The sponsor for The Tree Show is Ladysmith Pharmasave. More information at ladysmithwaterfrontgallery.com. The Waterfront Gallery is located at 610 Oyster Bay Drive. Phone 250-245-1252

 

Just Posted

Jury convicts spear-wielding Duncan man in 2015 Ladysmith RV park murder

Trever George Meers used a handmade spear to stab Rayna Johnson at the Campers Corners RV Park

Cowichan in national spotlight with Hometown Hockey

Rogers Hometown Hockey is a two-day festival that culminates with a national broadcast Sunday

VIDEO: World-renowned urban planner encourages Cowichan Valley to ‘benchmark with the best’

CVRD welcomes Gil Penalosa, founder and chair of 8 80 Cities, as part of Place-Making Speaker Series

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP member poses as construction worker to catch distracted motorists

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are taking action on distract driving this year and… Continue reading

VIU’s Cowichan campus promotes mental health awareness with new bench

Friendship Benchs visible at schools across the country

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

UPDATE: City of Nanaimo senior manager dismissed

Chief operations officer Brad McRae no longer employed by the city

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

‘Sing Me a Song’ about B.C. for a chance at $1,000 contest prize

Entries due by March 30 for lieutenant-governor’s British Columbia-themed competition

Facing reality of death, B.C. man learns real meaning of life

Even while preparing for the end, something inside Keven Drews won’t let him stop living

Most Read