Scenes from the Cariboo Chilcotin, some inspired by the poetry of Linda Purjue, are exhibited at the Station House Gallery until June 24.
Created by Cariboo Art Society (CAS) members, Cariboo, Cariboo opened on Thursday, June 1.
“Fifteen local artists reflect on the history of the Cariboo with many pieces inspired by the poems you will view around the room this evening,” said gallery manager Davana Stafford as she introduced the show during the opening.
Linda Bachman, vice-president of the CAS said the group is historical, but also upbeat.
“We love theme opportunities like this and this is one we continue to seem to enjoy with this summer being the second time around,” Bachman said.
The artists were inspired by local scenery and landscapes.
“Poet Linda Purjue has offered and been readily available to inspire us with interpretations and emotions to create these many masterpieces,” Bachman said.
She described the pieces as a wide variety, reflecting both the past and present of the region.
“We can never seem to get enough of it,” she added.
There are 36 pieces in the show.
“I would like to thank the artists for pulling this together to make it happen, and Davana for her right-hand assist.”
Purjue read one of her poems aloud – The Old Cowboy – which accompanies a painting of an old cowboy created by society member Dwayne Davis.
Members of the CAS are: Bachman, Anne Brown, Michael Bruce, Lynn Capling, Yvette Rogers, Brandy Courvoisier, Georgia Leslie, Jane Ludgate, Shirley O’Connor, Lynne Rodier, Davis, Dean Jeffries, Trish Fushtey, Lynda Sawyer, Barbara Fraleigh and Sandra Stokes.
Purjue is a member of the Williams Lake Writers Group and said the group is always looking for new members. The poems in the exhibit are from her book The Garden Philosopher. The show is sponsored by the Carol Toop Grosso Memorial Fund and her family.