Nature and history provide the inspiration for photography exhibited by Chris Hornby at Mulberry Lane in this summer’s 2011 Art Walk Show and Sale taking place in the city until Sept. 9.
An avid hiker, who leads morning walks for seniors from the Seniors’ Activity Centre, Hornby says her photography is the result of carrying a camera with her at all times “to capture moments of expression and peace through the land and historic sites, where Mother Earth and Father Sky provide the backdrop.”
Hornby has seen more of Canada than most people. She was born in Whitehorse, Yukon, though her parents at the time lived and worked in a very small First Nations village called Aishihik on Aishihik Lake.
Her mother was one of only two white women among the 50 men who lived there.
As her parents travelled around the country with their work, Chris’s education took place in six provinces, beginning in New Brunswick, back to the Yukon, on to Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, and finally graduating on Vancouver Island.
After receiving a bursary, she went on to study Canadian history and First Nations at the University of Victoria, Langara College, and eventually the University of Northern British Columbia.
Chris became an early childhood educator and activity worker in the heath-care system when she and her teacher husband, Ray, moved to the lakecity in the mid-1970s. She is now retired, and an active community volunteer and director with the Potato House Sustainable Community Society.