The Station House Gallery open house on Thursday, April 4, welcomed guests and friends to celebrate a new art show called Rock, Paper, Canvas.
The show is a unique combination of sculpture by Anna Ashcroft and paintings by Joan Ramsey Harker.
It’s a creative look at women, combining vivid vertical colour and horizontal texture, where every piece tells a story. Both artists are from the Quesnel area and this is their first time showing together.
Ashcroft said that this is her second time showing at the Station House Gallery, adding that she also shows at the Breeze Gallery in Quesnel.
“I love showing here — what a wonderful little gallery. When Joan suggested we have a show here, I was thrilled,” she explained.
“We have never shown together before but this is logical: something to cover the walls and something to fill the spaces.”
She said that as a sculptor she spent all her life looking for subject matter.
“Somewhere around 50 I decided that it was me I was interested in; my life that I wanted to reflect, and the experiences I had. So I started sculpting women and suddenly I was liberated. I knew that this was something I was very comfortable with,” she continued.
“So I almost always sculpt women and I almost always sculpt them in situations or emotional responses that were instrumental in my life. Every single one of these pieces tells a story connected to it.”
Joan Ramsey Harker, who also shows in Quesnel and in Prince George, talked about her acrylic paintings on display at the Gallery, stating that there was one four-painting series in particular that evokes the most emotion for her. The painting is called ‘Siblings’ and depicts a man a woman sitting backward on two wooden chairs.
“I bought this funny chair years and years ago and photographed a lot of people in it. This painting is one is of my brother and me quite a few years ago. I like it because it looks like we’re riding motorcycles,” she said. “This is a particularly personal series for me.”
The series depicts the relationship between her and her brother and the loss in her life when he passed away. She also said this was her first show primarily about women.
‘Rock, Paper and Canvas’ will be on display on the lower level at the Station House Gallery for the month of April.
The upper level at the Gallery is showcasing artwork by children at the Child Development Centre preschool. The art is all for sale, with proceeds going to the CDC preschool and to the Station House Gallery for future arts programs. The show runs through April.