The 37th annual Peace Liard Regional Juried Art Exhibit opened April 5 at Peace Gallery North in Fort St. John.
More than 150 pieces were exhibited by 71 artists from across Northeast B.C., and judged by Asinnajaq, an Inuit visual artist, and Genevieve Robertson, executive director of the Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson, B.C.
Fort St. John artist Kristy Auger took home the Distinguished Award, the show’s top prize, for her piece titled pinaskew, a woodblock print with beadwork. Pinaskew means “falling leaves” in Cree, and the piece represents the power in the release of emotions, and how it can bring strength and renewal.
“I’m making art at my own art desk, and it takes a long time and I don’t know if anyone’s going to understand it, or feel the way I feel about it,” Auger said. “The best thing is hearing that someone else understands my art.”
Auger started working on the piece last fall.
“In Cree we say that fall is a time to let go of things; you know, it’s when the trees let go of their leaves,” Auger said. “It’s about releasing and how that changes you. When you release emotions, you change as a person.”
Dawson Creek artist Kit Fast was given the Recognition Award for his sculpture titled earthwork v1, west of 6.
The prestigious event, put on by the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council and the Fort St. John Community Arts Council, gives both emerging and professional artists the opportunity to exhibit their artwork and network with fellow artists within the Peace River and the Northern Rockies region.
The exhibit is on display at Peace Gallery North until April 26, with voting for the People's Choice Award ongoing.
• Distinguished Award ($1,000):
pinaskew – Kristy Auger, Fort St. John
• Recognition Award ($500):
earthwork v1, west of 6 – Kit Fast, Dawson Creek
• Most Experimental ($200):
Sorrel, Charolais – Haley Bassett, Groundbirch
• Toni Onley artist Scholarship:
Mary Mottishaw, Dawson Creek
Chosen Awards (the following 9 awards plus the three above will be included in the PLRAC’s 2020 Calendar):
- X Marks the Spot - Karl Mattson, Rolla
- New Beginnings - Margaret Mabius, Chetwynd
- The Bank Series #14 - Barbara Swail, Dawson Creek
- Trucking on Cecil Lake Road - Frances Obie, Fort St. John
- Spring Greens - Mary Parslow, Dawson Creek
- Winter in Pineview - Margaret May, Fort St. John
- Rose bushes are rainbow, skies are blue - Justine Bouchard, Dawson Creek
- Untitled - Adrienne Greyeyes,
- Rock Study - Eliza Massey Stanford, Fort St. John
- Florals in Copper - Isam Sharkiye, Fort Nelson
- Shucking Corn - Pat Vossler, Montney
- Wild Rose View - Diana Hofmann, Fort St. John
- Trump Making America Great Again - Maureen Mohr, Fort St. John
- Island in the Stream - Ken Forest, Charlie Lake
- Boreal Spirits - Miep Burgerjon, Fort St. John
- The Workers - Peter Shaw, Dawson Creek
- Aurora Flower - Crystal Dawn Behn-Dettieh, Fort Nelson
- Meandering - Kimberly Ans, Fort St. John
- Mukluks - Amber Wood, Fort Nelson
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