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Dawson Creek Art Gallery welcomes Alberta Artists

The Dawson Creek Art Gallery will be home to two exhibits from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Program from Jan. 11 to Jan. 28.

The Dawson Creek Art Gallery will be home to two exhibits from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Program from Jan. 11 to Jan. 28.

Art Gallery Curator Ellen Corea said the gallery has been using exhibits from the program for a number of years.

"The actual concept of that program is getting art out into the rural Alberta areas that wouldn't have access to art galleries," she explained. "They put these exhibits together and tour them to libraries and schools and that type of thing, so we have a number of exhibits to choose from, and that curates in a main area and then they allow other venues to pick them up."

Corea said she enjoys what the program brings in, as it allows the gallery to bring in touring exhibits from Alberta artists that share some of the same surroundings that Dawson Creek artists also draw inspiration from.

"We're so connected to them being from a prairie area, and we are able to bring these artists in and sort of give our artists new ideas and inspiration [from] things that they might like to look at," Corea explained. "We have the same sort of visual sensibilities as people in the prairies, so it's exciting to get some of these new exhibits coming in."

Corea went on to describe each exhibit that will be on display throughout the rest of the month.

One exhibit, entitled A Bird in the Hand, described by Corea as a "two-dimensional exhibit of paintings relating to birds," examines the many ways that visual artists have approached the subject. Artwork features a variety of media by some of Alberta's most renowned artists and art educators.

The second exhibit is more of an arts and crafts practical art, said Corea.

The Cheongju Selection is a touring exhibit of selected work by Alberta craft artists that was presented in the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea - one of the largest fine arts events in the world. This exhibition features a range of media including glass, clay, metal, and fibre.