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Northern Ambience on now at Peace Gallery North

At first glance, some of the artwork currently on exhibition at Peace Gallery North appear to be photographs.

At first glance, some of the artwork currently on exhibition at Peace Gallery North appear to be photographs.

Upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that these "photographs" are actually photo-realistic paintings done by local artist Judi Roberts, and are just one style among many at her two-person show with Denise Linley.

The exhibition, "Northern Ambience," came about after the ladies were introduced by a mutual friend last year.

"She told us we were having a show together," said Linley.

"Whether we wanted to or not," laughed Roberts.

The show features an array of animals found in the North Peace, from wildlife like owls and moose, to more domesticated like horses and dogs.

Linley has been painting for about 30 years and does most of her work in soft pastels. She raises Siberian Huskies and said she uses them for models a lot of the time, which is evident in some of her pieces.

Roberts has also painted for over 30 years and feels she is definitely a wildlife artist.

"They say you should paint what you know, and I know animals better than people," she said.

The pair spent a year working on their respective artwork for the show, actually having to do double the work as they also have a two-person show together at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery following this show.

Peace Gallery North Visual Arts Co-ordinator Shar Coultry said shows like Northern Ambience are important not only to local artists, but to the community as a whole.

"It's not like you're coming in to a sort of Mickey Mouse type exhibit, it is first class," she said. "With positive vibes and positive feedback, we're going to win."

Coultry added that the more workshops that are held and the more visiting artists that come in, the more the art community in the area will grow and evolve in their work.

"We're going to see this incredible quantity and quality of artists, and that's going to be wonderful," she said.

"Northern Ambience" runs until Sept. 27 at Peace Gallery North.

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