“Scenes from my Irish Rovings”
Will Millar, as the former leader of The Irish Rovers, has now returned to his first creative love of Painting. In this he is a voyager into the Ireland of his youth, portraying the country in the 1950’s. Before glass supermarkets and traffic jams clogged up small villages. Before, as he puts it, “Ireland rushed into the Euro world like a Celtic tiger” Over the years, Millar nurtured and developed his special talent into a style that evolved uninfluenced and unencumbered. In truth, his unique style owes much to the fact that his art college was in the Irish countryside. His emotionally charged portraits of pubs and bucolic scenes depict an era that has vanished in Ireland. The artworks in “Scenes from my Irish Roving’s” are paintings of a by-gone era: plough horses, steam trains, hay-raking by hand, gypsy caravans and tinkers (the original Irish Rovers), old girls in their Sunday-best hats playing cards in a pub, the men with their cloth caps and pipes, horse fairs and farmers’ markets, old storytellers and donkeys on the beach, jigs and reels and shepherds with their dogs. All his cherished memories come lovingly to life on his canvas.
THE WET PAINT GROUP
The art of Loree Cunningham, Sonia Hauser, Shelly Hollingshead, Jenny Mitchell, Michelle Ohlsson, Elaine Prodor, Lesley Rieck, and Kathi Rudko represent a wide range of experience from a few years to more than two decades and an eclectic mix of subjects and styles. Seascapes, landscapes, still life, figurative art and abstracts in a variety of mediums (pastel, oil, watercolour, mixed media, and acrylic) will be on display at the show. These eight artists get together regularly and paint at each other’s studios, from Campbell River to Black Creek and Comox/Courtenay. They enjoy the encouragement and friendly critiques that result from the camaraderie and commitment to improving their craft.