Opening Reception – Saturday, March 4 from 1 to 3 pm
– Everyone welcome –
Emerging Artists – ” I would love to paint, but, I can’t”.
This is an art show by people who are following their dream of painting. Some are beginners, others have taken classes with Lloyd Major and Elissa Anthony for years. A variety of styles and medium will be featured in this exciting exhibit of 22+ emerging artists from our local area.
Lloyd Major, is an international-selling artist. He is a self-taught painter of oils, and has had several galleries in Parksville, and Moosejaw, SK. Lloyd is now semi-retired and still teaching both at Nanoose Place and the MAC. His landscapes, totems, old-growth forests, and seascapes and well known in our area and beyond.
Elissa Anthony, member of the FCA, is a well known Vancouver Island artist whose medium is oil and acrylic. Her work can be seen at Englishman River Gallery, Nanaimo Art Gallery, The Mark Penney Gallery, Tofino and at Comox Airport. She has been teaching for many years out of her gallery in Bowser.
Vancouver Island – Through My Lens – RANDY HALL
Randy Hall is a Vancouver Island photographer specializing in nature photography, whether it is capturing natural settings such as seascapes or forest landscapes or the plants and animals that inhabit this part of British Columbia.
Randy considers himself a landscape photographer first, but also an opportunistic wildlife photographer. “My photos are my interpretation of works by a true master… Mother Nature”.
Randy has developed a style that shows enhanced colours and contrast. When many people think of contrast, they think colours and tones. There can also be contrast in content. An example of this can be seen in some of Randy’s early morning images of Parksville Bay. Towering or threatening clouds can instil the feeling of unrest, while the calm waters of the bay say serenity. “It’s this type of scene, and the incorporation of weather, that interests me the most”.
Randy Hall’s exhibit will feature large format photographic prints on various media. He will be displaying canvas and brushed aluminium prints, ranging from 12×8 inches to 38×19 inches. Subjects will include Vancouver Island landscapes, forest scenes and wildlife. All pieces have never been displayed at MAC in the past.
“Originally from UK, family immigrated to Canada while I was a child and settled in Stratford, Ontario. I was constantly drawing and painting through my elementary school years, art being my favourite subject. By the time I was ready to enter high school I knew I wanted to pursue a career in art. My serious pursuit of painting began in Toronto 1992 where I took evening or Saturday morning continuing education courses where I was able to explore (play with) various drawing and painting materials. In 1998, after being transferred to Calgary, I met my most influential guide and mentor, Marija Petricevic. She pushed and challenged me, then encouraged me to apply for membership in the Federation of Canadian Artists. I survived the jury process and am still an Active Status member.
We now live in Mill Bay in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island where we are surrounded by inspiring natural beauty. Combining this with our travel experiences, there is no end of subject matter to paint. Using oil or acrylic, I paint en plein air or in studio. Painting is a solitary pursuit. It’s always fresh and exciting; every new canvas is a new challenge. My subjects are eclectic: landscapes, urban, marine.
I have a strong interest in working boats, whether at the dock or in open water, and marine scenes so I’m fortunate to be able to wander around our island’s many marinas and boatyards – such as Cowichan Bay, Ladysmith Harbour, Maple Bay, Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf – looking for subjects for brush and canvas. My paintings are intended to pay homage to the hard-working crews, their boats and way of life.
Europe provides much inspiration for my artwork; the way of life, the mixture of old and new, the life as it was then and is now. I love the architecture, the people, the waterways, and try to capture the essence.”
More information on Roger Jackson and his work can be found on his website.