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The West End Gallery proudly presents Prairie Aspects, a solo exhibition of new work by beloved realist W. H. Webb. This will be the feature exhibition for the Spring Gallery Walk weekend, taking place Saturday April 14 and Sunday, April 15. Please join Mr. Webb for a painting demonstration on Saturday, from 1 – 4 pm and Sunday from noon – 4pm.
Webb’s views of the often stark Alberta landscape are intensively worked in a manner reminiscent of the traditional school of watercolourists. Fully realized and meticulously crafted, his acrylic paintings express a deep seated admiration for the impressive and rugged vistas of Alberta; particularly the brilliant beauty of winter’s snow covered open spaces and hard bright skies. Exhibition continues through April 26. All Artwork subject to pre-sale.
“Viewers in front of my paintings most often remark that the first thing to strike them is the emotional impact of the painting. These responses seem to vary from emotional highs, déjà vu, to ‘it looks like a photo’. Regardless, the emotion appears to be the most powerful from what I am told. The second response is to the light in the painting and, of course, my paintings are all about emotion and light. If the viewer has felt the emotion I felt when I painted the piece, then we have clicked. “– W. H. Webb
Born in Victoria, Mary Ann has been painting for over 30 years. She enjoys a variety of mediums to work in, but oils are her favourite. Most of her subjects are bold and colourful renditions sensitively inspired by the landscape of Vancouver Island. Her paintings are among collections locally and internationally. A signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, her work has been included in many exhibitions locally over the past 25 years. ARTIST STATEMENT "I look at this show and think of my title for it. Happy Childhood… I know I am blessed with a happy childhood [and] I cherish my memories [of it]... I suspect most artists go to their easels with their own life story. Viewers may see something different. That's because we really only understand how we feel inside our own hearts about things, not someone else's heart. The ability to connect to others through exploring my own feelings never loses it's magic for me. I want my story to stir someone else's story. I want my love of colour and music and playing and, and.. I want all those things I pour into my canvas to stir something personal in the viewer. I want to be understood." - Mary Ann Laing