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, but she also enjoys still life work. 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.
The West End Gallery is pleased to present “No Thru Traffic” a solo exhibition of new work by internationally recognized Vancouver Island artist Blu Smith, opening Sunday May 6.
The artist will be in attendance at his reception on Sunday May 6 between 1-3pm. Trained as a realist and a sign painter, Smith says that he became dissatisfied with pure realism and “once abstraction came around… the skies opened”. His paintings are thick with texture and alive with colour and the incredible luminosity that is his hallmark. He attributes the shift in his paintings from pure abstraction to landscape-based abstracts to his lushly forested surroundings in North Saanich, BC. Bursts of colour lead the viewer into his paintings to a point that seems to emanate light, the last thing to be added to Smith’s paintings through a combination of colours and applications designed to pull out the illuminated feeling and create an instantaneous response in the viewer.
“Light is very important; it creates the power in my work. When that luminosity comes through, it just makes it pop.”
Exhibition continues through May 17. All Artwork subject to pre-sale.