The Quesnel Art Gallery’s March show features the work of local artist Keith Prestone and his Bowron Lake Chain’s inspiration. The show runs from March 10 to April 7 and is sponsored by West Fraser Mills.
Prestone hales from the Williams Lake area and has recently returned permanenty to his grandparents homestead to farm, work and pursue his love of creative sculpture and painting.
The gallery solo show features his paintings from a long-anticipated summer canoe trip. In his work, Prestone reflects in both a literal sense and as an emotive response to the beautiful wild places which provided time to reflect both on his trip and again afterwards.
Prestone’s work for this show are primarily acrylic on canvas but he enjoys using a variety of techniques, substrates and mediums in his layered style that tends towards larger scale work. He has studied at Northern Lights College (Dawson Creek) and expanded his artistic knowledge with courses at GRRC (Grande Prairie.) He has a background in commercial logo and graphic design and most recently his creative endeavours include snow and ice carving. Ongoing acrylic, watercolour painting and sculpture in its various forms are the building blocks for his foreseeable creative future.
Recently, Prestone created a large scale replica of the Canadian maple leaf flag in his front field on his hobby farm using more than 500 tires with a white painted outline to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
For the gallery show, Prestone invites the view into a place that explodes with diversity, is rich with beauty and reveals that often missed delicacy that quiet calm of reflection. The show is titled Reflections of the Bowron Lake Chain and is intended to be interpreted both in a literal sense, as well an emotional response.
“My main hope in framing the visual landscape in an intentionally reflective manner is that it may transport the viewer into the wild places, rich with fond memories or to challenge those viewers who have never experience the Bowron Lake Chain to go to those places yet unexplored, possibly long postponed,” Prestone said.
“It was a wonderful place to visit and then re-explore in paint and canvas. The anticipation, that other delicacy that we often miss in our busy, technologically enhanced lives has infused sweetness and a satisfaction that even surprise me at times.”
Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the gallery is located in the Arts Centre at the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre on North Star Road.
For details contact the gallery at 250-991-4014 during hours of operation.