An example of James Savage’s artwork. The Quesnel artist is giving an Artist Talk Friday, Aug. 30 during the opening of his exhibition Everything is Shining at the Island Mountain Arts Gallery in Wells. Facebook/Island Mountain Arts photo

New Island Mountain Arts Gallery exhibition featuring Quesnel artist opens Aug. 30

James Savage will give an Artist Talk Friday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Wells

A new art show begins this week at the Island Mountain Arts (IMA) Gallery in Wells, and it features the work of a Quesnel artist.

Everything is Shining is an exhibition by Quesnel’s James Savage, and it opens this Friday (Aug. 30) at 7 p.m. at the IMA Gallery, which is located at 2323 Pooley St.

The Exhibition Opening runs until 9 p.m., and Savage will give an Artist Talk at 7:30 p.m.

“I make art because of a compulsive urge to capture beauty and mystery as I see it,” Savage says on his website.

“That sometimes means adding something unexpected, often without me realizing it until later. My art has been described as ‘contemporary realism,’ and that seems to work so far.”

Savage has studied art technique and history for many years, and his formal training has been obtained largely through workshop and private study with Samara Carrier, whom he calls one of the most successful living female artists in Canada.

Savage says Samara has taught for more than 50 years, and her students have included a number of artists who went on to have successful careers.

“It was through Samara that I reconnected with art, and I greatly respect her chutzpah and ability,” he says.

Savage believes a great learning from other artists is the beauty that an artist can have in their life, and which they can share with others.

“Perhaps like you, I’m strongly moved by images and stories of the mounting and overwhelming evidence of how we are affecting the global ecosystem and the survival of other species,” he says.

“In the face of that, art is one of the most uplifting things that a human can experience, and I’m honoured to have the chance to pursue it.”

The Everything is Shining exhibition runs at the IMA Gallery until Sept. 29. To learn more about James Savage, visit

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