Our group show "Better Together" opened in Smithers Art Gallery yesterday. It features paintings paired with haiku poems by Gail Turner Sears, Joan Billey, Dyan Myhr and Kathleen Stuart. For those who can't join us at the artists' reception on Friday March 9, I have put a slide show together of my paintings and their haiku. Enjoy!
Paintings and haiku
On March 6, 2018, the exhibition "Better Together " opens at the Smithers Art Gallery (www.smithersart.org). It features paintings and haiku by four women artists: Joan Billey, Dyan Myhr, Gail Turner Sears and me (Kathleen Stuart).
When Gail and I were talking about material for the show, Gail said she wanted to make a painting of the gorgeous old barn on the highway west of Smithers. I am always ready for a road trip, so one sunny day late last summer we headed east armed with cameras and sketch book. As we were taking photos of the back side of the barn, I spotted a beautiful cat step out from the old rafters onto the ragged hot tin roof and settle in to watching us. Serendipity! Lots of great shots of the cat through the telephoto lens while Gail photographed the front of the barn. After lunch in Smithers, we returned west to take more photos of the barn as the shadows developed - no cat!
Gail painted "The Red Barn" and I painted "The Barn Cat", both in soft pastels, and we shared the haiku - definitely better together.
Kathleen Stuart is a paper and fibre artist who lives in northern British Columbia, Canada.