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Event Archive - Heart & Soul: Bonnie Schmaus, Laurel Hibbert

Sat. September 1st 2018 - Wed. October 31st 2018 The Gallery at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Duncan BC (All Ages)
The gallery is open for public viewing one hour prior to Theatre show times. Private viewing can be arranged by contacting the artist directly.
Opening: Thursday 1st January 1970

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Visual Arts:
Bonnie Schmaus

Bonnie grew up in Northern Alberta on a large farm. She always enjoyed creating, be it painting on canvas or building something from wood. She moved south for formal training at the Alberta College of Art. It was fun meeting other artists and the courses were so inspired and informative. She eventually made her way to the west coast. At the time, Emily Carr was one of her favourite artists. (The windswept ocean and evergreens were pretty intriguing). Bonnie belongs to several art groups. She has her paintings exhibited at least twice a year. Most of her work reflects valley life: landscapes; boats; portraits of floral and local fauna, people, and pets. She builds up many fine layers of paint for richer tones, using acrylic and or water based oil. She usually draws on traditional painting techniques and styles.

Laurel Hibbert

Having survived an idyllic childhood in Lachine, Quebec, along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, I have found a well of joy inside myself that I can capture and express on canvas.

I paint scenes of villages populated by hardworking, women, joyful children and old dogs ( both human and four-legged). These images depict an idealized version of the everyday life in a community. I also enjoy painting women wearing aprons and sturdy boots. These items of clothing are representative of physical work which I believe is source of great joy and satisfaction in life.

My locations are reminiscent of the East coast or Quebec. All of the work derives from my imagination and has a sophisticated/primitive style. I draw no line between reality and imagination and pay no heed to the laws of physics. My children can fly, birds can carry passengers and whales float effortlessly in the sky.

One of the challenges I face is to imagine ways in which I can gather my working women together in a scene. I recently completed a painting of an all woman orchestra where the musicians sported head scarves, aprons and boots so that they could perform their cleaning duties after their concert.

My work is joyful and whimsical and nostalgic for a time that existed only in the heart of childhood.


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The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.

The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division