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Pairing up for exhibit

The Community Arts Council will be exhibiting the works of Leanna Carlson (left) and Crystalynn Tarr from Jan. 17 to March 10. The two artists have combined their mediums and pushed their artistic boundaries for the collaborative show.   - Teresa MALLAM/Free Press
The Community Arts Council will be exhibiting the works of Leanna Carlson (left) and Crystalynn Tarr from Jan. 17 to March 10. The two artists have combined their mediums and pushed their artistic boundaries for the collaborative show.
— image credit: Teresa MALLAM/Free Press

Crystalynn Tarr and Leanna Carlson have joined their creative forces to come up with a unique exhibit: New Depths; New Heights.

The Prince George and District Community Arts Council will be exhibiting their works in the recently remodelled Feature Gallery from Jan. 17 to March 10.

It all began with the two artists venturing out on excursions looking for clay. They found not just clay but inspiration and material for their work.

“We dug clay on the Willow River, Fraser River and at Powder King,” said Tarr, who then painted things they found in nature (such as fireweed) along with way.

“We wanted this body of work to be unique,” she said. “So we created tiles inspired from the places where we found the clay. The tiles are in 2D and the pottery is 3D.”

In the council’s Art Notes it explains that the two artists joined forces “to combine their mediums, experiment and push boundaries.”

Leanna has thrown and handbuilt her clay into goblets and other stunning wares while Crystalynn has created stamps for many of them from the views where the clay was sourced. Crystalynn has also been experimenting with different methods of painting that will be included in the exhibit.

“We’re excited to have this collaborative exhibit in our Feature Gallery. It challenges both artists who have worked on the whole concept as a partnership,” says Studio 2880 project co-ordinator Lisa Redpath.

New Depths; New Heights exhibition featuring pottery by Leanna Carlson and painting by Crystalynn Tarr has its official opening Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to visit Studio 2880 Feature Gallery, meet the artists and hear about their inspirations and adventures.

 

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