The work of Quesnel painters Christa Krisman and Megan Long is on display at Parkside Art Gallery until June 24.
The pair of Cariboo artists first met at an acrylic painting workshop about four years ago. Now, they’re collaborating for a show in 100 Mile House called Reveries, which features abstract acrylic paintings.
Long was born and raised in the Cariboo. Parkside visitors might be familiar with her work, as she was part of an abstract group show there last summer.
“It was actually a great a show,” Long says. “There were a lot of different artists.
It’s nice to go out of town and see what other people are doing … it’s nice to see something different.”
Krisman was born in Germany and moved to Canada 14 years ago. She retired in 2009 after operating her own business for almost 30 years, according to an artist bio provided by the local gallery.
“Travelling in Europe for many years, but also my life in B.C. is a great source of inspiration to feed my visions. My paintings are telling stories about my life; they involve my emotions and a lot of imagery to create abstract delights in bold vibrant colours.
“I am teaching abstract painting classes and workshops and I am an active member of our art community.”
Long says she has 13 paintings hanging in 100 Mile House. She calls them “sort of stylized landscapes.”
“They’re basically all scenes from B.C., except for one, a hiking trail we were on in Washington. The rest of them are from B.C., the Island and the Interior. I just find, everywhere you go in the province, there’s something beautiful to look at and inspire you to paint.”
Reveries is a reference to daydreaming, Long adds.
“It’s looking back to places I’ve been, and places I’ve yet to go to.”
Coming up at Parkside Art Gallery is a show by Neil Pinkett from June 27 to July 19, and a Cariboo Artists’ Guild annual show from July 25 to Sept 6.