Visual stories through paintings can be traced back to when the caveman painted images from life on cave walls. Today it’s much the same, except the walls are now in a gallery.
And probably the circle remains the same: the story is told by the artist and it is not complete until someone connects personal experiences enriching the story beyond the artist’s own.
Internationally-renowned Langley artist Susan Falk is joined by emerging local artist Elizabeth Anderson at the Fort Gallery, June 24 to July 12 for their art exhibition, Visual Stories e – motion.
“We do not live in a vacuum. Our identity relates to our sense of place both the natural environment and man-made,” said Anderson.
“’Be Still My Pounding Heart for We Are Not Alone’ expresses the physical response I experienced when seeing the night sky outside of Hope. After dousing the campfire I was surrounded by total darkness.
“The sky however was filled with millions of stars. It was overwhelming to extend my sense of place out into the vastness of space.”
Falk will show some of the acrylic paintings from her recent solo show in Kyoto, Japan — images of bears fishing or devouring their catch as well as expressionistic portraits of sockeye salmon.
They will host an opening reception on Sunday, June 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Gallery, 9048 Glover Rd.
The artists will also hold an Artist Talk at the Fort Gallery’s First Thursday event on July 2, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fort Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.