A mild winter turned frigid and snowy on Feb. 3, but you wouldn’t know it inside the Quesnel Art Gallery.
Lesley Kuhn was busy setting up her show “Simple Summer,” inside the gallery.
“Hopefully this can represent a little bit of summer hope for people,” she said while setting up the show. “We can get through this and continue on.”
Kuhn takes inspiration from her kayak trips around Bednesti Lake, which she lives on. Bednesti Lake is a 35 minute drive west of Prince George.
“The other thing I like to paint is snow, but we see enough of that right now,” she said laughing.
The show, like so much in life, was inspired and sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s been such a crazy year, for my age group most people travel during the winter and that’s not available this year,” Kuhn said. “Right now, everyone is kind of COVID-ed out”
Kuhn said most of the 12 paintings on display were completed for the show.
“Normally I watch my grandkids after school, but not this year, so I have unlimited time right now,” she said.
Kuhn said she has been painting five to six hours almost every day during the pandemic, and has enjoyed seeing her work improve on such a heavy schedule.
“I have a guy in Prince George, who I’ve looked up to for many years as an artist, and he said one of the things to do is not negate what you’ve done in the past, but realize how far you’ve come,” she said.
Of the 12 paintings in the show, 12 are for sale. A large painting of a sunflower in bloom is one of the paintings for sale. All profits from that painting will be donated to the Quesnel Child Development Centre.
The show is open for viewing, with COVID-19 precautions, at the Quesnel Art Gallery from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday.
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