The hospital in Spirit River has a great little gallery where local artists can show their work for three months and, in return, donate 25% of their sales to Palliative Care right here in the hospital. Staff, patients and the general public enjoy the changing scenery. As we take down each show, eager questions as to what will be up next are proudly met. As we hang each show, passersby stop to take in the appeal of brand new art.
Judy is a long time member of the Palliative Care Committee and was the genius behind our hanging system. She has been booking artists and hanging shows since the space was first set aside for a gallery. Carolyn is good at helping to hang, label, and take down shows as well.
Until June, members of the Peace Watercolour Society, including Judy and Carolyn, will have their work hanging in the hallway gallery. We hope our pieces brighten the days of all who pass.
Carolyn had the pleasure of being commissioned to paint a watercolour of this familiar local scene (the Dunvegan Bridge over the Peace River) to be presented to a famous Canadian. The new owners brought great joy and excitement to our Peace Country, and hopefully some of that feeling went back with them in this painting.
Here is the old railway fence that runs along the highway into Spirit River. It has been there forever, getting more decrepit and more scenic every day. Usually there is an amazing sky above the open field above.
A very snowy alley! This was done from a photo taken last March here in Spirit River. Wow, we had quite a pile of snow last year, not helped by the drifting. As I type there are weather warnings for a good three quarters of North America, but despite the blowing snow outside I feel better when I compare this winter to last winter. I haven’t shoveled in a couple of weeks and I’d knock on wood except that it is actively snowing so shoveling is inevitable.
The old Spirit River Mission still stands on the original town site along the Spirit River. Built in 1880, this three storey building was a residence, stopping place and shelter for many pioneers. Now open to the sunshine and the frost, the Mission is still in remarkable condition for a wooden building out on the prairie.