Each year, Two Rivers Gallery develops and circulates an exhibition throughout the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.
This year’s exhibition, titled Hold Fast / Let Go: Reflections on Home & Family, features artwork by Frances Gobbi (Prince George), Mo Hamilton (Prince George) and Catherine Ruddell (Revelstoke). The exhibition will tour between the months of July and September and will be hosted by: Notable Expressions (Mackenzie Community Arts Centre), Valley Museum & Archives (McBride), and Valemount Museum, where it will make its next stop on August 17, at 5 p.m.
Hold Fast / Let Go: Reflections on Home & Family, brings together three separate bodies of work that present different investigations on the subjects of home and family, and arise from a combination of objective inquiry and internal consideration.
Frances Gobbi’s geometric watercolour and graphite compositions, modelled after the biblical quilt pattern ‘Storm at Sea’, tell the story of navigating the challenges of home-life and motherhood, as well as reconciling personal beliefs with those instilled during her upbringing.
Mo Hamilton’s intimate block prints depict houses in curious scenarios, often symbolic of transition. Her work positions home as an experience that is deeply individual and constantly in flux.
Catherine Ruddell’s block printed and embroidered canvases feature repeating patterns of various plants inspired by her maternal grandmother’s stories and her own upbringing in Fort St. John. Her work highlights the role that place and family history can play in the forming of one’s identity.
A catalogue will accompany the travelling exhibition as well as a series of workshops. The second workshop, titled Creating Connection & Space: Geometric Design with Watercolour, will be led by the artist Frances Gobbi at the Valemount Museum on Saturday, August 18 from 12 to 4 p.m. Gobbi will teach participants to use watercolour to explore patterns and shapes to create a work of art reminiscent of a patchwork quilt. Advance registration is required.
The exhibition will run from August 17 to September 16 at the Valemount Museum. To register or for more information please contact the Valemount Museum. Registration fee is $10.00.