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New travelling exhibition showcases the humour and rough edges of familiar northern landscapes

Two Rivers Gallery has announced this year’s travelling exhibition, to be presented at Mackenzie Community Arts Centre, Valemount and Area Museum, and Valley Museum & Archives, featuring work by Prince George-based artist Emily Wilson.

For Emily, Up Around the Bend is the culmination of sights seen along Highway 16 over many years living and working in northwestern British Columbia. The result is a captivating series of paintings that tell an honest story of life in the region, from the majestic mountain peaks to the rustic service stations.

Up Around the Bend takes visitors on an uncanny road trip along Highway 16. Using the road as both a narrative tool and a metaphor for the boundary between nature and human industry. Wilson captures the character of Northwestern British Columbia in a way that allows us to see it in a new light.

This work challenges the long tradition of representing the Canadian landscape as pristine, untouched wilderness. By including both the picturesque and the gritty realities of the region, Wilson captures the North with thoughtful observation and a sense of humour. It feels familiar to those who live here and is a candid introduction for those who don’t.

Emily Wilson’s understanding of home is interwoven with the wilderness.

In discussing Up Around the Bend, she said: “Whether you’ve lived your whole life in northern B.C. or you’ve never set foot near here, I hope these new works will show you both the dark and light, the weirdness and beauty that make this region unique.”

Wilson lives and works on Lheidli T’enneh territory and holds a Certificate of Visual Arts from Vancouver Island School of Art and a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science and History from McGill University.

Exhibition Opening

Up Around the Bend will be on display at Mackenzie Community Arts Centre from June 10th to July 10th, with the opening reception held on June 10 at 6 p.m. The opening receptions for Valemount and Area Museum and Valley Museum & Archives in McBride will be announced later.

Please visit the venues’ websites for their days and hours of operation.

Mackenzie Community Arts Centre: June 10 – July 10

Valemount and Area Museum (TBA)

Valley Museum &Archives, McBride (TBA)

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