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Human, Nature in Fernie
A mix of sculpture and paintings come together to create the latest dynamic exhibit on display at The Arts Station. Pat Luders and Jennifer McAuley have teamed up to produce ‘Human, Nature.’
The title of the show comes from a common theme in the two artists’ work, the importance of nature, and the impact that culture and industry have on the landscape.
A sculptor who enrolled in art school mid-life, Luders was immediately drawn to sculpture because of her interest in ancient cultures and civilizations. Sculptors have used the same materials for thousands of years, and through working with clay, bronze, and wood, she feels a connection to other eras and cultures.
Sculpting both classical bronze portraits and abstract multi-media tables, Luders finds her inspiration from her natural surroundings, as well as the creativity and talents of fellow artists who record, energize, and enrich the world through arts and culture.
Moving from Vancouver to the Kootenays has changed the perspective of McAuley’s paintings. Surrounded by natural beauty, she focuses on the minute details in nature, the details of a riverstone, the colours of the leaves in the fall, and the song of a bird. Primarily using oil on panel, McAuley’s paintings are a reflection of her struggle to engage with the world around her and her drive to communicate as a deeply creative person.
Join the artists at The Arts Station for the opening reception of Human, Nature tonight at 7 p.m.