Indefinite painting style on display at Fernie Arts Station

Participants from two courses taught by Marla deBoon will have their work on display at the Fernie Arts Station starting July 28.

Local artist Marla deBoon taught a class on a unique style of painting. A selection of the works created in her class will be on display at the Arts Station for their next exhibit

The Fernie Arts Station will be opening a new show July 28. The exhibit will be put on by the Visual Arts Guild and feature a variety of work. The bulk of the shows collection will be from acrylic paintings done by participants in two courses that were hosted in Fernie by Marla deBoon.

In the fall of 2015, local artist Marla deBoon was asked to do a workshop on a whimsical style of painting that she learned a year prior. In the summer of 2014, deBoon and a few fellow painters took an e-course with Flora Bowley.

“Watching [Bowley] paint, I felt what she was teaching would help me to be more than I was. She certainly stretched me out of my comfort zone. It was intuitive painting.  Working in abstract and playing with the paint. Working with what happens and if something pops into your head, you go with that,” deBoon said. “Nothing is precious. Your work is continually evolving. It was hard learning to play and they were asking me to teach something I felt was not a real concrete thing, like a photograph or object placed in front of you. There is no preconceived idea of what you are going to paint.”

Despite the indefinite style and subject, deBoon agreed to host a 10-person class, which was at capacity.

“That first evening at the Arts Station was very exciting and nerve-racking for all of us. I taught some of what I learned in the e-course and some of what I had figured out myself. We worked in acrylic paint. Initially the work is very loose with no thought of what it would become. Then you come to a point where you have to commit to something,” she said. “A colour scheme or an image, but still be flexible and follow what comes to you. Follow your intuition. It’s easier said than done. We had lots of personal growth and ‘ah ha’ moments. I think everyone was challenged at some point in the process. It is a very different way to paint.”

The painting style and approach created an even painting field of sorts for participating painters, long time artists were challenged to change their habits and perspectives, while new painters dove head first into their work.

“I think the work that resulted was mind blowing. Some people had never painted before. Everyone was brave. Works were not necessarily completed at the workshop, but that was okay. It is about the process of making art. Everyone’s thoughts are different so every piece of art is unique,” she said. “Those individuals who painted lots previously, worked as hard as those who never painted before. It might have been harder for them, because they pushed themselves beyond what they normally do. Some of the techniques or subjects they like, came through in new ways. It was very exciting to watch.”

deBoon concluded the interview with some thoughts on the upcoming month-long exhibit.

“We talked about having a show of finished works when everyone completed pieces, but the timing never seemed to work. So this show will be a selection of some of the work done in that first course and a following one. There will be other works of art as well because the show is being put on by the Visual Arts Guild. The show opens on July 28 at 7p.m., at the Arts Station and runs until Aug. 22. It should be a very exciting display.”

Just Posted

High school presents Alice In Wonderland

Since January the students, costume designers, set designers and musicians worked on this performance.

Boxers represent Fernie in Lethbridge

Two boxers from Fernie Old School boxing will be representing their mountain… Continue reading

Mountain biker rescued

An injured mountain biker has been rescued by Fernie Search and Rescue.

Cameras to capture airborne dust

The District of Sparwood will install two cameras to document airborne dust caused by a nearby mine.

Homeless people living on ‘Surrey Strip’ move into modular housing

BC Housing says 160 homeless people are being moved into temporary Whalley suites from June 19 to 21

BC Ferries posts strong earnings before rate cuts

Last year highest ever for vehicle traffic, most walk-ons in 20 years

More than 150 tremors hit Vancouver Island in last 24 hours

Seismologists monitor to see if pressure will be added to major fault

Snapchat used to make mass shooting threat in Kamloops

RCMP did not dub the threat a hoax, instead called it “unsubstantiated”

B.C. groups file response to government’s fight against solitary confinement

B.C. Supreme Court judge suspended ruling for one year to give government time to draft legislation

National sports organizations have to report allegations of abuse immediately

Sporting organizations will lose federal funding abuse goes unreported, says Kirsty Duncan

BC conservation officers release badger from wolf trap

Badger recovering after being caught in trap near Williams Lake

B.C. Christian school mulls covenant, future of law school after court ruling

The university still wants to open a law school, but is looking at its options.

Ultra-low cost airline to launch in B.C. this week

Swoop destinations include Abbotsford, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Halifax and Edmonton

Most Read