An exhibit opened up at the Arts Station on Wednesday, March 25 that opened up viewers eyes to the colours and sights of Fernie through stained glass.
Delyea impulsively dove into the art of stained glass mosaic 12 years ago and has since then been improving her craft through online mosaic communities.
Unlike their stained window counterparts that benefit from backlighting, the unique collection — titled Valley Visions — presented offered opaque and vibrantly coloured landscapes and impressionist works of nature through artist Bev Delyea’s perspective.
An immediate draw was an intricate mosaic of the commanding gaze of a grizzly bear that Delyea has attributed as a favourite of hers.
Based off a painting her husband had originally drawn, it was difficult to tear away from not only the myriad of glass that comprised the engrossing gaze of the bear but also the non-threatening depiction of the animal itself.
Each mosaic was presented with small descriptions from the artist, detailing the inspiration behind each piece.
Inspired by the nature of Fernie and the way she sees it, other stunning works include a glorious bloodshot sunset hanging on the Arts Station’s mantle and a mosaic of poppies hung in the corner.
Of this piece Delyea notes that, unlike a painter, who can create their own colours through mixing various shades, that her creations are infinitely more difficult to create as she has to wait for the perfect shades of glass to create her pieces.
Valley Visions by Bev Delyea will be on display at the Arts Station until Monday, April 27.