Laura Nelson (Kennedy) was born and raised in Fernie and after university and travel, returned in 1988 to make a life with husband Terry and their two boys. After 15 years as a small business owner (Polar Peek Books) Laura is finding more time to focus on her painting.
Fernie’s fabulous forests are part of our heritage and a huge inspiration for Laura’s work. Being literally surrounded by the most easterly temperate rainforest in North America, trees are deeply rooted in our everyday life. Fernie people love to hike, bike and ski through the trees. Our homes are mostly built of wood, and we keep them warm in the winter burning wood we salvage from our forests. People visit Fernie from around the world to experience the beauty of our forests, and the wildlife, rivers and streams they support.
Through a collection of 20 acrylic paintings “Taking Root” celebrates the beauty and diversity of the tree and invites viewers to go beyond the aesthetic and reflect on the significance of our forests and their own relationship with the tree.
To bring awareness to the Museum’s archival and artifact collection relating to this theme, a small historical exhibit highlighting Fernie’s relationship with the tree will complement the exhibit.