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I am looking forward to exhibiting in the Two Rivers Gallery, in Prince George, as part of the exhibit, First.

I have submitted two pieces, one of which has never been shown in public.

This exhibit marks a bit of an emotional milestone for me because it is the same gallery where I fell in love with art as an adult. This was back in 2003 when I was introduced to the gallery. I was going to college in Kamloops, and seeing a girl from PG. I was introduced to concepts such as negative space and expression. It was a medium where I could connect with like minded people. I was hooked.

I had the opportunity, recently, to discuss this milestone with the gallery tech at Two Rivers and he told me that he was pleased, because if “art can’t inspire on a different level than TV or other media, then what is the point of art?”

Two Rivers Gallery is no slouch as far as galleries in the area go. It has exhibited works from artists such as Andy Warhol and Ted Harrison. I am going to be exhibiting alongside Robert Davidson in this particular show.

It gives me goosebumps that I have been given the opportunity to celebrate what would seem like a new milestone in my art career at a location where my art career was born.

Opening night is at 7:30pm on Thursday, April 12th at the gallery.

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Today we had the honor of hearing the artist Roy Henry Vickers talk to the class. Roy is energetic, enthusiastic and totally engrossing in his speeches. He covered topics ranging from his life history to design. Roy had a way of capturing the attention of his audience with a gentle, yet responsive tone and always was sensitive to his audience. I know that a few times during the presentation he answered questions that I had without me even having to ask them. One of these questions was about where he got such amazing story telling skills. Roy confided to us that he gained these skills from two people, one person being the poet and scholar Chief Dan George and the other person being a gentleman who spoke in his village when he was younger. Roy said that Chief Dan George taught him to speak “from here”, pointing to his chest. Roy also mentioned that one of his elders taught him to speak from the heart, because when you speak “from here”, you speak to others “right here.”

Roy went on to discuss his gallery, the Eagle Aerie Gallery, in Tofino; his family and children; and some of his key prints. Roy described his experiences with tears and laughter. Roy described his prints in tones of emotion and reminiscence. Roy touched upon various issues that are close to his heart, such as the protection of the rivers and waters in the area from potentially destructive influences such as the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway project and the suspended Shell Coalbed Methane development. Roy said something that is true about the rivers–they are the lifeblood of the people. Kill or polute these rivers and you seriously injure the traditional ways of the first nations, possibly forever.

Roy went on to talk about what makes a print valuable and even what makes a print an original work of art. He said that when you make an edition, especially your first edition, your reputation is on the line. To me, he impressed upon me to make my first edition a high quality one and never another cheap old giclee edition.

Tomorrow he will be discussing prints and computer design. Stay tuned.

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