Hope Arts Gallery’s December Back Room Show is about connections, with other people and the natural world, sustaining us through tough times. (Pixabay photo)

Hope Arts Gallery’s December Back Room Show is about connections, with other people and the natural world, sustaining us through tough times. (Pixabay photo)

Honouring the power of connections at Hope Arts Gallery

December Back Room Show looks at connections maintained, severed during chaotic year

The members of the Hope Arts Gallery have chosen the theme of connections for the December Back Room Show.

The theme is in recognition of connections people have held onto while our world has swirled in chaotic directions this past year.

The proliferation of all kinds of communications has been astounding. Resistance to our newly constricted life has led to eruptions of innovations like water seeking a new riverbed.

We have maintained connections through technology of inspired videos, extended phone calls and Zoom meetings. The lockdowns have given many time to truly appreciate what we have always had. Like the feelings in your heart when a child puts their hand in yours and when a loved one puts an arm around your shoulder. Like coming home from the outside dark and cold to the aromas of cooking in a warm home.

Our connections are not limited to humans. There is the joy of your dog fetching its leash to go for a walk with you. The grandeur of a whale emerging alongside your kayak to have a look at you. Tasting the freshness of the first peas in your garden. The silence of a snowstorm. The moon rising over the vast wilderness of the north country.

We honour the terrible sadness of severed connections from loved ones and their losses.

The Hope Art Gallery members deeply treasure our connection with our community. Please come and celebrate our gratitude for your support in this town of Hope.

The show will run from Dec. 3 to 20, Thursdays to Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The gallery is located at 349 Fort St. It is operated by the Hope and District Arts Council and run by volunteers.

For information, call 604-869-3400 or email hopedistrictartscouncil@gmail.com. Check out our new look at www.hopedistrictartscouncil.com.

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