Hope mountaineer and artist premieres ‘The Wilds of Hope’ backroom show

Artist, woodworker and photographer Justin Brown holds February Hope Arts Gallery show

Justin Brown is a woodworker, mountaineer and photographer, his art including ‘Winter Snag’ (pictured) is being showcased at the February Backroom show at the Hope Arts Gallery entitled ‘The Wilds of Hope.’ (Submitted photo)(Submitted artwork)

Justin Brown is a woodworker, mountaineer and photographer, his art including ‘Winter Snag’ (pictured) is being showcased at the February Backroom show at the Hope Arts Gallery entitled ‘The Wilds of Hope.’ (Submitted photo)(Submitted artwork)

Because so many people have found solace in the outdoors these past months, the Hope Arts Gallery is very excited to offer the first backroom show of 2021, ‘The Wilds of Hope,’ by Justin Brown.

This collection of incredible photographs, mixed media, and fine wood working opens Feb. 4 and runs until Feb. 28.

Justin is a local artist, woodworker and photographer with a passion for adventure in the wilderness, and an observant eye for finding the natural beauty which surrounds us here. He’s spent much of his life training with a mentor who taught him the skills of both mountaineering and photography, two activities which he blends very well. Growing up in Vancouver, he made the move to Hope 15 years ago to fulfill his dream of living closer to the mountains.

“Hope is unique as it sits nestled right in the centre of a variety of different landscapes and ecosystems,” he stated. Though the area surrounding Hope has seen heavy industrial use and resource extraction over the past century, there are still many gems to explore, and Justin is one to seek them out. Through his photography he hopes to continue to raise awareness of the unique beauty found here, and the importance of protecting significant ecosystems for the benefit of a healthy environment. “There is more to Hope than meets the eye, just take a walk and see.”

A large portion of the proceeds generated by his art sales are donated to non profit organizations which focus on education of wilderness and ecosystem conservation. If you would like to learn more about Justin, you may visit his web site www.justinbrownphotography.com.

The Hope Arts Gallery at 349 Fort St. is open Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is operated by the Hope District Arts Council and is run by volunteers. For information, call 604-869-3400 or email hopedistrictartscouncil@gmail.com. We hope you come down to the gallery to celebrate this accomplished artist and also to see the new exhibits on display in the three other gallery rooms. Expose yourself to ‘The Wilds of Hope’, you won’t be disappointed.

– Submitted by the Hope and District Arts Council

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