Karen and her students exhibit in Hope

Landscapes and abstracts abound at new show

Karen Butchart and her students in “Karen’s Klass” from Agassiz are presenting landscapes and abstracts in the April Backroom Show at the Hope Arts Gallery.

New to creative artwork, her students are Ellie van Dongen, Twyla MacArthur, Cathy Kite, Young Kim, Gina Ryan and Linda McIntyre.

Karen says of herself, “red berries throughout the dark green leaves of a small holly tree. Eye-catching. And, for me, inspiring. I hurry home to paint this red and green image. I’m working small these days. I like to show the variety and intricate excitement of God’s beautiful earth. I paint every day, hoping to illustrate our beautiful upper Fraser Valley, our mountains, the Fraser River, our lakes and our forests.”

Butchart says she takes inspiration from Emily Carr, Franklin Carmichael, J.E.H. MacDonald and Tom Thompson. She has spent 50 years painting and drawing, and has done some art education at UBC.

“I love to create. In this show, I’ve hung over 40 small, original and recent artworks. As my students progress, I also learn. To teach every week is a pleasure for us all,” Butchart said.

The show will run April 1 to 28 at the Hope Arts Gallery, 349 Fort St. The reception will be Saturday, April 14, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 to 4 pm. It is operated by the Hope and District Arts Council and run by volunteers. For information, call 604-869-3400 or email hopearts@telus.net.

– Submitted by the Hope and District Arts Council.

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