Painting the music of Hope’s rivers, lakes, marshes and creeks

Watercolour and acrylic artist Holly Smith presents ‘Water Music’, gallery’s November backroom show

Since she returned to Hope after a 50-year absence, Holly Smith has been taking in the beauty of the waters surrounding her. ‘Water Music’ is her ode to this beauty, a backroom show at the Hope Arts Gallery that runs November long. (Submitted/Holly Smith photo)

Since she returned to Hope after a 50-year absence, Holly Smith has been taking in the beauty of the waters surrounding her. ‘Water Music’ is her ode to this beauty, a backroom show at the Hope Arts Gallery that runs November long. (Submitted/Holly Smith photo)

Holly Smith presents ‘Water Music’ for the Hope Arts Gallery Backroom Show from Oct. 29 to Nov. 29.

Holly is an accomplished artist in watercolours and acrylics who focuses on landscapes, oceans, rivers and lakes. She considers her works to be largely impressionistic in which she allows her love of colours, textures and contrast to burst forth.

‘Water Music’ is a collection of paintings celebrating the beauty of water in our natural environment. Since returning to Hope after a 50-year absence, she has been fascinated by the waterfalls, pools, creeks, marshes, rivers and lakes which are so much a part of our local landscape. When she is near water, she feels she regains her equilibrium. Perhaps because she is a harp player, she listens to the voices of the marsh and rivers and her soul is soothed. This collection has helped her find her way home. She hopes it resonates for her viewers in that they stop and take note of their surroundings.

Her message to people is to pay heed to what gives you pleasure and don’t be afraid to try something new. It can open a whole new universe you never knew existed.

Holly began painting after she retired from teaching. She has taken some classes but is largely self-taught. She is currently teaching beginner watercolour classes at the Art Machine.

Her studio is River Walk Studio and you can find more about her art at www.hollysmithartist.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 and District Arts Council and run by volunteers.

For information, call 604-869-3400 or email hopedistrictartscouncil@gmail.com.

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