Art gallery features local family

Painting, pottery and drawings will be showcased throughout May

Sara Lesztak


A medley of artistic expression will be waiting to treat the viewer’s eye at the Hope Arts Gallery until May 28.

The McBride family: Bruce, Pamela, Jodi, Evita (age 6), and Malaika (age 3) will share their passion for painting, pottery, and drawing.

Malaika expresses her enjoyment for art by painting and creating creatures like pottery worms. Her grandma’s home is her workshop where she also uses her own pottery table.

Evita peruses pottery, drawing, and painting. She enriches flowers and fairy houses with rich, deep acrylic colours and sparkles.

Bruce was introduced to the three-dimensional challenges of pottery at The Art Machine two years ago.

“I like the dimensions of clay because I’m able to make the creations in my head,” he said. “The results can be awesome.”

Pamela’s special interest is painting. Her visions of nature as God’s creation come alive in acrylics and water colours. Pamela, who teaches at The Art Machine, has also done pottery work, and enjoys Chinese water colour and pen and ink.

Jodi’s pottery displays a special knack for mixing textures, metals, glass, and natural objects for a distinct theme.

“I see cracks and crooked lines as beauty because to me they reflect an imperfect world that is somehow still beautiful,” she said.

The backroom reception for All in the Family is on May 4 from 7-9 p.m. at 349 Fort St. Refreshments will be served.

For more information on the May exhibit, contact the Hope & District Arts Council at 604-869-3400 or

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