Vernon Drive Grocery by Jeff Wilson. (Submitted)

Paintings, photographs displayed together in Chilliwack art show ‘People and Places’

Photographic work of Graham Dowden and landscape paintings of Jeff Wilson fill Cultural Centre walls

The exhibition People and Places at the O’Connor Group Art Gallery brings together the figurative photography of Graham Dowden and the landscape painting of Jeff Wilson.

The exhibition is on display March 6 to April 13 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

Photographs of people in public places aim for a spontaneity that sometimes hints at the private life behind the public persona. In contrast, landscape painting is a more deliberate analysis of light and colour that aims to reflect the broader world. This exhibition combines these separate traditions in a setting which emphasizes not their differences but what they have in common.

Graham Dowden is a former University of the Fraser Valley English instructor turned photographer whose work has been shown in Vancouver, Surrey, Prince George, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Fort Langley, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, and Mission. His 2007 one-man show at the Mission Art Gallery was held in conjunction with the release of his book Around Mission. He lives in Chilliwack.

Jeff Wilson is a Scottish-Canadian artist living and working in Vancouver. Jeff has exhibited in a wide range of public art galleries in BC, Alberta, and Washington State, including 2018 shows at the Art Gallery of St. Albert and the Port Moody Arts Centre. Jeff has received a number of awards, including Finalist in the inaugural Saltspring National Art Prize. Jeff is represented by Hambleton Galleries in Kelowna and Van Dop Gallery in New Westminster.

People and Places featuring Graham Dowden and Jeff Wilson runs March 6 to April 13 at the Art gallery in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Opening reception is Saturday, March 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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Strassenorgel by Graham Dowden. (Submitted)

Frenchman River by Jeff Wilson. (Submitted)

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