By Jaqueline Pendergast
Following the success of last year’s Art in the Park experience in Glacier National Park, six artists from Revelstoke decided to repeat the experience in a contrasting environment by organizing a trip to Pacific Rim National Park. The group traveled to Ucluelet stopping on the way to visit the Vancouver Art Gallery to view the works of Emily Carr, Jack Shadbolt and the Dutch Masters. The visit provided the artists with a wealth of ideas and a great start to their trip.
Days in Pacific Rim National Park were spent recording their impressions of the ocean and forest environments through sketching, painting and photographing. Hiking excursions were made to such places as HalfMoonBay, Schooner Cove and many other destinations. The group also visited the local aquarium and the Giant Cedars at Cathedral Grove. They found the whole experience inspirational and returned to Revelstoke with an overwhelming number of plans.
The experience will form the basis for a number of works to be completed by each artist for an exhibition at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre in October 2009. The participating artists are: Gwen Lips, Tina Lindegaard, Nicola McGarry, Jacqueline Pendergast, Cherie Van Overbeke and Kip Wiley.
Here is a series of images of the six artists taken during their trip.