The art of the prairie winter


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March 3, 2015 8:15 AM

“This one has a pureness and a peacefulness, doesn’t it? And this one almost has a grandeur and a glory. The snow and the greyness make the colours pop so much more vibrantly,” Dawn Hames said.

Hames is admiring the paintings and photographs on display as part of the Prairie Winter Art Show, which is being exhibited at her store, Dawn Interiors. Hames says the art show has been held for over a decade, starting in coffeehouses before moving into her interior decorating shop. She may have even found a new coffee shop venue for the show.

“We may be able to continue our coffeehouse tradition,” she said. “Having coffee and looking at the local art is a real cultural thing ... Canadians drink a lot of coffee and tea in the winter, we’ve got to keep warm, and so the two kind of mix together.”

Lloydminster area artists with their work on display in the store in include painters Grace Allen and Graham Flatt, and photographer Danielle Nichol. The art being showcased is also available for purchase.

“A lot of the artists look to the landscape,” she said. “A high percentage of Canadian art is landscape because our country is so amazingly beautiful.”

Alongside the landscapes are works of abstract art, as well as paintings and pictures that depict the northern lights, winter wildlife and hoar frost in the morning sun.

“The prairie winter is sort of a cultural experience and when an artist portrays this experience it’s absolutely beautiful and brilliant, full of colour,” she said, “In our prairie winter there’s a lot of greyness, but there’s also a lot of amazing colour and the artists are able to pull that out and show that in their work.”

Hames says she has been hosting artists’ work since 1988. She always has exhibits moving through her store and encourages local artists to approach her to inquire about displaying their creations.

“Some people feel like they have to be invited, but all the shows are open to any local artists who want to exhibit their work,” she said. “There aren’t a lot of opportunities for local artists to exhibit their work, so this is an open opportunity. We show all kinds of art and we don’t discriminate.”

The Prairie Winter Art Show is on display at Dawn Interiors until March 31.

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