Ponting featured artists at Martine’s

Martine’s Bistro in Comox features emerging artist Martha J. Ponting with a diverse collection of 17 paintings.

Beginning this week, Martine’s Bistro in Comox features emerging Comox Valley artist Martha J. Ponting with a diverse collection of 17 paintings.

Riding the crest of two highly successful winter exhibitions, Ponting has experienced a burst of creativity in her new studio. That has resulted in a flurry of vibrant pieces not previously exhibited.

Most of these, such as the stunning Marsh Reflections and the joyful Gladiolas, were produced specifically for the Martine’s exhibition.

The paintings on display range from the artist’s popular woods scenes and landscapes (Mount Rundle) to abstracts (Strength). Many reflect the artist’s deep spiritual connection with nature and her sensitivity to small wonders and subtleties in creation. Several highlight her more ornate, feminine side, while others explode with colourful intensity.

Raised on a farm on the outskirts of London, Ont., Martha Ponting came to the Valley and to art later in life. Largely self-taught, she is an eager learner and experimenter.

Her eclectic work is inspired by Emily Carr and others. Viewers will recognize also the inspiration provided by real life scenes on Vancouver Island, such as in her Forest Edge which springs from an excursion to the Elk Falls area. Her medium of choice is acrylic on canvas.

The Ponting exhibition will be on display until mid-September at Martine’s Bistro at 1754 Beaufort Ave. in Comox where the artist is known for her weakness for chef Marcus’ panko-crusted brie appetizer.

For dinner reservations, call 250-339-1199. For further information, contact Martha J. Ponting at 250-331-9607 or visit http://marthaponting.shawwebspace.ca.

— Martine’s Bistro


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