Well known Valley fine artist Joe Smith kicks off the art show season by holding his first show of the year at Filberg Lodge May 10 and 11.
Smith, who is known for his realistic approach to conveying the beauty of B.C.’s west coast in acrylics and watercolors, has been holding solo art shows at the lodge for a number of years.
“I like to exhibit in the lodge,” said Smith. “Because it is a home it gives people a better sense of visualizing what a painting would look like hanging on a wall in a in their own home.”
Smith also says that because of its historical connection to establishing a lifestyle based on the mountains, forests and ocean it enhances the feelings he is trying to portray in his landscapes and seascapes.
“On the West Coast we are surrounded by beauty,” he added. “In my paintings I try to capture not only the sense of awe people have about our natural environment but also provide them with an opportunity to hang a little piece of that in their own homes as a constant reminder of the joy it can bring into their lives.”
“Along the same line, one of the things that people comment on when they view my paintings is their familiarity,” he noted. “I’m delighted they feel that way because when I decide on a location, I try to choose a vantage point that will be meaningful to the viewer … something they can relate to such as a spot they have actually stood on or a scene that brings back a fond memory.”
Another comment that Smith said he hears often is related to how his paintings convey a sense of serenity and restfulness.
“When an artist sets out to do a painting they are usually trying to communicate something,” he explained. “I suppose what motivates me is an inherent search for calmness and at the same time an attempt to make a statement about the beauty that can be found all around us.”
The paintings in this show certainly convey both the serenity and spectacular beauty of the West Coast. From a walk along a rainforest trail, to a rugged shoreline to a view of the glacier, they all give the viewer some insight as to why we say B.C. is the best place in the world to live.
Smith will be on hand both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With the Lodge being officially open for the season, there will be lots of activity to help make your visit an outing.
Filberg Heritage Lodge is located at 61 Filberg Road in Comox.