The Growing Season is a collaborative exhibition of art by Caily Oldershaw and Dori Braun.
Our show explores what it means to flourish as human beings responding to the nature of Northern Canada. Through our various art forms we examine our relationships to family, community, and nature living in a rural northern area.
A life-long multi-disciplinary artist, Dori’s work has evolved over decades of learning and sharing her art with her community. The connection between clay, nature, art, family, and trauma is a powerful force in her work.
Dori is currently serving as President of the Dawson Creek Potters Guild and is active on several other Arts related boards. She has taught ceramics since the 1980’s and currently teaches at both the Dawson Creek Art Gallery as well as the Calvin Kruk Center for the Arts.
Dori’s current body of work flows through the seasons of her life as a daughter, mother, and grandmother, and how nature adds beauty to all those relationships. She explores a variety of atmospheric firing techniques and cold finishes for this work.
Caily Oldershaw was born and raised by a family of beekeepers in northern British Columbia. She is an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and paints full time in her studio at Calvin Kruk Centre in Dawson Creek, BC.
Caily looks for fleeting moments with eye catching compositions to create her oil paintings; from the bold colours of bees on roadside wildflowers to the quiet charm of a wheat field on a cloudy day. Her work is an expression of the beauty and abundance that the Peace River Region provides.
Mary Parslow, B.Ed.(Art) AFCA
I am enthusiastic about the curves, lines, and patterns in nature. I love weather and the effect of wind on trees, plants, and water. I have an affinity for all things wild and natural. My subject matter can usually be summed up as an aspect of birds, beasts, branches and more recently bodies.
“The human figure expresses the spirit and life of a human being. This is what makes it endlessly fascinating. Every emotion that can be felt and every idea that can be thought can be expressed through the language of the figure. Dancers and actors do it in real time and space. Figure artists do this in the timeless realm of pictorial space. This expression of meaning is what can lift drawing, (and other art processes), to the realm of poetry. It captures the mood or meaning of the moment.” Bill Buchman
For the last year I have been involved in an experimental printmaking series on the female human body. I have been working to express the emotions, moods, and movements mostly associated with the effects of trauma and PTSD on the body. Along with a great deal of reading and research I have gathered personal information and observations from first-responder family members and others in the field. I found the research, the thoughts and the feelings emerged expressively in my life through my art which I offer to you here as: INSIDE OUT -a tapestry of human expression.
Artist Volker (Mike) Kroecher
I feel inspired by the natural magic in the ever-changing, dramatic moods of the Peace River Valley and its surroundings. In my paintings and prints, I am trying to show the impacts of nature on my way of thinking and seeing. I also focus on the damaging interference of man’s activities, such as BC Hydro’s Site C.
Artist Karin Kroecher
In this collection, Vistas of the Peace, I have tried to capture the awe-inspiring grandeur and the quiet delicacy of my surroundings. As a viewer of art, I respond so intensely to use of colour that it supersedes my preference for an artist, a style, or a topic. However, my print-making pushes me to first explore the power of shape, line and design in black and white. Colour then becomes a secondary choice to convey the nuances of a scene.