Jane Clark: The Changing Landscape of BC

Opening Reception: Tuesday, August 27, 6–8 p.m.

Meet the Artist: Saturday, August 31, 2–3 p.m.

UK born artist Jane Clark has developed a body of work, both as a painter and as one of Canada’s national poets, inspired by the vast and isolated wilderness of her chosen land of Canada.

The Changing Landscape of BC presents a collection of paintings, sketches and photographs, and after 25 years she looks again at Northern BC landscapes from a climate change lens.

The artwork presented in this exhibition documents the dramatic retreat of the three main glaciers she visited in her most recent great northern adventure in BC: Bear Glacier, Salmon Glacier and Great Glacier.

Well-behaved women seldom make history” reads a sign at the back of Jane Clark’s wheelchair. At age 91 and after a recent stroke that left her painting one-handed, her urgency mobilized her to jump in a helicopter and fly over these magnificent landscapes to critically join the global conversation on climate change. “With one hand left from a stroke, I will continue my self-made task to bring the viewer to my work and invite moments of peace or excitement at natures’ work in Canada.”

She describes her paintings as recordings for the future on what this land was truly like in her time here and attempts to place these views on paper or canvas as she knows that one day they will vanish under concrete and glass.