Art Displays

July & August 2018

Main Lounge: Blaise Enright and Barry Peterson

Black and White Photography
Images from the book 111 West Coast Literary Portraits

bill bissett

Blaise Enright and Barry Peterson first met at the Ontario College of art, heading west after graduation to settle in B.C. There, they were intrigued by the breadth and depth of BC writing and decided that this province’s writers weren’t as appreciated as perhaps they should be. This began a photo documentary odyssey they called Lit Happens. Barry and Blaise hoped to create an exhibition that would tour public spaces—and it did! But the reach really grew when the project became a book. 111 West Coast Literary Portraits (Mother Tongue, 2012) brought rich black and white photographs, words, and biographies of writers to the entire country, from Caroline Adderson to Caroline Woodward.  You can find the book on our shelves at 810.99711 PET.

Blaise, who now lives in Nelson, has offered a selection of photographs for display through July and August, including images of authors Stephen Reid, Brian Brett, Linda Rogers, Susan Musgrave, Al Purdy, and bill bissett (pictured here).


Teen Scene: Bethany Pardoe, paintings

Pardoe Teen Art Display-Elephant

“My name is Bethany Pardoe. I am a sixteen year old aspiring artist living in Nelson BC. Art has always been a massive part of my life. Whether it’s painting, drawing, sketching, sewing, or writing, I am constantly creating. I do art at least every day, even if sometimes I’m just doodling in my math book. Art is a way to express oneself without necessarily using words. There’s so many different styles, mediums and subjects from so many different people and I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunities that allow me to contribute my own voice. Especially in Nelson, there is so much creativity to get inspiration from.

Ever since I was small I’ve loved drawing people. As I’ve grown, my style and technique has evolved, and continues to evolve, but my main subject is still people. Every face is unique and I want to portray the different emotions through my art. My main medium is acrylic. I use vibrant colors to demonstrate a mood. Each painting I do is an experiment and I learn something new each time. Art will always play a prominent role in my life.

As well as creating art in all its various forms, I also enjoy reading, running, singing and cooking.

If you would like to see more of my art, you can check out my new instagram  @ bethanypardoeart. If you have any questions you can email me at btp2101 @” – Bethany Pardoe.