The sights of the Alberta Rockies can be seen through the eyes of five provincial artists who exhibit their work at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery (MAG) from December 11 to March 12, 2022. Larry Reese of Half Moon Bay has 10 paintings exhibited.
The theme of the show is to capture the splendours of our Rocky Mountains, to draw attention to the fragile nature of this environment, by addressing the issues involving the controversial plans for the exploitation of non-renewable resources in this part of Alberta, âReese said. âOne of my paintings was used for the museum and art gallery poster announcing the exhibition,â he added.
The exhibit aims to draw attention to the resource-rich Rockies that provide freshwater to the province, as well as the mental and physical connections with nature.
âI have always been inspired by the sheer power of the mountains, the pristine nature of the air, water, flora and fauna found there. I feel rejuvenated every time I spend time in the mountains, especially when I paint. When I paint I can leave the annoyances and stresses of everyday life behind and step into a world of creative imagination. It is not a fun hobby, nor a hobby for me. It’s a connection to a bigger purpose in life, âReese said.
The free exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
As part of a downtown Sylvan Lake beautification project, Reese was one of many artists who showed up to share their comments. One of his paintings is displayed on the back doors of businesses at the corner of 50A Street and Lakeshore Drive. âMy painting shows an isolated grain elevator on the Prairies,â Reese said.
Reese hopes to share his appreciation for nature through paintings.
âI can’t wait to engage the viewer in appreciating the gifts nature offers us. We use the mountains for many valid reasons, make sure we preserve their pristine nature for future generations, âsaid Reese.
While the paintings in the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery exhibit are not for sale, Reese can be contacted for potential purchases by emailing [email protected] or through his website at larryreese .that.