Quesnel artists showcase eclectic work at the Quesnel Art Gallery – Quesnel Cariboo Observer
Pat Hildebrandt and Sam Watters are proud to call Quesnel home.
The artists present various pieces, ranging from photographs to paintings in oils, watercolors and acrylics, exhibited at the latest exhibition “Eclectic.
“As the name suggests, it’s an eclectic, which means a bit of everything from all different sources,” Hildebrandt said.
She had lived in Quesnel for many years before moving and finally returning about a year and a half ago.
“Old chickens come home to roost,” Hildebrandt said with a laugh.
Watters, meanwhile, put away her things and her dogs three years ago after her husband died in Ontario.
After moving to Quesnel, she said she immediately joined the Quesnel Art Gallery.
“Then just recently I was asked to join the Quesnel & District Community Arts Council Board of Directors, and I’m going to be the Artwalk Coordinator for Quesnel this year, so I’m really excited,” said Watters said, noting that she put art on hold after becoming a mom.
“I’m getting back into my life.”
Both women find inspiration for their art in the environment around them.
Hildebrandt lives in a mobile home where she does most of her art at her kitchen table.
Although she was always interested in art as a child, she credits the Abbotsford Photography Club with honing her passion.
“I think it’s a hobby you can do in your old age, and a lot of people start when they’re old and find they have a real talent for it and maybe they don’t have it. never tried before,” said Hildebrandt.
“There are all kinds of ways to learn online these days.”
Watters, who lives near the Richbar Nursery overlooking the Fraser River, has launched her own brand “My House Is An Old Cabin” and sells some of her art under Cariboo Cabin.
She also works at Big Country Printers.
“It’s so beautiful here,” Watters said, noting some of the animals in her garden that she painted.
“I can’t look out the window without smiling, and I think every night I had a different sunset to watch.”
Works by Watters and Hildebrandt will be on display at the Quesnel Art Gallery until Friday, May 6.
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