The Rustad Galleria, located parallel to the North and South Canfor Galleries, is an exhibition space dedicated to presenting work by local and regional artists. Exhibitions in this space typically run for a month. All local and regional artists from the Regional District of Fraser Fort-George are encouraged to submit proposals.
These exhibitions are free to the public every day of the week and the Galleria space offers a compelling venue for the exploration of our regional artists.
March 9 - April 23, 2017
Erich Franz. Bull Trout, 2015. Graphite on paper.
Life Aquatic is an exhibition of drawings that honour the meditative act of fly-fishing and tying. Erich Franz explains: “when undertaking these tasks one must adopt a certain rhythm – move too fast or too slow and it won’t work.” Finding this pace involves focus and repetition; once it is achieved Franz finds himself completely present in the moment, comfortably lost in the task at hand.
Carefully planned in advance, each drawing is developed using a mandala format and a detailed repeating pattern taking up to forty hours to complete. The imagery within the mandalas themselves draws from aquatic ecology, and from equipment specific to the world of fly-fishing and tying.
The level of commitment demanded by Franz’ drawing process is equal to his passion for fly-fishing and tying. Life Aquatic is an exhibition that embodies this passion, and speaks to the importance of taking time for ones self.
Please join us for the FREE opening reception at 7:30pm, Thursday March 9 in the Rustad Galleria.
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