I'm so pleased to hear that my friend and local artist, Susan Schaefer, will be showing her work at Island Exposures in Parksville for the month of September! Her exhibit “Prairie Whispers...on the Move” will be on display the entire month.
You'll see acrylic paintings, including sway-back barns, chuck wagons, the iconic elevators and much more. Born and raised in the prairies, Susan holds the expansive prairie landscapes close to her heart. Her brother and father still farm the family homestead, now over 100 years old.
“ The idea of doing a series of prairie paintings came about while visiting my parents in Fort Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan,” says Susan. “Their neighbour asked if I could do a painting of a grain elevator from the town where his wife grew up. Then someone else asked me to paint an elevator from her hometown. Since then, I've done numerous commissions, many of them elevators, including the popular “Dog River” from the TV show Corner Gas.”
“ I love painting prairie scenes ... preserving a small bit of history on canvas, while capturing the quiet beauty of the prairies.”
Residing in Qualicum Beach BC, Susan continues to grow as an artist by participating and organizing workshops for the talented professional artists she admires. Susan is also the publisher of the popular Island Arts Magazine.
You'll see “Prairie Whispers...on the Move” for the entire month of September 2015 at Island Exposures, 5-183 West Island Hwy in Parksville. The gallery is owned by photographer, Craig Carmichael.