What would life be without colour and light? Without beauty?
Most would agree it would be sorely lacking and dreary.
An upcoming show, PaintScapes and GlassShapes II, at the Fort Gallery has an abundance of both: abstract acrylic paintings by Dorthe Eisenhardt and fused glasswork by Judy Jones and it bears witness to the two Tsawwassen artists' love of colour and light as well as their delight in their materials and in the process of creating beauty.
Both artists have been members of the collective for several years and are showing all new work created during the year following their show PaintScapes and GlassShapes I in 2010.
Eisenhardt is an experienced and intuitive painter with a strong affinity for nature. In her work she is mainly concerned with the interaction of colour, light and space.
"I look at each painting as a symphony of colours," she says, "and as a celebration of the natural world around me. The paintings are a tribute to a world that we are very much a part of."
Jones has worked with fused glass for many years and her vibrant work bears witness to her vivid imagination and her ability to find new and unique ways of experimenting with the fluidity and vibrancy of glass.
"It is always a surprise to open the kiln and see how the colours of the spectrum have played with each other," she says.
The show runs from Sept. 14 to Oct. 2 at the Fort Gallery, 9048 Glover Rd., Fort Langley. An opening reception is set for Sept. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.