New works for Pemberton art show 

Mountains of Art showcases talent of the Pemberton Arts Council

click to enlarge Into the Wild Pemberton Arts Council artist Lynn Pocklington will showcase new artworks at Mountains of Art on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Pemberton Vineyard and Inn.
  • Into the Wild Pemberton Arts Council artist Lynn Pocklington will showcase new artworks at Mountains of Art on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Pemberton Vineyard and Inn.

What: Mountains of Art

When: Saturday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.

Where: Pemberton Vineyard and Inn

Tickets: $15

There is nothing like a deadline to get those creative juices flowing, even if you don’t want them to.

I caught up with Lynn Pocklington just as she was wrapping up the last brush strokes of a new painting she will show at Mountains of Art on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Pemberton Vineyard and Inn as part of the Pemberton WinterFest.

Hell, with still five days to go, she obviously was able to crack the whip on procrastination or maybe she wanted to give the paint time to dry before hanging.

But what really has Pocklington’s brushes sweeping and swishing these days is her newfound love of bears.

Black bears, grizzly bears, cubs, and adults: she’ll paint any of the creatures she often calls neighbours.

This new artwork in acrylics entitled Cozy Moments illustrates a mother Grizzly bear with her cub resting on her back. The image was inspired by a photo slide show presented by bear expert Charlie Russell at MY Millennium Place last year. So inspired, she is already planning her own adventure to the Grizzly Bear Reserve in Alaska, so that she can snap her own photos to paint from.

The active member of the Pemberton Arts Council brings more than just courage to her canvas. She graduated from Capilano College’s art program and after a six-year trudge through Vancouver’s commercial art scene, she and her family moved to Pemberton where she opened her own business, Whistler Graphic Designs. The avid skier and snowmobiler is most famous for her sweeping landscape paintings, which previously played a secondary role.

Now she just can’t get enough of them with up-close-and-personal portraits looking out from giant-scale canvases.

“I separated the two,” she said of her once landscape and wildlife formula. “I like it so I can focus and see the character and emotion (of the animal).”

Pocklington is only one of a dozen-plus artists who will showcase their work at this rustic and original vineyard inn. New this year includes Marlise Witschi, Anette Effe and Maiee Hawker. Other talents include Meg Gallup, Lisa Komuro, Martin Dainden, Michelle Beauregard, Alea Beauregard, Wim Tewinkle, Judy Bourhis, Karen Love, Janet Roddan, Delany Zayac, Tim Napier, Mike Tyler, Billy Dan, Donna Jane, Frances Dickinson and Helen Utsal.

The artist showcase of painting, sculpture, pottery and woodworking also includes live music from Suzanne Wilson as well as sushi, martinis, wine, and elegant nibblies both savoury and for the sweet tooth prepared by Pemberton Vineyard and The Fat Duck Cuisine chefs.

On drink is included with the $15 ticket.

Advance tickets are available at the Mount Currie Coffee Co. and the Pemberton Valley Supermarket. Only 100 tickets are available for this intimate fundraiser for the Pemberton Arts Council.

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