The Old Schoolhouse Gallery welcomes newcomer, accomplished artist, Maureen Bader. Maureen, originally from British Columbia, came to Cortes Island just about a year ago after living for a number of years in Wyoming.
Ms Bader says she is largely self taught and has been painting and honing her skills for many years. Her preferred medial is oils but her secondary expression is with pastels. Both these are exemplified with some 40 works. Entitled “Transitions West to West Coast”, Maureen has begun to fully embrace the ‘wild’ of her move.
Contrasted to the almost peaceful generic pictures of Wyoming, and there are many examples of that period, are sequences of Eagles, Deer, Hummingbirds, Derelict Abandoned Cars, and Arbutus scenes. This viewer liked the almost alien, definitely predator close up series of the Eagles. No attempt has been made to Disney-fy them! The deer too are depicted as individuals and noble creatures. A pastel series of ignored moss covered abandoned vehicles is exquisitely, abstractly, represented.
Most of these paintings and pastels can be viewed on her website, but I encourage you to go and see the real ones for their power and grace.www.maureenbader.com
This show continues this weekend and next.Next Friday Maureen will demonstrate painting.
This Sat and Sun July 14, 15, 2-6 PM
Friday July 20 Demonstration 6 -9 PM
Sat and Sun July 21, 22, 2-6 PM