Issue #23 |

In This Issue…

By Joanna Moen

This past summer, Art of the Peace took to the road. Yes, I know in the age of Skype, email and the good old telephone, we could have made-do, but meeting the artists of the Peace face-to-face and seeing their work first hand was inherently more rewarding.

Fellow art lovers and Art of the Peace contributors, Debbie Courvoisier and Andrea Johansson, joined me in the old Santa Fe for a trip to meet Barry Moss (featured in Art Out There). We had heard an artful buzz from Fort St. John this year and we had to check it out; we were not disappointed. Barry is a dynamo of energy and experience whose vision for the North Peace Gallery is truly exciting.

We also visited with Karl Mattson in Rolla. Talk about vision! Karl has motorcycles perched atop five metre poles, enormous metal sculptures, a five generation old dovetail log home, a Buddha garden and a generous, compassionate and truly creative soul. I had the pleasure of meeting his artist-mom, Emily Mattson and viewing her sun-drenched, sculpture-laden studio (replete with pot belly stove and quilts to wrap oneself in over a cup of tea). Emily’s media includes stained glass, ceramics, metal, and—get ready—cow placentas, beautifully rendered. I can promise that you will be hearing more about the Mattson family of Rolla in upcoming issues.

And in the spirit of not being a GP-centric magazine—we are after all ‘Art of the Peace’ and that extends far into points north—we have articles from Fairview and Chetwynd, Peace River and Tumbler Ridge. It’s getting chilly folks! Find your softest comforter, a cup o’Joe and enjoy our latest Art of the Peace offerings.

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