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CONTRIBUTION · 25th February 2011
Arjunna Miyagawa
There are still a couple of days left to view the current exhibit at the Terrace Art Gallery. Both the Northern Forms 2011 (Freda Diesing School of Northwest Art) and the Barbara Highe Retrospective exhibits will be open until this Saturday, February 26th.

The opening night garnered quite a bit of attention with 150 sets of eyes glued to the art filled walls of the upper and lower gallery. The upper portion of the gallery, brought to life by the beautiful art of the Freda Diesing school students, hosts a colourful display of clean lined First Nation’s art. Much of the attention on the opening night was focused on 2 particular pieces. The first, a very contemporary looking piece called ‘Butterflies and Rainforests,” by Nigel fox, displays a repetitive semi-abstract- red and yellow designs in a pattern that gives it sort of Escher-ish feel, while the other piece being a design of a frog by Jared Brown, looks more traditional but also a has a contemporary element, in that it is a new design never before seen, whilst using all the traditional rules of First Nation’s art.

The Lower portion of the gallery elegantly displays some pieces of Barbara Highe’s life of art. Highe was a major driving force behind the addition of the lower gallery.

According to Jim Williams, interim gallery coordinator, 10 Freda Diesing school pieces were purchased on the opening night; a testimony in itself as to the quality and beauty of these pieces.

If you have yet to go and check out this exhibit, I suggest you pencil in a bit of time for art and head down to the Terrace Art Gallery this Friday (the 25th) and Saturday and take in the visual delights of local artists.