Plein Air brought out the best in Ashcroft

Writer praises the organizers and participants in the Ashcroft Plein Air, as well as the beautiful works of art created.

Dear Editor

It isn’t surprising that Art has put the focus on Ashcroft again this year, with the very successful Plein Air event held mid-week, Sept 16, 17th and 18th.

Several Victoria-based artists braved the time and the distance to venture up to our Thompson River canyons and mesas. The village itself became the subject of a number of interesting studies. How others see and interpret our terrain and our village streets and surrounding clay slopes is always fascinating. The event ended with a show of the work produced during those days. The public was invited to view it.

It is events like this that put Ashcroft on the map. The Wellness Festival is another attraction that brings in people from other parts. Tourists passing through were also attracted to stay a little longer and enjoy the spirit of the event.

Social gatherings like this which reach out and proclaim what our village and our magnificent landscape have to offer the eye and the spirit, can’t be better promoters. Plein Air brought artists from more than several points of the Province, some of them for the third time.

A number of volunteers made the event the success it was. The organization was exceptional in every way. Dedicated is the word that comes to mind. For the efforts made so cheerfully and responsibly to ensure the success of Plein Air. Particular thanks to Royden and Nancy Josephson for their handling of the exhibition of art. But also those from the Winding Rivers Arts and Performing Society who promoted the event, and whom participated so magnificently in its very successful execution. My gratitude and praise for the efforts made by Pauline Ogilvie in coming up with this unique idea to attract other artists to our area.

It was a privilege to be part of it all.

Esther Darlington


Just Posted

Nisga’a leader named UNBC chancellor

Dr. Joseph Arthur Gosnell is the first Indigenous leader to assume the role

Cache Creek council votes to rejoin local transit system

Details need to be worked out, but hopes are that change can be expedited

Ashcroft residents get information at Community Forum

Water treatment plant, recycling, an Eco-Depot, the budget, and more among items addressed

Elizabeth May’s wedding will be a ‘low-carbon affair’ in Victoria on Earth Day

Green party leader’s wedding party to depart in a cavalcade of electric cars

VIDEO: ‘Alarm bells’ raised by footage allegedly from B.C. pig farm, SPCA says

PETA released video Wednesday showing dead and injured piglets next to nursing piglets

Haida youth travels to New York for UN forum on Indigenous issues

Haana Edensaw presented her speech in Xaad Kil, Masset dialect of the Haida language

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

Can you put your phone down for Mother’s Day?

#DiningMode campaign encourages people to leave the phone alone while eating

Horgan heckled as gas prices sit at record high, could go up more

Premier John Horgan blames refiners, not taxes

SPCA investigating after newborn kittens found in Vancouver dumpster

The kittens were found suffering from hypothermia and dehydration

Judge rejects hunter’s bid to get back a sheep shot in northern B.C.

Despite expert testimony, judgement says ram probably underage

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

“Oona River Poems” captures northwest B.C.’s landscapes

Canadian writer Peter Christensen releases his latest book, will tour the northwest later this year

Most Read