Artist Pat Gauthier poses outside of her studio on a ranch outside of Fort St. James. Gauthier will be showing her work at the first art show in the Fort St. James Bicentennial Library starting February 18.

Fort St. James scenery inspires artist

Local visual artist Pat Gauthier will be putting her pieces on display in the Fort St. James Bicentennial Library starting February 18.

Local visual artist Pat Gauthier will be putting her pieces on display in the Fort St. James Bicentennial Library starting February 18.

Gauthier has been actively painting for the past four or five years in a small studio on the ranch she lives at outside the Fort.

The painter will be the first artist to display her pieces at the library, which had rails to hang art from installed by a carpenter thanks to the local Arts Council.

“This is the first show and we’re just gonna see how it goes,” says Gauthier. “There’s going to be a few kinks.”

She will put approximately 20 pieces up until March 5th, the majority of which are water colours with some pastel works as well.

The artist takes her inspiration from the Fort area, calling the show “Local Colours.”

The art will be for sale, with a pamphlet listing the prices and how to purchase works available at the library.

Most of the art will be on display on the mezzanine floor, which will be open during regular hours, dependent on adequate staffing to run the lift to access that floor.

Library hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Tuesday and Friday evenings 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

To confirm the mezzanine will be open or to arrange viewing outside of these hours, call the library at 996-7431.

The solo show will hold an opening night with refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artist on February 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The space will be available for other artists, who can contact the Arts Council or call the library in order to be considered for future shows.