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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The newest exhibit at the Peace Gallery North, Urban Insights, displays interesting takes on Fort St. John’s urban features.

With so much beauty to be experienced outside the city limits, it’s common to look past the urban centre for inspiration, but this exhibit takes an artistic look at buildings in Fort St. John.

Curator Richard Bell says there are plenty of historical buildings and structures just off the beaten path.

“There are quite a few buildings here that are very iconic. I can’t see the Lido and picture some of this artwork now,” says Bell. “The new fire hall with its really interesting architecture, the apartment building beside it with the wonderful rectangles of colour. There’s a surprisingly large amount of interesting structures in town. You just have to find them.”

Some of the art featured in the exhibit is more literal, and some are more expressive or fantastical.

“Lorelei [Jardine] for instance painted a wonderful landscape of the Peace River Valley, but then had the buildings floating on large rock outcroppings in front. Incorporating her previous experience and the new structures creates a very interesting, almost science fiction type of scene.”

Urban Insights features pieces submitted by the Flying Colours Artists’ Association, a collection of artists from the Peace Region.

The exhibit will be on display at Peace Gallery North at the North Peace Cultural Centre until April 3rd. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and admission is free.

Most artwork featured in the exhibit will be available for sale.

Go to the North Peace Cultural Centre website for more information.

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