FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John artists are putting their lens on the COVID-19 pandemic with a new exhibit opening Friday at Peace Gallery North.

Points of View 9: Glimpses of Comfort and Care features a wealth of different mediums by the Flying Colours Artists’ Association. Long-time artist and North Peace resident Miep Burgerjon says the pandemic has been a time to step back and reflect.

“We picked the title to explore the things that make us cope and feel comfortable in the past two years,” says Burgerjon. “Everyone has rendered that in their art and made their expressions based on that theme, and I really have no idea what to expect.”

“The group really has a bent towards nature and going outside and viewing nature, so there’s a fair bit of that,” Burgerjon says. “But there also seems to be recognition for all the people who have been brave enough to stand at supermarket counters and the hospital and confront all the germs every day.”

Burgerjon says the exhibit is taking on a more free-form dynamic this year, noting the association has struggled to meet during the pandemic, spending more time creating art at home.

New gallery curator Jacqueline Benedetto says the show is a reflection on the trying times Canadians have been living through.

“The past two years have had undeniable effects on everyone, on both individual and collective levels,” wrote Benedetto. “This show is representative of many of our local artists’ experiences of this.”

Glimpses of Comfort and Care is on display at Peace Gallery North until April 2.