Rooster Tales exhibit kicks off

After traveling extensively for years and looking back on photos of her adventures, a local artist has created an exhibit that reflects those times in her life.

Lynn Box presents Rooster Tales at the Community Arts Council of Prince George & District Feature Gallery from Feb. 6 to March 5.

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"During my travels I had taken pictures of roosters pretty much everywhere I went," Box said. 

There are 11 roosters in the exhibit.

"Everywhere I went, roosters are different," Box said. "They're all roosters but they have different feathers, tail feathers, some are fat, some are skinny and it all depends on what country you're in. Having a record of them kind of tells the story of where I've been and where I've traveled to and so that's why I called it Rooster Tales - t-a-l-e-s - because it indicates the stories to be told by a rooster."

Each rooster is from a different country, including Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii, Nost images have been created in watercolour and a few are pen and ink.

"When I got them done I realized something - the pen and ink are from Latvia, Moldova and Lithuania and these, because they're done in a very tight country-art method, I think that reflects those three countries and the rest are water colours." 

Box said she hopes that those who come to see her artwork will see the countries reflected in the rooster.

"If someone has been to the country, I hope they see how they feel about that country in the work and maybe it will remind them of their own story," Box said. 

Traveling to Latvia was quite impactful. She spent six weeks there taking a master class. It was the first time she had traveled on her own and she didn't know the language.

"It was quite the adventure," Box recalled.

A member of the Artists' Workshop, Box has been painting for the last 16 years and started with watercolours, her favourite, then moved to acrylics, and drawing. She took CNC's art diploma course and really enjoyed it, she added.

Right now, she's working on a series of hands drawn with graphite. The series is inspired by people whose hands have stood the test of time.

 

Rooster Tales takes place from Feb. 6 to March 5 with opening reception on Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Box will speak around 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served during the event. 

 

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