Homegrown art exhibited

People dropping into NWT Centennial Library can now experience the artwork of Chris Robson while looking for a book to read.

An exhibit of 15 pieces of art – 12 prints and three pen-and-ink drawings – is currently at the library as part of its featured artist series.

“There’s no particular theme,” said Robson. “It’s kind of retrospective in a way. I didn’t really do a theme other than it’s relief print-making.”

The works include colour relief prints, which he started creating about two years ago.

The artwork predominantly features Northern images, such as St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, a Canadian Coast Guard vessel, the Hay River Heritage Centre and the bridge over the West Channel.

“Someone used the term architectural, and I understand where that description is coming from because a lot of my work has that kind of architectural feel about it, like a lot of bridges and buildings,” said Robson. “Normally, that’s kind of what I do.”

However, the exhibit also features varied images such as plants, an apple core and a flying owl.

Robson, who is originally from Vancouver, has lived in Hay River for more than 30 years.

“This is my third exhibit here in the library,” he said, recalling the first one was all the way back in the 1980s.

The current exhibit began on Oct. 1 and will run throughout the month.

NWT Centennial Library features an exhibit of artwork each month.

Robson said such exhibits are a good thing for Hay River artists.

Last month, he had a showing of 27 pieces of his work at the Newton Cultural Centre Gallery in Surrey, B.C.

The pieces that are being displayed at NWT Centennial Library were also shown in Surrey.

Chris Robson Standing in front of some of his artwork on display at NWT Centennial Library throughout October Oct. 2, 2015 Hay River Photo by Paul Bickford Northern News Services Ltd.

Chris Robson
Standing in front of some of his artwork on display at NWT Centennial Library throughout October
Oct. 2, 2015
Hay River
Photo by Paul Bickford
Northern News Services Ltd.