Local artists Astrid Notte and Doreen Green are displaying their original work and prints spanning many years in an exhibit running Oct. 13-27.
Reflections, the art of Notte and Green, can be viewed at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council annex inside the Cowichan Community Centre at 2687 James St. in Duncan.
Both artists have long ties to all areas of the Cowichan Valley. They’re members of the Chemainus Art Group, Maple Bay Painters, active members of the Federation of Canadian Artists and many other organizations.
Notte’s work will include acrylic paintings done in styles from impressionistic to symbolic. Poems accompany some of her paintings and some are done within the paintings themselves.
“It’s my style,” she said.
Notte will also be on site Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. to demonstrate a new technique, neurographic art.
“I can also answer any questions to the best of my ability,” she added.
Green is famous for her graphite sketches and water colour and pastel paintings.
“Her pastels are beautiful,” praised Notte.
Both will have different takes on the Reflections theme.
“Hers is a variety, mine is specifically to do with childhood memories of World War 2,” said Notte.
Notte elaborated further as follows: “I have always been fascinated by trees, especially evergreens, but this series of more symbolic and healing paintings is different in that it has been influenced by my childhood experiences.
“As a child I grew up in war torn Berlin during World War Two. We often had to quickly seek refuge in bomb shelters underground during bomb air raids. I remember the scary darkness and clanging of the doors as the bombs landed above us. But in this fearful time I remember I had such comfort as I stared at a beautiful glowing candle that danced and swirled. That candle gave me such a sense of comfort and security in such a fearful time. When we emerged from the shelters many of the trees were burned and gone. So my recent healing has been to paint my experience of the combination of a warm comforting candle and a re-birthing of the trees that disappeared during the war.”