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Kindred artists

Maureen Hove never bases her paintings on other artists’ pictures but, for her latest piece, she did just that.
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Maureen Hove never bases her paintings on other artists’ pictures but, for her latest piece, she did just that.

She took Bob Lewis’ photographs — one of Monte Creek in the fall and another of Coyote Rock overlooking Kamloops Lake — and reinterpreted each with water colour and ink. The lines of the latter image inspired her and the richness of the former was just so bold.

Inspiration rarely originates from a single source, she said, but, this time, that was the point. 

Hove is a member of the Kamloops Courthouse Gallery’s artists’ co-operative and Lewis a member of the Kamloops Photo Arts Club — both of which have come together to present the joint exhibition Kindred Spirits.

A variety of images were presented to the 16 gallery artists, from which they chose to create complementary pieces in a range of mediums — glass, pottery, jewelry, fabric, weaving, clay, drawing and pastel.

“I suppose each one of us chose a photograph that spoke directly to us as artists,” Hove said, adding the idea wasn’t to replicate the image, but to reimagine it in a new form.

The fabric artists were sometimes influenced by colour, while jewellers might be motivated by figures.

It’s the first time the two groups have worked together, but it likely won’t be the last.

“I think we’ll do it again,” Hove said. “I think it’s a wonderful concept. It’s a wonderful connection.”

Dave Snider, president of the Photo Arts Club and member of the artists’ co-operative, said he often finds inspiration in the work of the gallery artists, but it was also an interesting exercise for the photographers.

The club has more than 60 members.

“A lot of the photographers were interested to see what the person did with their photograph and, second, to see the other artist, someone their photo reached, that it touched them in some way, inspired them in some way — which is a real compliment to the photographer,” he said.  

Up to 20 pieces are being presented during the month-long exhibit, which runs run to Dec. 19 at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, at Seymour Street and First Avenue.

A public opening reception will be held on tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.