March 15-April 12
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 15, 1pm-3pm

Since the beginning, trees have furnished us with two of life's essentials, food and oxygen. As we evolved, they provided additional necessities such as shelter, medicine, and tools.  

Today, their value continues to increase and more benefits of trees are being discovered as their role expands to satisfy the needs created by our modern lifestyles. Silently in our minds, they rise as symbols of stability, dignity, adventure, comfort and knowledge.  

For Beth Sellars, trees provide her with a spiritual experience as she wanders among these tall and silent sentinels. Using oils, acrylics, watercolour, pastels, fibre and forest “findings,” Beth expresses her deepening awareness and understanding of her relationship to trees.  

Beth started exploring her creative side when she turned fifty years of age. “You figure it out,” she quips with a chuckle. Primarily self-taught, Beth enrolled in some workshops while she was living in British Columbia, however, her learning process is her own. “I explore, I feel my way along, I muddle, I meditate, I try, try and try again,” remarks Beth. “I think my work is better, possibility more skilled technically. I know it’s more adventurous, confident and deeper because I’ve changed.”  

Making each new painting different from the one she has just completed is one of Beth’s goals. “Each is a challenge for me. I stretch myself and occasionally I succeed.”  

While creating the diverse paintings and masks that will be included in the show, Beth experienced a deeper awareness and understanding of her relationship to trees. “I had to stretch my mind, skills and creativity to say all this through a painting,” explains Beth. “Each painting is a piece of me. In this one, I am peaceful and calm. This next one that is so out there I wonder where did it come from? Another reminds me of a certain experience.”  

Beth is looking forward to showing this new body of work with visitors to the Chapel Gallery. “I want to connect with people who might understand what I’m trying to say and to share a monumental part of my life,” reveals Beth. “I hope viewers experience a deeper meaning when next walking in the woods. It’s more than just seeing with the eyes, it’s opening oneself to calmness, an inner joy at the simplicity and beauty of lush mosses and the absence of confusion. There is a spirit, spirituality within the woods. I’ve tried to share that through my art. Trees form and grow individually. They serve different purposes. Can you see this in my work?”

 

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Located at 15 King Street in Bracebridge, the gallery is open year-round, Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. It is closed during the last week of September and the second week of October as well as between Christmas and New Year’s Days. Please check the Calendar of Events for the actual dates. For a map, please follow this link.

Exhibitions are booked one year in advance.  To learn how to apply for a show, please follow this link: Exhibition Application.

The Chapel Gallery was opened in September, 1989. Housed in a reconstruction of the first Presbyterian Church in Bracebridge, the Chapel Gallery hosts exhibitions of art and craft by our members and other local and provincial artists. Exhibitions are selected by the Gallery Committee and change every three to four weeks.

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