Throughout the summer, the North Thompson Arts Council will host an artist of the week at the Clearwater Farmer’s Market. On Sept. 18, artist June Haring will have her artwork on display during the market at the Dutch Lake Community Centre.
Haring’s paintings have a western-style feel, with a focus on Jasper National Park, where she grew up. Her father was a park warden, so they always lived outside of town. The art she creates is inspired by various aspects of her life in Western Canada, including Jasper, Clearwater and the RCMP, as well as their handicapped son.
“I started painting 10 years ago when I spent 17 stays at the Stollery Children’s Hospital with our boy in a wheelchair,” said Haring. “Because I stayed right by his side, I had to find something that I could do while there that I found exciting. It was a way to go back to a simple way of life.”
She notes she is a realist painter and is passionate about the country lifestyle.
“I can paint landscapes, but prefer the story of how to get out there,” said Haring. “The feel of crisp mountain air, cabins and tents.”
NTAC is a registered B.C. society that encourages and supports arts and culture projects and any creative pursuit. Membership is open to people of all ages.