“Great art picks up where Nature ends.” — Marc Chagall
Tucked onto a natural, forested acreage just off West Saanich Road is a most unusual barn.
No question, it’s a barn; inside, you can see the concrete curbs on each side of the main aisle which formed the footings for the horse stalls. The floors slope toward this middle aisle — that was a functional slope.
What is unusual is the contents.
This former barn now houses horses differently – horses painted on canvas.
………because, as no doubt is apparent,
this is a barn converted into a gallery.
The proprietors are Jacqui and Gabriel.
Jacqui is a painter, and all the paintings
featured in this post are hers.
In addition to her own resource material,
Jacqui also paints animals by commission,
such as the two portraits of dogs, above.
Gabriel is a photographer.
Several of his matted and framed photographs are exhibited in the gallery.
Nature figures strongly as a resource in
Gabriel’s photographic work.
Other local artists’ work is also welcome to be exhibited in the gallery.
Linda tried to gauge the size of this creation by Jacqui.
The art piece depicts a sight that’s so typical of our Peninsula outside Victoria. It is this aspect of nature that Jacqui continues to capture in her paintings.
Gabriel also spends hours to get the “perfect” shot of a specific aspect of nature that he wants to share.
He also photographs “found” items!
Matted prints of Jacqui’s paintings and Gabriel’s photography work are available unframed as well.
The painting above, right, is one by Jacqui of Gabriel.
Art in the Barn Gallery
4578 Hughes Road
Thur – Sun 10 – 4 or by appointment