I have often written about my visits to art galleries in different towns. I was pleasantly surprised when I visited the Art gallery in Jasper.
I was expecting a normal city gallery but it turned out to be a gallery for the Jasper Art Guild.
We arrived at the gallery housed in the library building only to find it closed. Disappointed we decided to use the toilet facilities before moving on. When we came out of there, to our surprise, it was now open. So we entered.
After looking around, a young artist Sarah Budd introduced herself and we had a long chat. We were tempted to purchase one of her paintings but unfortunately would have struggled to get it home.
The art guild was for local people and the council had funded the gallery for the club to exhibit their work and it was run by volunteers from the club. Members ranged from sixteen to seventy.
This was a stunning building and the space over two floors was impressive. Members regularly showed their work and they held meetings there. The work was of a very high standard and very diverse. It often reflected the local scenery but there was also abstract work and sculptures.
I belong to a local art club and we would love to have these facilities and exhibition space all year as well as the support from the local council to the same extent.
Having been so impressed with the gallery we went back the next day and this time met another artist Sam Wilson. Again we had a long chat comparing our two clubs and the art produced by members. We were amazed to find out she drove eighty miles to attend classes there and I moan about my drive of five miles to my club. Although I bet my traffic is worse!
Two really enjoyable visits and great to see local artists showing in their own town instead of there being just a commercial gallery showing work by artists often not related to the town.