For one weekend only: show brings together Bowen-crafted violins and arbourous photography

On the Wings of Trees – Reflections in Object and Image is an exhibition that Bob Miller and Cherie Westmoreland are mounting at Elliott Hall.

The title reflects many elements of the exhibition. 

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Bob, who has been working with wood for some 70 years, is an exquisite carver of life-sized birds as well as a maker of violins and violas. His reverence, curiosity and love of wood all play a part in infusing life and spirit to everything he crafts. An Islander since 2002, Bob is a man who has spent a great deal of time in wild country and he has a particular sensitivity to the spirit of wild things.

It is exciting to note that friends will play Bob’s instruments during the first evening of the exhibition and at some other times over the weekend. A piece of Bowen Island is embedded in these instruments as Bob has experimented with Bowen woods in his instrument creation.  

Bob says that he is not interested in selling his work, but does, on occasion, “place a bird where it is most needed.” He has been generous in donating his work for a variety of causes.  

Cherie has been a practicing landscape photographer for some time now. Growing up on the prairies, Cherie developed a particular appreciation for and fascination with the tenacity and beauty of trees. She has always felt a sense of reverence and gratitude for all that they offer, cleaning our air, providing shade and protection, building materials, homes for animals, birds and insects. She appreciates too their incredible diversity and beauty. Trees are metaphors for ‘grow where you are planted’ and ‘give your gifts freely.’ They accompany us constantly and beautifully. This collection of images invites us into the beauty and mystery of trees.  Cherie describes her photography as a contemplative practice, an invitation to slow down and pay attention. Cherie has made Bowen Island home for the past four and a half years.

Donations will be collected for Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Names will be entered for carving and photographic door prizes.

Bob and Cherie are two friends who have come together to simply share what they love.

The show opening is Friday, October 12, 6 to 9 p.m. The show continues for the next two days: Saturday, October 12, Noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 13,  Noon – 6 p.m. at Elliot Hall, Bowen Island Seniors Housing Co-operative, 1070 Miller Road.

Parking in the lower lot off Miller Road.

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