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Exhibit: Picturing Pemberton

February 23, 2021 – March 7, 2021 all-day America/Vancouver Timezone
The Gallery at Maury Young Arts Centre
Blackcomb Way
Arts Whistler

Picturing Pemberton

  • Date: January 22 – March 7, 2021
  • Venue: The Gallery at Maury Young Arts Centre
  • Age restrictions: All Ages
  • Additional information: Free Entry | Check out for our weekly hours.

Pemberton – it is no wonder why people move here. Away from the hustle and bustle of Whistler, the mountains and valley surround the community in beautiful landscapes just waiting to be explored.

Picturing Pemberton highlights four artists who are influenced by the staggering beauty of the area. The works of Karen Love, Simon Bedford, Heidi Denessen and Ron Denessen bring together a mix of artistic elements inspired by the Spud Valley.

Our neighbours are more than just impressive potato farmers.

Painting by Karen Love, Lupin Boys



Heidi Denessen

Heidi is a full time artist living with her artist husband and two sons in Pemberton, BC. Heidi believes that this precious earth we collectively call home deserves our reverence, care, and protection and her paintings strive to bring attention to the wonder and mystery of the natural places we all belong to. Heidi graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2000 and received her teaching certificate from Simon Fraser University in 2003. She has worked as a high school art teacher and a professional artist and designer since then.

heiditheartist.ca  | @heiditheartist | facebook.com/h.denessen


Karen Love

Karen Love draws inspiration from the richness and beauty of nature at every scale and perspective. She spends a lot of time wandering the Pemberton Valley, discovering new beauty in the fields, forest, rivers, and gardens. She often finds artistic development through her children and teaching others to paint. Karen is interested in abstract painting and often goes through abstract phases, but her greatest enjoyment comes from expressing nature’s fundament though art.

Karen first learned to draw from A.Y. Jackson, and later studied at Art Sake in Toronto, a studio/school run by ten of Canada’s foremost contemporary painters of the 80’s. Her studies continued in glass and metal design at Sheridan College School of Craft and Design, and then later at Emily Carr and Capilano University. Karen’s entire working career has been in the visual arts.

karenlove.art | @karenloveart | facebook.com/karenloveartpemberton


Ron Denessen

Ron Denessen was born in Venlo, The Netherlands and now resides in Pemberton, BC with his wife and two sons. He is a fine art painter and carver and provides services in art installation and restoration. For over 25 years Ron has been creating art works as well as providing art services for others. His work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in Vancouver BC.

rondenessen.ca | facebook.com/rondenessenart



Simon Bedford

Simon Bedford moved to Pemberton with his family from the UK 15 years ago. After a lifetime as a professional photographer in London, he was ready to take a rest, but moving to the Sea to Sky, and Pemberton in particular, inspired him to pick up a camera again.

After an initial photo session at the 2008 Mt Currie Rodeo, the riders and organisers invited Simon to shoot many pictures of the Bull Riders and Pow Wow dancers of Mt Currie in subsequent years, and many of these portraits have been shown in Whistler during this time.



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