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Exhibition opening at Studio Connexion, Nakusp

Dale Byhre is a senior member of the Federation of Canadian Artists
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Changing Light, Mt. Odin by Dale Byhre

Nakusp’s Studio Connexion is getting ready for the summer exhibition series. The series will feature B.C. artist, Dale Byhre with an opening on Friday, May, 10 from 5-7 p.m.

Byhre began his career as a marine artist, painting ships and ocean scenes, but since making the switch to working full-time as an independent artist for the past six years, he has expanded his portfolio to include landscapes, which attracted owner and curator of Studio Connexion, Anne Béliveau.

While Byhre is from the Lower Mainland, and much of the scenes he depicts in his work come from that region, some inspiration from Nakusp is also sprinkled in his work.

“There’s a sunset of Mount Odin and a moonlight scene with the Monashee Mountains and Arrow Lakes in the background,” said Byhre.

Byhre and his wife enjoyed taking their time driving to Nakusp for the opening and said that they enjoyed their stop in Revelstoke.

Béliveau has been busy preparing for openings for the past 16 years since she began Studio Connexion, after a career as a secondary school art teacher in Nakusp for more than 20 years.

In her retirement, she dabbled with selling antique furniture but landed with opening and operating her gallery.

“When I retired, I realized that I have a lot of to offer,” said Béliveau.

The studio specializes in fine art and while it does mainly feature landscapes, Béliveau is open to other art such as wildlife and abstract art.

Béliveau said that the gallery receives lots of visitors throughout the summer months and that attendees will be treated to chocolate and champagne at the opening.

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