Artist Lainey Benson’s works are on display at Touchstones Nelson on Vernon Street.

Artwalk 2014 runs in Nelson until September 1

The 2014 Nelson Artwalk is in full swing and continues until September 1. Check out some of these great displays.

The 2014 Nelson Artwalk is in full swing and continues until September 1. Check out some of these great displays.

Anita Baars — Baars was born in the flat and urban Netherlands. She studied journalism and photography in Utrecht. Worked in various parts of the world as a (photo) journalist and editor for photo agencies, magazines and cultural festivals, and a long time as a communication specialist for the emergency aid organization Doctors Without Borders.

When she moved to Nelson with her Canadian husband 12 years ago, her three children became the focus of her life. She changed film for digital images and black-and-white for colour. Stunned by the natural beauty of her new world, she also started photographing the landscapes she lived and played in.

Her work is on display at Blackbird Physio.

Lainey Benson —  In an artist’s statement, Benson wrote, “Growing up, I never thought I would become a painter. Although I was raised in an artistic family, it didn’t seem to be my path. And yet to my surprise and delight, I have since discovered how very wrong I was.

“When I was in my early 40s a dear friend suggested we paint the view from our street. I was absolutely captivated by the process. I thought I had discovered a lovely hobby. But over the last decade it has become so much more for me. Painting is now a way of life. I paint daily. I am forever seeking different ways to capture the scenes before me.

“Through painting, I feel very fortunate to have found such an unending source of pleasure and discovery.”

Benson’s work is on display at Touchstones.

More artists will be featured in the coming weeks.

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