My dog Farley and I stumbled onto a delightful winter gallery in the forest created by students in Grades 2 and 3 at South Nelson School.
Fifteen to 20 original paintings have been co-created between the students and the winter snow. Each student provided the frame, a title and their name. The paintings are strung, kid height, between trees in an upper and lower gallery in relation to Badger Trail. The viewer is invited to look through each frame to see the image. Each image and perspective is unique and interesting. The titles include Snowflake Falls, Forest of Doom, and Little Snowy Hole.
I loved the show and I learned so much, including the importance of taking time to see what’s around me and how I can bring joy to other people by making art from my experiences and then sharing it. I also learned a lot about perspective; to really see what the students saw I needed to crouch down and get some snow in my boots. It was worth it to see nature as you see it and also to realize that, as an adult, I might need to get closer to the earth to see like a child. I want to thank each student as well as their teacher for giving me a deeper appreciation for the infinite ways to see beauty and experience nature.
To see the winter gallery, walk along the rail trail until you are at the intersection with the trail coming up from Braderwood Estates at the top of Mill Street.
Go up Badger Trail, go along and around one long switchback. At the turn of the next switchback look for the paintings.