Revelstoke-based artist Jo C Willems

New exhibit at art gallery features portrayal of mountain trails

The Art Gallery of Golden is featuring a new collection from artist Jo C Willems entitled Journey.

The Art Gallery of Golden is featuring a new collection from artist Jo C Willems entitled Journey.

The collection of gouache, graphite and drawings will be on display at the gallery until April 11.

The Revelstoke-based artist always knew she would be an artist, but it took her until university to follow her passion. As a kid, she never had any art supplies and would paint with food colouring. She studied microbiology at the University of British Columbia, but while there, she took an art class as an elective.

“I never actually gave myself permission to be an artist until I took that class,” she said. “It totally shifted my whole sense of the world.”

She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of California.

“Currently my passion is mountain biking and trail running in the summer and snowshoeing and skiing in the winter. I am sixty years old, five feet tall, and ride a bike with a bright red front tire.” said Willems.

You can see this passion in her work, much of which features the nature of the region that she fell in love with.