Local artist Babe Wanamaker brings his latest collection Women of the Rockies to the Art Gallery of Golden. The exhibit will run January 12 to February 13. Dallin Cervo/Star Photo

Local artist brings his work to Art Gallery of Golden

A new art exhibit is coming to the Art Gallery of Golden and this one has a gentle PG advisory.

A new art exhibit is coming to the Art Gallery of Golden and this one has a gentle PG advisory.

Women of the Rockies is the latest collection from local artist Babe Wanamaker and will run from Friday January 12 until February 13. The collection features paintings of different women throughout the region.

Wanamaker is an international figure artist with works in collections all over North America, Europe and Asia. Now 73-years old, Wanamaker has been drawing and painting since he was a kid and has been showing professionally for the past 54 years in cities such as Toronto, London, Paris, and Sydney.

While Wanamaker has worked in many different areas of media and subject matter, women are his favourite subject. He estimates he has drawn over 1,000 women in his 54-year career. He has spent his life studying the human form so he can bring his work to life.

“It’s always fun working with these women because they’re all different,” Wanamaker said. “Some of them are so shy, but make incredible models and others are so blatant that you have to really train them to be good models.”

Wanamaker has created a wonderful water colour and liquid graphite technique that creates the sensual, soft body quality that is throughout his work.

He said his fascination began at the age of five when he spied a nude model from an artists cottage at the Doon School of Fine Arts. Wanamaker says he’s drawn towards women because he finds they give him a bottomless well from which to draw his compositions and that they capture not only the viewer, but the artist as well.

During each session, Wanamaker says the woman is in total control and can show as much or as little as she wants. While he may direct her in different poses, she always has the final say.

This will be Wanamaker’s second show at the Art Gallery of Golden after a successful show in 2012. Wanamaker said that he was able to sell a lot work at the last show and many people attended. He hopes this show can be just as successful and also introduce him to more people.

“I think it’s time people in the area know what I do,” Wanamaker said. “I hope they enjoy the show and that they appreciate it.”

The Art Gallery of Golden is holding an opening reception on Friday, January 12 from 5-7pm where you can meet Wanamaker and learn more about the various pieces.

The gallery has put a parental advisory on the show as many paintings contain mature content.

Just Posted

CSRD hosting open house regarding landfill

There will be an open house February 1 at the Golden and District Recreation Centre hosted by CSRD.

Wayne Stetski and Forest Products Association of Canada CEO visit Golden

MP Wayne Stetski and Forest Products Association of Canada CEO Derek Nighbor toured LP Mill.

New massage clinic in Golden

A new massage clinic opened in Golden to help ease those aches and pains.

Hockey commentator gets his start

Lukas Pfisterer is just 12-years-old, but already making his mark as a commentator.

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will emit less greenhouse gases.

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

Most Read