February 4, 2016
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
“Art Sculpture from Trees and Rocks”
Abbotsford artist Bill Stewart didn’t know that gardening would launch his artistic practice when he pulled up a weed of a young maple tree. On Thursday, February 4 at 7:30pm as part of the Thursday Artist Talk series at the Surrey Art Gallery, you’ll hear Bill talk about his fascinating art sculptures made from trees and rocks. He says, “Through the simple act of pulling a weed, I observed the abundance of character that a tree’s roots possess. Those observations inspired me to cultivate trees with the intention of using them as a unique artistic medium.” Learn what goes into the years-long process of finishing a piece, including manipulating a tree’s roots to grow around river rocks and using both fire and water.
Bill Stewart worked in reforestation for six years, giving him the opportunity to see the trees and often exposed roots of our west coast forest. He lives on a small farm in Abbotsford where he has converted a section of a barn into a showroom where visitors are welcome. You can also see his work at billstewartart.com
There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk. The event concludes by 9pm. Refreshments are provided.
This event is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with the Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey.