The show 60º North: Shetland featured paintings imbued with intense colour of blues

Scottish Realist show at Maple Ridge art gallery

Jeff Wilson exhibit inspired by the Shetland Islands.

Scottish Canadian painter Jeff Wilson will be kicking off a solo show at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery in January.

The exhibition is inspired by an artist residency that Wilson completed at The Booth in the Shetland Islands earlier this year.

Called 60º North: Shetland, the show will feature paintings imbued with intense colour of blues, reds and oranges.

Wilson paints in the tradition of the Scottish Realist painters, established by the Glasgow Boys in the late 19th Century.

He has lived in Canada for 10 years and works out of his home studio in Gastown.

Wilson started painting four years ago and began pursuing his artistic passion full-time 18 months ago.

The show 60º North: Shetland runs Jan. 10 to Feb. 28.

The opening reception is free, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 10.

Other free events during the course of the exhibition will be a presentation of Wilson’s art at 2 p.m. on Jan. 17 and a celebration of Robbie Burns Day, 2-4 p.m., on Jan. 25.

For Robbie Burns Day, there will be performances by the Stave Falls Scottish Dancers, a Scottish bagpiper and a short recitation of Burns’ poetry by Wilson.

On Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., there will be a workshop in drawing textiles by Gaby Morrison. The fee for this class is $15. To register, call Barbara Duncan at 604-476-4240.

The Maple Ridge Art Gallery is located at 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and selected evenings.

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