Pieces like these will be on display at the Campbell River Art Gallery next week when artist Suzo Hickey brings her exhibition to the gallery.

Urban artist to set up exhibit

Suzo Hickey's picturesque street scapes are coming to Campbell River

The streets of Prince Rupert and East Vancouver are captured in landscape painting by artist Suzo Hickey in one of two new exhibitions opening at the Campbell River Art Gallery next Thursday.

Hickey is interested in how human meaning shows in the landscape – even when it’s less than picturesque.

In her exhibition, Like the back of my hand, sponsored by Penny and Roger Gosselin, power lines and ordinary houses surround landscapes that might be where we see ourselves most clearly. Hickey uses layers of light and weather, manipulating paint to create landscapes where buried meaning casts shadows.

Learn more Thursday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. when Hickey joins fellow exhibiting artist Terra Poirier for an artist’s talk about their work.

Hickey is a painter and multidisciplinary artist. Born in 1959, she graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1994. She has exhibited around B.C. and beyond, showcasing themes of urban landscapes, queer mothering, narrative and death in the family.

The Campbell River Art Gallery will also welcome artist Terra Poirier whose exhibition, Are You Sure?, opens in the Discovery Gallery the same day.

In Are You Sure?, sponsored by PhotoTech Fotosource, Poirier explores the intersections, overlaps and disconnections between personal memory and others’ versions of events. Poirier is a filmmaker turned photographer currently working in analog and other low-fidelity formats to create graphic memoir. Her award-winning image/text work and films have explored themes of trauma, mothering, poverty and home. Her films have screened internationally.

Everyone is welcome at the Campbell River Art Gallery Thursday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. for an illustrated artist talk with Suzo Hickey, the opportunity to hear from Terra Poirier, as well as a glass of lemonade and scones from Daves’ Bakery. Admission is free. Both exhibitions will remain at the Gallery until Sept. 25.