Unabashed pride in her niece’s athletic achievement has inspired artist Mary Mottishaw to create a new work of art.
Her mixed media acrylic piece entitled Claire Keeps her Eye on the Target is on display at Two Rivers Gallery, dedicated to biathlon Claire Lapointe, one of four Prince George biathletes who was named to Team B.C. to compete in the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
“When the call for artists came out, I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to honour Claire’s achievement,” Mottishaw told the Free Press on Saturday at the opening reception of North: An Exhibition for the 2015 Canada Winter Games at Canfor South Gallery.
“She has such dedication and passion for this sport and I wanted to show that.”
For her part, Lapointe who was on hand for the reception, said she loves the work and is proud owner of the original.
“She gave it to me as a Christmas present,” said Lapointe.
Having honed her cross-country skills as a member of the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, Lapointe turned her athletic talents to shooting a target and a new passion was born.
“I just fell in love with this event,” she said. “My goal right now is to be in the top 10 for my sport. I’m in the top 16 now.”
Recognizable by her winning smile and long, glossy dark hair, the beautiful bialthlete says she is really looking forward to competing this week.
The 2015 Canada Winter Games exhibit at Two Rivers Gallery showcases work done in a range of media by artists from across B.C. It explores the title theme, life in the North, with focus on youth, sport, community and culture and also considers what the North means to us.
The gallery (located in the heart of the Canada Games Plaza) also opened a second new exhibit: Elapsed in Canfor North Gallery featuring works by Adad Hannah, Phillipa Jones, Marianne Nicolson, Ann Smith and Jennifer Pighin.
Both exciting exhibits will be on display until April 26.