Story by Adrian Brijbassi
Vacay.ca Managing Editor
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — As the anniversary of my wife’s passing nears, I knew the greatest memorial to her was a celebration of her art. Julia poured her life into photography. It was her passion, her reason for excitement each day and the focus of her ultimate ambitions.
It includes the images Julia perfected prior to her passing on March 10, 2016. She worked tirelessly on capturing precisely composed and lighted photographs, and then used the painterly effects in the digital darkroom to create highly stylized images that mark her finest work.
In the Beaumont show, you will see visuals of Paris, Vienna, the Galapagos Islands, and from locations across Canada, taken during Julia’s career as a travel photographer and videographer. Beginning as a photojournalist, Julia was first published in newspapers in New York. She then attended fine-arts classes, developing a style that was evocative of her sensitivity and adoration for nature. Her travels formed much of her inspiration, but she also was compelled by the world around her home — whether it be the bustle of Manhattan, the lakefront in Toronto or the sunsets over Vancouver’s English Bay.
Despite her talent, Julia was self-critical and so humble she would never have offered herself the gift of an art show. She would have thought such an event was too boastful or extravagant, or that she was undeserving of the attention. I have no doubt anyone viewing the “Love & Light” show will have the exact opposite response to her work.
Being generous, Julia would want to share the spotlight with those who were close to her and whose work she admired. So, the Beaumont gallery is also displaying images created by myself, Christine Craig (Julia’s sister), Sally Gooding (Julia’s good friend) and Mark Sissons (Julia’s friend and a frequent Vacay.ca contributor).
An opening reception will be held on March 9 from 7-10 p.m. Copies of “Inspired Cooking” (Fresh Air Publishing, 2016), the recently published charity cookbook Julia conceived, will be available for sale. All proceeds go toward helping InspireHealth fund its supportive cancer-care programs for Canadians.
MORE ABOUT “LOVE & LIGHT: CELEBRATING THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF JULIA PELISH”
Dates: March 8-23, 2017
Opening Reception: March 9, 2017, 7-10 p.m., featuring catering by Savoury City and “Inspired Cooking” cookbooks.
Location: Beaumont Studios Gallery, 326 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver, BC (see map below)
Event Webpage: Find full details here.