Canadian Embassy Debuts New Arctic Art Exhibit
By Laura Spitalniak
Beginning in January, the Embassy of Canada unveiled artist Corey Trépanier’s newest collection of paintings, entitled “Into the Arctic.”
Trépanier explores the northern most parts of Canada and his work represents a part of the world that few people ever see, let alone paint.
The embassy hosted a reception on Feb. 9, welcoming the artist and his family, as well as collectors and lenders of the works.
Attendees view the centerpiece of Trépanier's collection. Photo by Laura Spitalniak.
Katherine Bear, Minister of Public Affairs at the Embassy of Canada, opened the event by celebrating Trépanier’s work, as well as Canada’s 150-year anniversary.
“Throughout the year we will be featuring the best of Canada and what better way to showcase Canada’s north than with this spectacular collection of Corey’s works,” said Bear.
Bear went on to explain the artworks would not remain stationary for long.
“Over the next two years, Corey’s exhibit will travel across the united states, bringing the Canadian arctic to a diverse audience throughout the country,” she said, adding that the embassy was honored to be the first gallery on the cross-country tour.
Following applause, Trépanier took the stage, joking about the length of his upcoming remarks.
“It’s been a decade in the making,” he said, “so if I’m up here a little longer than I plan to be, you’ll have to forgive me.”
Sydney and Andi Trepanier, daughters of the artist. Photo by Laura Spitalniak.
He thanked embassy and his family extensively, particularly noting the dedication of his wife, Janet.
“None of the paintings I create are ever truly done until I see just the right look on Janet’s face.”
On the topic of his work, Trépanier said he paints with the hope that the art “may inspire a greater appreciation and concern for the future of these changing landscapes.”
“The timing of this exhibition here in Washington, DC is so poignant,” he said. “While so far removed from the Arctic’s timeless wilderness, the decisions made here, as they are in all of our nations’ capitals, have the ability to span vast distances.”
Rebecca Lynge and Dr. Adrianna Muir enjoy the gallery opening. Photo by Laura Spitalniak.
“One of the major aspirations I have as an artist is to try and convey the wonder and awe I feel while painting the wilderness. I painted the arctic and it opened my eyes to a whole other world.”
Trépanier reflected on the long work process that culminated in the gallery opening. “A decade ago, I would have never imagined that I’d be standing here today and that it would have all led to this.”
The exhibition will remain at the Canadian Embassy through Feb. 28, at which point it will move on to the Dane G. Hansen Museum.
Laura Spitalniak is an editorial intern for The Washington Diplomat.