This arti­cle, cour­tesy of Blue­Rock Gallery::

2-5pm, Sat­ur­day, May 5, 2012
Artist in attendance.
Neel de Wit-Wibaut pictured here with one of the winter scenes she is so fond of painting. Neel maintains a simple lifestyle in the country to support her connection to nature.

Neel de Wit-Wibaut pic­tured here with one of the win­ter scenes she is so fond of paint­ing. Neel main­tains a sim­ple lifestyle in the coun­try to sup­port her con­nec­tion to nature.

IN THE NEWS:  Global TV in Cal­gary did a story about Neel which aired 4/30/12.

Neel de Wit-Wibaut is a painter who splits her time between Cal­gary and a remote loca­tion in the Alberta foothills. Devoted to her work, she has been paint­ing faith­fully for decades. Her paint­ings express her deep appre­ci­a­tion of nature and invite the viewer to join her in a reflec­tion on light. Work­ing pri­mar­ily in oils on wood, her sub­jects are inspired moments of illumination—sunlight, moon­light and the col­ors in shad­ows. This ret­ro­spec­tive is a trib­ute to Neel’s remark­able career and an homage to the Alberta foothills where she has lived for more than half her life.

Still paint­ing at the age of 97, she is deeply inspir­ing. Here is a short video intro­duc­tion to Neel and her work in her own words.

Hope to see you at the open­ing!

Video cre­ated by Shel­ley White­head for Blue­rock Gallery. Spe­cial thanks to Mady Thiel-Kopstein, Marika d’Ailly, San­dra Wiebe, and Anna Car­nell. The still pho­tos of Neel’s paint­ings are cour­tesy of Edith Vanderkloot.

Want to know more about Neel? We invite you to read Hope in the Color of Orange: Dutch Civil­ian Mem­o­ries of War and Lib­er­a­tion. In the chap­ter titled “Sonja Mathilde,” Neel tells her story about being a wife and mother dur­ing WWII in Hol­land. This locally pro­duced, inde­pen­dently pub­lished book (pub­lished by MMWG) is avail­able for pur­chase in the Blue­rock Gallery online store by click­ing the link above.

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