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Winter Gazette 2013

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Member's paintings brighten Lake Louise lobby by Dennis Patent V isitors to the newly renovated Small 12- by 16-inch paintings were lobby of the Fairmont Chateau rendered of these three and sent to the Lake Louise in Banff National designers, who asked for subtle changes Park will be struck by three powerful in tones, even supplying swatches of paintings behind the triple reception desk the planned décor. A few short weeks area. The artist of these newly installed after first being contacted, Hudson was works is long-time Alpine Club of awarded the contract, with a deadline of Canada member Phillipa (Phee) Hudson, six weeks until delivery. who was commissioned by the hotel's With that, Hudson faced a signifi‑ San Francisco-based interior designers to cant challenge. Although she had done provide a focus for the foyer's new look. many paintings of mountains, she had The paintings' themes are, not surpris‑ not tackled anything as large as those ingly, mountains. When Hirsch Bedner required by the contract—six feet tall Associates set out to find the right artist, and eight feet wide! The huge canvasses it wasn't long before they contacted demanded a whole new method of Hudson, who is known for her powerful working with paint, and it was with and bright acrylic renditions of Rocky some trepidation that she began the first Mountain peaks. Club members who production. Short videos of her creating have attended the Mountain Guides Ball the three canvasses can be viewed at in recent years will recognize her artwork www.phillipahudson.com . that she has donated to the silent auction "It was a huge excitement, but also a portion of the fundraising event. lot of anxiety, as I've always painted on Hirsch Bedner's designers liked 24- by 30-inch formats," she said. "Could Hudson's bold style and strong col‑ I scale up the paintings and not lose the ours, but there were a number of key style? That was key." requirements before a contract could be "I've been hiking for decades and finalized. The three alcoves in the lobby always shooting pictures of the Rockies," needed three works that were similar she added. "All three of these peaks have in colour, and whose tones coordinated with the new décor and carpets. Further, the subjects of the three paintings needed to be iconic peaks that would inspire the many visitors who come annually to that equally iconic hotel. Hudson submitted six photographs from her own collection, taken over many years of hiking and climbing in the Rockies. Not surprisingly, the extremely popular but much overused view of Lake Louise and Mount Victoria Above: The bold style was NOT to be one of the and colours of Hudson's subjects. From those six, the paintings light up the hotel management chose lobby of the Fairmont three—Mount McArthur Chateau Lake Louise. p hoto by Natalie Reeve in Yoho National Park; the west end of Mount Rundle in Banff; and the Three Sisters behind Canmore, Alberta. Recycle this Gazette Leave it in your art gallery 18  Alpine Club of Canada Gazette Winter 2013 a special meaning for me. I know the curves of the skylines and the shapes of the snow at different times of the year on each of them, almost by heart. Having the chance to render them as such large works was both inspiring and intimidating!" Well before deadline, her husband, Rick, packed the three precious canvasses securely and shipped them off to Lake Louise. In late June they were installed, and now glow above the reception area, casting a warm ambience on the large lobby. "I'm thrilled I can have my work seen in such a prominent position, in such a famous mountain locale," Hudson said. "This ties into my many years with the ACC, the GMCs, and exploring ranges both in Canada and elsewhere." With her Chateau Lake Louise lobby paintings garnering much attention, Hudson recently signed on to show her work at Fallen Leaf Art Gallery in Canmore. Long-time ACC Vancouver Island Section member Phillipa Hudson is a well-travelled adventurer who currently serves as VI Section Treasurer, one of many Executive positions she has held. In 2013 she received her 25-year ACC membership pin. Below: Phillipa Hudson works on some of her early drafts, aiming to match the designers' plans for the iconic hotel. photo by Rick Hudson

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