Michael Hepher

This year we will celebrate the holidays as we creep up on the one-year anniversary of the first time we heard the words novel corona virus and our world still feels strange and unfamiliar. Some of 
the differences are very subtle, but most of us feel ‘off ’ in this new space. We are surviving, but not many of us are thriving. 

Last year I bought my first real camera; a lightly-used digital SLR. For years I had heard terms like ‘exposure’ and the ever-mysterious ‘f-stop,’ but they remained abstract concepts—the secret language used by photographers to work their magic.

A few years ago I borrowed a friend’s car for a road trip. As I wound my way up the Kootenay Pass, the only music available was a stack of unmarked, burned CDs jammed between the seats. As I cycled through those discs each new track was an adventure.

I love my creative life—I wake up in the morning, make coffee, help the kids out the door to school, and at that moment the routine in my life ends. For the rest of the day, I could be setting some type for a new poster, carving a block for a print commission, working on paintings for a solo show, or putting together an application for a future public art call. 

Life is full of contradictions: as an artist, I rely on people to fill their homes with things of beauty to make a living. At some point, as we collectively trend towards smaller homes and fewer things, art consumers will inevitably run out of space for art.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Time: 
5:00pm

The Fernie & District Arts Council would like to invite the community to celebrate the completion of "All Kinds of Beauty" a mural by Michael Hepher on Tuesday October 15th at 5pm. They invite you to join them at the wall at 7th Street & 2nd Avenue to hear from the artist and show your support for this amazing addition to downtown Fernie.

The Fernie & District Arts Council are delighted to share with you the selected artist for the Fernie Mural Project; Michael Hepher with his piece, "All Kinds of Beauty".

While some enjoy revisiting old memories for the good feelings they bring, Michael has made a career of setting up residence in the past and making a living there. Clawhammer Press is a business quite literally built on a foundation of nostalgia. 

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 
10:00am - 4:00pm

Join fine artist Michael Hepher for an introduction to the art of plein air painting, the style of painting directly from and in nature. 

Michael Hepher is a blacksmith, musician, printmaker, and has recently returned to his previous passion of painting landscapes. His work is reminiscent of the Group of Seven and he often travels with a pochade box to transport his studies, as many of the Group of Seven artists did.

We as humans have an innate desire to surround ourselves with beauty, and whether we do it consciously or not, we each form our own often strong ideas about what we like and what we don’t like when it comes to the kind of beauty we surround ourselves with.