Yoga instructor, musician, artist, handbag designer - Jacqueline Benedetto, the new curator for Peace Gallery North in Fort St. John, wears many hats, and says she's excited to see what the year brings for local arts.

By Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative

The new curator for Peace Gallery North says she’s looking forward to 2022 and connecting with local artists in her new role.

After living and working as yoga instructor in Vancouver for the past decade, Jacqueline Benedetto moved to the Peace in July, taking her profession to Dawson Creek.

She says the curator position in Fort St. John opened an opportunity to dip her toes back into the art world, which has always been a passion for her, both musically and through other mediums.

“I was teaching yoga full-time before COVID happened, and then with everything that’s happened, yoga just hasn’t quite been the same, even to this day,” said Benedetto, who has played folk music on and off over the years. “So I just decided to shift gears to my other passion, that’s ultimately what led to taking this job.”

Benedetto grew up in Fort Saskatchewan, and moved to Vancouver to explore the West Coast.

“I was involved with the art scene there, but more so for playing music, but then I’ve also done product photography for different brands from Montreal and Vancouver,” she said. “I also sew and design handbags, so those are my personal projects.”

Benedetto says the schedule for exhibits has been finalized for 2022, and she’s looking forward to the next exhibit – Points of View, which starts on March 11.

It will showcase art by the Flying Colours Artists’ Association, a community of painters and print artists.

“There’s going to be paintings, sculptures, mixed media,” said Benedetto.

The gallery is currently hosting the North Peace Potters Guild’s exhibit, A Place at the Table, which wraps up on Feb. 26.

This item is reprinted with permission from Alaska Highway News, Fort St. John, British Columbia. See article HERE.

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