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Fine Art Exhibit

World Rose Festival’s Art Exhibit

The Rose: What's in a name?

Three visual artists explore that what we call a rose by any other name. Three different perspectives that would smell as sweet. Like Shakespeare, the rose is perennially re-interpreted in this remarkable exhibit, curated by Fine Art Photographer Heather Johnston <>.

Quotes about the rose from Shakespeare, Somerset Maugham, Anne Bronte, Henri Matisse and Salvador Dali etc. will be used throughout the exhibit. As the four seasons will also be a thematic element, we hope to evoke the multi faceted and timelessness of the rose.

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
- Romeo and Juliet II, ii, 1-2 Juliet Capulet; William Shakespeare

When I have plucked the Rose,
I cannot give it vital growth again,
It needs must wither. I’ll smell it on the tree

- Othello, V(2)86; William Shakespeare

Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
- W. Somerset Maugham

But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.
- Anne Bronte

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.
- Salvador Dali

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.
- Henri Matisse

The Artists

Heather Johnston Curator: Heather Johnston, Mixed Media Fine Art Photographer, blends photography, image manipulation and hand painting. Her current work, influenced by 18th century botanicals, takes a 21st century look at nature through depth, texture and meaning.
Carole Arnston Carole Arnston, Painter, has a dynamically charged gestural style. Her dramatic images are rendered with a broad brush, subtle colour and painting knives. They invite a closer look.
alex waterhouse Alex Waterhouse-Hayward, Fine Art Photographer, is one of Canada’s most experienced magazine and portrait photographers. An ardent gardener, Canada Post has issued four rose stamps he photographed.


About the Curator

Heather Johnston Fine Art Photography

Heather JohnstonWest coast mixed media artist Heather Johnston blends photography, image manipulation and hand painting to create fine art pieces, canvasses and prints. Her current work, influenced by 18th Century botanicals, takes a 21st Century look at nature through depth, texture and meaning.

After obtaining a Master’s degree from the highly acclaimed Royal College of Art (RCA), London, UK, Heather Johnston exhibited across Europe and Canada.

She went on to teach in the UK at the University of Plymouth, Exeter and Queen’s Gate School, London.

Heather Johnston Fine Art Photography is represented locally by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Van Dop Gallery, Liberty and select retail stores.

Heather Johnston lives on the North Shore and is married with two girls. She is an avid gardener.

Further Notes on Heather Johnston's Work

Heather Johnston’s latest collections evoke the four seasons. The spring and summer palette is represented by Flora, Legumes, Les Fleurs, Cybele-Blue Roses and Naturaleza Viva (Living Nature). Her fall and winter work are represented by the Chocolate Anemone, Illumine, Nocturne, Ophelia, and Naturaleza Muerta (Still Life) collections.

Heather Johnston’s collections can be viewed at