If you drop by Salute Coffee Company's Elm Street store, be sure to take a look at the work of Nairn Centre artist Julieanne Steedman, which is being featured at the cafe until July 30.
The work features majestic trees and landscapes of Northern Ontario and is filled with texture, bold brush strokes, and vivid colours, a press release said.
Steedman invites the viewer to think about how they feel after spending time among the trees. Research shows that spending time in forests and other nature environments supports a healing and a sense of well being.
In Japan, it’s called “shinrin yoku,” which translates to “forest bathing.” The work is inspired by Steedman’s need to spend time in nature and the change she feels in herself after being “among the trees.”
“Winter can be long here (in Northern Ontario) and it’s easy to start to feel down,” Steedman said, in the press release.
“This past winter I made a point to getting out more; walking, hiking, and just being in the bush. Spending time outdoors makes a world of difference, I literally feel like I can breathe easier after spending time out in nature.”
Salute's downtown hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.
You can also visit the artist's website at www.heirloomisland.com. All of the pieces displayed at Salute are for sale.