Bob Krysak’s personal peaks and valleys have been a catalyst in the self-taught artist’s artwork over nearly two decades. So, after 15 years of ups and downs, the long-time Banffite wanted to try something a bit different for his upcoming art show, The Five Senses, Friday (Nov. 17) at YWCA Banff. “The peaks are where I seem to paint a lot and where I’m really jazzed,” Krysak said, “and the valleys, when I had cancer, I didn’t have a lot of energy. Six years ago, I was caught in an avalanche while heli-skiing; the physical effects were huge and the mental effects were even bigger.” “The Five Senses will feature dozens of watercolour pieces, as well as greeting cards from Krysak, who’ll also donate 25 per cent of art sales that evening to the YWCA. He recalls piling up 10,000 kilometres on the odometer over two months as he drove Highway 1 to and from Calgary for cancer treatment. “Previously, I would fundraise and put it to toward cancer, but now I’m trying to get more local with fundraising and helping here,” said the survivor of both prostate cancer and being buried in an avalanche. “I think the money going to the Y is good because they’re helping people and making a difference.” The show takes places inside the Y’s Great Room from 6-9 p.m. and is free to attend. “We are happy to be hosting Bob as he shares his art and story with our community,” wrote YWCA Banff CEO, Connie MacDonald, in an email. “Our team is always grateful to tap into new community networks, so we’re looking forward to hosting some new friends. Bob is such a generous, community-minded person and we encourage everyone to come out and see his beautiful paintings.” The Five Senses concept, explained Krysak, is just as it sounds. “You will see art; sound is key with live music being played and, in one part where there are a couple of wildlife pictures, suddenly you’ll hear a wolf howling and background noises,” he said. “Taste is really key; there will be some tasty wine and some vodka from Wild Life (Distillery) in Canmore and some appetizers. Smell is going to be the food, and I’m working on having different fragrances, whether it’s a pine tree or the smell you get when it rains. And finally, there is touch; by this weekend I’ll be finished painting the bulk of it, so I may just stick things on (the art work) and see how it works, kind of a collage.” Krysak will have a minimum of 30 watercolour pieces that range in size from four by four to 24 by 30 inches. Some pieces of artwork are from the past 15 years while others are a little more recent. “I’ve done a lot of painting in the last month and a half (for the show) and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to step away and do something else for a bit,’ ” he joked.