Five Lower Mainland artists are combining their talents into a new show and sale, INTERCONNECTIONS, which opens Monday in Tsawwassen.
INTERCONNECTIONS will run until Oct. 13 in the South Delta Artists Guild gallery at the Kiwanis Centre for the Visual Arts.
Sandra Taylor of Tsawwassen, Eileen Fong from Burnaby, Susan Perez from Surrey, and Pat Vickers and Alyson Thorpe from White Rock came to know each other and their individual artistic styles and techniques through membership in the South Delta Artists Guild.
Under the leadership of Fong, a well-known artist and teacher, and backed by the knowledge and skill of Taylor, an award-winning artist and past president of the guild, INTERCONNECTIONS artists have come together for the first time to present the many facets of their art.
Fong draws on nature to express herself in watermedia, silk and acrylic, painting in a style derived from unique Chinese brush painting techniques. Her watercolours of gardens are delicate, the birds and flowers in them painted with kindness and honesty, and she explains these techniques in her book, An Exploration of Chinese Watermedia.
Perez, a new member of the guild, paints in watercolour and acrylic, and is particularly fond of "plein air" work, painting outside rather than in studio. Her volunteer activities with VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver work in very well with her "plein air" preference, and many of her paintings reflect the great variety of plants and landscapes, including the streams, lakes and waterfalls to be found in this worldrenowned botanical garden. Vickers sums up her introduction to art after retirement succinctly: "To discover a new passion in mid-life is one of life's greatest gifts." That new passion took her through many painting and drawing classes and workshops, leading eventually to group and individual shows of her work, mostly in watercolour, for which she has a particular affection.
She finds inspiration in many subjects, from landscapes to flowers, fruit, still life and figurative work. Recently her work has become more semi-abstract and she is enjoying experimenting in this freer style.
Thorpe's passion for painting watercolour florals is inspired by the natural beauty surrounding her home. She retired from three years ago and now paints and teaches from her home studio.
Taylor's career has been driven by energy, talent and a curiosity to explore artistic expression. She has shown her work in scores of art shows and juried exhibitions throughout the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.
Taylor enjoys painting in all mediums, sometimes alone, as in watercolour or pastel, sometimes as mixed media, either on classical lines or purely experimental. The gallery, adjacent to the South Delta Recreation Centre on 56th Street, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Monday, Oct. 7. Everyone is invited to meet the artists, enjoy their paintings and perhaps win a draw prize at a reception set for Sunday, Oct. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.
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