Gallery 1710 features reality to abstraction this month

Artists use creative license to make the most of an image they see or photograph.

Colour is changed, light paths are designed, and the focal point is tweaked to achieve an arresting painting. Darks are enhanced to reveal the light, while warm colors contrast the cool one for the best effects. The painting becomes the artist’s truth.

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What is an abstract? The simple truth is that all art is abstract whether it looks like that beautiful barn you are viewing, or the distortion that the artist sees when putting down colour or a pattern. The gallery has a hanging committee who really rose to the challenge of displaying 75 paintings showing the most creative art we have seen this year. 

Which paintings do you, as a viewer, describe as a good painting? The general consensus is that it becomes a dialog between you and the artist – a visual poem. Memories and experiences become an invitation to enter the artist’s world.  

The current show certainly had a lot to say to this viewer. So much talent simply should be appreciated. I picked out five that are tops on my list, but space is limited, so I introduce you to Maureen Mitchell’s piece called Bobby’s Jug, a small oil with glowing color.

Susie Gilmour, new to the Guild, painted Go With the Flow – just two great images for March.   

On another note, if you like to draw, and have a sketchbook, the Gallery is featuring Jack Turpin in a workshop March 30 and 31.

Turpin has been likened to a national treasure. His books are filled with poetry inspired by his doodlings, observations, drawings, and humour. His workshop is sure to be a very entertaining and fun way to spend a weekend. The class is small (no more than 15), so inquire at the Gallery to see if there is a space for you.

Gallery 1710 is located in Tsawwassen beside the South Delta Recreation Centre and is open Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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