This artwork pays tribute to Burns Bog

The South Delta Artists Guild’ juried show ended with record attendance, and our members have submitted their best works for July.

Each month, we feature larger paintings on our lobby wall at Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen. Stories are often missed when walking around the gallery.

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Jan Rankin has three paintings playing a tribute to the Burns Bog.

Vanishing Point has a pebbly horizon representing the peat that holds the bog together. It plays a huge role in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and has been dubbed the Lungs of the Lower Mainland. Encroachment is changing its shape and reducing its effectiveness.

Below the Peatwe find turquoise splashes representing the aquifers that bubble to the surface and provide water for the animals and plants that make up the ecosystem. The bog’s water links the Fraser River with Boundary Bay. Trees on top of the peat emit oxygen and keep our air in tip top shape. Fire also shapes the bog as it can burn underground and is difficult to extinguish, hence the red under the peat layer. The third painting Baptism of Fire depicts this.

Be sure to study the three paintings, so you get an appreciation of the importance of the bog. 

Other works to note are the West Storm by Grant Christofferson, with a misty background, splashing surf and windswept trees. This is a lovely way to appreciate our cool and blustery weather. What a contrast to other parts of North America.

Blooming Beautiful features white lilies, by Laurel Johnson and has been featured on the posters around the area. These lilies were presented to Hera by Zeus, so the legend goes, and she gifted them with scent and allowed mankind to enjoy them. There are now a few other lilies with scent – the tiger lily and the stargazer. 

The show is ongoing until July 28 at Gallery 1710 (56th St. in Tsawwassen).

The gallery is open Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When the weather’s rainy, it’s a great way to spend an hour or two, and you can vote for your favorite, and help us choose the People’s Choice Award.



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