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Artists’ Guild launches show to honour frontline workers

With Gratitude runs from June 4 to July 4
Gratitude 1710 show
Pictured left to right; Shari Barr from the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation, Maureen Mitchell and Jimena Grueso, both artists with the South Delta Artists Guild.

Week-after-week goes by and our frontline workers continue to work in hospitals, restaurants, factories and a myriad of other jobs so essential to our economy.

The artists and the board of the South Delta Artists’ Guild wanted to show its appreciation to all those who have struggled over the past year, so are hosting a special art show – With Gratitude, running June 4 to July 4.

“The last year and a half has changed the way we look at the world forever,” said show organizer Leah Terpsma. “Priorities have changed. Our connections to each other may have been loose and easy before COVID-19, but now we realize how much we rely on one another. Our essential workers, who keep us healthy, fed, educated, moving, connected, safe and sane, are super- heroes!

“We laud them with this special show about gratitude to the front liners who have served us so well. Our gesture of appreciation provides an opportunity for original art ownership at adjusted prices for our essential workers and their support staff. The members of the South Delta Artists’ Guild thank you for your vital contribution.”

Essential workers are in line for one of five paintings contributed by Diane Akey, Monica Burrow, Jan Rankin, Marlene Strain and Kathy Swift. Boxes will be provided, so drop into Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen and fill out a form. If you want in on another deal, the Guild is offering a 20 percent discount to any person who considers themselves an essential worker.

As part of the show, there will be a donation box set-up so patrons can also provide a donation to the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation to support Delta Hospital.

“Through support from our community, the Foundation is able to fund the most critical needs at Delta Hospital,” said executive director Lisa Hoglund. “Funds raised through community fundraisers such as the South Delta Artists Guild’s With Gratitude art show make an incredible impact to patient care at Delta Hospital. We are very grateful to be part of this initiative.” 

Gallery 1710 is open Friday to Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Come and view the paintings, and as we are following social distancing, please don’t forget your mask – and follow the arrows around the gallery. Gallery 1710 is located on 56 St. just south of the South Delta Rec. Centre. See more on the Artists’ Guild at: