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Skies, wings and feathered things

South Delta Artists Guild presents latest show at Gallery 1710
G. Olson bird painting
Gillian Olson, is one of many artists from the South Delta Artists Guild showing their works at Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen.

April spells spring and the return of summer birds, dragonflies, bees and butterflies.

Members of the South Delta Artists Guild have looked to the skies for inspiration – so many choices and exciting things to capture.

The winged insects, such as butterflies and dragonflies, add a splash of colour seen quickly flitting around the shrubs and flowers to delight to all. Feathered birds bring a smile when you spot a Barred Owl, or a Northern Flicker and a Red Winged Blackbird pecking at the feeder. The hummers, which seem to linger during the cold winter, are joined by the migrating hummers, so put the feeders up soon, and then travel down to Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen to see the latest show.

On April 2, children will love to see a live bird from the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL), which will be on hand from 12 to 3 p.m.

OWL rehabilitates injured raptors, as many as 1,050 a year, and releases the birds back into the wild. Raptors include eagles, ospreys, vultures, falcons and owls. Some birds are not able to care for themselves, so they enjoy the comforts of the OWL facility and are used to educate the public, to the delight of many children and adults.

In advance of the presentation, many have artists have made birdhouses and put their imagination and decorative talents to work to the delight of our patrons. These creations will be for sale with a portion benefiting OWL. 

A reminder that April 30th is the deadline for the upcoming Oil and Water juried show which is open to all. There are many prizes and a $1,500 first prize for the winner.

Be sure to have a good photograph in jpeg format, which can be entered online at:

If you have a yen to become a sold artist, be sure to join the Artists Guild. Details are also on the website, or enter in person when you visit the gallery.

Gallery 1710 is located at 1710 56th in Tsawwassen open noon to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

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