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Brush of Spring: Surrey ArtsWest Society

Put a spring into your step with this group show by local Surrey ArtsWest Society.

Experience the beauty of nature with artworks that take you from the flowers of spring to the heat and light of lazy summer days. Surrey ArtsWest Society celebrates its 30th anniversary with the exhibition Brush of Spring. Visitors will see paintings and drawings in a range of media including watercolours, oil, and acrylics. Floral studies, animal imagery, as well as landscapes reflecting the artists’ travels are among the subjects explored. Different approaches to expressing the experience of nature in art are also demonstrated by ArtsWest members.

John Cranswick captures the dry heat and bright light of Baja California in his San Jose Ollas painting, a work so realistic it makes you hot just looking at it. Summer days beckon in Doris Biddle’s painting Living the Life, where she puts you on a sailboat traveling through the Gulf Islands through her masterful use of perspective. Tao Jiang’s Lighthouse presents a haunting image of isolation enhanced by the muted grey tones of the rocks. In contrast, Bamboo Fun by Art Giddings is a whimsical scene of children climbing and playing in a dense bamboo forest, like something out of a fairy tale. Of the animal artworks, two bald eagles soaring above a misty forest grab your attention with its realism and size in David Kilpatrick’s Spirit Catcher. Another pairing of animals can be seen in Nino Persiavi’s exquisite ballpoint pen drawing of two maturing horses titled Aging Gracefully.

About Surrey ArtsWest Society

Surrey ArtsWest Society is a non-profit society formed in 1986 by eight artists who got together to promote interest and education in art and to participate in art related activities in the community. Over the years, membership has grown to include over seventy active members, both professional and amateur. The Society has organized many exhibitions of works by its members in Surrey, North Delta, and the Fraser Valley, and is active in various artistic activities such as workshops and artist demonstrations.They meet at Newton Cultural Center on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:45pm.

Read more on their website

View the Exhibition Brochure

Artists: Yuta Anonve, Doris Biddle, Gail Biddle, John Cranswick, Joanne Dennis, Ernie Faessler, Jean Galbraith, Art Giddings, Tao Jiang, Gail Hall, Lana Hart, Maria Kaminska, Gunilla Kay, Colleen Kennedy, Dave Kilpatrick, Bev McKay, Wendy Mould, Sonja Nedd, Nino Persiavi, Dave Reid, Donna Schipfel, Vlatka Short, Isabell Simpson, Steve Toplass, Zofia Wieclawek, Mardi Zipursky

Image credits (top to bottom): John Cranswick, San Jose Ollas, acrylic painting. Photo courtesy of artist.

Doris Biddle, Living the Life, acrylic painting.