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The Nature of Things: Artswest Society

Local artists explore the wonderful diversity of nature through paintings.

Visitors will encounter many works in the tradition of Canadian landscape artists. Subjects include harbours, lakes, and forests on the West Coast. Others focus on the flora and fauna that inhabit these places.

Creatures from beyond Canada such as the African savannah also make appearances in this exhibit. Other artists interpret nature in a less literal sense. One painting shows the interior of a brewery, which refers to the process of fermentation. Elsewhere, a series of rubbings over manhole covers in Japan depict symbols of nature. Several abstract paintings suggest organic matter like damp undergrowth and decaying wood.

How each artist renders their chosen subjects are as diverse as the works themselves. Watercolour, gouache, and even pastel on suede are some of the techniques on display. The Nature of Things: ArtsWest Society reveals the extraordinary natural world and the talents of many artists who live in the Lower Mainland.

About Artswest Society

Artswest Society is a non-profit group formed in 1986 by eight artists who promoted interest and education in art and arts-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. They are active in various artistic activities such as workshops and artist demonstrations.They meet at Newton Cultural Centre on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:45pm.

Image credit: Donna Schipfel, Enchanted, 2019, watercolour on rice paper.