Artists put their hearts into work

Oak Bay Art Club puts on biggest show of the year at Goward House

Rainy Days by Pam Orman is just one of the works that will be featured at the Oak Bay Art Club’s show at Goward House.

The Oak Bay Art Club is returning to Goward House for the upcoming exhibition All You Need is Heart.

It’s the club’s biggest show of the year and will feature 38 various works of water colour, acrylic, pen and ink and collage, representing nearly all of the club’s regular membership.

“We came back to Goward House because it’s such a perfect space. It’s a venue that suits paintings, so that’s the emphasis,” said Oak Bay Art Club president Janet Mercer.

Goward House (2495 Arbutus Rd.) will open its doors Sunday (Feb. 1) especially for the show’s grand opening from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The art will be on display during Goward House’s regular hours, weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., until Feb. 25.

“It’s important to note Goward House isn’t open weekends so it might be the best chance for some to see the art. The show is free,” Mercer said. “Many of the works will be for sale, the artists will be there and will have additional materials with them.”

The retired chartered accountant couldn’t resist painting a water colour of a harbour taxi, or pickleboat, for her submission. She’s been able to focus on painting since she moved here three years ago after a teaching career at Okanagan College.

“Our members are from everywhere, we’re not restricted. It’s just that we meet in Oak Bay,” Mercer said.

The Oak Bay Art Club is 71 years old and meets bi-weekly on the main floor of the Windsor Park Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays. The club has a wide focus of interests in the visual arts and media, ranging from beginner to advanced.

Saanich’s Goward House holds regular monthly art exhibitions. For more information, visit oakbayartclub.com.

 

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