A pottery bowl by Rosamond Moore

Mixed media, pottery, watercolours, acrylics at Creston library and chamber

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What a wonderful start to the new year! Blue skies and sunshine instead of the usual grey have been greeting us for the last few days. However, clear skies also means colder temperatures, so you might want to stop in at the Creston Valley Public Library or the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce to warm up and to check out the new art displays.

The new Art in the Library display, “Art Times Three”, features the work of Carol Huscroft, Anne Graves and Val van der Poel. With everything from mixed media to watercolours, viewers are sure to find some art that delights the eye and the mind. They will find charming “cottage vignettes” by Graves, bold and fanciful butterflies and flowers by Huscroft, and a large monochrome of the valley by van der Poel, as well as a number of other fabulous pieces. The Art in the Library display will run until April 2 so you will have lots of time to check it out. Remember that the art can be purchased by contacting the artist — we will be pleased to help you!

“An Eclectic Mix” is what visitors will find when they stop in at the chamber of commerce. Thirteen area artists will be displaying during this exhibit of Art in the Chamber. Although a number of the artists will be familiar, this show also has some newcomers — artists who have rarely or never displayed their work in the chamber. Visitors will see lovely wooden bowls and other objects from Bill Young, a selection of acrylic paintings from beginner artist Niqi Archambault, colorful abstract acrylics from Paula Ebelher and some fascinating sculptural paintings (I hope) from an artist know just as Lebeau. This Art in the Chamber exhibit will be on display during business hours until March 31.

I hope I have given you enough information to wet your curiosity and encourage you to pop in and have a look at the art. Both exhibits will be on for about three months as we have made some changes for this year’s shows. Instead to six displays of two months each, we will have four displays of three months each, which will give valley residents and visitors to the area plenty of time to enjoy the art. By the way, if you are planning to give gifts (Valentine’s, Easter, birthdays) over the next few months consider giving art, the gift that lasts.

The Art in the Library and Art in the Chamber displays are sponsored by the venues and by the Community Arts Council of Creston to provide artists from Yahk to Riondel with the opportunity to display their art to the residents of the valley and to any visitors to the area. If you are interested in participating in these displays contact Val van der Poel at 250-866-5772.

—BY VAL van der POEL

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