With the wonderful fall weather we have been having, it is hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner. Now we have to think about Christmas shopping and trying to figure out what to buy the various people on our lists. I hope you will “think art” this year and give a gift that will last a lifetime. Stop by the Creston Valley Public Library and the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce to see the new art displays and pick out something different for your loved ones. Of course, even if you are not planning to buy art, I hope you will stop by both venues to see the wonderful array of art on display.
The Art in the Chamber display, “In Time for Christmas”, features 11 artists and offers a wide range of gift possibilities: fabulous photographs from Howard Smith, exciting mixed media art from Shelly Lamb, the charming art of Marion Evans, the exquisite oils of Jenny Steenkamp, the sometimes quirky but always accomplished art of Ashley Pompu, the fun and vibrant fabric art of Emmie Roelofse, Kurtis Ladner’s acrylics of country living, Dora O’Brien’s lovely and utilitarian pottery, and the variety pack of art from Val van der Poel. In addition to these familiar names, there are two exhibitors new to the display at the visitor centre. Charlotte Erlandsson from the East Shore will be displaying some of her unusual art, and Kim Cook from Creston will be exhibiting her strong pieces done in acrylics. I can’t wait to see all the new paintings and other art these talented artists will be displaying! The Art in the Chamber exhibit ends on Dec. 31, so you will have lots of time to see it and pick out that special gift.
Art in the Library features the members of the Creston Art Club. I can’t begin to tell you about the art that will be on display, but it is sure to be colourful, vibrant, subtle, fun, detailed, abstract and so many other things. Most of the art on display will be for sale and can be purchased by contacting the artists. The Art in the Library display ends on Jan. 3. Please stop in and check it out.
These community art displays are sponsored by the Community of Creston Arts Council, the Creston Valley Public Library and the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre to enable artists from Yahk to Riondel to share their art with the community. The displays are a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to see the wonderful art and talent of local artists and we hope everyone will stop in and see the fabulous art.
I am getting ready to put out a call for artists for next year’s community art displays, so if you are an artist or if you know one who is not on my list, please get in touch with me, Val van der Poel, at 250-866-5772.
—VAL VAN DER POEL