Wide range of Creston art on display at chamber and library

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Although we have had a fabulous winter, I am sure all of us are looking forward to the colour and blossoms that spring will bring. You don’t have to wait — you can always get a dose of colour by checking out the new art displays at the Creston Valley Public Library and Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The Art the Chamber display will be “Bursting with Colour” and full of many of our favourite artists. The Alfoldys are back with their unique styles, Ute Bachinski will be showing both pastels and watercolours, visitors will enjoy Karen Arrowsmith’s subtle watercolours and Laura Leeder’s delicate depictions of flowers and porcelain, the different styles by Carol Schloss and James McDowell will add just the perfect touch of variety. In addition to these familiar names you will see a variety pack of art from Carol and Jennifer Huscroft, the fascinating metal sculpture by Aaron Weitman, the colourful and vibrant work of Cheryl Place and the always interesting art of Carrie Lucas. The chamber display also has two newcomers who will be sharing their art with us: Don Towstego with woodcarvings and Linda Mahoney who is exhibiting a fascinating hat.

This display promises to be very interesting and I can’t wait to see what everyone is showing. “Bursting with Colour” runs until April 30 so you will have plenty of time to check it out and maybe find the perfect gift for a birthday or for Easter.

The Art in the Library display is “An Artistic View” and features two local artists, Carrie Lucas and Kurtis Ladner, as well as a Creston Art Club member, Joe Horvath, who comes over every week from Salmo to paint with us. Those who are used to seeing Lucas’s encaustic art will be interested to see some of her watercolours and oils — you might even say, “I didn’t know you could do that!” Ladner’s country landscapes are a charming glimpse of the artist’s view of the world. I hope that Horvath will display some of his oils and some of his pencil work; two different views from one artist and both of them fascinating.

The Art in the Library display ends on April 25. Remember the art on display at the library is for sale by contacting the artist or the library will give you my contact information.

The 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 display their art and to let the public see the wonders of the world through the artists’ eyes. If you would like your name on the list to display at one of these venues, contact Val van der Poel at 250-866-5772.

—BY VAL VAN DER POEL