Art lovers took in the annual Harrison Art Show at Harrison Memorial Hall over the weekend.

Harrison’s fifth art show a ‘wow success

The 5th annual Harrison Art Show of 2011 was a great “wow” success. The attendance was great even though not everyone signed the guest book. The 350+ guests who did, filled it with only positive feedback during the two-day exhibition. We are so grateful for this interest as it gives encouragement to present the next year’s event.

The display of this year’s artwork was fabulous. It was so amazing to witness the talents of the local artists. Often artists, seasoned or new, do not receive the accolades they deserve. The mandate of the show is to showcase the worth of these creators. You are remarkable and should be very proud.

The atmosphere was magical in Memorial Hall. While studying with seriousness and concentration, some guests would engage in discussions and critiquing with others to interpret the artworks. The sales of paintings were an indication of the pleasures that art pieces generated reflecting the talents of the artists.

The art show’s appearance was beautiful. The committee, Lynda Anderson, Loretta Douglas, Judy McKinnon, Linda Payette and Linda Shephard, who hung the paintings created a grand display. Argyle Garden Market added the finishing touch with their selection of plants, trees and pots of flowering annuals.

This year the Harrison Art Show was very fortunate to have the internationally known and once local resident the gifted artist/author, David Maclagan, attend for the signing of one of his books It’s a Watercolour World. His books and paintings will become his legacy to the art world. His display of his artwork gave others such hope that creativity can reach such outstanding limits. David’s presence certainly gave people the opportunity to reconnect with him or meet him for the first time. His generosity was appreciated as he donated a book for the art show’s draw. Thank you for everything, David!

The Café, operated by Lesley Ward, was not only recognized for the homemade food but also as a place to relax and socialize with friends and new acquaintances.

The Harrison Arts Show Committee sincerely extends their gratitude to all the sponsors for their generosity and support.

The winners for the draws were Valerie Peart of Agassiz for the painting donated by Rose Marie Gordon, Ryan Smith of Delta for David Maclagan’s book “It’s A Watercolour World”, Jon Mansell of Vernon for the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory donation of chocolates, and both Nasser Bazaraam of N. Vancouver and Louise McGorman of Abbotsford for the Old Settler Pub t-shirts and gift certificates. Acknowledgement is also extended to the Roth Family, ReMax Nyda Realty and the Kent Harrison Art Council.

After months of planning and tweeking, it is so amazing to watch how the Harrison Art Show evolves into a sight of beauty and appeal. The art committee was an absolutely remarkable group, committed to do whatever it took to make the art celebration memorable. It is so marvelous how volunteers came together and unselfishly contributed their time, ideas and efforts to create such a spectacular event.

For fear of not including the remaining volunteers who supported the show, an overwhelming recognition and applause to everyone. You and your efforts are most appreciated. These people should be so proud of their accomplishments. It does take a village to design and organize an art show!

“The road to success is not doing one thing 100 percent better, but doing 100 things one percent better.”  – Author unknown

Harrison Art Show Committee