Artists send out thanks for support

The Agassiz Monday Painters Art Show for 2011 was a gigantic success. This art show marked the 50th Anniversary of the painting group, which is phenomenal at best.

Isa Taylor, the founding member, was recognized with a display of her paintings and a scrapbook that clearly showed not only that she was a talented successful artist but also she shared her knowledge of art with the community and was the recipient of many awards.

Special thank you to Sandy at Holly Tree Florist and Gifts who donated a beautiful bouquet of Isa’s favourite flowers, white daisies, in her memory.

June Grainger who was honoured as the 2011 featured artist, not only for her longevity with the group, but most importantly her talents. June’s artistic ability was clearly evident as it was amazing to see how successfully she had painted such varied topics.

The memorial display of Norma Coxall’s creative abilities adorned with a bouquet of her favourite flowers, tulips, was well received by her family and guests.

One of the highlights of the show is the People’s Choice recognition of three artists. The guests enjoyed the participation even though the high caliber of the artworks made it a difficult task. The voting, only several points separating each, resulted in Karen Palitti’s, “Two In The Bush” as the first choice and second was Linda Shephard’s “Girl Stuff” and the third selection was also Linda Shephard’s “A Secret Place.” Honorable mention was Bob Lounsbury’s “Ball House”. Congratulations to all the Agassiz Monday Painter artists!

The draw winners were Teresa Walker (Langley) for Diane Mackenzie’s “Country Charm”, Judy Coutts (Chilliwack) for Anne Proteau’s “Hawaiian Scene”, Annette Martin (Agassiz) for Judy McKinnon’s “ 4 And A Bud” and Carla Termes (Qualicum Beach) and Elaine Jones (Agassiz) for massages from L’eau De Vie Health and Wellness Spa. Special thank you to these donors!

The Agassiz Monday Painters are a wonderful group of people and artists. They encompassed this show with the determination to make it the best. It is a feat to present an event like this art show but through their dedication and energy they were successful. They should be extremely proud of themselves and recognized for all their efforts. Well done.

It must be mentioned that Loretta Douglas, a member, worked over a period of several months gathering photos and articles from the past through to the present which was displayed at the show. Her persistence in completing this task is most valuable now and will be into the future.

We sincerely appreciated all the guests who attended. It was so encouraging to hear the accolades of praise and acknowledgment of the artists’ talents. When artists are recognized for their works, it inspires them to be persistent in their endeavors. As well, your presence inspired a lively atmosphere that was generated throughout the event.

A sincere applause and gratitude are extended to everyone involved who made this event truly a great success.

Happy 50th Birthday to Agassiz Monday Painters!

Marg Doman

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