Amazing! The 7th annual Harrison Art Show was a remarkable success and will not be forgotten. The relaxed friendly atmosphere was magical with visitors interacting with each other while discussing the artwork. Even “four legged” guests seemed to enjoy the attention!
The amount of participating artists, 36, exceeded all other years. The display of their artwork was truly fabulous. The committee, Lynda Anderson, Loretta Douglas, Linda Payette, Judy McKinnon, Barb Norris and Beth McCreary must be recognized. Their hanging of the paintings created a grand display to “show off” the works of these multi talented artists resulting in 33 paintings sold. Argyle Garden Market added the finishing touch with their selection of plants, trees and pots of flowering annuals that made the show pop.
Maxwell Newhouse, an accomplished artist, author, and illustrator, was a super addition to this event. He has received numerous literary awards and has been selected to speak at various functions. Maxwell was generous and approachable about sharing his knowledge of the art world. Maxwell’s paintings were both large in size and in quality.
Werner Streicek, Harrison Hot Springs resident, is a noted stone sculptor who displayed some remarkable pieces that caused great interest from the public.
Antoinette Wessels, jewellery artist, presented “one of a kind” pieces. She now makes her own beads that were used in some of the beautifully designed pieces. Her exhibit certainly showcased her creative talents.
Jane Kivitt, an authentic gardener, caused people to question the validity of her awesome succulent plants painting. Yes, they were alive and beautifully arranged!
Jenny Belanger, operator of the Café, was recognized for her homemade food creating 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:
Barb Norris, Rosedale (250 business cards from Agassiz/ Harrison Printers & Stationers Ltd.), Alex Hung, Vancouver (jewelry from Studio KiKaBoe), A. Fessenden, Langley ($20 gift certificate from Julie Ann’s Art and Custom Framing), Nancy Gale, Debbie Penner and Lynn Stefovich each won one hour non-power boat rentals from Killer’s Cove Boat Rentals. Khalid Alorefi of Vancouver won Mary Kay products from Melanie Kennedy, John Fletcher and Eunice Yen won signed copies of Maxwell Newhouse’s book.
Christy Chow of North Vancouver won a Muddy Waters Baskin Robbins gift certificate, and the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory gift basket went to I. K. Butchart, of Agassiz.
Les Ewener, of Vancouver, took home a Select Images matted print. Pierre Lavalle of Burnaby won an Old Settler Pub gift certificate.
Mary Ann Fontaine won handmade gift cards from A. Fizz and P. Warren.
After months of planning and tweaking, it is so amazing to watch how the Harrison Art Show has evolved into an event that brings an art community together. It is refreshing to witness visitors from various parts of B.C. and the world who appreciate the value and experience the pleasure that art plays in society.
“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” – James B. Conant
Harrison Art Show Committee