Today is the day! Back in May or June I met with the Peace Watercolour Society as a potential member. I’ve wanted to join this small local watercolour society for years now, but the time was never right until this year. As a prelude to being accepted into the society, I’ve been asked to exhibit with the PWS during their fall show, this year held in my own hometown at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery.
The opening for the show is tonight! If you’re in the Peace region, plan to come out and see the show while it’s on display and enjoy the amazing art by this host of gifted painters. Watercolour painting styles can be incredibly diverse and I’m always inspired by what different watercolour artists achieve with the medium.
Here’s a copy of the press release regarding the show:
The Peace Watercolour Society Fall Show and Sale will be opening in the Dawson Creek Art Gallery on Oct. 16 at 7p.m. Many of the artists will be in attendance that evening.
The exhibit will be on display until Nov. 10 and focuses primarily on transparent watercolour.
The Peace Watercolour Society was formed more than 35 years ago by a group of Peace Country artists and the first group exhibit was opened in the Dawson Creek Art Gallery in the spring of 1976.
Members then included such well-known artists as Euphemia McNaught, Jim Adrain, Robert Guest and Inez Demuynck, Simon Cox, Esther Gibson and Erika Moore.
Current members are Marjorie Henn from Beaverlodge Barry Hommy from Hythe, Toni Schuler from Goodfare, Valerie Ditch, Louanne Hart and Dale Syrota from Grande Prairie, Suzanne Sandboe from Buffalo Lakes, Judy Brown from Spirit River, Inez Demuynck from Dawson Creek, and Bernice Trider and Doris Reynolds from Fairview.
Robert Guest from Grande Cache was a founding member and continues in the group as an honorary member. Janis Herbison from Hudson’s Hope, Carolyn Brown from Spirit River and Angela Fehr from Dawson Creek will be showing as guest exhibitors.
The society with participants from both sides of the Alberta – B.C. boundary are held together by a common goal to express impressions of our environment in watercolour paintings.
The Peace Country, with its diversified population and wonderful landscape, offers an incredible variety of subject matter for these artists; each captures this beauty in his or her own style. The group’s original goal was to maintain and promote the tradition of transparent watercolour in the Peace Country and mixed media was discouraged. This is still true of the current members.
All paintings are original and the society does not accept copies. A Fall Show and Sale is held annually with a rotation between major galleries in the area.