Recent History – 2002
April 4, 2002
DAWSON CREEK – One of the most popular exhibits of the year opened Wednesday night at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery.
“Exploring Art” is the culmination of a winter’s worth of activity in the Time Out for Seniors program.
The result is more than 180 works, generated by painting and pottery students who took classes taught by Edna McPhail and Inez Demuynck.
The program began 17 years ago with a federal government grant focused toward giving seniors activities in their community. The money ran out after two years, but the program continued thanks to volunteers.
The exhibit, meanwhile, has been going for about 10 years now.
The pottery section of the show is dedicated to Rose Berg, who died last year at age 93. Berg was a dedicated student for many years.
“She was always there, rain or shine, 30 below or not, and she would always bring us muffins for our tea party,” Demuynck said.
The show is not the only arts-related event this week. The annual art auction is set for this Friday evening at the George Dawson Inn, the art gallery’s major fund raising event of the year.
Over 60 works of original art, including a special donation from wildlife artist Robert Bateman are on the block. And Ken Haverland will once again be the auctioneer.
There were also be plenty of door prizes, including a trip for two anywhere in B.C. that Air B.C. flies is the grand door prize courtesy of Travel Professionals.
Doors open at 7 and the auction begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at the art gallery, Picture It, Simple Pleasures and at the door.
Full tables of eight or more can be reserved at the art gallery.
Exploring Art, meanwhile, will continue until April 20. And starting April 23, the art gallery will showcase the best of the work by students in the local junior and senior high schools.