For many years artists have been meeting at the Sybil Andrews cottage in Campbell River. In the early-1990s the group belonged to the Federation of Canadian Artists. In time the link was dissolved but the group continued to meet at the cottage. The cottage was slated to be torn down, but due to the efforts of a number of groups, it was saved and restored in 2011. While the renovations were taking place, the painting group met in the art gallery and renamed itself the Seaside Painters. When the cottage reopened, the Seaside Painters returned to the cottage where they meet Tuesdays to enjoy both creative endeavours using a variety of mediums, and ongoing friendships.
The Seaside Painters from Campbell River will be presenting a show at the Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox opening May 10 and running until May 29.
Here is a brief introduction to the artists who will be exhibiting in the Pearl Ellis Gallery:
Glenna Lynn Armitage
Glenna enjoys painting landscapes, architecture, and flowers. Her early works were done in oils and acrylics but she now mainly works in watercolours.
She has studied with some well-known artists in the United States and in Canada, and is conversant with a number of mediums, most recently that of acrylics.
Rita has been painting and drawing for most of her life. Although she is skilled in watercolours, her recent work is in acrylics ranging in size from miniature to much larger works.
Sandra worked with Chinese brush painting but had switched to acrylics while taking lessons. Recently, she has explored the medium of “poured watercolour” and is intrigued by the possibilities it affords.
After retirement, England moved from Alberta to Campbell River where she has enjoyed painting with acrylics, oils and oil pastels. She belongs to two local art groups, and participates in both classes and workshops when she can.
Although water colour has been Carole’s preferred medium, she now works with mixed media – a mixture of collage, gels and gold leaf. She has exhibited with the local chapter in galleries on the Island, and at the Federation of Canadian Artist Gallery in Vancouver.
After a long career, Mary has focused her passion for learning towards everything creative. Her current works are mainly of acrylic painting and silk ribbon embroidery on batiks, and original art cards.
After a career as an educator, Antonia enjoys the opportunity to spend time at the Sybil Andrews cottage, and the art gallery where she paints flowers, birds, and animals in water-colours.
Bob has been a great addition to the Sybil Andrews cottage. His favourite medium is acrylic on canvas or rocks.
Jill Paris Rody
Jill works in a variety of mediums: water colour, pastel and acrylic. Her artwork is owned by private collectors across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. She is an excellent teacher and an inspiration to many.
Wilma is a self-taught artist who paints a variety of subjects mainly in oils. She has participated in many FCA shows on the Island and in Vancouver, winning a number of awards locally and in Arizona.
A public reception hosted by the artists will run Saturday, May 14 from 1-4 p.m.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
The Pearl Ellis Gallery is located at 1729 Comox Ave. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.