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Local artists have met regularly at the Starbuck Art Club for the past 37 years, and that tradition continues.

Club members display their work at a public show once a year, and this year’s show is on Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Starbuck Hall. Admission is free.

"The show gives us the chance to show off what we’ve done throughout the year," said member Laurel Gargan.

Barbara Kaminsky started painting in 1998 and joined the club about six years ago. She has belonged to other art clubs over the years, but appreciates having the Starbuck Club meeting close to her family farm.

She views her artwork as a hobby that allows her to relax when farm activities permit.

"It works well with farming," she said.

She and the other nine members meet every second and fourth Saturday in the Lutheran Church Fellowship Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Club secretary Grace Hendrickson said everyone is welcome to join in for a free session to see if membership in the club will benefit their artwork.

Club members come from as far away as Winnipeg and Carman, and some are long-time members who are now in their 80s.

Gargan’s mother, Patricia Johnson, was one of the club’s original members, while Gargan joined about 10 years ago.

"It’s something that I can do with my mother," she said.

After Gargan’s mother had a stroke a few years ago, she stopped painting for a while, but was able to return to it. Gargan feels that painting was a valuable part of her mother’s therapy, although her painting style has changed somewhat.

Hendrickson primarily works in watercolours, as have many of the club’s longtime members.

She enjoys painting outside when the weather permits.

For more information about the club and show, contact Hendrickson at 204-735-2776.

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