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Making fine art in Valley Gardens

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The Valley Gardens Art Club is hosting an art show and sale Sat., May 11.

I was able to mingle with the club’s president, Gail Calladine, vice-president Wayne Elliot and several other members during one of their Tuesday night classes.

The group formed under Calladine in 1999 and over the past 14 years has evolved into something beautiful — an art club whose members like the mixed medium projects they create and which boasts a vast array of colourful personalities and wonderful ideas.

The club now boasts over 20 registered members who take on new ‘assignments’ each week that are usually based on the ideas and talents of the group.

"It’s not just about painting, members can bring in new ideas to share and sometimes I will demonstrate a new technique," Calladine said.

"We are always brining in guests to teach us something fresh, or coming up with a group project that we can all add to.

"The latest project asked each member to dress up one square tile, and we put all the tiles together to create one large piece" explained club member Sharyn, whose favorite medium is coloured pencils.

"It was really interesting to see everyone’s styles. We could recognize some of the squares by knowing each other’s personalities" she said.

Walking about the room I was educated in a variety of techniques and styles. Kathy and Alice showed me how to create a Tessellation, a form of art that uses repeating patterns to create an infinite design.

Sandra, who was working with plaster and wire, demonstrated how to create ‘touchable art’ and I’m looking forward to seeing her finished product at next month’s show.

Elliot, who teaches cartooning to young people at an after-school program, allowed me to peruse his collection of sketches.

"I enjoy drawing portraits, manga, and popular cartoon characters" he said.

"It is also nice just to get out and draw for an hour and a half" Wayne said, adding, "the other appeal to a club like this is the discovery of new art forms. Like the procedure of creating an image using molten, coloured wax.

Two of the most studious workers were the youngest, Victoria and Heeyoung, who arrived in Canada six months ago from Korea. The eloquent works of art they shared were exceptional. I felt privileged to have been witness to their paintings and drawings.    

For more information about the Valley Gardens Art Club check out:  http://www.valleygardenscc.com/ or email Wayne Elliot wecs@mts.net.


Evan Comstock is a community correspondent for East Kildonan.

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