'Presents of Mind' show features South Delta artists

Lea Price, an artist and member of the South Delta Artists
Lea Price, an artist and member of the South Delta Artists' Guild, talks about their current show, Presents of Mind, which runs until Dec. 23.
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Ask local artist Lea Price about the paintings hanging in the Kiwanis Longhouse art gallery in Tsawwassen and she's happy to describe the technique, composition and colour that went into each.

Each painting is submitted by a member of the South Delta Artists' Guild, which hosts shows and workshops year round that displays the skill Delta has to offer.

"If you say local artist people just think of grannies, but we have some talented artists here," says Price.

There are impressionist pieces, mixed media, abstract, high realism, and every other variety imaginable, including a range of vivid colour to muted tones.

One abstract piece, "Paper Impressions" by Sandra Jean Taylor, is a mixed media collage of paper and rubber crafted into various shapes.

"It's more about colour, shape, structure, and texture than getting something that is realistic," Price explains of abstract art.

A piece by Tsawwassen artist Deb Porter is consistent with her fondness for marine objects. The oil on canvas painting shows a sailboat moored in a marina at night, the reflection bouncing off the dark, nearly placid water.

"She just has a really clear vision of what she wants," says Price of her former student, adding Porter doesn't go into too much detail, allowing the mind's eye to fill in the rest.

Jean Dalgleish utilizes the style of monoprints, whereby the artist takes glass, soap, and ink and has just one opportunity to make the impression. The result is a unique piece that cannot be reproduced or reprinted.

Perhaps the most vivid piece, "Red Sky at Night" by Birgit Coath, is an acrylic on canvas depiction of a gorgeous red sunset. Price praises her balance of light and dark colours to proper effect.

Near the entrance of the gallery, June Hartman's "Trio" depicts a jazz band with paint flecks spattered around the scene which lends a sense the paint itself is alive.

"You can hear the music through the movement of the paint," says Price.

The show Presents of Mind runs at the art gallery until Dec. 23. Paintings can be seen on the South Delta Artists' Guild website. The SDAG has been in existence since 1976 and displaying artwork at the Kiwanis Longhouse since 2000.

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