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Crofton Art Group celebrates 60 with outdoor art kiosk

Crofton Art Group members Laine McLellan (left), Sue Bosecker, Susan Whyte, Diana Binks, and Pam Dyke at the club’s new art kiosk opening Friday to toast the CAG’s 60th-birthday and show. - Peter W. Rusland
Crofton Art Group members Laine McLellan (left), Sue Bosecker, Susan Whyte, Diana Binks, and Pam Dyke at the club’s new art kiosk opening Friday to toast the CAG’s 60th-birthday and show.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

At 60 years young, the Crofton Art Group is Cowichan’s eldest art club.

Its three-dozen dedicated members, comprising painters and jewelers, are celebrating with an outdoor art kiosk near Crofton’s ferry terminal.

That roofed kiosk — exhibiting 25 outdoor paintings by members — will be launched by Mayor Jon Lefebure today at 2 p.m.

“Being 60 years old, we needed to celebrate some way,” said 10-year painter-member Sue Bosecker, “and that’s how we came up with the art kiosk; it celebrates Crofton as well because all paintings are of the Crofton area.”

The Crofton Art Group was established in 1954 by founding member, Eloise Kearney.

“They started meeting in homes and that started the camaraderie,” Bosecker said.

“People met with the same pleasantness; it’s never been a highfalutin club, it’s very down to earth.”

To two-year member Diana Binks, the club’s longevity stems from the joy of making art, and friends’ constructive comments about it.

“It’s a place to meet people and have that camaraderie,” the landscape and portrait painter said. “The critiquing is wonderful, so is the companionship of everyone painting.

“It’s the people — everyone gets along very well and has a common interest; no one’s judgmental.”

Bosecker also cited the club’s key to longevity.

“It goes beyond the actual art group itself, and we have a wonderful, bright, airy place to meet: the Crofton Seniors’ Centre.”

Besides, members encourage one another “and that gives you the momentum to put your heart into your painting,” Binks noted, adding the club’s not adverse to artists of other genres joining the creativity.

 

Your ticket

What: Crofton Art Club’s 60th-anniversary Show & Sale

When: May 9 and 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Crofton Seniors’ Centre, 1507 Joan Ave.,

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