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Maple Bay Painters display fresh work Saturday

Maple Bay Painter Maureen Kenward with her acrylic work Early-Morning Mist.  - Peter W. Rusland
Maple Bay Painter Maureen Kenward with her acrylic work Early-Morning Mist.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

The joy of painting jumps off the walls of Duncan United Church Saturday as about two-dozen Maple Bay Painters show fresh works.

Club spokeswoman Bonnie Schmaus said 40-plus pieces of many subjects and genres will be offered for sale by attending artists finding support through their canvas colleagues and guest instructors.

"It's a really fun group to work with," said Schmaus, who is displaying about 10 canvases.

"We invite people to come and give workshops, and we support each other.

"We meet every week and paint together at the Cowichan Exhibition's meeting room, and in the Boy Scouts Hall."

Schmaus saluted current club members, and aspiring artists invited to join.

"I've been a member for four years, but some have been members for 10 or 15 years.

"We have professionals to beginners, and everything in between — that's what makes it fun; you can mentor someone who's younger or older."

Creations in watercolour, oil and acrylic depict a suite of subjects, from boats and landscapes to the human and animal form, she explained.

"The overall idea is to promote the arts, and make everyone better at painting."

Showing and marketing members' progress is what MBP's exhibits are all about.

"Not everyone does shows and enjoys it, but it's important to do so — it's part of the whole process."

So are sales.

"It's exciting when someone buys your work, but most members just love to paint," said Schmaus.

Your ticket

What: Maple Bay Painters' Semi-Annual Spring Art Show

When: May 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram St.

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