John Cranswick's painting

Surrey ArtsWest Society feels the beat

New exhibit at the Surrey Art Gallery features a range of work by members of art group.

Surrey ArtsWest Society celebrates its 27th anniversary with the exhibition Art Beat at the Surrey Art Gallery.

Visitors will see paintings and drawings in a range of media including watercolours, oil and acrylics. Floral studies, animal imagery as well as landscapes reflecting the artist’s travels are among the subjects explored.

Different approaches to expressing the experience of nature in art are also demonstrated by ArtsWest members. For example, Doris Biddle reflects the lushness of plants in summer with an explosion of colour and texture in her painting Poppies Poppies. In contrast, John Cranswick creates a quiet and thoughtful landscape of a summer-time beach scene in Changing Tide/Owen, through his careful use of muted tones.

Art Beat: Surrey ArtsWest Society is on display now and continues to Nov. 24. Everyone is invited to the opening reception celebrating all the Gallery’s fall exhibitions on Sept. 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Surrey ArtsWest Society is a non-profit society formed in 1986 by eight artists who got together to promote interest and education in art and to participate in art related activities in the community. Over the years membership has grown to include over seventy artists and it continues to welcome new artist members. The Society has organized many exhibitions of works by its members in Surrey and the Fraser Valley, and is active in various artistic activities, such as workshops and artist demonstrations.

Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave. Phone 604-501-5566 or check www.surrey.ca/artgallery for more details.

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