Just Add Water

By Marg Thorsell

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The Nanoose Water Colour Group was started in 1992 by four talented women and, over a period of 17 years, has expanded to a group of 16 creditable and esteemed local artists.

Originally watercolour purists, the members have learned to embrace many new mediums and techniques, allowing them to keep pace with the fast moving art of today.

The group's success pays tribute to the well-known B.C. artists who have shared their knowledge and experience in three-day workshops held each year in October. These artists include Grant Fuller, Eileen Fong, Marilyn Timms and Janice Robertson. This year, Maggie White will lead the workshop. All the group's artists feel their paintings show the benefit of these intense classes.

Rain or shine, the ladies meet each Monday from September to the end of April to share coffee and camaraderie, along with the painting and critiquing of their latest works.

Summer finds the more ardent painters carrying their painting supplies to local points of interest. Sunny beaches like Brick Yard Park, Parksville Beach, Buttertub Marsh and members' flowering backyards.

Four-day visits to Thetis Island include painting, exploring, hiking and enjoying the outdoors. Meals are never missed, and the day often ends at the local pub for a glass of wine.

During the year, the artists' works can be seen at the Coastal Community Credit Union in Red Gap Centre Nanoose, Fairwinds Centre and at Nanaimo Arts Council at Rutherford Mall.

The Nanoose Water Colour Group is proud to be an active partner in the Nanoose area by contributing to local charities, fundraisers and community events.

The annual art show, which will be held April 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nanoose Place Community Centre at North Bay Road, is a great venue to display the group's latest works. Local residents and visitors from surrounding communities look forward to this event, where reasonably priced art can be viewed or purchased. Others come visit with neighbours and artists over a cup of tea or coffee and some home-baked treats.

A theme is decided upon each year, and the artists add their own inspiration to the subject. Previous themes were doors in every size and shape, beachscapes, farm scenes and last year an off-the-wall approach to the wild side of each painter. This year's theme is renditions of the Old Masters.


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