Annual gallery members’ show a hot ticket

Hundreds of local residents and visitors expected to see the show by the time it closes April 19

Fans of local art are flocking to take in the 31st Annual Members’ Exhibition at the Campbell River Art Gallery – featuring nearly 60 artists and a myriad of artistic styles.

The exhibition, co-presented by the Campbell River Art Gallery and the Campbell River Arts Council, is one of the most popular of the year, with hundreds of local residents and visitors expected to see the show by the time it closes April 19.

The opening night attracted more than 100 people, who gathered to see the jurors and local dignitaries present this year’s awards. Awards of Excellence went to Martina Kowalchuk for her work Big Rock and to Shannon McKirgan for her piece Parcel 1357. The two Award of Excellence winners were presented with generous prizes from Impressions Custom Framing and The Framing Post and Needle & Arts Centre.

Awards of Merit were presented to Kathryn Botsford (Antique Magic), Loretta Busch (The Calm Before the Storm), Judy Hilgemann (Shed Window), Maureen Maryka (A River Runs Through It), Ruth MacLaurin (Toponomy) and Linda Walton (Stephen Harper’s Small Change). Honourable Mentions went to Frank Boas (Bubbles), Sandra Chow (February Colour), Catherine Martha Holmes (#46 Pomegranate), Debbie Reusch (Magnolia Campbelliii Subsp. Mollicomata), Jill Paris Rody (Still Waters of Evening) and Jim Swift (Galaxy Series #9).

Make sure to visit the 31st Annual Anniversary Members’ Exhibition before April 19 to see amazing work created by local artists. The Campbell River Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Take time to vote for your favourite, in the coveted People’s Choice Award. For more information, contact the Campbell River Art Gallery at 250-287-2261, email or visit