More than 250 people attended the Blind Bay Painters’ annual art show and sale on June 27 and 28.
Several artworks were sold in the show that was a celebration of the group’s 50 years of painting together.
The group began in 1964-65 when six aspiring artists, led by Elizabeth Lockley, connected and began painting together.Lockley provided instruction and coaching and, by the 1970s, the group became known as The Blind Bay Painters.
Over the years, a new hall was built with high windows and a good lighting system. Its enviable reputation attracted more painters, and the environment continues to create an inspiring energy.
Today, there are more than 40 painters in the group
Each year, a few of the more established artists take the lead in developing a program for the year by organizing and scheduling different demos and activities that all the painters have come to love.
“This year, there was a first-time award provided by the Linda Becker Memorial Fund for an exceptional painting that represents the spirit of our dear friend Linda,” said artist Betty Schriver. “It was awarded to Jean Christie for her beautiful painting called North.”
The diversity of the group enables artists to continuously learn from each other and create a synergy that enables everyone to improve together.
The Blind Bay Painters will have another eclectic display of their work when they participate in the Shuswap Lake Festival of Arts, held July 23 to 26.
The group will host another show and sale during that time at the Blind Bay Hall.
There are also plans in the works for an artisan craft market in the upper portion of the hall as well.
“Come by, enjoy the music, have a snack, and purchase a fabulous art piece that inspires you,” says Schriver.