Garden sprouts art in Vanderhoof

Out of galleries and into the garden, local art inspires the community.

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Vivian Chui

Omineca Express

Displayed in art galleries or commissioned as public wall murals, local artwork can now be found by tinkling fountains and rustling trees in our own backyard.

Last Saturday, three Vanderhoof painters — Mary Lynn Lawrence, Annerose Georgeson, and Elizabeth Miller — gathered their easels and canvases to showcase their art to the community last Saturday.

Drawing friends, neighbours, and art lovers from Prince George, the Garden Art Show & Tea will become an annual event, said Lawrence, who organized and hosted the event at her residence on Sackner Street.

“Finally got my yard good-looking enough!” she said, laughing.

Depicting natural scenes mainly from the region as well as in the Lower Mainland, the artists’ work has appeared in public galleries in B.C. and Alberta, as well as in the United States.

For media arts teacher Anna Pye, the garden art show was inspiring. “Really nice to have people in the community to put their art out there and inspire others,” said Pye, who particularly enjoyed Georgeson’s collection of daily pen doodles.

“Sometimes you can spend a lot of time making your acorn realistic, but sometimes you can have fun.”

As Georgeson noted, “It’s just fun and nice, music and food and art and garden.”