Monday, March 28, 2016 

Art News

Natural Selection

Wanderings gallery show set for April 6 - May 12

Jennifer Hickey, CCAC


he Chilliwack Community Arts Council is delighted to present its newest gallery exhibition, Wanderings, featuring naturalist painters Anita Symonds, Brian DeLong, and Marianne Palmer. Running April 6 to May 12, this exhibition breathes fresh air into the Art Room Gallery with the artistic trio’s unique interpretations of nature’s beauty.

While painting has always been a keen interest of self-taught artist, Anita Symonds, it was in Bermuda where she realized her dream of publicly sharing her work through worldwide sale and display of original paintings and lithographs produced in her own studio and gallery. After relocating to Chilliwack, Symonds discovered a quieter lifestyle offering ample time for rediscovering her love of painting. Symonds’ pieces depict her passion for brilliant colours and portray a sense of serenity.

Born and raised in Chilliwack, Brian DeLong’s interest in art was inspired by his grandmother’s own artistic wisdom and developed throughout his high school education. As DeLong continued experimenting with techniques, colour palettes and brushes, he discovered his own unique painting style. DeLong’s pieces highlight locations from his travels, often those which evoke fond memories or points of interest.

With her experience as a freelance printed textile designer and art teacher, Marianne Palmer has embraced her creativity through numerous mediums. After moving to Canada from the UK and starting a family, Palmer found a renewed interest in painting. As she is drawn to painting landscapes, Chilliwack’s natural scenery provides a wealth of inspiration for Palmer’s pieces which feature vibrant colours and expressive brushwork.   

The Chilliwack Community Arts Council invites art lovers of all ages to refresh their perspective on Wanderings’ classic subject matter. An artist meet and greet will be held on April 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Art Room (20 – 5725 Vedder Rd.). Guests will have the opportunity to speak with the artists and learn more about their creative process. Wanderings runs until May 12. The Art Room is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details about the exhibition please call 604-769-2787 or visit


About the Chilliwack Community Arts Council

Founded in 1960, the Chilliwack Community Arts Council is a registered charitable organization and home to artists, crafters, and arts and cultural enthusiasts. We strive to provide quality events, classes, workshops, and activities that allow our community to engage in the arts as well as offer support for individuals, groups, and organizations within the arts community.


About the Art Room

Home of the Chilliwack Community Arts Council, the Art Room is a creative space in which to enjoy the arts. Here you will find our office, classes, workshops, and small events as well as a changing display of local art and artisan goods in our Art Room Gallery and Gift Nook.



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