Tuesday, May 3, 2016 


The Arts

Vibrant Vibes

'B&W and a Splash of Colour' gallery show May 18 to June 23

Jennifer Hickey, CCAC


he Chilliwack Community Arts Council is excited to present its newest gallery exhibition, Black and White with a Splash of Colour, featuring Hope’s Artist at Work members, Sharon Blythe and Jackie Coughlin. Showcasing the duo’s whimsical acrylic and watercolour paintings, this exhibition will have the Art Room Gallery awash in vibrant hues from May 18 to June 23.


As co-founder of the Hope Artists Guild, Art Gallery, and Arts Council as well as the Artists At Work painting group, Blythe is dedicated to encouraging novice artists to pursue their creative endeavours. Although this active promoter of the arts has always had an interest in drawing, it was at an oil painting workshop where Blythe discovered her aptitude for creating masterpieces with a paintbrush.


Her new found passion led Blythe to explore a plethora of painting styles before choosing acrylic as her medium of choice. Enhancing Blythe’s diverse style and subject matter, her paintings feature bold colours and energetic lines with a touch of whimsy.


Also a passionate member of Artists at Work as well as the Agassiz Monday Painters, Coughlin is a multi-talented artist, lending her hand to ceramics, beaded jewellery and currently watercolour paintings. As an Arizona-bound “snowbird,” Coughlin spends ample time enjoying painting in the sunlight, surrounded by interesting people, scenery, and flora to provide inspiration. Illustrating this influence, Coughlin’s paintings are drenched in colour and depict natural and cultural themes.


The Chilliwack Community Arts Council invites one and all to discover a new hue with its upcoming gallery exhibition, Black and White with a Splash of Colour. An artist meet and greet will be held on Friday, May 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chilliwack Community Arts Council – the Art Room (20 – 5725 Vedder Rd.). Guests will have a chance to speak with the artists and learn more about each piece. Black and White with a Splash of Colour runs until June 23.


The Art Room Gallery 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 chilliwackartscouncil.com


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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