Club fills Cedar Hill with art

Oay Bay Art Club show and sale runs Dec. 8 to 20 at Cedar Hill Recreation and Arts Centre

Bonny Myers is the president of the Oak Bay Art Club.

Bonny Myers is the president of the Oak Bay Art Club.

They may meet regularly at Windsor Park, but the Oak Bay Art Club draws its members from across Greater Victoria.

The club’s work will be on display in Saanich this month, with an exhibition and sale running in the main gallery of the Cedar Hill Recreation and Arts Centre from Dec. 8 to 20.

“It will be paintings and possibly some 3D work, we’re not sure yet. We expect to have 50 or more paintings from members of the club,” said club president Bonny Myers. “There will be mixed media, watercolour, oil and acrylic, and maybe some charcoal too.”

The works will be on display to the public Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The public can get a chance to meet the artists behind the works at the opening reception Dec. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. The centre is located at 3220 Cedar Hill Rd.

The exhibition is run in collaboration with the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, which will receive 20 per cent of the proceeds from all sales.

The club has been around since 1944, now boasting about 40 members who meet every other Monday night at Windsor Park Pavilion, where they provide inspiration to each other and receive demonstrations from various artists from around the city.

“We don’t have a home for our shows, we just go where we can find a good public venue,” said Myers. “We were at Goward House the last couple of years [but Cedar Hill] has longer hours, so we thought we’d try it.”

Myers said she started painted at the age of 10, taking a 30-year hiatus before picking up the brush again about 15 years ago.

“I just feel it’s in me and I have to get it out,” she said. “I enjoy expressing myself, and if I sell it then it means somebody else likes it. They say you’re paintings aren’t finished until they’re out the door.”