Garibaldi Art takes centre stage in Maple Ridge

Places and spaces theme of springtime show at The ACT.

Janine Smith’s

Janine Smith’s

Places and spaces is the theme for the Garibaldi Art Club’s spring show on display now at The ACT Art Gallery.

Three jurors chose 51 art pieces, representing 30 artists, out of 123 submissions for the show.

The spring show is featured at The ACT Art Gallery every two years.

This year, club members were asked to submit works that highlight a particular locale that has somehow captured their imagination. It could be a local area or a scene somewhere exotic. It could also be a recent scene or historic.

“It was as varied as a person could imagine,” said co-president Trudy Halliday of the accepted art works, adding that she has a piece in the show of a scene from Mexico.

“There was a bird sitting on a church steeple, a forest, just whatever the artist decided what was a space and a place,” said Halliday.

Local artist Janine Smith, a 16-year member of the Garibaldi Art Club, has an acrylic scenic in the show of the Sharpe Road dikes in Pitt Meadows called On the Dikes 16, Pink Glow.

Smith loves painting the dikes in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

“I’m obsessed with the dikes. I must have a million photos. Just the beauty, the grandeur of it. The mountains, the trees, the river, the wildlife, everything about it,” said Smith.

“The dikes are my happy place. When they are putting up concrete buildings around it, it hurts my heart,” the artist said hoping that if people see the beauty in our own backyard they will be less willing to develop it.

The show runs until June 4 at The ACT Art Gallery at 11944 Haney Place, downtown Maple Ridge.

Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and selected evenings.