Group of Nine artist Joyce Campbell with painting displayed during their 2009 show. The annual event takes place on the weekend at St. George’s Anglican Church  in Maple Ridge. Other members of the group include Jean Abbott

Group of Nine artist Joyce Campbell with painting displayed during their 2009 show. The annual event takes place on the weekend at St. George’s Anglican Church in Maple Ridge. Other members of the group include Jean Abbott

Group of 9 artists ready for annual show

It’s the seventh anniversary for Colour Impact in Maple Ridge

A common love of art brought the Group of Nine together.

For the past seven years, the women have been meeting once a month to critique each others’ latest paintings.

“By critiquing each others work, new depths are found in each work of art,” says Group of Nine artist Florence Nicholson.

“What one artist may miss another will see.”

All nine artists are now best friends, who complement each others style.

Each year, the group holds a two-day sale to share the results of members’ work with friends, neighbours and art lovers.

Nicholson says there are nine different styles and nine different personalities dedicated to impacting the community with colourful works of art. It’s why their annual show is called Colour Impact.

Besides Nicholson, the group includes Jean Abbott, Margaret Bale, Joyce Campbell, Betty Coy, Shirley Felgner, Suzette Fram, Jane Duford Johnston and Jo-Anne Lewis.

All are members of the Garibaldi Art Club, several belong to the Federation of Canadian Artists, and several are award-winning artists.

Last year’s the artists chose to interpret an image of a flower – a fuchsia, photographed by the husband of one of the artists.