To celebrate their one-month anniversary, the TR Gallery held a lovely meet and greet with invited guests and the artists whose work grace the walls and fixtures of the gallery. It took place on the evening of March 11th. There was champagne and edibles and even a few artists brought along their portfolios, which have not yet been displayed at the gallery.
Storeowner Maureen Sywolos seemed pleased with the suceess of things so far, as did Mila Lansdowne, her marketing coordinator. Both ladies are artisans as well and can appreciate the management aspect as well as the creative process for such a venture.
Attending artists were Lloyd Bast, Darcy Jackson, Nick Ostashek, Jane Keast, Mila Lansdowne, Maureen Sywolos, Ruth Tummonds with new portfolios brought in by Rita Henderson.
A very astonished Darcy Jackson was left speechless for a moment when several representatives of the Tumbler Ridge Community Arts Council presented her with the honour of purchasing one of her original watercolor pieces on behalf of the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council. TRCAC President Brian Sipe made the announcement with fellow members Janet Hartford, Joe Tummonds, Treasurer Nick Ostashek and Secretary Erin Hanna present.
The piece was chosen because it so inspirationally represented Tumbler Ridge with our unique Town Hall and Kinuseo Falls. It will bear a brass plate with artists name and essential information, to hang in the regional office in Dawson Creek. A selection from each location that holds a Juried Arts show, as Tumbler Ridge did in 2003, is given carte blanche to choose a work of art to display.
Ms. Jackson was extremely happy and notably modest about the surprise. She smiled as she posed with the members of TRCAC and then said charmingly, ? What a surprising honour! This will be good motivation to keep me painting.? After a moment of reflection she added, ?These are the best days of my life and Tumbler Ridge has been really good to me. This is home to me.?