Local artists featured at Tulista Gallery this week

Three local artists are being featured at the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula Tulista Park Gallery

  • Jul. 31, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Sara Hansen

By Andrea Peacock/News staff

Three local artists are being featured at the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula Tulista Park Gallery in Sidney until tomorrow afternoon.

Sara Hansen, Kimberly Reynolds and Melanie Willing have all been painting for most of their lives, but this is Hansen and Reynolds’ first art show. It was scary for Hansen to put her work on display because she did not know how it would be received. However, it turned out to be a success.

“It’s a relief to be honest,” she said.

Reynolds said she also found it nerve-wracking, putting her art on display for the first time.

“But it’s so relaxed here,” she said. “I don’t feel pressure or anything.

Most of Hansen’s paintings are child-themed with bright colours, many with cars and trucks.

“I think it’s important that kids have some sort of appreciation for art too,” said Hansen, who started painting pictures for her kids’ rooms.

She is thankful to be able to paint after having brain surgery four years ago.

“I didn’t know if I could paint again . . . but I didn’t want that part of my life to disappear.”

Hansen said she finds painting to be therapeutic for her. Willing also uses painting as a tool to calm down and relax. After her two kids go to sleep at night, she often pulls out her painting supplies and paints.

“I find it meditative,” said Willing. “It’s always there for my sanity; it helps me calm down.”

When she is working on a detailed painting, Willing said it requires so much concentration that she is able to forget about anything else going on in her life.

Unlike Hansen and Reynolds, Willing has done several art shows before this one. She had a painting in the Sidney Fine Arts Show three years ago, she was in the Sooke Fine Arts Show three times and she also had a solo show in Metchosin. Many of her paintings are inspired by Metchosin.

Hansen, Reynolds and Willing are hoping to do another show together in Sidney next year. Their current show is on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Thursday, July 31. Admission to the show is free.



Just Posted

Victoria airport reaches nearly two million passengers in 2017

This year expected to see additional growth

Peninsula speed skating duo aiming for the national stage

Pair opted to train in long track skating this season for the first time

Tent city resident just wants a home

Roving tent city has made its way to Central Saanich

Oak Bay showcases non-profits and more with inaugural volunteer fair

The Oak Bay Volunteer fair runs Jan. 20 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Monterey Recreation Centre

Sidney’s Salish Sea aquarium to close for maintenance

First extended closure for the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea since it opened in 2009

Butchart Gardens is hiring now and paying more

Wages start at $15, job fair Feb. 20

Cash still needed for Stelly’s Cross Path

MLA Olsen wants more specifics first

Injured parachutist wants stolen backpack back

Bag contained important video files of 2017 parachuting incident

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

Wanted by Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers for the week of Jan. 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Premier offers condolences to family of boy, 15, killed in Vancouver crossfire

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

Most Read