Crofton Art Group president Susan Law with one of her art pieces. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton Art Group president Susan Law with one of her art pieces. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton Art Group springs back into a show and sale

First public event since the fall of 2019 lifts artist spirits

Members of the Crofton Art Group felt a sense of renewal with their first show and sale May 6-7 since the fall show of November 2019.

The Crofton Seniors Centre was packed with paintings for the spring event and proud artists displaying their work throughout the two days.

“It’s been great,” said Crofton Art Group president Susan Law. “People are enjoying coming out after the mandates are being lowered a little. It’s been nice for us. We missed out on two years.”

You’d think the artists would have simply carried on painting while cooped up for COVID but that wasn’t the case for all. Group member Sue Bosecker said it was quite the opposite for most of them.

“You get stuck at home and you didn’t have any motivation,” she conceded.

“At our weekly meetings, it generates an energy,” added Law.

The return of regular gatherings on Wednesdays, the monthly executive meetings and then the show definitely inspired the artists to produce again. Of the 42 group members, about 20 participated in the show and the public turned out to view the wide variety of work.

“It was a good turnout,” noted Law. “People seem to be cheerful and upbeat.”

There was 88 framed paintings on display and “there’s tons and tons unframed,” added Bosecker. That included some teeny tiny creations.

It’s the 68th year for the Crofton Art Group. It seems like yesterday when the big 65th anniversary was celebrated and now the 70th is already on the horizon.

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Crofton Art Group members Mary Oscar and Jim Malo are happy to be showcasing their art again. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton Art Group members Mary Oscar and Jim Malo are happy to be showcasing their art again. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Diana Binks with her Glory to Ukraine acrylic painting in bright blue and yellow colours. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Diana Binks with her Glory to Ukraine acrylic painting in bright blue and yellow colours. (Photo by Don Bodger)