White Rock’s Attractive Distraction Gallery will continue its policy of showcasing local artists by featuring paintings by two distinctively Peninsula-focused artists in March.
Works by acrylic and oil painter and photographer Sherron Fairbairn will be shown alongside oil and watercolour works by the late Vojislav Morosan throughout the month at the gallery, located at 1377 Johnston Rd.
Fairbairn says her current passion is painting plein air, although she will also photograph something that has caught her eye and then express her vision with paint on canvas.
“It has been said that my artistic style is informal, part gesture, with vibrancy and intense energy, and I believe this comment reflects who I am,” she said in a media release for the exhibition.
“I’ve always had a desire to commune with nature and to be near water, and I love colour,” she added. “Living in the Peninsula fills my need to be with nature; with the ever-changing skies and surrounding waters.”
Morosan, who studied art in France, and for more than 40 years painted historic buildings and landscapes throughout Canada and the U.S., became a White Rock legend when he and his wife Norma moved to the community in 1996.
Also a plein air enthusiast, he was a frequent sight around the Peninsula – sitting at his easel with his distinctive white hat on his head and faithful Yorkshire terrier Pebble by his side – until his passing in 2008.
His paintings – many of which are already on display at the gallery, and also featured in a current exhibit at White Rock Museum and Archives, faithfully capture the moods and colours of White Rock, as well as buildings and views that have subsequently been eradicated by the march of progress.
Opening hours at the gallery are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.