Mission Arts Council president Annie Charker (left) presents local artist Deborah Dowsett with the Best of Show Award for her watercolour painting called Winter Wonderland. The painting was part of the annual Peggy Staber Memorial Exhibition. The theme of this year’s juried show is Trees.

Mission Arts Council president Annie Charker (left) presents local artist Deborah Dowsett with the Best of Show Award for her watercolour painting called Winter Wonderland. The painting was part of the annual Peggy Staber Memorial Exhibition. The theme of this year’s juried show is Trees.

Trees are theme for annual Mission art showcase

Peggy Staber Memorial Exhibition attracts dozens of talented Mission artists.

The Mission Arts Council hosted the opening reception for its annual Peggy Staber Memorial Exhibition on Saturday (Jan. 14).

Many talented artists from within the community submitted works to this juried show, in a wide range of styles and mediums.

Awards for Best of Show and two honourable mentions were presented in each of three categories: child, youth and adult.

The theme of this year’s show is Trees.

Award winners are:

 

Child Category

Best of Show:

Astrid Richards

Honourable Mentions:

Daniel Zhan and Daniel Chen

 

Youth Category

Best of Show:

Makayla Anne Morgante

Honourable Mentions:

Joshua Chen and Peter Price

 

Adult Category

Best of Show:

Deborah Dowsett

Honourable Mentions:

Jayne Patrick and Molly Gray

Each year the Mission Arts Council starts off its exhibition calendar year with the Peggy Staber Memorial Exhibition.

This show honours the memory of Peggy Staber, who was a promoter of the visual and performing arts.

For more than 20 years she taught painting and drawing for Fraser Valley College and Mission Parks and Recreation.

Staber organized the first juried art show in the valley, which led to the annual provincial Festival of the Arts. She was the founding director and past president of the Mission Artists Association, as well as serving on the Mission Arts Council as a director, a president, and as its first executive director.

This show never disappoints, as it offers the public a look at some of the amazing talent living in Mission.

The show runs in the Rock Family Gallery at the Mission Arts Centre, 33529 First Ave. until Jan. 21.