This piece by local artist Peggy Schollenberg will be included in the upcoming DeCosmos society exhibition entitled Our Canada, running at the MAC from July 1-29. — Submitted by Peggy Schollenberg

DeCosmos to exhibit ‘Our Canada’ art show

Varied original work by society members showing July 1-29 in Parksville

Local artists will have a variety of artwork on display at a juried art show running at the MAC from July 1-29.

The DeCosmos Fine Arts Society is holding its annual summer show, which will feature work by 50 or more artists ranging from paintings to mixed media to sculptures.

This year, the show has a loose theme: Our Canada. The society has tried to stay away from themes in the past, said the society’s president, Susan Rogers. But this year’s theme was not a stretch.

It brings the whole community together, said Peggy Schollenberg, one of the artists with a piece in the show.

For her oil painting, Schollenberg considered what represents Canada to her. She came up with a dove, its wings wide open and a maple leaf design on its chest.

It’s reflective of a peace-loving nation, she said. “I call it On the Wings of Peace.”

“It’s beautiful,” said Rogers, who added that she hopes the exhibition will draw Canada-Day tourists this year.

With the show, the society will be celebrating Canada’s 150th along with its own 51st anniversary. The group began as Jean Vowel and Agnes Doolittle meeting in an attic studio in 1966. The pair invited others to join the following year, and now the society has about 105 members.

Rogers said DeCosmos is seeing some recent growth and continues to welcome new members in the fall.

For more info on the society, visit online at www.decosmos.org.