Artist Laura Hilts speaks with a The Gardens at Qualicum Beach resident about her work during the official opening of the seniors residence’s new art wing on Feb. 7. The Gardens and TOSH have partnered on the project, which will see new artwork by a variety of local artists hung every six to eight weeks. Hilts was one of the first nine artists to have their work on display at The Gardens. — Adam Kveton Photo

Qualicum Beach seniors residence partners with TOSH for new art wing

Local artists’ work featured at The Gardens in new exhibit space

There’s new light and colour in The Gardens seniors residence thanks to a new partnership with TOSH.

The Gardens at Qualicum Beach residents celebrated their new art wing by meeting with many of the artists who’s work is now on exhibit there.

Though getting local artists’ work into The Gardens has been an idea for years, the residence’s recreation programmer, Laurel Wright said it took just one phone call to TOSH (The Old School House Arts Centre) recently to kick off a new partnership.

“In a week, we have an art wall,” said Wright with a broad smile.

Now, there is artwork by nine local artists showing done a specially lit corridor in The Gardens.

Residents gathered to hear from TOSH’s executive director, Corinne James, and speak with the participating artists about their work.

“The Old School House is very, very excited to be starting this project with The Gardens,” said James. She said the plan is to switch out pieces and hang up new art every six to eight weeks.

Barbara Donnelly, a volunteer at TOSH who’s father also lives at The Gardens, said she was excited to hear about the program and help get it started.

“It might induce happy thoughts, happy memories, and just cheer people up and maybe inspire them,” said Donnelly, noting The Gardens’ own art program.

“I think it’s a good idea,” said Donnelly’s father, Derrick Moss.

He and many other residents gathered around artists and their work to marvel at and discuss the paintings and photographs on display.

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