Artists Audrey Bakewell and Wendy Mould are reaching out to help the Alzheimer Society of B.C. once again.
The two are teaming up for their Paints n’ Bloom Art Show and Sale, running Thursday, Dec. 5 to Saturday, Dec. 7 at GardenWorks at Mandeville.
The two artists first joined forces in the fall of 2011 to host a show that would support the Alzheimer Society by raising funds and awareness for its work. Eight years later, they’re returning for their 17th show and sale in support of the society.
“Alzheimer’s disease is such a cruel thing to happen to any member of your family,” said Mould, who had a brother-in-law and sister-in-law diagnosed with the disease in their 50s.
Bakewell, too, has seen her family touched by the disease; when her mother was diagnosed, there was little awareness of support programs in the community, and that’s why the artists always make sure to provide information during their shows.
“At our shows, some people will quietly pick up the brochure, while others will share stories with us,” she said. “We are pleased to help in any small way.”
You can drop in between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to check out a variety of vivid colour works by Bakewell and wildlife art by Mould.
The artists are also once again offering workshops on Wednesday, Dec. 4, leading up to the show.
In the morning (10 a.m. to noon), Bakewell will lead a beginner watercolour class.
“Many feel watercolour is unforgiving, but really it is just learning its tricks that leads to success,” Bakewell said.
In the afternoon (1 to 3 p.m.), Mould will lead a Christmas card class that involves drawing, featuring candles, holly and poinsettias.
“Participants come into the class timid and worried about drawing with pens but quickly break into smiles as their cards come to life,” she said. “It is so exciting to see their success as they realize they can indeed draw. And it is fun.”
GardenWorks at Mandeville is at 4746 Marine Dr., Burnaby. The show is free, and the workshops cost $40 each (supplies included). To register for either of the workshops, call Wendy at 604-314-2232.