All abuzz with Fligg's bee art

Bumble- and honeybees will be all the buzz in a new art exhibit at Port Moody Public Library next month.

PoMo resident and Gleneagle secondary grad Deanna Fligg will show paintings and photographs of bees in her first solo display.

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Fligg became fascinated with the insects last year after watching a 2009 documentary, titled Vanishing of the Bees, which blames their loss on a disorder called "colony collapse."

"After I had learned all of this information, I decided to complete a series of paintings just of bees," Fligg told The Tri-City News last week. "I have focused on honeybees, bumblebees and other variety of bees, but the documentary is solely on honeybees. It is a 'must-see film': Without our bees pollinating, we as humans are going to be facing a huge change in our lifestyle."

For her new show, Fligg will have 20 pieces on the walls: eight acrylic on canvas paintings (created within the last year) and 12 photos (snapped over the past seven years).

And she plans to add to the series over the next few years.

Fligg, who has a fine arts certificate from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a management certificate in interior design from BCIT and a floral design certificate from the Maureen Sullivan Floral Design School, said she gained inspiration for her art from her teachers - including Jerry Pietrasko at Gleneagle secondary - as well as her family.

"They always encouraged me to be myself," she said.

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