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Original art at annual Coquitlam show this weekend

Simone Sullivan's Against The Flow On St. Johns is the featured piece for this weekend's Coquitlam Art Club show.
Simone Sullivan of Coquitlam.

Still life and landscapes of Port Moody, Coquitlam and other Metro Vancouver communities grace the 20th-floor condo of Simone Sullivan.

It’s the place where the retiree and five-year member of the Coquitlam Art Club practises her craft each morning, depicting peaceful and colourful scenes with acrylic and watercolour paints from her kitchen table.

The self-taught artist has painted most of her life and, now that Sullivan has more time on her hands, she likes to get out and meet other like-minded seniors at Dogwood Pavilion, which runs the club from its city facility.

So far this year, the club has brought in five professionals to demonstrate their talent at the Wednesday afternoon gatherings: Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki, Leanne Christie, Sue Cowan, Elena Markelova and Mike Svob.

And, this weekend, they will exhibit the fruits of their labour at an annual display in the Centennial Pavilion at Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave.).

About 200 original pieces will be exhibited on Saturday and Sunday, with some 15 members showcasing and selling their work on two tables each. Sullivan will have four or five larger paintings available for purchase as well as a handful of smaller pieces. “It’s always a great weekend and it’s so nice to be able to meet people and see their reaction to your work,” she said.

It’ll be a busy weekend at Dogwood as its photography club will also host its fifth annual show during the same hours as the art club’s. Entry is free.

As well, the Fraser Pacific Rose Society will have its yearly rose and floral art display, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission to that show is $3.50 at the door.