More than 150 new paintings by club members will be on display, as well as soapstone sculptures by Charlie Donald. The Ponoka Pottery Guild will also exhibit their new creations at the show.
Local artist Lee Reynolds is the feature artist for this year’s show. She became interested in art after viewing the art exhibit at the annual Ponoka County Fair in 1997.
She decided to register for a few classes with the local art club that year and started out by painting wildlife in watercolours. She later began working with acrylics and pastels.
She attended many workshops provided by The Ponoka Art Club throughout the next 13 years and became a member of the ACACA (Alberta Community Art Clubs Association) She has competed in the Central Zone Shows and has had several of her paintings chosen to be hung at the Alberta Wide Show held in Red Deer annually.
Reynolds says she awoke one morning in 2001 and couldn’t see the right side of her face. She found out that she had macular degeneration and thought that she would no longer be able to paint. Fortunately the CNIB supplied her with a 5X magnifying glass and a Magni Light and although she was declared legally blind still continues to paint and take part in the workshops, creating colourful landscapes.
Reynolds was born in Toronto, Ont. but has lived in Ponoka for the past 45 years. She took piano lessons for 15 years and has her Grade 4 Conservatory.
Everyone is invited to attend the Art Show and Sale. Admission is by donation at the door. Refreshments will be available. There will be a silent auction table with items donated by the members and a painting by Lee Reynolds as a door prize.