McKay feature artist at Ponoka art show

The Fort Ostell Museum will be a haven to artists and art hunters on May 24 and 25. Approximately 20 local artists from the Ponoka Art Club will be given the opportunity to showcase their work for the 2008 Annual Show and Sale.

Nell McKay is the feature artist of the Ponoka Art Club Annual Art Show and Sale

Nell McKay is the feature artist of the Ponoka Art Club Annual Art Show and Sale

The Fort Ostell Museum will be a haven to artists and art hunters on May 24 and 25. Approximately 20 local artists from the Ponoka Art Club will be given the opportunity to showcase their work for the 2008 Annual Show and Sale.

The art club has been having the show and sale for over 25 years and has shown Ponoka a lot of good talent.

This year’s art show and sale feature artist is Nell McKay.

Marg Boruk, treasurer of the Ponoka Art Club is pleased with McKay’s artworks and appreciates her technique.

“She has enough paintings to cover the feature wall at the museum,” said Boruk. “I’ve seen a couple of paintings she has done and they are very good.”

The artistic gift runs in McKay’s family and she was involved with art growing up but recently revived her interest in art a couple of years ago. McKay began to take community-sponsored evening art classes five years ago and realized that creating art brought out many memories from her past.

McKay’s forte is using coloured pencils to create landscapes, old buildings and nature but has branched out into soft pastels and created “Autumn Rose”.

McKay sits on the executive board of the club and is the assistant convener for the annual Show and Sale.

The Ponoka Art Club boasts of 50 members of a variety of ages, and anyone over 18 can become a member.

“There are young people who are interested and we are looking to the future with our younger generation and keeping the art club going,” said Boruk. “We always are looking to bring new people into the club and reach as many people as we can to teach the fine arts. It’s an active organization, if you’re interested in art as a leisure past time, that’s the place to be.”

The aim of the Ponoka Art Club is to promote further study and create interest in painting and drawing in the medium of choice at the participant’s own pace.

“The club seeks out qualified instructors who meet the mandate of the club and provide the means for individual growth and development in artistic endeavors to its members and the community of Ponoka and surrounding areas,” said Boruk.

Boruk believes that taking art classes and being a part of the club can be an enjoyable experience for anyone interested.

“The art club is a great place for anyone with artistic abilities who is wondering where they can go to build on that,” said Boruk. “It’s a good past time, stress breaker and a chance to meet different people and form new relationships. It’s also a really good way to bring out creativity and apply it.”

Boruk encourages everyone to come out to the show and sale and see the work that the members have created.