The Fraser Valley Watermedia Society (FVWS) and Cat Janzen of Mint and Moss Floral Design displayed their work at the Kariton Art Gallery from September 3 to 27, with opening reception held on Saturday, September 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.. The intimate setting of the gallery provided patrons an opportunity to view the pieces up close, as well as interact with the artists themselves. Works ranged from peaceful, nature-inspired landscapes to moodier abstract pieces, which gave the collection great depth and level of engagement. Conversing with FVWS president David Tickner, I learned about the long-standing history of the society, which dates back to 1983 and has strong ties to the Abbotsford and Mission Art Councils. The FVWS has one major annual exhibition, though there may be plans in the future to increase this number.
Accompanying the paintings were fresh floral designs crafted by Cat Janzen of Mint and Moss Floral Design. The three-dimensional aspect of the petals and greens arrangements beautifully complemented the two-dimensional artwork on the walls. Mint and Moss was founded in late 2015, and the artist-owner takes inspiration from local nature and seasonal offerings. Janzen has also received recognition for her talent by the Abbotsford Arts Council with an Honourable Mention at the 2016 Arty Awards.