Thursday, February 4, 2010

Surrey Art Gallery Association Talk 'A passion postponed' Ron Unruh

A passion postponed

Ron Unruh, a pastor-turned-painter, will speak at the Surrey Art Gallery on Feb. 4.

Surrey Leader Newpaper

As a child Ron Unruh was consumed with drawing, and as a youth he planned a visual art career. But a divine interruption summoned him to a life of service to others, and brushes and palette were set aside.

Surrey Art Gallery Association presents an illustrated talk by this Surrey-based visual artist titled Recovering a Postponed Passion on Feb. 4.

Unruh is a contemporary realist painter who paints scenes of the coastal region of British Columbia where he resides. With his residence/studio in Cloverdale, he is near White Rock and Crescent Beach waters and within sight of the North Shore Mountains and the snow peaked range of the Rockies so they become subjects of his work.

His Miata MX5 navigates through the agricultural lands of the Lower Mainland where heritage farms have changed hands and fields display the turbaned heads or bamboo hats of their current owners. He is fascinated by these images and seeks to record them. Unruh has travelled Canada from coast to coast and enjoyed numerous international trips.

Unruh has shown his work at the Cloverdale Blueberry Festival and in the constituency suites of MP Suhk Dhaliwal and MLA Stephanie Cadieux, under the auspices of the Arts Council of Surrey. He has also displayed in the Watershed Arts Café in Walnut Grove and recently held a show in his residence/studio, and almost half of the twenty-seven paintings on display found new owners. His work can be viewed at

The Feb. 4 talk is from 7:30-9 p.m. and there will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave.Call 604-501-5566 or check for further information.

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