Art exhibit explores beach glass found in Delta


Denise and Jeremy are hosting an exhibition of their work in the Tsawwassen Art Gallery 1710 Longhouse from August 20-28

Denise Nichol has always loved being near water, walking on beaches and shores. It was a space where she could clear her mind, make room to enjoy nature, and make room for creative thinking.

During these almost daily walks, she began to collect pieces of glass, each time taking a photo of the collected handful. She always knew that one day it would become an art form. In addition to the glass, Nichol began to notice that there was also a large amount of trash and debris on the beach, and began picking it up as well. Shortly after, his son Jeremy jumped on board and they became avid beach cleaners.

Beach cleanups have evolved into recycling plastics and cans, donating usable items, and recycling what was once garbage. The biggest upward cycle has been freshly broken sea glass, melted and smoothed by the ocean. This collection of glass is transformed from scrap into expressive framed works of art that not only reflect the sun, but also reflect an inspiring and innovative art form. Both Jeremy and Denise are good entertainers as well as beach cleaners. Her husband, John MacDowell, also came on board, recycling old frames and using new, discarded wood to create unique frames for their paintings and glass art.

Denise and Jeremy are hosting an exhibition of their work in the Tsawwassen Art Gallery 1710 Longhouse from August 20-28 with an artists reception on Saturday August 20 open to the public from 1-5pm.

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