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November 26 2021 – January 26 2022; Artist’s Reception: Sunday November 28 1:30 to 3:30

Viewing M-F 9:30-3:30; Goward House is closed all statutory holidays

Goward House presents…

Studio of Harmonious Endeavours

The Artists

George Cruickshank     Arlene Davey     Barb Downie

Ann Gibbard     John Hart     Louise Lilliott

Barb Mekelburg     Nenagh Molson     Dot Roberts

Barbara Downie

I am a native Victorian and a Chartered Accountant, now retired.

I’ve been a keen photographer all my life and this interest led me into painting. About 25 years ago, I began pencil drawing and watercolor painting, eventually turning to Chinese Brush Painting and Chinese calligraphy. My fascination with this inspirational and challenging medium continues today. Fortunately, I have been able to study under many wonderful artists, most recently under Mr. John Nip and Nenagh Molson.

Having participated in many local art shows and sales, I’m still enjoying painting and am looking forward to continuing to share my work through the show.  


Ann Gibbard

When I returned to Victoria almost thirty years ago, I was able to begin learning to paint using the traditional materials of the Chinese brush, ink and paper. Nenagh Molson was my first, and still is, my teacher. I have also been fortunate to learn from Andy Lou and the late John Nip.

For this “retrospective” show that marks more than twenty years of exhibits at Goward House, my contribution will include only one painting that is new. The rest are works that over the last twenty years have each been commented on or other wise singled out by viewers as something that interested them in particular.


Barb Mekelburg

An introductory class in Chinese Brush Painting ten years ago led to complete captivation with this art form. I am drawn to the simplicity of materials, the fascination of centuries-old techniques, and the amazing effects that can be achieved with a few brushstrokes. Weekly sessions with the Studio of Harmonious Endeavours offer much-needed opportunities for both inspiration and perspiration!

Last spring, when group activities were suspended, Barb looked for ways to continue her practice. The result was the completion of a 30ft. long scroll depicting 100 different postures of the oxen. “One Hundred Oxen” will be on display at the Artists’ Reception.