Gallery showcases Agassiz artist

The work of Irja Karen Butchart will be on display in the backroom throughout August

The work of Agassiz artist Irja Karen Butchart will be featured at the Hope Arts Gallery in August.

The Hope Arts Gallery is featuring Agassiz artist Irja Karen Butchart in August.

She calls her work “rather naïve” and portrays happiness and joy through various mediums including acrylics, oil, pen/ink and pencil. Butchart started drawing as a child and has sold her work across Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

“I paint life as I experience it – with great joy,” said Butchart, who credits her supportive family, husband Raymond and daughter Avalon, for much of her success.

The exhibit will be on display in the backroom of the Hope Arts Gallery Aug. 1-28. An artist’s reception will be held Aug. 2 from 7-9 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Hope Arts Gallery is operated by the Hope & District Arts Council and is located at 349 Fort St.  The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, email hopearts@telus.net or call 604-869-3400.