Deborah Strong – Artist’s Open House


If you love animals and have an interest in art, please join Deborah Strong at her studio for her annual Open House.

Location: 20916 – 49A Avenue, Langley, BC
Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Times: 11am-4pm

Fur or feathers, hooves or paws, from her own companion animals to the wild creatures she encounters, animals fascinate this life-long artist and fuel her creative passion.

Strong works in two media: lifelike, highly detailed coloured pencil drawings as well as lively paintings on silk. While these are two contrastingly different art forms, her subject matter remains consistent: the animals and birds who touch her life.

One of the pieces that will be on display at Strong’s Open House is her coloured pencil drawing “Don’t Move a Muscle: Bobcat and Pacific Tree Frog”. This drawing is based on Hoover, the bobcat who was a long-time resident of Critter Care Wildlife Society and who succumbed to cancer last year. The framed original drawing is being sold to the highest offer received by September 30 and at least half the proceeds will benefit the society. Affordable limited edition prints will also be available with 50% of the proceeds also aiding Critter Care. This is one of several fundraising initiatives in which she has been involved over the past few years. “With ever increasing levels of habitat loss and negative interactions between animals and humans, the work of organizations like Critter Care is crucial,” says Strong. “With my passion for animals, supporting them is a natural fit.”

Also on display is her drawing “Wild Muscovy” which was selected for the Annual International Representational Show (AIRS) in Vancouver last fall and was published in the book Coloured Pencil Treasures Volume II – a collection of select artworks from around the world. She has some new silk paintings that will be making their debut at the Open House as well as some of her luxurious hand-painted silk scarves.

Strong’s work is familiar to many who will have viewed it during the annual Langley Art Studio Tour (of which she was a co-founder), Arts Alive, and other local art events. She has been a resident of the Aldergrove-Langley area throughout her life. She graduated from Aldergrove Secondary School with a Fine Arts Award and scholarship, studied Fine Arts at the University of the Fraser Valley, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She now practices art from her home studio in the Newlands area of Langley City.

Visitors are welcome to drop by her studio, Cat & Mouse Designs at 20916 – 49A Avenue, Langley, BC, on Saturday, July 26th from 11am-4pm. Weather permitting, art will be displayed outdoors (indoors if raining). Preview her work at www.catnmousedesigns.com and read about her artistic exploits at http://strongatart.blogspot.ca.