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For Immediate Release

Connected Landscapes

Watercolours by Lynn and Toni Onley: A Father-Daughter Exhibition

March 02 – April 27, 2012

Opening Reception  |  Mar 02, (Fri), 3pm - 6pm

Meet Lynn Onley

Artist Will Be in Attendance

Legendary and beloved Canadian watercolour artist Toni Onley passed away 8 years ago at the age of 75. His daughter, Lynn Onley, through her own art is keeping the family tradition vibrant and alive.  “Connected Landscapes” presented by Art Beatus (Vancouver) will feature a special selection of watercolour paintings by both father and daughter.  Approximately 24 works, 12 for each artist, will be on display.  The exhibition opens on March 02, 2012 from 3pm to 6pm and Lynn Onley will be present at the reception.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.  “The show is all about connections, between us, our elements and each other”.

Lynn Onley was born in 1953.  Following in the footsteps of her parents, she began her formal education in art when she enrolled at the Capilano College of Art, then at the Vancouver School of Art, and finally graduating in 1982 at the Emily Carr College of Art with a major in sculpture.  In her mid-30’s, her interest in painting grew strong and she began flying and painting with her father, often to isolated, far-off locations in British Columbia made only accessible by Toni’s small plane.  “My father was a great mentor and friend.  You’ll see his influences, also my own unique style.  His paintings are just stunning…I spent many wondrous times sitting on a log watching my father paint everything with one brush”. 

Born in 1928 on the Isle of Man, Toni Onley immigrated to Canada in 1948, living in Brantford, Ontario and eventually settling in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Although he was widely known for his distinctive watercolours and oils, Toni also worked in mixed media and collage. His love of flying enabled him to travel to remote places, capturing the landscapes he was known so well for, and drawing many pencil sketches from the air.  In 1999 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.  Tragically, Toni died in February 2004 when his amphibious float plane plunged into the Fraser River while he was practicing take-offs and landings.

Similar to her father, Lynn Onley regularly uses her art to support a number of organizations that are important to her.  For the duration of the “Connected Landscapes” exhibition, raffle tickets for charity will be sold through the gallery - 1 for $5.00 or 3 for $10.00 - to win a framed watercolour painting by Lynn (please scroll down for a thumbnail image of the work or click this link).  Given Toni’s and Lynn’s connection to nature, and their appreciation and interest in environmental issues, all proceeds received will be donated to the environmental organization, Sierra Club BC*.  In addition to the watercolour paintings on exhibit, a number of silkscreen prints and an oil painting will also be available to view.  “Connected Landscapes” featuring the works of Lynn and Toni Onley runs from March 2 to April 27, 2012.

Art Beatus, with a location in Vancouver, Canada and two locations in Hong Kong, showcases international art with a focus on contemporary Chinese art.  Art Beatus (Vancouver) is located in the Nelson Square Office Tower at 108 – 808 Nelson Street. For more information, please contact Media Relations, Tamla Mah or Peggy Ngan. Art Beatus (Vancouver) is open Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm and is closed on weekends and holidays.  Underground and street parking is available.  Free admission.  Please use this information in any of your press-release/announcement material.  Visual material is available upon request.

*Sierra Club BC is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to protect and conserve British Columbia’s wilderness, species and ecosystems, within the urgent context of global warming impacts. It advocates the responsible use of B.C.’s natural resources while promoting a modern, equitable economy that sustains our planet in every way. Learn more

Lynn Onley Watercolour Painting For Charity

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