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update to OCTOGONY — Sept. 21 – 29, 2018

ENCROACHMENT oil on canvas

In these new oil paintings, the reality of the natural world is offset by the lines, textures and colours of the surrounding human-generated world.

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OCTOGONY — Sept. 21 – 29, 2018

See some of my latest work, part of the Octogony Exhibition at Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, B.C., from September 21 — 29. Watch this space for more information.

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Observations: Woodlands, May 4 – June 5

Observations: Woodlands.  This exhibition at the Duthie Gallery is a return from figurative work to exploring trees and vegetation, often finding a beauty in things that are overlooked or dismissed.  I hope to counteract that with these mixed media paintings.

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More images from “Portrait of an Island”

Some more images from my recent exhibition. Wonderful memories!  Many thanks again to all who made this possible, and a special thank you to my staunchest supporter and friend, my husband Michael Whitfield.

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Reminder, Artist Talk, April 6, 7-9 p.m., Mahon Hall

Susan Benson RCA shares slides and stories from a 50 year career in stage and costume design in theatre, ballet and opera. Enjoy viewing her portrait paintings in the main hall and an exhibit of her costume and set design

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Gulf Islands Driftwood, Thursday, April 5, 2018

Another review! This is so gratifying and exciting.

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Gulf Islands Driftwood, March 28, 2018 issue

For more on this story, see the March 28, 2018 issue of the Gulf Islands Driftwood newspaper.

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Scenes from the Opening of Portrait of an Island

A small selection of images from my opening night. It was a great success! Thanks to all who have supported me in this venture. It has been one of the most challenging and meaningful things I have done. (Click on

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Artist Talk, Friday April 6, 7-9 p.m., Mahon Hall

Susan Benson RCA shares slides and stories from a 50 year career in stage and costume design in theatre, ballet and opera. Enjoy viewing her portrait paintings in the main hall and an exhibit of her costume and set design

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12th Annual Easter Art Show 2018 – Portrait of an Island

Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 8, 2018 Announcement from the Salt Spring Island Arts Council Susan Benson, RCA Portrait of an Island is an exhibition of more than 150 portraits in oil of people who call Salt Spring island

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Portrait of an Island, Catalogue of the Exhibition

Portrait of an Island, Catalogue of the Exhibition

Hall, Salt Spring Island, March 30 - April 8, 2018.
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