Local artists take top spots in national competition

Deborah Strong and Alison Philpott honoured for their skill with a coloured pencil

Solitary Stellar's Jay by Langley artist Deborah Strong, took first place in the Coloured Pencil Society of Canada's first national exhibition; below: Pebbles 1, by Alison Philpott, took second.

Solitary Stellar's Jay by Langley artist Deborah Strong, took first place in the Coloured Pencil Society of Canada's first national exhibition; below: Pebbles 1, by Alison Philpott, took second.

A pair of Langley artists have taken the top two spots in a Cross-Canada contest.

Deborah Strong and Alison Philpott won first and second place, respectively, in the Coloured Pencil Society of Canada’s first national exhibition.

Strong’s piece of a bird perched on a lichen-covered branch is titled Solitary Stellar’s Jay, while Philpott entered Pebbles 1, a detailed close-up of a collection of smooth stones.

“I was delighted simply  to have two of my drawings selected for the exhibition, but to have one of them take First Prize is amazing,” said Strong, who owns Cat & Mouse Designs, and is a founding member of the annual Langley Artists Studio Tour, which is coming up in September.

Philpott is a studio tour participant and a current member of the Fort Langley Artists Group.

“It was very unexpected and really exciting to be placed second in this exhibit,” she said.  “I always have one or two drawings on the go, and my favourite subject is pebbles. So to be acknowledged this way, for something I love to do, is a real honour.”

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