In 1975, a small group of local people interested in painting incorporated a non-profit society known as the South Delta Artists Guild. Over the years, the Guild’s activities took place at several locations in Tsawwassen, including the Phoenix Club, a multi-use old converted firehall condemned and demolished in 2003.
In 1999, a decade of lobbying finally paid off when the Guild signed a partnership agreement with Delta Municipality through which the Guild became the “primary user” of the Kiwanis Longhouse [built in 1973]. The Municipality re-shingled the roof and reversed the cedar siding on the exterior wall to greatly enhance the appearance of the building. Meanwhile the Guild, through fundraising, raised $25,000 which covered the cost of installing a handicapped washroom, the purchase of tables, chairs and other equipment, and provided needed “start-up” money.
As in all volunteer groups, the Guild’s success is due to the enthusiasm of members’ participation in the various activities. No matter what talents members may have, whether in administration, finance, writing, teaching, gallery and show organization, they all are essential to the continued success of the Guild.