Call for Artists – Macro-

Macro- Unusual ways of seeing

A new year, a new perspective. Our first new show of the New Year in February is Macro – unusual ways of seeing. Often found in photography Macro has come to mean a close up or enlarged shot of a subject, but macro can also be large scale or the Big picture. What is your unusual perspective that you express through your art? Micro subject, mini size or something vast being represented, all are welcome to this new show. All Mediums are welcome!

So if you have a piece of artwork that you would like to share in the show, please come into the Monashee Art Gallery on or before January 31st/ 2022 and fill out the applicable forms.

Memberships may be renewed/obtained at time of delivery. MAC will need the following information for each piece of work:

Title, Medium, Size, Price (if selling), Description (how, why, when or where), Name of Artist.

Find applications for future shows here


Christmas Store – Call for Artists

Calling Artists and Crafters
Once again from November 15th to December 30th the Monashee Arts Council will be hosting a Christmas market at the Village Gallery to bring together artisans and shoppers for this Christmas season in a way that still respects current health regulations while promoting the enjoyment of the local seasonal shopping experience.
Deadline for applications will be Nov 13th, we ask that artists also provide business cards.
Please pick up your MAC membership and application forms at the Village Gallery, 1975 Vernon Street. (Highway 6). You can also request these documents by email:

Power of Storytelling

Stories have always been an integral part of what it is to be human, whether in our own personal lives or through our history and culture. It is perhaps one of the things which make us human; we have been conveying stories since before the written word came into being. Originally stories and the lessons they taught the future generations were passed down orally or through other forms of communication such as the arts.

In fact, the first writing system was thought to have been developed in 3400 BCE, however 30,000 year old cave murals at Lascaux depicted a history of rituals and hunting. For a long time stories were never written down, instead tales were told or re-enacted dramatically as a way to pass the history down from generation to generation. Due to this their development was often obscured and blurred changing the stories we now know from their origins.

Stories come in all forms;

From Myths: a way to explain natural phenomena or aspects of human nature and revolve around deities and the supernatural. Examples of this can be seen in the Cherokee story of why all the trees except for the pine lost their leaves, after the other trees refused to give hospitality to an injured sparrow, or in Pandora’s Box: a story of the gods revenge upon mankind by gifting the ever curious Pandora to care for a jar containing all the sickness, death and many other unspecified evils; which were then released into the world when she opened it.

To Legends: which are often seen as lying somewhere between myth and history. They often center around a well known figure and they can be based on facts – but they are not completely true. Some of the best known legends are the stories of King Arthur, and his knights of the round table; Robin Hood, who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor; and Beowulf, the legendary warrior who conquers beasts and helps people in need.

Some of the best known stories are perhaps fairytales and folklore. We all grew up with many of these stories, which were passed down orally, until they began to be written down in the 17th century. The ones we are most used to though were not written down until the early 19th century by the Brother Grimm. Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin and many more were collected and finally written down for future generations. Fairytales often included elements of fantasy, royalty, magic and happy endings. Folktales were traditionally more about common people, and usually involved a person or animal learning a valuable lesson by obeying- or in most cases not obeying- cultural rules. Yet all these stories and those like them from around the world have become more for entertainment. They have been rewritten to the lighter fairy tales our parents read to us before bedtime; or that are watched now in their Disneyized versions. They tend to skip over the more gruesome aspects of the old fairytales, so they are more pleasing to our sensibilities.

All through history storytelling has been conveyed through or accompanied by some form of art, from the illustrations in a children’s book, to fairytale dramatizations or dance, even to the Bayeux Tapestry, an embroidered cloth nearly 70 meters in length which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. Art and Storytelling have always gone hand in hand.

Narrative art refers to the content of the artwork, in other words, what is being painted not how it is being painted. Narrative art is art that tells a story. This can be to show a moment in time or infer a sequence of events that happen over a period of time. A narrative artwork will usually evoke an emotion in the viewer.

These days we are able to take our Storytelling one step further with the technology of photography and motion film. To this day stories are still a part of our lives, from the myths and fairytales of our ancestors to newly created murder mysteries, science fiction taking us to places beyond our own solar system. And of course the true stories from our own histories. The art of storytelling and the visual art that accompanies it is part of our history and always will be.

The Monashee Arts Council and Village Gallery have invited artists of all kinds to bring their stories into the gallery to be shared, from stories of adorable farm animals, poetry to depictions of biblical heroes.

Call for Artists – What’s your story

Everyone has a story to tell.

Art has often been used to tell those stories be they truth or the fantasies of our imaginations. Artists since pre-history have presented their narratives in many ways – by using either a series of images to represent moments in a story, or by selecting a central moment to stand for the story as a whole.

Narrative Art has the power to preserve history beyond the written word as well as create the legends and myths which have survived through generations and cultures.

The Monashee Arts Council invites local story tellers to tell their stories be they True or Fiction through their art

This show is open to all forms of Narrative art. Perhaps you have a family story to tell that connects you to the past, or you want to illustrate a moment from your favorite fairytale or myth, even the storyboard for a movie or a comic you are working on.

We invite you to share your story!

Home Arts

The lockdowns of the previous year have meant we have had to find new ways to keep ourselves busy, thus allowing many to either hone skills they already possessed or for some to explore new skills. MAC has invited these artisans to show you their applied art skills in this special showcase.

Dates: August 2nd  to  28th

MAC will also be sponsoring three fibre art demonstrations by the Monashee Weavers at Arbor park gazebo on August 7th , 21st and 28th  be sure to join us for this amazing learning experience


Come view the flowers – People, Plants and Pollinators

The Monashee Arts Council (MAC) is currently hosting their new show at the Village Gallery, which underlines the relationship of art and nature.

In 1699, Maria Sibylla Merian, a 52-year-old German artist and naturalist, travelled with her adult daughter Dorothea to Surinam in South America, and was the first person to accurately observe insects as they transformed from egg, pupa, cocoon, and caterpillar to adult form—called metamorphosis. And the mutuality of plants and animals was accurately portrayed; her beautiful, detailed paintings were not just still life.

Local Artists have come together to illustrate how native and non-native plants in bloom carry on the natural cycle of attracting pollinators such as bees, flies, wasps, beetles, moths, hummingbirds, and butterflies for mutual benefit. This important process is important to the natural cycle including that which allows humans to produce many of the foods commonly found on our own tables, what a wonderful way to give thanks to these important creatures.

The show will be running from July 2nd to July 31st the Village Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, at 1975 Vernon St. (Hwy.6).

Call for Artists – People, Plants and Pollinators

People, Plants and Pollinators

Look closely at your gardens! The Monashee Arts Council (MAC) is sponsoring an open show in July that features the relationship between people, plants and pollinators.

Artists are welcome to submit two entries in either 2-D or 3-D mediums. Deadline is Wednesday, June 30. Applications can be picked up at the gallery Monday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm at 1975 Vernon Street (Highway 6) in Lumby. You can also request an application by phone and email.

Please make sure the entry is suitably finished for hanging or standing display and is accompanied by a brief statement connecting your work to the theme of the show.

This show is made possible by volunteers and staff of the Village Gallery and the Monashee Arts Council and through funding of the RDNO and the BC Arts Council.

Curators of the show are Karen Bright, and Nina Westaway.

Application for ‘People, Plants and Pollinators’

For further information, please contact:

The Monashee Arts Council



Pictographic Reflections

‘Spotted Lake’ by David Wilson Sookinakin

David Wilson Sookinakin is a renowned First Nations artist from the Okanagan Nation. As a child, David looked for his own Nation’s art forms, but could only find a few pictographs. After discovering a book of local pictographs in the public library, he studied it extensively and went on to develop his own style of
art from this.  “I create First Nations Art using ancient pictographs of my Ancestors to create a contemporary and new First Nations Art Form.” His expressive paintings are created on large canvases measuring 4 – 5 feet. Other mediums include drums and printmaking.


David expanded his skills and knowledge studying at the West Coast with Haida and Salish artists. He has become an accomplished artist who has added strength and vibrancy to the collective voice of First Nations artists. His accomplishments include being the winner of the 2012 BC Achievement Awards in Aboriginal Art. His famous work can be found in public art collections such as UBC Okanagan Campus and the Kelowna Airport.

With an ever-evolving creative path, David’s latest projects include a children’s publication, and creating new pictographs for his language. In the future, he would like to create a mural of picto-tiles for schools.

David’s collection will also be joined by art from local First Nation and Metis Artists with the show running from from June 1st to 30th.


‘Mother’ by Julie Wilding 




   ‘Night Owl’ by Kathryn Ross

Call for Local First Nations and Metis Artists

In honor of our guest artist in June, David Wilson Sookinakin, The Lumby Village Gallery is putting out a call for entry for local First Nations and Metis artists from all age groups.  This is an opportunity to show a diverse range of artwork and craft from our own community, and to express yourself in your own unique way.

If you have a piece of artwork that you would like to share in the show, please come into the Village Gallery on or before May 31 st and fill out the applicable forms.

Memberships may be renewed/obtained at time of delivery. MAC will need the following information for each piece of work:

Title, Medium, Size, Price (if selling), Description (how, why, when or where), Name of Artist.

(Please note that the Monashee Arts Council will receive 30% commission on any art sold during this show.)

Happening now

‘Nurturing a Love for Nature’

‘Exploring humanity’s relationship to the natural world’

‘Morning on the River’ by Huguette Allen

Robert Bateman is perceived by many to be one of the voices of reason and hope for healthy, rejuvenated and creative engagement with the natural world.  Thus in honor of the Canadian Naturalist and Artists 91st birthday, the Monashee Arts Council has been distributing Bateman Foundation sketch books; a project encouraging artist of all ages to get out and connect with our surroundings.

Through his art Bateman shares with us ‘humanity’s relationship to the natural world’ we have been overwhelmed with over 30 pieces of art by local artists in a celebration of our connection with nature This show runs from Monday May 3rd to Saturday May 29th, 2021.

Don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets to win these Robert Bateman prints:

1st prize- Robert Bateman -‘Fall Foliage’ – moose cow and calf 16×16 limited edition signed print

2nd prize- Robert Bateman- ‘Cardinal with snowberries’ 5×7 limited edition signed print

3rd prize- ‘Safari’ Art book by Robert Bateman