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

monasheeartscouncil@gmail.com

 

 

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

 

Call for Artists;  ‘Nurturing a love for Nature’

“Discovering the creative force within is one of the most magical and empowering moments that can be seen in a Nature Sketch session. Seeing a child have that ‘A-Ha’ moment – the moment they understand their own creative potential to connect with nature using a pencil and know that this creativity will serve them for the rest of their lives, is truly one of the best sights you will ever see.”

– Robert Bateman

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 90th 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’ and we invite artists of all ages and disciplines to share their nature themed art in our May show “Nurturing a love for

Nature” from Monday May 3 to Saturday May 29, 2021.

So we invite you to submit your nature sketches either from your sketch book or any other nature pieces you have created recently or in the past.

Submissions are limited to three (3) pieces per artist and need to be delivered to the gallery with application form by April 29th – May 1st .

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.)

Various Bateman art as well as other nature based learning materials will also be on display at the gallery during the show.

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 April 30, 2021 and fill out the applicable forms.

Nurturing a love for Nature Application

Pick up your pocket sketchbook from the Village gallery today!

Happy sketching everyone.

Special Thanks to BC Arts Council

 


MAC is grateful to the British Columbia Arts Council, for their continued support, this time by awarding us with an Arts and Culture Resiliency Supplement grant. This grant will mean so much to the Monashee Arts Council allowing us to continue serving our community during this upcoming 2021 season

April Photography show

 

Due to the pandemic and the cancellation of Lumby Days for 2021, the Monashee Arts Council and the Village Gallery is hosting a photography competition and show for the month of April 2021.

At such a transitional time of year, between winter and spring, it is a magical opportunity for photographers of all levels, be it amateur and professional from Lumby, Whitevale, Lavington, and Cherryville to be out and about.  The show will consist of entrants from 3 age categories: 14 years and under, 15-24 years, and adult.

Now Lumby it’s your turn to decide ‘People’s Choice’! The Monashee Arts council invites you to come down to the Village Gallery and cast your ballot for your favorite photograph. The voting for People’s Choice will be open until the end of the month.

A special thanks to our judges Bruce Borrowman, Dale Eurich and Mikayla Appleby in undertaking the long process of deciding who the winners were.

The Monashee Arts Council and Village Gallery are open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm at 1975 Vernon Street (Highway 6) Lumby.

Thank you to London Drugs for once again providing the awards for the photo contest.

Call for Photographers

With spring in the air, photographers are capturing the beauty of the changing seasons, and residents of the Lumby Valley, Lavington, and Cherryville are invited to submit entries in the 2021 Monashee Arts Council Photography Contest.

There are three age categories: 14 years and under, 15-24 years, and adult.  Each entrant is allowed up to three, 8×10 photos with a $2 fee for each entry. There are prizes for each category and a People’s Choice award selected by visitors to the Village Gallery Photography Show in April.

“This photography contest replaces the one MAC normally conducts in June to coincide with Lumby Days.  However this year, due to the pandemic and the cancellation of Lumby Days, the Monashee Arts Council decided to host the annual contest along with a photography show for the month of April 2021 in the Village Gallery,” says organizer and MAC member Nina Westaway.

Entry forms are available at the Village Gallery.  Deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 30 at 3 pm.  Local photographers Bruce Borrowman and Dale Eurich as well as youth juror Mikayla Appleby will assist judging.

For display purposes, photographs must be backed with foam board or cardboard.  A limited supply of backing paper and 2-sided tape are available at no cost through the Village Gallery while supplies last.

The Monashee Arts Council and Village Gallery are open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm at 1975 Vernon Street (Highway 6) Lumby. Entry forms are available at the office and on the website: monasheeartscouncil.com.

The photography contest and show has been made possible by volunteers of the Monashee Arts Council and funding through White Valley Parks Recreation and Culture and a resiliency grant from the BC Arts Council which makes community inclusion in the arts possible.