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.

Artist in Residence

Nina Westaway

The Village Gallery is hosting a new show starting January 4, 2021 with the figurative art of Nina Westaway, a long-time volunteer with the gallery and Monashee Arts Council.  It is part educational and part-revelatory, exploring how figure drawing and portraiture can be taught and experienced.  She is also offering one-on-one free workshops, for an hour on Saturdays: January 9, 16, 23, and 30. All materials will be supplied. Adults and children 12 years and over are welcome to register, and no experience is necessary.  Four different topics are offered. The lessons are scheduled from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at the gallery, 1975 Vernon Street (Highway 6).  Please phone 778-473-3029 for the list of topics and to schedule lessons.

The gallery will also continue to offer small craft items from local artisans: cards, art calendars, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, barnwood frames, turned wood items, divination cards, small paintings, aprons, knitted and woven items.

2020 Christmas Store now open!

“We miss the gift shop.”  The community has asked and we have listened! Monashee Arts Council will be hosting a Christmas Store at the Village Gallery from November 2nd to December 24th

            The people of our community want to be able to continue to support the local crafters and artisans, and we have tried our best to find a way to do so. 

Creating a Christmas store that allows our community to have the pleasure of shopping while still maintaining a health conscious environment in this time of social distancing.

Please be sure to visit us at the Village Gallery, 1975 Vernon Street. (Highway 6).