Eagle Bay Community is “getting artsy” with the intake of some new workshops in their community hall. Sallyanne Calver has organized some great workshops to bring the arts to Eagle Bay. When I asked Sallyanne about herself and why she decided to take on this endeavour, she was happy to share her story with me. Sallyanne indicated “We retired to Eagle Bay in 2013 as a place to settle for our retirement years. A place to enjoy the outdoors, and a chance to try all the things we hadn’t had time to do while working. One of items on our bucket list was to try different mediums of art. As we developed new friendships, we discovered that there were others like us, looking for opportunity to express themselves with art. Eagle Bay is a community that encourages and supports new ventures, along with a community hall that is perfect for holding workshops. So we took a chance and kicked off a monthly art workshop with Ukraine Egg Painting, the two session of painting Pot People, then onto Acrylic Ink Tile. The response has been so positive we continue to arrange workshops held on the last Wednesday of the month.
Of late, she invited Diana Waller, artist from Blind Bay, to do a workshop on acrylic ink on tile. Diana is known for her creative mixed media artwork and Her some of her work can be found on Artintheshuswap.com. Fifteen people registered from all around the Shuswap area. Time was spent learning, painting, talking, and laughing and they all went home with their own handmade art tile. Art in the Shuswap motto is “Art brings People Together” and this is a shining example of the great things that art can do for a community!