Category: Art Collection

Launch of the “It’s a New Day” Series

By Betty Schriver

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I recently have had to do some soul searching in regards to my art.  Where am I with it and where do I want to be?  Like anything else in life, if you want to get better at something, you need to set some goals and take some action that will help you achieve those goals.  My goals are not complex really, I just want to grow as an artist, which for me means that I see that the work I put into art continues to improve in quality.  Quality is highly subjective in art, but for me it’s the place where I am really happy with my work because my skills are able to achieve the emotion and concept I have for the art piece.

You may know that a lot of artists are somewhat self-deprecating.  We beat ourselves up, we compare, we wonder if our art is worthy of continuing, but I think that without this self-deprecating behaviour, we likely would not have the catalyst for progression that we need to in order to grow.  The self criticism helps us to see what need to improve and drives us to learn how to get there.

While I’m sure I’ll continue to constantly be self-critical of my work, I also know that I have grown over the last 5 years and I know I’m in a place where, while I hope the best is still yet to come, I’ve also seen progression.  I know that each day is a new day which means a new opportunity for learning, growing, making art, and living a good life!

And with that,  I am happy to announce the launch of a new series of paintings called “It’s a New Day” in the new location of Shuswap Artisan Market!   Paintings for the series “It’s a New Day”  celebrate the beauty and wonders that life in Canada brings us.  I’ve experimented with a new brighter palette that exaggerates the saturation of colour to emphasize how alive our environment is all around us and how each day is exciting, even if its simple.  Growing up on a farm, working in the city, and retiring at the beautiful Shuswap lake – basically life in Canada, has provided me with many enriched experiences all beautiful in their own ways.  Each day had, and still has, something new and exciting to offer.  I hope you can feel the emotion I feel when I’m painting.

You can view the available paintings for the “It’s a New Day” Series at Shuswap Artisan Market located at 1204 Notch Hill Road, Sorrento B.C.  or online at



In Dialogue with the Collection

In Dialogue with the Collection

So how do you create a painting that “speaks” to historical art?    Come check out how…at the “In Dialogue with the Collection” art show starting on January 18th, 2019 at the Salmon Arm Art Centre.   Besides the 12 individual artists that found ways to “speak” to various pieces in the historical collection, a twenty artist installation will be completed by the Blind Bay Painters that will speak to Margaret Lund’s historical painting, “Moon Rising”.   The installation shows just how many different inspirations that can be created from one painting!  Check out times and events associated with this showing at the link here.  What do you see, that speaks to you?

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A Sampling of 9 Original Works from the 20 piece art installation “Speaking” to Margaret Lund’s Moon Rising that will be at the Salmon Arm Art Centre for In Dialogue with the Collection.


6 Reasons Why Young People Should Start Collecting Original Art – NOW

I’m loving the insights from blogs from Studio Sixty Six.  They are an emerging artist gallery located at 66 Muriel Street in Ottawa.  In their blog they write:


Whether you are a student, a recent grad or a young professional already in the workforce – now is the time to start collecting original artwork.

Tegan Alston, City Centre and City East

1. Collecting original art earlier can help you develop your taste 

Starting a collection at an early age helps mold your personal artistic preferences and style. Each piece you collect will create a connection to the specific moment in your life in which you bought it. Think about your art collection as a reflection of your style and personal aesthetic identity – but while it is always evolving, the art itself will never go out of fashion.

 Véronique Sunatori, Decontextualize I

2. Original art produced by emerging artists is affordable

Price points can often deter younger and older clients alike from buying art. However, knowing where to look can make all the difference. Take Studio Sixty Six, for example: by devoting resources to showcasing emerging artists within the first five years of their professional careers, we have created a space that contains beautiful and diverse artwork across a range of mediums which are accessible even on a student budget.

Allyson Rousseau, Ten

3. Young people have access to upcoming trends 

As young adults, we are part of an important trend-setting demographic – especially within the arts. We all have access to social media which creates platforms for us to showcase new trends and new artists and artwork. The work we buy now from emerging artists may one day become very influential -and financially valuable – because of our support and influence.

Sharon Katz, Alkaloid

4. Has a positive and inspirational effect 

Whether you are at school, at work, or dealing with any other day to day responsibilities, stress is a significant part of life. Having a calming space can be invaluable in those overwhelming moments. Being surrounded with artwork can help us de-stress and relax, and creates a positive environment. Think about it, what is better than coming home after a long day to your original art piece? Art can also inspire. Have a deadline or a paper you can’t seem to tackle? Being surrounded by art can spark your creativity and give you that much-needed push.

Florence Yee, Oh, Canada

5. Develop relationships with artists 

Let’s face it – millennials have a pretty bad reputation, so it is all the more important for our generation to support each other! And what better and more tangible way to support our peers and colleagues in the arts than by purchasing their work? By supporting artists in the early stages of their careers, you are helping to give them the opportunity to keep creating. Who knows? Your support today may play a small role in the rise and future success of the next great artist of our age.

Susan Roston, Nub 16

6. It will last a lifetime

Next time you go to the mall, think about how much money you tend to spend on shoes, clothes, electronics, or even expensive meals out. Then consider how that money could have alternatively been put towards your personal art collection. Unlike the latest phone or must-have designer bag, artwork will stand the test of time. Furthermore, this work may be worth a pretty penny later on. Something you buy in your 20s can become a lucrative investment which may help you out years down the line. The work you buy when you are young will be an enduring part of your life for decades.

 Written by Phoebe Sampey

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