2020 brings new ideas and hopes to each of us. Whether it to start a good habit or learn a different skill, something about a new year brings inspiration to try something new. There are lots of benefits to trying out a new art class! Deane Alban writes in her article “The Mental Health Benefit of Arts are for Everyone”, ..”Creating art relieves stress, encourages creative thinking, increases brain plasticity, and imparts other mental health benefits. And anyone can do art. ” You can read more about her article in this link. Health Benefits of Art
If trying out art is what you are thinking about doing this year, there are a myriad of options happening this year right here in the Shuswap. Check out some of these options! View art events on https://artintheshuswap.com/events/
One of the advantages of being amongst a large group of artists in a community is that you learn so much from everyone. Each person brings unique experiences to the table and in an open environment that promotes sharing, we all become better artists! Yesterday we had the privilege of having Fran Lewis present a demo on color mixing. Fran had taken a course from Emily Carr Art School several years ago and she has an amazing sense of color as is evident in all her paintings. She is someone that we trust with advice when we are struggling with color. She showed us that by just using two complementary colors and selecting warm, medium, and cool tones of each, you can create a large palette of colors that work well together in a painting. Here are a few pictures from the demo! And in true Shuswap style, nature provided it’s own demonstration on color out of our hall window too!
Fran Lewis demo
Fran Lewis demonstrating color mixing
There are several art events, including the Cedar Heights Artisan Market/Bake Sale; Artistry Christmas Gift and Bake Sale at Blind Bay Hall, and Artist Talks and Demos at Teyjah’s Den in Salmon Arm, in the month of November! Here are some advertising for them! Great time to pick up gifts for family and friends or check out a demo! For more information about Art Events in the Shuswap, go to artintheshuswap.com.
Artistry at Blind Bay Hall