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/
We are lucky here in the Shuswap to have so many individuals interested in art that we are able to bring in some very talented artists to host workshops. This fall we first had the Jonn Einerssen workshop at Shuswap Lake Estates, organized by Carol Warkentin, a Blind Bay Painter. Jonn always shows you how you can make your painting the best it can be and offers much experience and knowledge with using acrylics and oils.
Jonn pairs up with his also talented buddy, Vance Theoret, who teaches the fine art of soap stone carving while the painting workshop is going on for Jonn. Its always amazing to see how quickly these lumps of stones become fine works of art!
All participants are pleased to go home with a piece of art that they love which is why we keep coming back again and again. You can see some of Jonn’s art on his website – www.einerssen.com and Vance Theoret’s on https://www.vancetheoret.com
We also had a new artist from Comox, Brian Buckrell, come in to teach a workshop at the Blind Bay Hall, organized by Agnes Nykiforuk. Brian is a very talented acrylic painter and the hall was booked to capacity for his class.
Brian’s known for his abstractified landscapes full of colour and provided both great technical information as well as sharing his practical experiences. You can see more of his work on his website https://www.brianbuckrell.com
We look forward to what fall of 2019 brings!