There is a new business in town, “A Mixed Bag of Art” and it’s bound to add a lot of fun and vibrance to the Shuswap community! Rayna Vanderhoek has opened a studio in Sorrento where she will be offering classes, collaborating with other artists and artisans, and creating a lot of fun! Rayna says “It will be a place for the young and young at heart!”
Some of the programming planned includes a program called Paint and Play for ages 3 – 4 on Wednesday mornings; after school programs; Saturday afternoon classes for adult and young adults, and evening classes with some guest instructors!
The shop opens on Feb 5th, 2020, from 10 – 4 pm. Located in Shoppers Plaza, Sorrento! Wednesday to Saturday for the winter. Stop in and check out what fun you may be interested in!
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
Water has been a hot topic here in the Shuswap with our lake rising to near flooding levels and water boil advisories in our local news, but thankfully, the Blind Bay Hall found a fun way to focus on water…by offering a wonderful watercolour painting workshop! If you haven’t been to the Blind Bay Hall, the top floor is surrounded with windows to allow great natural light into the hall; awesome for painting and seeing true colours. The hall’s board invited Juve Furtado, AFCA member of the Canadian Federation of Artists, and award winning watercolorist from Vernon, to come back and offer a workshop showing participants how to develop his soft autumn scenes using his watercolour pouring techniques. Juve is not only an artist, but a retired teacher who is more than willing to share all his secrets, and so the students really get a lot of information about watercolour techniques and all their questions answered. He’s great at critiquing and helping you get to where you want to be with your art piece. The class was full and a besides going home with some new skills, you get to enjoy some fun time working with fellow artists, be it experienced or beginners, sharing their stories and love of art. If you would like more information about Juve and his art, visit his website at juvefurtado.com
Here are some photos of the of Juve demonstrating some of his techniques: