Fall is in the air and my mind is already going to warmer earthier tones in our landscapes, harvested fields and the plentifulness of vegetable crops, red glimmers of sockeye in our streams, and shadowy tree lines that a lower sun brings at this time of year. In Canada, we have the pleasure of new sensations each season, that keeps our body and mind alert and responsive, taking in all the transitions with mindful observation and appreciation. Fall is also the end of the tourist season here in the Shuswap, when we now approach quieter times, where we can reflect on the busy summer, the reconnections made with family and friends and yet also celebrate the approach of more peaceful times to focus on our own work what ever that may be.
In celebration of the fall season, here is a collection of paintings contributed from artist on the Artintheshuswap.com website. Enjoy! (Click on any one painting for more details)
Jean Christie – The Last Birches 16×20 Oil framed $400
Carol Warkentin – Bear Lake 12×16 $295 framed acrylic
Pat Taylor – Elk – 10×10 Acrylic $350
Betty Schriver – Adams River Salmon Run 2; 11×14″ framed Sold
Judy Mackenzie – Logjam 11×15 acrylic $350
Carol Warkentin – Lee Creek 10 x 12; $225 framed acrylic
Judi Reglin- Metal 1 – 12×16 Mixed Medium Acrylic/Watercolour/Ink $60 unframed
Judy Mackenzie – The Clearing – 16×20 acrylic $500
Sandra Harris – Fleur – 16×16″ Acrylic – SOLD
Jean Christie – Early Autumn Walk – 20×30″ Oil SOLD
On this very special 150 Anniversary of Canada, it was great to celebrate Canada in the Shuswap in so many different ways! One of the events that was part of the activity, was the Blind Bay Painters Annual Art Show and Sale! Twenty eight artists participated with 109 painting shown and several sales took place. The growth of the group is reflective of the difficulty in naming the Linda Becker Award during the wine and cheese celebration, as there was a 4 way tie for the artist choice in the award. In the end, newcomer Karen Moore Barter’s beautiful painting of “Winters Light on the Shuswap” was drawn out of the 4 artists who were tied. The other three artists were Judy Mackenzie for luminous painting “In the Canyon”, Melody Roth for her symbolic Lion painting called “Sign from Above”, and Claudia Ross for her heartfelt painting of “My Dad”. We also had a first time draw of a donated painting by Judy MacKenzie just for the artists! Lucky Lynda Early won that prize. There were three door prizes given after the show and the winners of the door prizes were: Judy Waller, Sandy Richards, and Selena George. Thank you to Judi Reglin, Jean Christie, and Rosemary Foster for their art donations for the door prizes. And lastly there is a Peoples Choice award based on votes from visitors coming to the show and that honour went to Carrie George for her painting “Birches”!
Overall another successful and fun art show and we totally enjoyed all the participation from the community and visitors in helping us celebrate Canada in our own way!
It was like the last day of school, someone said. I chuckled, and delighted in the metaphor. The chatter was infectious and anyone who thought they actually could come to paint on the last day was fooling themselves. We came to visit, to share our concerns about one of our painting friends losing her husband and all that she had to endure this year and what we could do to support her. We came to catch up with some people who were away and this might be the last chance that we would see them until next fall. We came to celebrate, celebrate the great year we had together, the camaraderie that exists, and the blessing of not having a flood destroy our Canada Day plans. Oh yes, and we came for the food…Bayside Marina, you did not disappoint!