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Launch of the “It’s a New Day” Series

By Betty Schriver

Betty Schriver Tappen Horses

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 artintheshuswap.com

 

 

The Mighty Sockeye Salmon

The Mighty Sockeye Salmon

 

It’s a fight against all odds for the mighty sockeye salmon to make it home.  For every pair of salmon that returned home to the Adams River, up to 4000 eggs are released.  Out of the 4000 eggs, only about 2 on average are able to survive the complete cycle to come back to the Adams River to reproduce and then die.  As an egg, they need to survive being eaten as food and the water temperature need to be right for them.  From each bunch of eggs, about 900 make it to the “fry” stage.  Here they eat “plankton” which is developed from the Salmon parents dieing.  Its somewhat tragic to think that in order for the species to survive, the parent salmon also have to die.  As they continue to grow in the lake they are called “parr” and then when they reach an adult’s hand size, “smolts”.

After 2 or 3 years in the lake, they are strong enough for the next adventure…heading to sea.  About 250 smolts from the initial 4000 eggs of a pair, take about 3 weeks to get there.  The smolts face yet another danger as they meet salty sea water for the first time.  They swim near the surface where the river floats on top of the ocean to get acclimatized and their kidneys get used to the extra salt.

Once at sea, the salmon must survive and overcome problems of water pollution (plastic and styrofoam), hunters like sharks, tunas, swordfish, sea lions, etc.  People fish for sockeye as well.  While it’s a great food source for humans, nets used to catch fish are sometimes left behind as garbage and create invisible traps that kill fish and other animals.

After 2 years at sea, when they are 4 years old they return to their home rivers.  This is called a 4 year return cycle.  How do they do this?  They say they “smell” their way following a scent of water as it flows along.  They can sense through their pores changes in the water, its chemistry, electrical charge, and pressure and can tell whether they’re in their birth stream river lake or sea.  Out of the 4000 initial eggs from the pair of salmon, only 2 make it back home to reproduce.

The Sockeye Salmon life cycle is both a tragic and miraculous story of endurance and perseverance.  There are any number of things that can tip the scale to reduce the numbers and it’s important we are all guardians of the environment to enable this special creature to continue.

Witness the sockeye arriving home at the Adams River at the Salute to the Sockeye festival.  There is an interpretative centre that can answer any question that you have.  For the festival, they have a wonderful artisan market where local artists sell their wares all in the celebration of the return of the sockeye.    Art in the Shuswap also has several paintings depicting this significant part of our natural environment.

Art in the Shuswap – all art is original and you can use the contact us page if you would like more information about any of the art or would like to purchase.   Double click on the painting to see a larger view.

 

Celebrating Canada Day Our Way!

Celebrating Canada Day Our Way!

The Blind Bay Painters are celebrating Canada Day their way by hosting an art show and sale for the community! There are over 120 pieces of artwork and several boutique items all original works from local artists just a hop skip and a jump from the Centennial field where much of the celebrations are held at Blind Bay! Door prizes are given out daily; yesterday’s door prize painting was won by Diana Crinion! Come enjoy the artwork, and if something moves you, pick one up for your home or a gift. Artists are here to talk about the works and we have free goodies and coffee/beverages while you sit and relax and remember why it’s so great to be Canadian!

Artist: Carmen McManus Member of the Blind Bay Painters
Caption Artwork Name – Peace Within

Available for sale at the Blind Bay Art Show