While the weather is great in Shuswap, the smoke today is tending to put a damper on the typical outdoor activities. Thankfully a drive in a air filtered air-conditioned car is not out of the question. Great time to take family and visitors to the great artisan markets in the neighbourhood. Today’s feature artisan market is the “Reedman Gallery Artisan Collaborative” right in the Shuswap, in the Reedman Gallery in Blind Bay Hall. This is right across from Sandy Beach just off of Blind Bay Road. A stroll through the market is just the thing that can lift one’s spirits from the smoky exterior going on right now! If you are interested in finding out more about the market, here is the Facebook link Reedman Gallery Artist Collaborative
2017 Blind Bay Painters Art Show and Sale Results
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!
So what is this you ask? The Blind Bay Painters created a large painting with 60 canvases combined to make one painting as a group project this year! This is a snippet of cropped picture of the whole painting all put together and framed beautifully (Thanks to Bill Burton for building our massive frame for it!) This painting will be present in the Reedman Gallery during the Canada Day weekend (Fri/Sat 10-4) Each artist takes one or two 6×6 canvases with a grid cutout of their part they need to paint. None of the artists except for the organizer knows what the final painting will look like until they are all complete and framed. The painting is both real and imagined, rich in colour and soft in feel, with local sites. Can you guess what it might be? Come to the show for a viewing!