The Making of an Art Show

What does it take to put on an art show you ask?  The Blind Bay Painters have hosted their annual art show every year for about 50 years now and while many groups struggle to find volunteers to put on events and activities, there is no shortage of artist volunteers to assist in the making of the Blind Bay Painters Art Show and Sale.   The 30+ artists work throughout the year finessing their art getting paintings ready for the once a year event.  But putting on an art show requires different skills; it requires leadership, organization, work ethic, and teamwork.    We are thankful to the great leadership we have had over the years,  for leading the group in sometimes difficult situations such as the prior year flooding in the hall.  While this may have stopped some groups, we all strongly advocated that “the show must go on” and we were right!  It was one of the best years for visitors and sales, we have had.   While last year it was simplified to the upper level of the hall to workaround this problem, this year we have a renovated gallery and both levels to enjoy for our now 3 day show!

A month or two before the art show begins, all the planning occurs.  Decisions are made at meetings with all members about show content, times, payment processes, advertising, group projects, themes, prizes to be awarded, etc.  Instructions and procedures are fine tuned, posters are made and distributed, and on the day prior to the art show, there is excitement in the air as paintings are brought in and registered, art is hung, flowers are arranged, food is refrigerated, and the artists are all doing their pre-volunteered jobs to prepare!

During the show, artists take shifts greeting guests, and assisting visitors, managing sales, and helping in the kitchen offering beverages/snacks. Voting slips are handed out to determine which painting will become this year’s people’s choice award.  Door prizes are shown and draws are made on the final day to determine winners.

At the end of the show, all the artists come together again, to collect their unsold artwork, help out with cleaning the hall and to give our final hugs of the summer, to our friends that we hope to see again in September.   It’s a day of pride, for an event that we have all come to love, and we all know could not be done without everyones help and participation.

So what does it take to put on an art show, you ask?  For us, it takes a willingness to step up and do what needs to be done, even if it’s outside our comfort zone.  It’s knowing that an art show doesn’t just happen, it takes lots of work and cooperation.  And it’s an appreciation to everyone for all their efforts, so that we all can benefit from a community event that brings people together!




Blind Bay Painters’ Annual Art Show and Sale


The Blind Bay Painters are hosting their annual art show and sale during the Canada Day weekend! The artwork varies in size, medium, and styles, so there is something for everyone.  The Reedman Gallery, within the Blind Bay Hall, will house original artwork not seen before!  There are handmade boutique items from the artists, as well as jewelry, scarves, prints, cards; and free goodies with beverages to enjoy as you explore the eclectic variety of artwork.  And our popular group project this year is called “Development of the Shuswap”.  Come see what that’s all about!  There will be door prizes and we’d love to hear your voice by placing a vote on your favourite piece of artwork!

The Blind Bay Memorial Hall is just a nice stroll from the Centennial field and is air-conditioned, great opportunity to take a break from the hustle and relax in the cool surroundings filled with beautiful art.    Pop on down to the Blind Bay Memorial hall and if you have visitors during the Canada Day celebrations, encourage them to explore all the arts that Blind Bay and Shuswap area has to offer!

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