Fri. Nov. 14 – 5 to 8 pm Courthouse Gallery – Artists’ Reception for “Oil & Water Do Mix” Everyone welcome.
Nov. 15-16 Courthouse Gallery – “Oil & Water Do Mix” is a weekend art show and sale by local artists Wendy Eeckhout & Frances McMurchy. Works in the realistic style in watercolour, acrylic and oil paint will be on display and for sale. The artists will be in attendance during the show.
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Oct 3rd & 4th Jeff Wilson Art Show
Courthouse Art Gallery
This show features Scottish-born Vancouver artist Jeff Wilson. Works will include urban and rural landscapes, neon signage, and animal portraits from Canada and Scotland, including recent work from Merritt and the Shetland Islands. Gallery is open Friday 6-9pm & Saturday noon-6pm, admission is free.
A big CONGRATULATIONS to the NVCAC Fine Arts Bursary winners Austin Warren and Amy MacLaren!
Austin is attending University of Victoria’s music program, working towards a Bachelor of Music, and Amy will be attending the Centre for Arts and Technology in Kelowna for fashion design.
Press Release – Art Walk Wraps Up and Announcement of Winners
August 1, 2014
Thank you to everyone that participated in this year’s Art Walk! We had an excellent turnout and plans are underway for Art Walk 2015! The winner of the wooden vase created by Andrew Ruigrok was Sheila Marshall.
The People’s Choice Award for Top Three Artists: 1st- Cassandra Dolen 2nd (tied) – Francis McMurchy, and Andrew Ruigrok 3rd – Silvia Rosenfelder-Schechtel
The People’s Choice Award for Top Three Businesses: 1st – Home Hardware
2nd – Baillie House and Brambles Bakery
3rd – Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame
Congratulations to all the winners! We hope you enjoyed Art Walk! A special thank you to all the volunteers that helped Thursday, July 31st with the Wrap Up Party.
The intent of Art Walk is to provide an opportunity to develop a partnership between local businesses and their customers, visitors, and Merritt and the Nicola Valley’s creative community. This is was an opportunity for individual artists and artist associations to market and promote themselves in highly visible venues. The event ran from July 1st to 31st, 2013. There were 21 artists matched with 20 businesses in Merritt.
Today marks the last day of Art Walk! We hope you had as much fun out walking as we did bringing this wonderful event back to Merritt! Don’t forget to join us tomorrow for the Art Walk Wrap Up Party at the Courthouse Gallery from 5-8pm. There will be live music, a make your own magnet/keychain craft, refreshments and much more! We hope to see you there!
Art Walk Artist #1- Julie VanKoll
Julie VanKoll was so excited discovering her ‘new life’ in Merritt, the people, the skyscapes,the landscapes and the wildlife are magic for a photographer. You will always see her with her camera in hand. It is as much a part of her as is her heart. Through her images I hope to capture a restful moment – a meaningful experience that provides the viewer with a vehicle to enliven the imagination and enhance moments, which will be everlasting. Julie’s goal is to capture moments that reflect a passion for life, people and nature and share them with the world.
You can check out Julie’s work at Property Guys, open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.
While you are there, be sure to get your passport stamped! Art Walk is intended to get everyone out enjoying local artists in the Nicola Valley while checking out local businesses too! Pick up a passport book at any participating business and get walking. Collect 16 out of the 21 and enter to win great prizes. Completed passports can be dropped off at the Chamber Office (at City Hall downstairs), the Baillie House or D & D Emporium. You can also vote for your favourite artists and businesses too!
Heinz’s passion as a painter was inspired under the Prussian master “Kisling” who was a well known classical artist at the time in Prussia. He supported his family while going to UBC as an art teacher from him home in Surrey and had many art shows on the Lower Mainland during that time.
After Heniz graduated from UBC the family moved to various locations around BC finally settling in Merritt. He taught industrial arts at MSS for many years until declined. He was involved locally in the Rod & Gun Club, Rotary Club and the Masons. He was an avid inventor (the Wild Wind Onion, an alternative energy source) and fierce conservationist, he was a bit eccentric in his ways and passion for art and life. He had a deep respect and admiration for the First Nations and spend a great deal of time with many tribes in all this travels throughout BC.
Heinz wish as a teacher in Merritt was to inspire his students to think, ‘outside the box’, protect the environment and pass on knowledge. He encouraged free thinking and being more than you are.
You can check out Heinz’s work at the Merritt Herald & NV Museum and Archives. Don’t forget to join us tomorrow for the Art Walk Wrap Up Party at the Courthouse Gallery from 5-8pm. There will be live music, a make your own magnet/keychain craft, refreshments and much more! We hope to see you there!
Don’t forget to collect a stamp for your Art Walk Passport and enter the contest. You can also vote for your favourite artists and businesses too!
Howard Baker followed the lead of Grandma Moses in pursing visual arts later in life. His working black ballpoint began in 2011 as DYI therapy for a case of caregiver burnout. With the available household media he began doing realistic drawings of log homestead buildings in the Nicola Valley. Local artists were generous with their feedback and technical advice on shading and perspective.
“White Sky” began as the produce of need and imagination. The growing collection is a tribute to the healing powers of art and to the truth that no one needs to consider themselves too old to take up art.
You can check out Howard’s work at Highland Valley Copper/Teck office open Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm.
Art Walk is intended to get everyone out enjoying local artists in the Nicola Valley while checking out local businesses too! Pick up a passport book at any participating business and get walking. Collect 16 out of the 21 and enter to win great prizes. Completed passports can be dropped off at the Chamber Office (at City Hall downstairs), the Baillie House or D & D Emporium. You can also vote for your favourite artists and businesses too!
Art Walk Artists # 21 – Kathy Lauriente-Bonner, Liz Twan, Marlene Pegg, Reina Barnes, Dwayne Davis & June Perry
Kathy Lauriente-Bonner is inspired by the natural beauty and vibrant colours around her. She has found artistic freedom in stylized representation and bold visual statements. Check out www.klbart.com for more of her work.
Liz Twan lives on a large BC cattle ranch which affords her the privilege of capturing candid snippets of the cowboy/western lifestyle. Liz hopes her illustrations of a lifestyle shared to the general public will, in some way, help convey the intimate connection to the land that inspires and the dedication of BC cowboys and ranchers.
Marlene Pegg doesn’t just love horses, she lives and breathes horses. She puts to pencil, paper and brush to canvast to capture the memory of a challenging and rewarding career and its equine characters she has loved so well.
Reina Barnes while the word graffiti often has a negative connotation, Reina has taken a different approach, her work is personalized, fun and done of a base of recycled wood and features a base of spray paint with overlying layers of acrylics.
Dwayne Davis expresses his art through oils, murals and graphic design.
June Perryweaves luxurious wool blankets, soft cotton blankets of all sizes and hand towels too. Everything she makes is designed for long lasting use and enjoyment. Check out: www.cariboohandwoven.ca
You can check out the Williams Lake Art Walk Artists at the Courthouse Art Gallery, open Thurs 4-8pm, Fri & Sat 12-6pm.
Remember to get your passport stamped too! You can drop your completed passports at the Courthouse too! You can also vote for your favourite artists and business too!
This week marks the last week of Art Walk! We hope you are having as much fun as we are taking time to check out the great art work and businesses in Merritt. There is still time to collect your stamps and enter to win some great prizes as well as vote for your favourite business and artist.
Jen is a mother of 4 children, an admitted history nerd (especially local history), and an avid amateur photographer. Jen rarely leaves the house without her camera bag and loves capturing candid moments. Although she prefers portrait photography of children and families, Jen enjoys the experience of shooting weddings and family events, and most recently has tried out sports photography. Jen loves to find the beauty in every single person and share it through her lens. She hopes to get over her fear of asking complete strangers if she can take their picture just because they are simply beautiful. For more info on her work check out: www.jenheardphotography.com
You can check out Jen’s work at D&D Emporium, 2070 Quilchena Ave, open 7 days a week 10am-5pm.