Art Walk Wrap Up Party July 31st!

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Art Walk is ending July 31st and we are inviting everyone to join us for a final wrap up party at the Courthouse Art Gallery (1840 Nicola Ave), 5pm. There will be a BBQ and live entertainment for all ages. The Art Gallery will be open so come by and check out the last day of Art Walk. 

Thank you for your support of Art Walk, we hope you had fun! Contest winners, favourite businesses and artists will be announced shortly. 

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Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce

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Art Walk Artist # 8 Ula Chauvet

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Art Walk Artist #8 - Ula Chauvet 

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Ula started like most artists with encouragement as a child from her family to working on her Fine Arts degree at TRU. There is no surface that is left unaltered as she finds that no medium is her favourite rather the subject matter dictates the medium which gives the work an eclectic look made up paint, ink, charcoal, photography and graphite basically anything that can help bring her ideas to life. Check her out online at Art of Collaboration Studio Gallery.


You can check out Ula’sWork at Courthouse Art Gallery along with the Williams Lake artists. While you are 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.

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Frances McMurchy Art Walk Artist #7

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Art Walk Artist # 7 – Frances McMurchy

Frances McMurchyThese original paintings are the inspiration and artwork of local water-colourist, Frances McMurchy. Vivid colours and fine details are evident in her paintings, which feature local landscapes and places of interest each telling a story about our region. Fran has been paining for 5 years and lives and works in Merritt. She is very active with the Valley Visual Artists. Fran was the recipient of the “People’s Choice Award” at the 2013 Art Walk. Fran may be contacted at bfholdings@telus.net 

You can check out Frances’ Work at Doctors EyeCare, open Mon-Thurs 8:30am-5pm, Fri 8:30am-3pm

Don’t forget to collect a stamp for your Art Walk Passport and enter the contest.  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! 

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Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce

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Art Walk Artist # 18 Meriel Barber

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Art Walk Artist # 18 – Meriel Barber

Pursuit of art and creativity has been a lifelong passion for Meriel. Curiosity, nature and people all around her have led her to explore many facets of fine arts. Innate gifts as a self taught artist and healer have allowed her sensitivity and skill to create images that radiate spirit.

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Baillie House Clothes line

You can check out Meriel’s work at the Baillie House, 2202 Voght Street, open 10am-6pm daily.  

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 business. Have fun & get walkin’!!

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Art Walk Artist #6 Libby Dybikowski

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Art Walk Artist #6 - Libby Dybikowski

LD 1Libby Dybikowski creates fresh, vibrant images that capture the essence, aura and impression of her work, from portraits, animals (in particular horses), to landscapes, flowers and abstracts.  Colour and texture play paramount roles in the mood of her work. Clearly delineated spaces and shapes with strong outlines are often featured, as she paints with boldness and singularity of message, supported by such techniques as underpainting, washes, dry brush, wet brush, and palette knife. For a sense of mission in each painting session, she paints intensely, in short bursts, then downs brushes for a period of reflection.  She walks by her work frequently in the course of a day, casting sideways glances, mumbling, sometimes agreeing and sometimes disagreeing with herself!  Inevitably, an energizing direction emerges. 

You can check out Libby’sWork at Brambles Bakery open Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 8:30am-3pm. 

Don’t forget to collect a stamp for your Art Walk Passport and enter the contest. Don’t forget to collect a stamp for your Art Walk Passport and enter the contest. 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! 

Proudly supported by:

Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce

Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce

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Art Walk Artist #15 Mischelle Pierce

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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 Artist #15 Mischelle Pierce

Art has been a part of Mischelle’s life as far as she could remember. Whether she’s giving furniture new life, re-creating things and making things re-usable Mischelle is always busy being creative. Mosaics have been a passion of hers for over 10 years. Re-using materials that would otherwise ben thrown away inspires her.

MP 1Mischelle has lived most of her life in Merritt and now resides in the Sunshine Valley with her husband Bill. While raising three boys she has seen great changes in the community and met some wonderful people. She sees her husband as the most patient man alive, putting up with her collections and piles of useful materials for future creations.

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“It is fun to share with others” says Mischelle. “Creativity feeds my soul.”

You can check out Mischelle’s work at Home Hardware, open Mon-Sat 8am-5:30pm, Sun 10am-3pm. See you out there! 

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Art Walk Artist #10 Jeanne Hunger/Meadow Creek Pottery

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Art Walk Artist #10 Jeanne Hunger/Meadow Creek Pottery

Jeanne was introduced to pottery-making in high school and has been interested ever since.  She had made clay objects with coils and slabs for many years before using the potter’s wheel. In 1984, she bought her first wheel and kiln and never looked back.  In 1989, she joined the Thompson Valley Potters Guild where she  met potters who did this wonderful craft for a living.  In the year 2000, she left her office job and started Meadow Creek Pottery.

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The majority of her work, and first love, is functional stoneware, thrown on the potter’s wheel.  She fires her work in a mid-fired, oxidation atmosphere. After a trip to Hawaii this spring, she has introduced some wonderful leaf platters and bowls into her line of work.  The possibilities are endless, and all dreams are possible.

You can check out Jeanne’s Work at Spaner & Webb, open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5:30pm. 

Don’t forget to collect a stamp for your Art Walk Passport. You can also vote for your favourite artists and business too!

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Art Walk Artist #17 Bruce Walter

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Art Walk Artist #17 Bruce Walter

A surreal look at my favorite little mountain in the grasslands. The Sugarloaf, 5 pictures taken from above Lundbom Lake.

A surreal look at my favorite little mountain in the grasslands. The Sugarloaf, 5 pictures taken from above Lundbom Lake.

The Bored Foot Photographer- Bruce D Walter

New to Art Walk  is artist Bruce D Walter who operates under The Bored Foot Photographer. Bruce has been an amateur photographer since purchasing an Olympus OM-1 in 1976. It was a great camera that saw many rolls of Kodachrome. He is a lover of art and all things creative. Photography continues to be an outlet and expression of his creative side. Bruce can be found  enjoying spending his free time looking for photographic moments in the grasslands, at a local branding or on top of a mountain.

A picture looking down towards the Fraser. French Bar creek coming in from the West Side. This was the lunch spot on Friday. This is actually 5 or 6 vertical shots put together.

A picture looking down towards the Fraser. French Bar creek coming in from the West Side. This was the lunch spot on Friday. This is actually 5 or 6 vertical shots put together.

You can check out Bruce’s work at the City of Merritt Office, 2185 Voght Street, Merritt BC open Mon-Friday 8:30-4:30pm and the Civic Centre open 9am-5pm.  While you are there, don’t forget to collect a stamp for your Art Walk Passport and enter the contest. You can also vote for your favourite artist and business too! 

If you like what you see Contact by email: bdkawalter@gmail.com

For a look at more photos check out:     

Website: bdwalter.smugmug.com

http://500px.com/Bdwalter/about

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bdwalter/

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Andrew Ruigrok Art Walk Artist # 14

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 Andrew was born in Holland and raised in Ontario moving to BC at 19. He has always worked with wood, finding a unique world in turning & carving as a way to express the beauty he finds in the wood, often adding colour to accent the piece. The uniqueness of each piece of wood is within its depth- the compression of grains  around a branch, longitudinal cells, ray cells, cambium, sapwood and heartwood. He was a good understanding of the different types of wood & a deep respect for trees.

 Andrew aspires to excel in designs with wood and be recognized as an artist in that area. He love to see the look of joy in other people’s faces when they find that perfect piece to adorn their home. Andrew works turning and carving wood into all kinds of shapes and designs – a blend of unique, abstract & natural using ornate variations of wood.  Andrew is on location at City Furniture, be sure to say hello and ask about his work!

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 You can check out Andrew’s Work at City Furniture open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sat 9:30am-5:30pm.  Don’t forget to collect a stamp for your Art Walk Passport and enter the contest. You can also vote for your favourite artists.

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Art Walk Artist # 19 Cassandra Dolen

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Art Walk Artist #19 – Cassandra Dolen

'Peace in the wild place' 30" x 24" x 1.5" walnut oil  Merritt Artwalk 2014 ... Inspired by the healing experience of just being in the forest

‘Peace in the wild place’ 30″ x 24″ x 1.5″ walnut oil
Merritt Artwalk 2014 … Inspired by the healing experience of just being in the forest


Cassandra Dolen’s walnut oil paintings transform the physical world into one where elements and emotion can be observed working together.  Her flare of imagination mixed with reality captivates the soul and the mind.

Cassandra is inspired by the great natural beauty of British Columbia, and born and raised on Vancouver  Island, coastal themes feature strongly in her work, and her style is described as ‘recognizably Canadian’.  She lives in the Nicola Valley with her husband and opens her studio to those who would like to discuss her work. Cassandra’s ARTCARDS are available for purchase in the resturant and a a great piece of take away art!

For more of her work check out: https://www.facebook.com/Cassandradolen.ca
You can check out Cassandra’s Work at the Desert Inn, 2350 Voght Street, open 7 days a week! 

Make sure to get your passport stamped! Each completed passport gives you a chance to win great prizes.  You can also vote for your favourite artist  & business too! 

Proudly supported by:

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Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce

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