The Peachland Art Gallery is proud to present its fifth annual Artists of the Okanagan exhibition. Over 80 works showcased by 48 Okanagan artists complete the exhibition. A variety of mediums are represented including oils, acrylics, fibre art, clay sculptures, pastels, inks, fine art photography, printmaking, charcoal and glass sculptures.
Seven Peachland artists are represented in the exhibition:
Berkeley Stuart’s fibre art piece – “Bali Jungle Mystique” showcases her love of working with fabrics, especially batik prints. She credits the members of Pincushion Quilt Guild, a Peachland group, for teaching new methods and techniques and proposing challenges where they are encouraged to think outside the box.
Jean Allen was born in Northern Ireland and trained as a Registered Nurse in Belfast. She and her husband retired to Peachland in 2013 and Jean joined the Peachland Art Group in 2015. She has attended many workshops and participated in a ten-day watercolour intensive in Provence, France last September. She is exhibiting an acrylic titled “Arbre Après-midi.”
Jean Brandel grew up in Prince George and completed her Fine Arts Diploma at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. Further studies were continued at University of Saskatchewan, Emily Carr School of Art, and Design, UNBC, and University of Victoria. For the past number of years Jean has taken many workshops at The Metchosin International Schools of the Arts, and most recently has enjoyed working with printmaker Heather Aston at Malaspina Printmakers on Granville Island, Vancouver. Her clay sculptures, prints and textile pieces verge on the abstract, often using layering of materials to create engaging pieces.
Michael Healey, a fine art photographer, submitted images taken on a recent trip to Tanzania where he toured the northern national parks photographing birds and animals. “For anyone interested in African birds and animals I recommend Tanzania. The safari infrastructure is good, the animals abundant, and the weather (just after Christmas) beautiful. The birds and animals are used to photographers and go about their business paying you no mind,” said Healey.
Susan Driussi, a long-time resident of Peachland, was born in England, raised in Ontario, and moved to Kelowna in 1967 with her husband and daughter. Driussi and her husband moved to Peachland in 1989. Driussi took acrylic painting lessons from artist Roberta Farrelly instructor, and mentor of the Passion4Art group. Looking for other like-minded artists, Driussi joined the Peachland Art Group in 2018 and enjoys the diversity of both groups. Driussi views herself as an eclectic artist as she is never sure where her muse is going to take her.
Susan Haglund, a retired university registrar, started painting after attending a sip and paint session, becoming hooked immediately. With instruction and mentoring from Roberta Farrelly, combined with numerous workshops by expert artists, Haglund immersed herself in her art. Haglund works in acrylics and enjoys creating vibrant contemporary and abstract work. Haglund is a proud member of Roberta’s Passion4Art group and values the encouragement and input from this group.
Wayne Power, a long-time Peachland resident, started painting at an early age. As a public school teacher, Power integrated art into all subjects. His chosen media are acrylics, watercolours, and pastels. Due to his sensitivities to oils, he did not pursue this medium. Only recently did Power take a four-hour workshop on using Bob Ross’ oil painting techniques. This experience has led him to adapt the Ross-style with acrylic paints dissolved with resin (no fumes). Power is an eclectic artist who enjoys exploring many materials, artforms and subject matters. His art belief is centred on a paradigm. Art is the outward expression of an inward impression.
The exhibition runs until Wednesday, Dec. 23 and is open Tues. – Sun. from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.