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Family Paint Afternoon with Julie Liu
Online Paint Afternoon for Families Via Zoom

August 28, 2020 | 2 PM | Strong Internet connection and computer with camera & microphone required | Registration fee $15 + GST 1 adult, 1 child, $5 + GST for each additional child (registration required), please register here | Supply sets approximately $30* each or list of supplies available upon request | 250-427-4919 | [email protected] | |
*limited supply sets available, please register as soon as possible and reserve a supply set at [email protected] or 250-427-4919.

Registration deadline: August 26, 2020. Maximum 16 participants.

Please contact the office for more information: 250-427-4919 or [email protected] and follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.

Happy Friday Art Project

New art & craft project idea posted every Friday

Happy Friday Art Project: String Art

How to get started?

Please visit Rachel Joy’s website for some more instructions and easy patterns:

Need some more inspiration?

Happy Creating!

Happy Friday Art Project: Origami

Origami, the art of paper folding, enhances the ability to be aware of what is happening in the moment and focus. Origami has been studied as a tool for children to develop spatial and perception skills, learn mathematics, refine dexterity and hand-eye coordination, as well as improve concentration.

A good way to get started is with an easy Origami Dog:
Or a Cat:

Okay, now it’s time to get a little more complicated with this beautiful Origami Hexagonal Gift Box:

How about creating some flowers?

There are many different Origami Flower tutorials to be found on the Internet. How about making a few different ones and turning them into a flower wreath like the one I found over at

Happy Creating!

Happy Friday Art Project: Tie Dye

This Friday’s project is inspired by local artist Shannon Fraser. Shannon creates wonderful Batiks and has exhibited her art pieces in our gallery in the past. As Batik supplies are harder to get lately, she has been focusing on the art of tie dye. When I saw Shannon’s tie dye Pika Roar t-shirt on Facebook two days ago, I loved it right away. Lucky for me, Shannon sells her tie dye pieces at the Farmers’ Market in Kimberley, and look what I’m wearing today!

Follow the link below to find our more about how to tie dye:

Just because I can I will throw in a second art & craft project idea: Batik inspired art.

Just to be clear: although these easy projects are called Batik, they are not! Batik is a complicated process and paints on fabric is not the same as Batik. This doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with these Batik inspired projects. Just follow the links:

Happy Creating!

“Jungle Cockatoo” Modern Batik on Cotton by Shannon Fraser

Happy Friday Art Project: Weaving

Do you have a loom? Have you tried weaving? If you’ve been wanting to jump on this fiber trend but feel like buying a loom is a bit daunting, did you know it’s super easy to make a DIY loom… and that DIY looms actually work great?!

Follow the links below to find our more:

Happy Creating!

Happy Friday Art Project: Pebble Art

Here’s a super simple art project for the dog days of summer:

Need more inspiration? Follow this link:

Happy Creating!

Happy Friday Art Project: Pressed Flower Art

Would you like to preserve your favorite summer blossoms for months or even years to come? Learn how to press flowers and use them to create art!

How to press flowers in the microwave:

You can use pressed flowers in all kinds of ways, like making greeting cards, bookmarks, or simply put them in a clear frame.

Need more inspiration? Follow these links:

Happy Creating!

Happy Friday Art Project: screen printing

Screen printing is pretty easy and virtually anyone could do it no matter how much space or money you have. You’re just going to need a strong light bulb, a couple of pieces of glass and some screen printing ink to try out t shirt screen printing yourself at home.

Find some great instructions at The Art of Doing Stuff:…/

Happy Printing!

Self Portrait by Win Dinn
“This elegant self portrait (can you hear me giggling?) was originally conceived in the brain of Andrea Revoy, the organizer for the art portion of WineArt in Creston. She thought it would be fun to have a group of artists (15 in total) create their version of a head, to be auctioned at Wine Art on Friday, May 30/14. All proceeds from the auction of the heads support Rotary causes. Being the adventurous (AKA crazy) sort, I jumped at the chance to play”.
Lunacy Gown by Win Dinn
“Crafted from about 200 used dryer sheets, thrift store embroidery floss, tank top and threads, this Lunacy Gown is being modeled by Win’s daughter, Rochelle Christensen. The skirt of the gown is comprised of dryer sheets that have been used to mop up leftover paint in Win’s studio. For modesty’s sake, it has been backed by a host of unpainted dryer sheets. The floral neck embellishments and wristband are designed from the painted sheets that have been stiffened with GAC400, an aptly named Golden Artist’s medium. A Facebook APB brought in a host of donated sheets for the project, and three months of hand-stitching, blood, sweat, tears and embroidery brought the outfit to completion. It’s perfectly clear that nobody in their right mind would conceive or complete a project like this one, hence the name of Lunacy Gown.”
Happy Friday Art Project: Mixed Media
In visual art, mixed media is an artwork in which more than one medium or material has been employed. Assemblages and collages are two common examples of art using different media that will make use of different materials including cloth, paper, wood and found objects.
How to get started on a mixed media painting:
How to get started on a book sculpture:
How to get your used dryer sheets working for you:
After you get the basics done, the fun really starts! To give you even more inspiration, I would like to introduce you to Win Dinn from Creston and Helen Robertson from Kimberley, two amazing, creative mixed media artists that have exhibited their work in several of our gallery exhibitions.
Win Dinn is a mixed media artist and workshop facilitator and she is working on spreading the creative bug throughout communities in Alberta and British Columbia. She shares lots of great play-full mixed media tips and tricks on the tutorial page of her blog:
Go check it out and get creative!
Helen Robertson has had an interest in ceramic work for over 40 years, following her passion which lead her to the Kootenay School of Art’s Clay program in 2011. Learning, becoming, growing is what inspires her. Her metaphor for this is mostly flowers and Nature in general, so Kimberley is the perfect place to Be.
Helen loves combining clay with other materials, like found metal, and within her ceramic process she mixes different mediums such as a variety of slips, glazes, surface techniques, and decals.
In her recent paintings, Helen likes to mix media and techniques to create a modern “still life” of sorts. Her process begins with flowers she has grown, photos she has altered digitally, photo transfers, and finally painting over the image with acrylic paint. Helen hopes her artwork speaks to people, inspiring their personal growth.
Mixed media pottery by Helen Robertson
Mixed media painting by Helen Robertson

Happy Friday Art Project: Macramé

“The art of creative knot‐tying” has fallen in and out of fashion throughout history and has recently been revived by millennials.

How to get started:…/

Basic knots for beginners:…/crafty…/basic-macrame-knots-beginners

How to make a Lotus flower wall hanging (and other flower tutorials):…

How to make a Mandala Wreath wall hanging:…/

Have fun tying the knots!

“Honeybirds 1-4” by Cheri Knutson, in progress

One of the finished Honeybirds by Cheri Knutson

Happy Friday Art Project: Metal Art

Here’s a link to one of the many metal art DIY’s available on the Internet. It’s a fun and easy metal art project – how to make Fork Bugs:

I would like to introduce you to Cheri Knutson aka Cherry Crush and Rob Toller –, two amazing metal artists that call Kimberley home and have exhibited their work in several of our gallery exhibitions.

“Cheri uses a technique that she calls Forged Painting. The process involves using a hammer and a hand held anvil called a dolly to cold forge a relief image into sheet metal. Layers of paint are then applied, and once it’s cured the piece is hand sanded.”

“Rob is a self-taught artist who has worked in a variety of mediums including clay, wood, stone, and most recently steel. Currently, Rob is welding and forging metal sculptures in his backyard workshop from found objects. The elemental process of heating and shaping metal intrigues Rob and fuels his exploration of this medium. The balance and rhythm of natural forms inspires and informs his art. Rob attempts to allow the raw and organic qualities of the material to speak for itself. His work has sold through galleries as well as private commission. Rob works in Cranbrook as a social worker and lives in Kimberley with his wife and an ever-growing collection of rusty metal.”

Interested in trying your hand at Cheri’s unique Forged Painting technique? She has a few tips for you!

“I work with 16-24 gauge sheet metal, with 20-24 gauge being ideal. The thinner the sheet metal, the easier it is to work with. (The higher the gauge number, the thinner the sheet metal).
I put masking tape along the edges of the sheet metal during the cold forging stage, since I’m handling the material a lot and the edges can be sharp.
I found a water based primer that adheres to metal and allows me to use acrylic paints (surface prep is very important, I always sand and clean before priming). It’s called Bulls Eye 123 primer and it’s easy to find at hardware stores.”

Would you like to see Rob at work in his studio? Visit him during CBT’s Culture Tour in August, 2020:

Another great studio to visit in town is Twila and Tony Austin’s Dragon’s Rest Working Studios, Art Gallery and Dragon Iron Forge, on the banks of mystical Mark Creek at 35 Ross Street (250-427-3599).
“Both artists work in metal, ceramic and wood and provide enthusiastic support and innovation in developing and promoting both local and regional visual arts opportunities. They work with school and community organizations to develop artistic skills, promote, design and create public art.”

“Fusion III” by Rob Toller (cedar slab and mild steel)

“Quilt” by Rob Toller (mild steel and copper)

Al throwing a large salad bowl

A slab-built floating blue bowl with drizzles of colors

Happy Friday Art Project:

Did you know you don’t actually need a kiln, fancy glazes or a degree in Ceramics to make pottery? There are different kinds of clay and the Internet provides us with tons of great project ideas and instructions.

Here are some tips I found for what oven bake clay supplies to buy as a beginner:…/

Here are some awesome ideas for dry clay projects (no oven required!):…/…

I would like to introduce you to Al Price at Hecate Farm Pottery, a potter who – lucky for us – recently moved to Kimberley. You may have seen his gorgeous pottery in our gallery during last year’s Christmas Gift Show and Sale.

Al first took a night school pottery course in Kitimat in 1972. That lasted three months, one night per week, and he was hooked. But work and life got in the way. Until 18 years ago, when his wife Cathie signed him up for another pottery course, this time in North Vancouver. 8 years ago when Al and his wife bought a 10-acre farm in Spallumcheen, Al started Hecate Farm Pottery. Since then he has participated in many Christmas arts and craft fairs in the area, and found retail outlets to carry his work.

“When most people think about hand-made pottery, they envision a potter sitting at an electric or kick wheel, creating bowls, plates, mugs and any of the myriad shapes that all start out as a cylinder. But there are many ways to create pottery, from the exquisite pinch pots made by the Navaho, Hopi, Anasazi and other first nations, to the raku techniques perfected in Japan, while fragments of ancient pottery found in southern China date back 20,000 years, making them the world’s oldest known pots.”

“Artists of all disciplines love to experiment, and potters certainly do that. If you can imagine something, you can try to make it. And if it doesn’t turn out, it either goes into the recycle bucket to come back as something much better, or if it has been glazed and fired, some artists specialize in mosaics and love the variety of colors and shapes provided by broken pottery. Or the wonky piece can be buried in a field, to create excitement when discovered by an archaeologist in a few hundred years.”

The underside of #2, showing wood texture and color

Mixing red and white clays is called agateware, and is popular in mugs, bowls, plates and more

A large slump-mold bowl being fired raku-style in West Vancouver

“Sun Stroke” by Neal Panton

Happy Friday Art Project is back! Today’s project(s) involves photography and is inspired by our current virtual photography exhibition by Neal Panton.

Here is a link to some fun photography projects to do with the entire family:…/11-photography-projects-ki…

Neal Panton’s photography exhibition titled “Shine On” features opportunities when light frames the Kootenays in such an extraordinary way. This exhibition will be available online until 5 pm on July 4th, 2020.

“As an artist I am constantly searching out my spiritual relationship with the physical world. My creative process helps transform the photograph into an empathic visual response. No longer passive but reflective the image becomes a personal moment meant to be shared with the viewer.”
“I invite you to discover your own unique connections to my work.”

Happy Picture Taking!

“Honey, honey” by Wendy Franz

“Otter” by Wendy Franz

“War Pony” by Wendy Franz

It’s Happy Friday Art Project time, everybody! This Friday’s art project involves acrylic paints and pouring.

I invite you to check out this step by step acrylic pour tutorial with all the basics that you’ll need to start acrylic pour painting on a budget with easy to find supplies:
And here’s some inspiration:

I would like to introduce you to a Kootenay artist that uses acrylic pouring techniques in her art work. She has been exhibiting her amazing art pieces and selling her beautiful art cards and prints in our gallery. You may have seen or bought some of them.

Meet Wendy Franz at Wendy Franz Art! Wendy is a self taught artist with a background in graphic design. Wendy started playing around with acrylic pouring and fluid art in the fall of 2017 and fell in love with this medium. By combining the acrylic pour along with her painting style she’s able to create a mesh of abstract and realism. The colour combinations and movement within fluid art makes for a unique background for her acrylic paintings.

To see more of Wendy’s work visit, or

Some acrylic pouring tips from Wendy:
Acrylic pouring is a fun painting technique resulting in abstract works of art. Even those who have no painting or drawing skills/experience can create beautiful abstract paintings.
The key to a successful acrylic pour is using the correct paints, mediums & mixing techniques. After that, the fun begins!

I mix my paints for acrylic pouring 1 part liquid acrylic paint to 1 part pouring medium (Floetrol) and no more than 10% water until you get a consistency of heavy cream. For cell formation add a couple drops silicone oil.
Why use a pouring medium? Acrylic craft paints are not inherently pourable, cracking and flaking may result if the paint is diluted with only water. An acrylic ‘conditioner’ or binder is needed to prevent this from happening. Pouring Medium prevents the loss of film strength when ‘thinning’ the paint down to a pourable viscosity and it improves the flow rate.

Tips & tricks
· Try to be in a room as dust free as possible (for me it’s dog hair!).
· Allow paint to spill over the sides by propping up with containers at all four corners.
· Room temperature and humidity are big factors in the curing process, if the paint dries too
fast it may crack.
· Remove all oils for your pour before sealing or you may have dips or uncovered areas.
· Youtube can be a great resource for learning.
· Facebook has some great acrylic pouring groups, most being very helpful for beginners.

Happy Pouring!