ViewPoint Art Gallery is proud to represent over 70 artists and artisans from the Kootenay Region as well as select guest artists from within BC. We are proud of our diverse range of artists. These are a few of the talented artists that are featured in the Gallery.
Katrina Williamson (Nelson) is a professional artist and art therapist. Painting has served throughout her life as a way to illuminate and ground her connection to wildlife and nature. Since moving to British Columbia four years ago, she has been captivated by the landscape and the lives of the creatures it holds. Katrina sees our connection to other animals and nature as central to our wellbeing as a species, and fiercely feels the detriment of us losing touch with the world’s interconnectedness. Through her work, she aims to bring forward this connection and depict the innate familiarity that exists between the wild and ourselves. She aims to depict the energy and sensitivity of the natural world by using bold brush strokes and focusing on the feeling beyond the details.
Jennifer Lount-Taylor (Nelson) After exhibiting during ArtWalk in 2008 and at many West Kootenay venues since then, macro photography continues to inspire Jennifer to move within a breath of nature’s ever-changing beauty, confident Leica’s DG Macro-Elmarit lens will faithfully record every small and wondrous detail that is so often overlooked. These multicoloured water images were all gratefully captured over months of wading knee-deep amidst the myriad of scenic mountain streams surrounding Nelson, awaiting that intimate moment when flowing water welcomes perfect light beneath its reflective surface to reveal the true painterly magic and mystery of all that lies within its womb. So come immerse yourself in this aquatic journey of Our Wonderful World of Watercolours from spring’s surging falls to autumn’s meandering brooks.
Bryn Stevenson was born and grew up in the Slocan Valley, spent his early adulthood in Nelson and now lives in the home he built in Winlaw BC. He attended KSA in 2002 and became inspired to paint a couple years after. He enjoys working with acrylic and oil paint, and he feels somewhat like an instrument letting the knife, brush and paint create the natural patterns and thick, rough textures of mountains. Stevenson is primarily self-taught, molding his own style with influences from different sources and art forms. He works from his own photography, drawings and direct experiences of local scenery as well as from his imagination. He loves dramatic scenes that hold peace, power and divine glory and hopes his art will capture these vibrations and radiate them to others.
Kim Freeman’s paintings come from exploring and connecting with her new home of Nelson, BC and the surrounding Kootenay area. The references are varied; landscape, figurative and architectural that become vehicles to express an interplay of idea and actuality. Her goal is for the work to have intrigue with sumptuous colour and hints of the recognizable through space, object or symbol that will communicate experience of the locale and perhaps produce some connections for the viewer.
Wayne Fagan is a self-taught sculptor originally from Ontario who lives in Nakusp, BC. His interest in sculpting also began while he was a chief; using tallow (fat), salt gum paste he created sculptures for buffet tables. Wayne retired in 2008 and moved to beautiful Nakusp, BC to be surrounded by nature. He has been hooked on stone carving ever since he attended a jade carving workshop in Hokitika, New Zealand. Over the years he came to love the carving process as well as the beautiful stones, which are works of art in themselves. Wayne spent three months learning from master artisan Son Tran Huu at the Da Nang Sculpture Foundation in Vietnam. He has also participated in the week long Marble Symposium in Colorado. Wayne works to capture emotion and movement in his carvings. Through his sculptures he hopes to create contemplation by creating a story or bringing movement and flow to an otherwise static medium. He believes that true inspiration is found within everyday experiences. From base material, adding endeavor and inspiration while connecting with the material becomes creativity.
Sarah Lawless is a ceramic artist based in Kaslo, BC, and a graduate of Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College. Her line of porcelain pottery has a sculptural emphasis on form, with soft matte glazes that feel like skin, fired in an electric kiln. Her earthenware pieces are fired in a sawdust kiln to create smoked surfaces. They are sealed with terra sigilatta (fine-particled clay) or burnished & sealed with beeswax, with glazed interiors making them functional for food and liquid. Sarah has worked as assistant to world-renowned ceramic artist Wayne Ngan, and received several awards, including 2008 BC Creative Achievement Award. In 2012, she was nominated for the national RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. Her work is shown and collected across Canada, the USA, and overseas. Sarah taught kindergarten in Bangkok, Thailand, and has been an occasional instructor at Kootenay School of the Arts, as well as giving workshops for adults, children, and youth.
Susanne Morris is a self-taught jewellery artist that is hugely influenced by her surroundings, living on a piece of land nestled amongst the beautiful mountains surrounding Nelson. Mixed metals and gemstones are her passion and Susanne has, over the years, immersed herself in gaining the skills and knowledge that allow her to bring her ideas to life via this art form. She has an affinity and love of colour, texture, shape and form, which she incorporates into each and every piece that she creates. Susanne is sanctioned to do her work as a jeweller by our hosting Indigenous nation, the Sinixt. Susanne descends from Cree, Irish and European heritage
Diane Walters (Nelson) is a lifelong potter with extensive experience working with low, medium and high fire clays and glazes, handbuilding, sculpture and wheel techniques. Diane regularly participates in workshops for advanced potters, and attends the NCECA National Council of Ceramic Educators conference in the USA annually. Her work is in galleries in Alberta and BC. She is a member of the BC Potters Guild. Her pottery line ‘Emergence’ is currently exploring liminal spaces, capturing the line between the vast space of light and warmth resulting in the emergence of life.
Linda Worley has lived in Genelle along the Columbia River since 1974. Her passion is geology, living waters of our planet and how earth’s history added to the formation of the rocks and living organisms beneath the waters. When Linda looks at stone she pictures how it would be presented in its best light and worn with pride. All her jewelry has .925 sterling silver or 14K gold findings and the stones are purchased direct from the source where mined or from a direct source sale through their reputable seller. All stones are Grade A or B which are the highest IFO grade to individuals or retailers. Linda takes great pride in her work and knows the stones speak for themselves through their presentation.
Michael Hepher is an interdisciplinary artist working as a printmaker, oil painter, and illustrator. Creating with a unique sense of colour, oblique interpretation of the common, and a relentless pursuit of quality, his credits include a wide variety of successful exhibitions, public art projects, and private commissions. Notable recent works include ‘All Kinds of Beauty’, a 16 x 96’ mural illuminating the diverse facets of his home town. (2019) and ‘Backroads BC’, a travelogue of oil paintings shown at the Fernie Museum Gallery (2018) and Smithers Art Gallery (2019). Michael lives and works in Fernie, BC.
Darlene Purnell (Cranbrook) is an Alcohol Ink and Fibre artist whose roots are deeply intertwined in the Rocky Mountains. The mountains, wildlife and flowers of the Kootenay area continue to challenge and inspire her. She has taught locally and has enjoyed the challenge of creating commission work. Her work can be found in private collections in Canada, USA, Australia and Europe.
Lindsay Dew (Nelson) holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD), majoring in Fine Arts. Lindsay also attended École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) in Paris, France. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Lindsay Dew’s artwork aims to capture the emotional memory of a place rather than simply document it. Her artwork comments on our connection to land and our personal relationship to our surroundings. Lindsay views mountain ranges as holding and recording history of the land. Seasonal transitions reflect environmental climate changes, which can also be witnessed in these mountain ranges. In viewing these painted landscapes, the observer may recount personal memories and past experiences. The observer may feel drawn to a specific painting because it evokes a feeling which reminds them of a landscape they have experienced.
Kathryn Newsom is a potter and mental health nurse living in Nelson, BC. She specializes in the creation of barrel-fired pottery, a technique that paints the surface of her pots with coloured smoke. Kathryn’s pieces evoke a sensual and emotional response through their enticing tactile qualities and captivating surface decorations. Each piece is unique and invites the viewer to search for personal meaning in its smoke-painted images. Kathryn combines classic forms with bold, elemental colours to produce her “contemplation pots”. There is no glaze used on these pots, so there is no separation between the hand and the clay. She throws her pots on a potter’s wheel and generally uses porcelain-bodied clays. The pot surfaces are often enhanced by rubbing them with smooth glass, to produce shine and a silky smoothness. Other pots are hammered, stamped or carved and then painted with a fine clay slip that is polished to a shine. Kathryn’s pots are fired into porous ceramic in an electric kiln. They are then placed in a large steel drum with a variety of powdered oxides, salt and organic materials. Many of the organic materials are sourced from the local forests. A wood fire is built on top of the pots and allowed to burn down through the drum. While there is a certain level of control, the results are always unpredictable and unique. It is this element of surprise that keeps Kathryn devoted to this alternative pottery technique.
Chasch Ray is originally from the outskirts of Montreal and was first introduced to ceramics as a teenager. Following a pottery apprenticeship in southern France she moved to British Columbia. Her appreciation and love of pottery was always there, surfacing when time permitted as she worked as an Environmental Health Officer in Nelson for 20 years. In 2014, Chasch attended the KSA ceramics program and has been following her passion potting full-time at her beautiful home studio in Harrop. Working mainly with mid-range stoneware she strives to give her work depth by layering several glazes, using an electric kiln programmed with a slow cool cycle. She produces a wide variety of functional wares both on the wheel and hand-built. Always striving to discover new and wonderful glaze combinations Chasch’s work is an ever-evolving playful discovery of the endless possibilities of pottery.
Carolyn Beck (Nelson) spent five years at Alberta University of the Arts taking a variety of art courses from art history and sculpture to drawing and painting; finishing with a degree in the design program. Carolyn went on to work as a professional illustrator and graphic designer for marketing and design agencies until she opened her own design firm in 2005. Her design work was featured in Calgary’s Swerve Magazine, she’s won a People’s Choice Award, Eddie Award, as well as a Best of Design Award. While working as a professional illustrator her range in style varied from highly detailed renderings to playful whimsy. Carolyn’s watercolour renderings of wildlife can be found on signage along the Slocan Shoreline. She also worked with the students at Redfish Elementary to create habitat shoreline signage in Proctor. She has been painting professionally for 20 years, her paintings are inspired from experiences, places and thoughts.
Glenn McCallum (Nelson) is a retired tradesman, having worked with his hands all his life. He has always taken his many skills into the arts, first as hobbies and now as a more serious artist. Glenn has worked with metal art and blacksmithing, acrylics, watercolours, wood carving and most recently, wood turning. His current passion is turning hollow-forms from local salvaged wood, otherwise destined for the fire pit! He is experimenting with a collaboration of wood with metal and epoxy accents. Glenn’s love of form and process is evident in his pieces.
Damian John (Ymir) is a Tl’azt’en artist who loves to explore big colours, bold characters, and story. He incorporates the visual styles of native artists that were so prominent in his childhood, having some of the sensibilities of those artists show up in his work, but in a distinct style that is his own. His goal is always working towards art that expresses the beauty he sees in the world, to engage in fun and joy and whimsy and portray that to those who see his work. His work is in private and corporate collections across Canada, the First Peoples Cultural Council and has recently been commissioned for a 20’ x 10’ back-lit digital piece for in front of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver.
Joanne Sideriusis a wildlife biologist, an educator and an avid naturalist. Dr. Siderius is a Kootenay resident whose photographs reflect her passion for conservation, ecology and nature. She is the senior naturalist at Kokanee Creek Nature Centre and has been part of many research teams investigating the behaviour of birds and animals in British Columbia and Ontario. She is also an amateur musician, a recreational hockey player and the busy owner of a very busy young Australian Shepherd.
Laurie Crawford (Kimberly) was raised in central Ontario on Lake Manitouwabing near Parry Sound. Her appreciation of rock and water was enhanced by her professional work with the Canadian Coast Guard. A change in career paths brought her west to the East Kootenays, which satisfied Laurie’s passion for both geology and water. Art has always been a part of her life in some shape or form. Laurie’s professional education was first in architecture then environmental sciences. Both have given her an appreciation of spacial awareness, structure and the natural environment. Laurie originally designed in fibre arts, however has since developed a passion for oil painting. Her current work is in Galleries in BC and in private collections in Ontario, Alberta and BC.
Rachel Abbeygrew up in the Kootenay’s surrounded and inspired by nature. She has experimented with many mediums but glass has become the dominant one in her artistic life. She finds that Kiln formed glass has unlimited possibilities as there are always new techniques to try. Rachel is self-taught, using books, online tutorials, and much experimentation. Her art is constantly changing, as she develops and applies new techniques to her glass making. She creates a wide range of glass pieces from bowls and platters to coasters, soap dishes, night-lites and sun-catchers.
Heather Lippert (Nelson) loves clay for its transformational properties. Coming from the earth clay is delicate, supple, responsive to touch then to create something with it to become strong and enduring. With stoneware she creates beautiful handmade objects for daily use. Using the form to define function often with a whimsical touch. Heather wants everyday objects to reflect the beauty in life. She incorporates texture, pattern and surface decoration with colour and form to make utilitarian objects come alive. Like many artists she is deeply influenced by the natural environment around her, but also by architecture, machinery, and the myriad ways we inhabit our world.
At a very young age Carley Payne developed a keen appreciation for how lighting can affect not only the ambiance within a room, but how an individual feels both physically and emotionally. Initiated by the realization that florescent lighting is a trigger for migraine headaches, an unfortunate finding soon led to a passion for using lighting to produce the opposite effects felt by florescent tubes. This early found passion led Carley to SAIT where she studied electricity and worked in the electrical field, which would couple with her lifelong pursuit of the arts and allow her to take her lighting projects from an image in her mind’s eye to a completed project. She has been producing lamps right here in the Kootenays for over a decade. Although her lamps in the past have been produced from a variety of materials, she very much enjoys working with natural materials like wood and rice paper, as there is a grounding component to these materials that she feels further adds to the mood produced by her lamps. Carley designs and builds each lamp on an individual basis, each one being an artistic release, and a one of a kind creation.
Lori Steel (Slocan Valley) became intrigued with the world of art glass over 15 years ago after taking her first series of lessons in the art of stained glass. Several years later she began creating commissioned pieces and teaching stained glass to others. It was in 2004 that she was introduced to the world of soft glass and the art of lampworking. She attended The Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee learning techniques from the Master Lampwork instructors. Lori broadened her exploration of this medium by learning techniques from some of the most recognized lampwork artists on the west coast. Lori finds inspiration for her work in nature; the stones and waves on a beach, flowers in her garden and the endless variations of colour and texture in the mountain forest. She translates what she sees around her in nature into creating individual one-of-a-kind glass beads, which she fashions into stunning jewelry. In addition to her jewelry line Lori now has her beautiful stained glass pieces in the Gallery.
Lee Rawn (Nelson) Lee Rawn is a self-taught painter. Her work has developed and grown with over forty years of dedicated practice and workshops. In 1996 she was presented the Marie Manson Award and grant and the Juror’s Choice Award, at the Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts. Lee taught the CMHA painting group for sixteen years and ran an acrylic workshop for the Nelson Rotary Club. Her work has been exhibited at various venues throughout the province. Lee’s painting focuses on the natural world, flowers, animals and landscapes.
Sandra Irvine (Nelson) grew up in Northern BC, She developed a strong attachment and appreciation for wild, remote places. Her subject matter often includes scenes that have impressed her with their power and mystery and she strives to communicate emotions through her work. She works in watercolour, and is drawn to the soft edges, transparency, and colour mixing qualities it provides. Most recently she has been studying the painting techniques and colour choices used by the Impressionists. She also enjoys painting with mixed media, acrylic and oil. Sandra is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and has participated in and won awards in juried FCA shows.
Jenn Sabean from Nelson, BC, creates her chic line of jewelry, Tubes of a Feather from up-cycled bicycle tubes that were otherwise destined for the dump. A range of hand cut shapes including feathers, leaves, and strands from black bike tubes are made into earrings & necklaces, paired with sterling silver & brass chain and fixtures. Materials are sourced from local bike shops and her fellow riders; often after an unexpected adventure from a popped tube while in ‘flight’. She also donates a portion of her annual sales to World Bicycle Relief.
Laura Leeder lives in Creston Valley, she is an avid flower gardener and loves to spend time outdoors, walking, fishing, boating and bird watching. Her paintings are inspired by nature as can be seen in her latest series. Her work has been exhibited in Alberta, BC, the United States, and can be found in private collections throughout Canada, the UK, France, Japan and the United States. Recently, her work has been featured in the US publication Tea Time magazine, and various on-line business blogs, including feature articles in local Kootenay newspapers. Laura’s new mixed media series opens the heart to the delight resulting from an intimate connection with the outdoors. Gardens, birds, and surrounding landscape are created through collage and techniques reminiscent of art deco and stained glass. Her stylized paintings sparkle with lighthearted and expressive celebrations of nature, and often include a touch of whimsy.
Barb Butchart (Nelson) Don’t be surprised if you find her on the edge of a mountain road photographing wildlife, whether it’s grizzlies or bighorn sheep. With camera in hand, she is always on the lookout for opportunities to photograph material and inspiration for her paintings. She experiments with surfaces as well; her paintings of wildlife on galena slate are a beautiful addition to any collection. She supports local wildlife charities, donates artwork to the Nelson SPCA for their fundraisers and volunteers at the Kokanee Creek Nature Centre during the summers, drawing with children & youth and sharing her love of art and nature. She was recently a finalist for her painting of bighorn sheep in the BC Wildlife Federation Artist of the Year 2017. Barb lives in Nelson, where she was born and raised.
Fran Moll (Trail) has been working on the pottery wheel creating unique pottery pieces as well as hand-building other treasures like buttons, brooches, ornaments, plates and platters for more than 40 years. She resides in Trail, BC where she works out of her home studio. Fran is an active member of the local pottery guild and community. “Functional Pottery” is how she describes her work. Often inspired to try new things, she says there are always new forms, firings, shapes and textures to experiment with as inspiration strikes. Fran is mainly self-taught and has continued to develop and grow thanks to local pottery guilds and workshops throughout the years.
Tia Reyden (Salmo) An avid drawer all her life, Tia started painting after the birth of her first child. Now a busy mom of three, she squeezes in time for art whenever possible. Tia studied art history at both Capilano College and Vancouver Island University; eventually earning a diploma in Interior Design from the latter. Since moving to the Kootenays in 2007 she has enjoyed exploring the region and illustrating her experience on canvas. She is inspired by the life cycles found in the changing seasons. She aims to capture and represent the ever-changing qualities of light. Her work embodies the ephemeral aspects of life.
Julia Shalman is a longtime resident of Nelson. She attended the Jewelry Program at Kootenay School of the Arts and now enjoys designing and fabricating silver jewelry, incorporating gemstones and other metals. Inspired by nature, she develops her designs from elements she sees on her outdoor adventures.