Artbeat – Arts & Culture from the Edge – April 2, 2021

 Photography Contest 

With spring in the air, photographers are capturing the beauty of the changing seasons. The Monashee Arts Council is pleased to host their spring photography show/contest with entries from all over Lumby, Cherryville and Lavington.

“This photography contest replaces the one MAC normally conducts in June to coincide with Lumby Days.  However this year, due to the pandemic and the cancellation of Lumby Days, the Monashee Arts Council decided to host the annual contest along with a photography show for the month of April 2021 in the Village Gallery,” says organizer and MAC member Nina Westaway. 

MAC invites visitors to come in and cast their vote for ‘People’s Choice’! There are three age categories: 14 years and under, 15-24 years, and adult. 

The Monashee Arts Council and Village Gallery are open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm at 1975 Vernon Street (Highway 6) Lumby. Entry forms are available at the office and on the website:

Local Arts and Culture Grants 2021

Last week!  Even with the continuation of Covid-19 we are pleased to be putting out the call for applications for the MAC Local Arts and Culture grants. Application forms and guidelines will be avaliable  at the office and via email. We encourage applicants to think of how events can be made to follow the current health regulations. Deadline:  April 9th/2021

Call for Artists

‘Nurturing a love for Nature’

“Discovering the creative force within is one of the most magical and empowering moments that can be seen in a Nature Sketch session. Seeing a child have that ‘A-Ha’ moment – the moment they understand their own creative potential to connect with nature using a pencil and know that this creativity will serve them for the rest of their lives, is truly one of the best sights you will ever see.”

– Robert Bateman

Robert Bateman is perceived by many to be one of the voices of reason and hope for healthy, rejuvenated and creative engagement with the natural world. Thus in honor of the Canadian Naturalist and Artists 90th birthday, the Monashee Arts Council has been distributing Bateman Foundation sketch books; a project encouraging artist of all ages to get out and connect with our surroundings.

Through his art Bateman shares with us ‘humanity’s relationship to the natural world’ and we invite artists of all ages and disciplines to share their nature themed art in our May show “Nurturing a love for Nature” from Monday May 3 to Saturday May 29, 2021.

So we invite you to submit your nature sketches either from your sketch book or any other nature pieces you have created recently or in the past.

Submissions are limited to two (2-3) pieces per artist and need to be delivered to the gallery with application form by April 29 th – May 1 st .

Memberships may be renewed/obtained at time of delivery. MAC will need the following information for each piece of work: Title, Medium, Size, Price (if selling), Description (how, why, when or where), Name of Artist. (Please note that the Monashee Arts Council will receive 30% commission on any art sold during this show.)

Various Bateman art as well as other nature based learning materials will also be on display at the gallery during the show.

If you have a piece of artwork that you would like to share in the show, please come into the Monashee

Art Gallery on or before April 30, 2021 and fill out the applicable forms.

Happy sketching everyone.