Artbeat – Arts & Culture from the Edge – July 23, 2021

‘Mariposa Lily’ by Linda Sellers

Call for Artisans

The Monashee Arts Council invites artists who focus on applied arts as their chosen means of expression to participate in our upcoming August show ‘Home Arts’.

We believe many people have amused themselves and kept themselves busy with applied arts during the lockdowns of the previous year, either honing their craft or exploring a new one. Show us what you have been up to!

Are you a potter, a weaver, a jeweller, a felter, a quilter? Do you knit, crochet, or embroider garments? Is there anyone out there who still tats or does macramé?

Perhaps you work in wood or clay, metal or pine needles or willow withies. If your work serves a functional purpose in addition to being attractive, it is considered an applied art. 

Historically the applied arts were created at home to beautify the home, often (but not exclusively by any means) they were done by women. Consequently they were usually excluded from galleries and exhibitions for much of European art history.

Times have changed. Exposure to other cultures broke that artificial separation wide open. Now major galleries will show pottery, quilting, wood working, furniture making and so on.

The Village Gallery (home of the Monashee Arts Council) invites you to enter your work in our August show: ‘HOME ARTS’. Membership in MAC is not required. Deadline for applications is July 30th.

Submissions are limited to three (3) pieces per artist and need to be delivered to the gallery with application form are available from the Village Gallery at 1975 Vernon St. (Hwy.6), open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm.

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 20% commission on any art sold during this show.)

The Monashee Weavers will be giving demonstrations on August 7th, 21st and 28th in conjunction with this show, location to be announced.

You can also request your application via email from

‘People, Plants, and Pollinators ‘

The Monashee Arts Council (MAC) is currently hosting their new show at the Village Gallery, which underlines the relationship of art and nature.

Local Artists have come together to illustrate how native and non-native plants in bloom carry on the natural cycle of attracting pollinators such as bees, flies, wasps, beetles, moths, hummingbirds, and butterflies for mutual benefit. This important process is important to the natural cycle including that which allows humans to produce many of the foods commonly found on our own tables, what a wonderful way to give thanks to these important creatures.

The show will be running from July 2nd to July 31st the Village Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, at 1975 Vernon St. (Hwy.6).

Arts & Craft for Seniors

Sassy Seniors Arts and Crafts club will be having their first get together on Thursday July 22nd at the Lumby OAP hall at 1pm. If you enjoy creating please be sure to come and join the Sassy Senior. Please contact Norma Bouzek at 778-212-2397 for more information.