Artbeat – Arts & Culture from the Edge – May 14, 2021

‘Nurturing a love for Nature’

Come join MAC as local artists of all ages and disciplines to share their nature themed art in our May show “Nurturing a love for Nature”  running from Monday May 3 to Saturday May 29, 2021 in honor of Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman as he celebrates his 90th birthday.

Visitors can also take home a piece of Bateman art of their own, MAC will be hosting a raffle for two  limited edition signed Bateman prints and a Bateman art book.  Cost of tickets $2 each or 3 for $5.  Draw date May 29, 2021.

The Monashee Arts Council and Village Gallery are open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm at 1975 Vernon Street (Highway 6) Lumby.

The Wave Remains

The Monashee Arts Council (MAC), established in 1999 by a group of  local artists and patrons, survived for years by organizing events (particularly a Lumby Days arts and craft show) until 2013 when a grant from the Regional District enabled the society to pay rent and hire a part time coordinator.  

The Regional District continues to support MAC and this annual grant has been supplemented by project funding from the BC Arts Council. (For example, “The Land that Feeds Us” mural and the play “Moose under Coyote Sleeping”)  However project grants and the Regional support alone would not have created the Village Gallery. This was accomplished by the Lumby Arts Co-op. For seven years this group successfully ran the Village Gallery and Gift Shop with dedicated volunteers, supporting local artists while supplementing the rental costs of operating the MAC office.

A few days ago, with some sadness, the members of the Lumby Arts Co-op decided to dissolve the organization. It had been an ongoing struggle to keep the Gallery afloat and the onset of the pandemic tilted the balance. In dissolving, the co-op members were relieved to see that the Village Gallery could now be managed by the Monashee Arts Council and so all the Co-op assets were transferred to MAC. 

Many of the same artists are still involved, volunteering and organizing shows. The mandate to support local artists remains the same. However MAC management has meant that new activities are possible, for example we now have a tiny but exciting art supply corner and the capacity to make bulk art supply orders.  We just completed a very successful photo competition with over eighty entries, making up in a small way for the lack of Lumby Days this year. Over the past year, Resiliency Funding from the BC Arts Council has made all the difference in maintaining the MAC presence in downtown Lumby. We are also pleased that once again the Regional District has renewed our funding.

Sitting by the creek this morning, I was struck by how a standing wave keeps its place while the water flows through it.  It seems a fitting metaphor.

-Robin LeDrew (MAC President)

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