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Lumby art shows heart beyond the mask – Vernon Morning Star – Vernon Morning Star

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Behind the mask of quarantine, there was pain, but there was also a lot of heart.

A Lumby man is bringing a sample of some of that heart, displayed via art, to the community.

During the quarantine, resident Ernie Hurd joined the Facebook page A World of Hearts and decided to contribute to the theme. With help from his siblings, he cut out a line of plywood hearts and placed them along Whitevale Road at the edge of his property and posted photos to the social media page.

Inspired by the many art pieces pictured on the site, Hurd, a carpenter, put a call out for some of it.

“I had this crazy idea I wanted to collect art that was being posted on the WOH site,” Hurd said. “I call it pandemic art.”

His first piece arrived at the start of May from a girl in Lake Country, and additional works came from as far away as Newfoundland.

Hope Among Sadness is another piece, from 14-year-old artist BriannaSue Arsenault (Anderson).

“I painted this on a Sunday afternoon. I was really missing my friend,” Arsenault said. “The flower crown represents the hope and beauty her words meant to me that day, the tears represent the sadness I was feeling.”

The 12 pieces Hurd collected from various artists shown on that Facebook page will be exhibited at an art show at Lumby’s Village Gallery. Titled Beyond the Mask: A Collection of Pandemic Quarantine Art 2020 will be on display Aug. 3-29.

To add to the show, the Monashee Arts Council is putting out a call to local artists who have created works during the past four months. Photography, paintings, drawings, and a limited amount of 3D art will be accepted.

“Many people have used the time to unleash their inner artist and express feelings about the pandemic as well as the quarantine,” Monashee Arts Council program coordinator Jennifer Greenwood said.

To enter, submit a photo of your piece and a brief statement about it to the MAC either via email (monasheeartscouncil@gmail.com) or in person at 1975 Vernon Street (The Village Gallery/MAC office) on or before Wednesday, July 29 at noon. Accepted entries will be received at the MAC office on Friday, July 31 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and we require those participants to purchase or renew their MAC membership at that time to take part in the show.

“We look forward to seeing what you’ve been busy creating,” Greenwood said.

For more information, call the office at 778-473-3029 or contact Robin LeDrew at 250-547-6397.


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This Lake Country artist’ work is among 12 being featured in a collection of pandemic quarantine art called Beyond the Mask, at Lumby’s Village Gallery Aug. 3-29. (Submitted Photo)

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Arts Society King encourages artists to submit work to original art challenge – yorkregion.com

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The people behind Arts Society King wanted to get people engaged with art despite a worldwide pandemic.

That’s where the original art challenge came to fruition.

“When the coronavirus came along and everything started getting shut down, I sort of said to the board of directors, ‘We should do some sort of art challenge,’” said Michele McNally, vice president of Arts Society King.


McNally was inspired by the rainbows children had made and put in their windows as a way to lift spirits during the pandemic.

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“I thought, ‘The kids are doing all this artwork, why doesn’t Arts Society King put out there that we’re going to have an original art challenge?’ And it doesn’t just have to be paintings. It can be poetry, it can be TikTok videos, writing short stories, whatever you like,” she said.

The response from the artist community in King has been amazing, McNally said.

A special Facebook page was made for the challenge where the art is posted.

The challenge has garnered about 40 submissions through Facebook or Instagram by tagging Arts_Society_King.

McNally said she was hoping more youth and children would participate in the challenge, but that hasn’t been the case.

There isn’t a prize to be won because McNally didn’t want to make it a contest with an end date.

“I decided not to make it like a contest with a prize at the end with a deadline and hopefully it would just perpetuate itself,” McNally said. 

Established artist Bill Lunshof decided to participate in the challenge as a way to express his passion for painting.

“I just thought it would be fun to post and see what happens,” Lunshof said.


Lunshof is a longtime member of Arts Society King who has been painting on and off for about 10 years and has been doing it full time for the last four years.

Lunshof uses oil paints as his medium. He paints in a style he calls “looser.”

“I’m trying to paint in more of a plein air style where somebody paints outside and paints quickly. I’m trying to loosen up my style a little bit and get away from all the detail,” he said.

Lunshof paints every day and his style has progressed naturally.

“I think (painting) is just my passion. It’s how I express myself,” he said.

Arts Society King is a volunteer-run not-for-profit that promotes, celebrates and advocates for art in King Township.


STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Reporter Laura Broadley noticed social media posts from artists in King and wanted to find out what it was all about.

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U’mista Cultural Centre will host a native art contest to raise funds for artists

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U’mista Cultural Centre has called on the artists of Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw descent to participate in a native art contest to be held on August 28.

Indigenous artists have been economically affected due to COVID-19 slowing down business and tourism said Joseph Isaac, U’mista Cultural Centre’s business manager.

The contest is a fun way for people to engage with arts and raise funds, said Isaac.

The contest is open for children and adults and two winners will be selected from each of the three categories. Winners will also receive cash prizes ranging from $250- $1000. The artwork design produced will be used for the logo of U’mista’s merchandise.

The theme for the contest is ‘resilience.’

“Our people are extraordinary stories of resilience,” said Isaac and added that First Nation communities have historically been resilient through pandemics and residential schools.

The society is also planning to host an art exhibition, featuring works of Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw artists from across the region.

“We’re going to be reaching out to our community to participate in the exhibition,” said Isaac. The exhibition will be held at the U’mista cultural centre in Alert Bay.

The exhibition will also mark the 40th anniversary of the U’mista Cultural Centre.

U’mista Cultural Centre is one of the longest-operating and most successful First Nations cultural facilities in BC, founded in 1980 as a ground breaking project to house potlatch artifacts which had been seized by government during an earlier period of cultural repression.

‘U’mista’ which also means ‘the return of something important’ operates a museum and cultural education facility in Alert Bay.

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The therapeutic power of art is being showcased in Vernon.

The Vernon & District Canadian Mental Health Association’s 17th annual Awakening the Spirit art show and sale is on now at the Vernon Community Arts Centre.

More than 20 works are featured, including photography, acrylics, pen and ink, and watercolour.

All the artwork is from those living with mental illness, who have used art to positively improve their mental health.

“Through art and creativity, we hope to break down some of the barriers and stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness,” said Julia Payson, CMHA Vernon’s executive director.

For the past 20 years, CMHA volunteer Christine Schmidt has been using art to help her express herself and practise self-care.

“It keeps the creative juices going, connects me to nature, and is a way of expressing emotion,” she said.

She has been contributing to the show and volunteering at the CMHA’s Georgette Thrift Shop for three years.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Schmidt spent her time walking, doing photography, cooking, baking, meditating, and connecting with others over the phone. 

She also dedicated herself to drawing a picture every day for six weeks. 

“It was neat to have a focus, to have something on the go during that time to commit to. I decided to stay calm and collected when B.C. launched its COVID-19 measures,” said Schmidt, who decided to create an art calendar.

“My plan was to take a photo for inspiration and do a drawing each day of the month.

The arts centre donated its gallery for the show, which runs until Friday, Aug. 17, Monday to Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The show and sale is also being featured online.

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