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Updated: Feb 3, 2023

Coming up in February 2023: Open Art Exhibition Celebrating "Kootenay Culture" | February 1-25, 2023

*We acknowledge that Kimberley (k̓ukamaʔnam) is within Ktunaxa ?amak?is, the traditional homelands of the Ktunaxa Nation.

Adjudicators: Grant Smith, Barbara Maye, and Irma de Visser

Anyone can enter up to 3 artworks in any medium Entry fees:

Entry deadline: January 15, 2023

What's in it for YOU? 1. The awesome experience of being part of this celebration of "Kootenay (Ktunaxa) Culture" with other artists and art collectors.

2. A guaranteed spot for your artwork(s) in the online gallery for a month. 3. A guaranteed spot for your artwork(s) in the web shop for a month. 4. Exposure on our website, in our newsletter, on social media, on the radio, in local newspapers, at the opening reception, and in the art gallery for a month. 5. A chance at winning the $100 (minimum) Inspiration Award (selected by draw from not-shortlisted artworks). 6. A chance at having your artwork(s) selected to be showcased at Art Gallery Kimberley in a high traffic location in Kimberley's Platzl for a month. 7. A chance at having your artwork(s) short-listed for the Kootenay (Ktunaxa) Art Prize. 8. A chance at winning the $500 (minimum) Kootenay (Ktunaxa) Art Prize (selected by draw from shortlist). 9. Added value to your CV. 10. An invitation to the opening reception.

Number of artworks selected to be showcased in the art gallery: 25-35.

Minimum entries: 25 All entry fees are non-refundable.

More details available in the entry form:

Meet the adjudicators:

Adjudicator Grant Smith is a visual artist living in Kimberley, BC. Although Grant has created drawings, paintings, woodblock and linocut prints, sculptures and design illustrations, he works predominantly with watercolour and oil paints and landscapes and wildlife are favourite subjects.

Grant received a Fine Arts Diploma, BFA, BEd; taught Art at Kimberley's high school for 23 years; and is now retired.

Adjudicator Barbara Maye is a multimedia artist, sculptor, and art instructor based in Revelstoke, BC. Barbara has dedicated more than 20 years to creating art that invites contact, interaction, and introspection. Inspired deeply by Indigenous beliefs from around the globe, and the spiritual wisdom of healing energies both in our bodies and in entities of nature, her art acknowledges the origins; wood as tree, stone as mountain, and body as spirit.

Barbara graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction and studied with Chaka Chikodzi, a Zimbabwean Canadian master stone carver. As an art instructor, Barbara strives to make the language of art more attainable to everyone. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that anyone, given a fresh perspective, can recapture their creative voice.

Adjudicator Irma de Visser has been using her creative voice in many different ways throughout her life, but never really was introduced to the world of art until she left The Netherlands in 2013.

Shortly after moving to Kimberley, BC, Irma started working as administrative assistant at Kimberley Arts at Centre 64 - Kimberley's arts and cultural centre - where she discovered a passion for the arts, and more specifically for inspiring, empowering, and growing the local art community. This passion ignited and grew, pushing her to open her own art gallery in the heart of Kimberley's Platzl when the opportunity presented itself in 2021. Recently, Irma started dipping her toe into the exciting world of ceramics.

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