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Christina Lake’s Arts on 3 kicking off season with blooming art show

Visiting artists bringing their visions on nature
This piece from Brandi Rawluk will be among several at Arts on 3’s kickoff to spring and summer with a show featuring six artists with a theme of Botanical concepts. Photo: Submitted

The spring and summer programs at Arts on 3 in Christina Lake are kicking off this week with a show exploring botanical concepts in contemporary art.

Artists are hosting a pop-up exhibition May 18 to 24 featuring six artists from B.C. and Alberta. The exhibition included a free community night on May 20 to let boundary folks hear about the presenting artists’ unique approach to creating art.

The artists are:

Brandi Rawluk, a Vancouver born multi-disciplinary artist, specializing in narrative, iconographic and storytelling art. She draws inspiration from nature, botany, folklore, ritual, Elder-magic, and from her own mixed European and Romani heritage.

Emily Pickering is a queer artist of settler descent born and currently living in Mohkinstsis, Calgary, Alberta. In 2021, her debut film, Static in My Skin, was screened at both Montreal’s FNC festival and home province’s WIFTA film festival. In 2022 they were selected to write for the Illingworth Ker Galleries Emerging Art Writers program.

Rose L. Williams is a Montreal born, Caribbean-Canadian mixed media artist based in Vancouver BC & a graduate of the University of Fraser Valley, Langara College and Emily Carr University of Art & Design. An early career in photography provides the grounding for her mixed media nature-themed paintings and textiles.

Bethany Pardoe, from Nelson BC, attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design. That passion has transformed into the sapling of a professional practice. These days, Pardoe is interested in anything and everything story, and has made it the centre of her creative exploration.

Miriam Fabijan is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist, author, and independent curator. She currently lives and creates in Calgary/Mohkinstsis, Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Calgary (BFA) and NSCAD University (MFA). She was twice an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her artwork has been exhibited extensively across Canada and in Europe and can be found in several public and private collections in Canada, the US, and Europe, including the Canada Council Art Bank and the Walter Phillips Gallery for Contemporary Art.

Vanessa Bolinger, a queer artist from the southern Alberta prairies currently living in British Columbia, on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Her interest lies in pursuing an interdisciplinary art practice which examines familial heritage and relationship to land. through the repetitive motion and meditative qualities of drawing and metal working.

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