To inspire and facilitate creativity with an appreciation of all art forms
About the Artists of the Similkameen
Formerly known as the South Similkameen Arts Society, the Artists of the Similkameen was formed in 2013 and is located in Keremeos, British Columbia. Keremeos is located in the beautiful South Similkameen Valley which is fast becoming known for its boutique wineries, orchards, ranching tourism, and now the arts.
The focus of the group is to establish an open and all-inclusive organization. Our goal is to celebrate the vast diversity of art forms, including but not restricted to visual and fabric arts, photography, sculpture, musicians, writers, and performing arts.
Since its inception, the group has run Art in the Valley fairs to showcase artists, held workshops, and hosted regular meetings where artists can share their knowledge and ideas with others.
The group assists in finding venues for those artists wishing to show and sell their art. The Events section below will often showcase where our artists are exhibiting and/or selling their respective crafts or postings of upcoming workshops. We also use this page to inform people about new exhibitions happening in the area by non-member artists we feel our members would enjoy.
We welcome artists of all genres from beginner to experience.
Please contact us to learn about how to join our group. Your comments or contact information will not be published.
The Arts Café is an opportunity for local artists to meet and catch up while supporting each other. New members are always welcome. We invite all artists to bring any new pieces of art they have currently finished or are working on so we can all take a peek. We are not here to criticize or critique, we want to be awed and inspired by their amazing artwork. Also, we encourage attendees to bring a refreshment or snack for themselves.
We Welcome You!
Don't forget to bring a toonie, so you can enter our monthly draw!
NOTE: We are taking a break for the winter season. But we will keep you posted regarding the next Arts Cafe date and time.
(Contact info@artistsofthesimilkameen for more information)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born and raised in British Columbia's spectacular Fraser Valley, glass artist, Nancy Dearborn seeks to echo the beauty of the natural world in her art. The call to create began early in Nancy's life, beginning with her interests in woodworking, painting, and photography. Her love of colour and texture opened her to the world of glass and through this medium, she found her voice as an artist.
In 2004 Nancy relocated to the Okanagan Valley where she is inspired by breathtaking views that surround her. She works from her studio nestled in the hills of the South Okanagan where blue skies, towering trees, and the surrounding grasslands fuel her creativity.
A self-taught artist, Nancy is known for a vibrant palette and highly textured surfaces that she achieves by using a unique process she’s developed through experimentation and innovation.
Nancy’s Artwork can be found in public and private galleries and in private collections all over the world, from North America to Europe and Australia.
FROM THE ARTIST
"Inspired by our beautiful planet and those we share it with, glass is my voice to speak a message of the incredible gift that surrounds us. I cut, break, and smash glass, then assemble it in a kiln. Some pieces spend more than 100 hours being fired, transforming the glass into an expression of beauty. I combine the newly formed glass with driftwood, reclaimed lumber, metal, stone, ash, and light to finish the work. I feel honoured when people connect with my art and my journey, and in turn, have a deeper appreciation for the world we share."