Summer Art Shows in Merritt BC
Clothing and Body Art Shows Liven Up Gallery
Body Embellishments and Wearable Art
Summer Art Shows in Merritt, BC, at the Nicola Valley Arts Gallery, brought out the creativity of different artists in our community. They were just another great example of how resilient artists are during Covid.
Body Art Shows in Merritt
For our Body Art Show in July, our tattoo, airbrush, and henna artists displayed their work with flair and personality. The hair stylists and makeup artists pushed the boundaries even further which just upped the level of fun in the show.
During our fun opening reception several guests had hand henna art done by Prianne Dhesa, or temporary body art by Amy Maclaren. Photos of celebrities, famous people, and locals with tattoos and wild hairstyles livened up the gallery as well. And of course we had art by several of our Nicola Valley creatives.
We enjoyed music by guitarist Steve Atlas of the local group Stratosphere. Steve had an impressive and enjoyable two hour playlist and also chatted with the art show guests. (Photo of Steve Atlas below)
Thanks to local tattoo artists Brian Wheeler of Sin on Skin Tattoo, and Marco Merulla of Mom’s Tattoos. Beautiful, thoughtful, and fun work! I now have tats in progress from both of these tattoo masters…. (Photo of Marco Merulla below)
Art of Clothing, Creativity in Merritt BC
For our Art of Clothing Show that followed, well over a dozen local weavers, clothes designers, embroiderers, upcyclers and artists provided us with a creative display, from trench coats to hats to felted vests. We had lots of OOAK (one of a kind) pieces of clothing as well as art pieces depicting fashion.
Wearable art for the people of the Nicola Valley and for all the visitors who stopped in to see the show.
Fires in the Valley, Art anyway…
From the beginning of the summer art shows in Merritt BC, until the end of our Art of Clothing show, the Nicola Valley and surrounding areas were under threat from wild fires, out of control. Artists of our two shows, our workshop instructors and Gallery volunteers were on alert and many were evacuated from their homes for days and weeks.
But we had lots of visitors through the Gallery! Despite the danger of fire and heavy smoke people traveled to the Interior of BC, risking road closures and extended stays. People enjoyed the distraction of our local creativity and these unique shows.
Thank you to Artists and Creative Help
Thanks to our Art of Clothing artists! Several created work just for our show.
Thanks to our student volunteer, artist Olivia Nendick. She helped with our shows, or kids art events, and submitted pieces herself. (Photo of Olivia below)
And special thanks to our stellar summer worker, just graduated and an artist also, Karianne Kroeker. Kari tackled any job given to her, from mundane to creative.
Kari put together photo collages for the Body Art show, submitted pieces she had sewn, painted, and blinged for the Art of Clothing show. She came made up and dressed ever day for our creative space, chatted with guests and visitors, and participated in Kids Art classes.
What Creativity is Next?
The summer art shows in Merritt BC have come to a close, but there’s no stopping creativity. In hard times or good, creativity flows. We are happy at the NVCAC to inspire and be inspired. What’s the next inspired show?
Watch here for a blog post or read a bit about it and our other art shows this year on my site on creativity, learning, and journaling Meme Dreams.
Click to my blog here on Experience Nicola Valley about our move to a new location last fall, and art in Merritt, BC.
Thanks for stopping by! Remember, express yourself!
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|Art of Clothing, Cindilla Trent’s felted vest||Art of Clothing, Olivia Nendick||Body Art Show, Marco Merulla of Mom’s Tattoos|
|Barb Tomkinson, Maureen Lisle at Body Art Show||Music Steve Atlas, Body Art Show||Richard Lepinsky Music, Art of Clothing Show|
|All photos provided and credit goes to Jano Howarth|
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