Art Walk bios for Aug. 31

This year marks the 21st Annual Castlegar Art Walk, featuring 28 artists.

Louise Skitsted. (Submitted)

This year marks the 21st Annual Castlegar Art Walk, featuring more than 28 local and regional artists and artisans at 28 venues throughout the city.

The self-guided tour is a celebration of exploration and inspiration through a variety of media and runs from June 26 until Sept. 17. Detailed maps are available at the Castlegar Visitor Centre and from venue locations.

Each week, the Castlegar News will feature biographies from the exciting artists in the show.

Sarah Saliken

Venue – Chamber of Commerce Tourist Information Centre

Artistic Medium – Paintings (Oil)

Hometown – Castlegar

Artist’s Bio and Statement

Sarah has been artistically creative from a very early age. She developed her technique in oil painting in her teen years. She has since branched into a variety of areas of contemporary oil paintings including figures, urban scape, landscape, still life and anything that captures her interest. She has explored painting in water and acrylic mediums.

Sarah has lived most of her life in the West Kootenays. “Art has always been in my life”. I appreciate the importance of expressing myself visually. To me art is more than painting. It’s a way of life. Sarah paintings reflect the clam and beauty of her surroundings.

Louise Skitsted

Venue – Kel Print

Artistic Medium – Paintings (Oil)

Hometown – Trail

Artist’s Bio and Statement

I am a retired United Church minister. I have lived in this area since 2005. My birthplace is Toronto.

The only thing I can say about my work is that I am always imagining visual art. When I look at some art it is like eye candy for me and I imagine ways of picking out some factor and creating a new work that is original. I feed on symbolism and metaphor and my favourite subject is people.

The Vermeer (photo above) is deliberately copied because I wanted to learn Vermeer’s style of glazing. That painting began with black and white acrylic and then glazed with oil paints.

For the past nearly seven years I have been part of a super group of artists and friends who meet once a week under the artistic wing of Mirja Vahala.

Rosemary Manarin

Venue – Red Dresser

Artistic Medium – Paintings (Watercolour and Acrylic)

Hometown – Castlegar

Artist’s Bio and Statement

Rosemary is a visual artist who was drawn to the beautiful Kootenays decades ago, fell under its spell and stayed on. She was born and raised primarily on Vancouver Island. Early memories of the island always include enchanting nature walks with her mother through the lush woods along the Puntledge River and visits to her grandmother’s gallery of boldly painted canvasses. These experiences seeded her appreciation of the outdoors and her inspiration to paint. Her art began in oils then watercolor and acrylic painting. Since living in the Kootenays, her favourite summer activity has been either to hike in the spectacular high alpine or swim in one of our many pristine lakes. This year her Art Show salutes “Summertime”, especially the beaches and the flowers that abound at this time of year.

Name of Artist – Mary Kate Woodward

Venues – HollisWealth, Castleaird Plaza and In-Gear Mechanical

Artistic Medium – Drawings

Hometown – Castlegar

Artist’s Bio and Statement

I am and have been a working artist, focusing on drawing and printmaking, an author and an art instructor since before coming to the Kootenays almost 16 years ago. Recent drawings focus on simplificationabstraction and exaggeration facilitating design and flow of line. They limit the representational, focusing on the variety and beauty of line itself. The subjects, genre subjects, inspire the compositions. Colour is used in some drawings to enhance the subject or purpose of those compositions.

My work is exhibited and sold in one-person, group, juried, artist collective, club, pop-up and specialty shop exhibitions and through art rentals. Presently it is displayed at the Kootenay Gallery, at my permanent venue, Roger Carlson’s Hollis Wealth office in Castleaird Plaza, in Sean Gain’s Qtrade office and with Castlegar Arts and Crafts at In-Gear Mechanical, Castlegar. The Gallery also sells my book “Butterflies and Butterfly Gardening in the Pacific Northwest” which includes drawings of larval host plants. My art works hang in collections in Scandinavia, Great Britain, China, the U.S.A. and across Canada.


Rosemary Manarin. (Submitted)

Sarah Saliken’s Iconic work. (Submitted)

Mary Kate Woodward. (Submitted)