Annual Castlegar ArtWalk gets set for kick-off event

Venues across the city decked out with original, beautiful work

'Trees' a photo by Karen Godbout

'Trees' a photo by Karen Godbout

April Cuffy

ArtWalk Editor


The Castlegar Art Walk Opening Celebration will be held on June 25 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm) at the Castlegar & District Community Complex, featuring a mini-show, reception and entertainment. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Castlegar Art Walk 2014 runs from June 23 to September 14, featuring more than 30 local and regional artists and artisans, displaying work at 26 venues around Castlegar. Maps for this self-guided art tour are available at the Castlegar Visitor Centre. For more information, please visit

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

Artist Name: Karen Godbout

Venue: West Kootenay Regional Airport (#25)

Medium: Photography (landscapes)

Current City: Trail, BC




From a very young age, I decided I would be an artist and by age seventeen, I had completed my foundation year at Emily Carr College of Art and Design. Subsequently, after obtaining my diploma in library and information technology, I proceeded to work in libraries for the next 18 years of my life. But I always endeavoured to stay engaged with art somehow, and therefore continually undertook the role of library displays person, in addition to designing ads and websites for my various employers. In 2012, I made the decision to leave my library career and return to visual art full-time. Thus far, my work has been in the medium of photography. I have self-published three book collections and recently received invitations to collaborate on other book projects. My work has been exhibited in regional coffee houses around the Kootenays, and was featured in the Castlegar Art Walk 2013 series, resulting in my photographs of honey bees being featured in ARTiculate Magazine’s Fall 2013 issue.

Artist Statement

As a photographer with a background in painting, I have a particular interest in the abstract patterns of nature. I gravitate towards close-ups, filling the entire frame with an explosion of texture and colour. This painterly approach is evident in my latest series of trees.