Close to Home show coming to Kootenay Gallery

From November 7th to the 11th, the Kootenay Gallery will be presenting “Close to Home – the Hundred Mile Painting.”

Last Colours

Last Colours


From November 7th to the 11th, the Kootenay Gallery will be presenting “Close to Home – the Hundred Mile Painting.” The opening reception for the show is on Wednesday, Nov. 7th from 7 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Twenty one members of the West Kootenay Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists have teamed up for a tribute to the Kootenays with a juried show of forty-seven paintings spanning images from the artists’ inner heart and soul to the landscape that stretches from their home town to the mountains, lakes, rivers, and sky. A variety of mediums have been used to create the work: graphite, watercolour, acrylic, coloured pencil, pastel, oil, textile dyes, and mixed media.

“We decided to use the theme based on the concept of the Hundred Mile Diet.,” says WKCFCA Exhibit Chair, Sandra Donohue, “to celebrate the area that we live in. The benefits of using food produced in our area are healthy for the body, soul and economy. Art is food for the soul. We don’t have to travel far for nourishment for our body and soul, and we know what a treasure trove of artists we have in our area.” Jurors Barry Chadwick SFCA, Margaret Elliot SFCA, and Lori Hughes AFCA chose the pieces for the show. At the opening reception guests will be invited to vote for their favourite piece for the “Peoples’ Choice Award.”

The WKCFCA wishes to thank the Kootenay Gallery, the Columbia Basin Trust, the City of Castlegar, and the B.C. Arts Council for their assistance in making this exhibit possible.

The Federation of Canadian Artists, founded in 1941, is a community of artists and art lovers. The FCA head office and gallery are located in Vancouver, on Granville Island where bi-monthly juried exhibits by emerging and signature artists are featured. Its mission is to promote the passion and pleasure of the visual arts through exhibition, education and communication. The FCA, a non-profit organization has chapters throughout Canada. More information about the FCA membership, exhibits, and workshops can be found on its website:

The WKCFCA, formed in May 2001, includes thirty-one members in the West and East Kootenays, and the Okanagan. Meetings are held four times a year. Their aims are to encourage artistic and professional growth through critiques, and demos at meetings, and workshops instructed by local. national and internationally known artists. For more information about the West Kootenay Chapter of the FCA, contact Sandra Donohue at 250-365-7084.