Cariboo Art Society president Cat Prevette talks about the history of the Cariboo Art Society during the opening for the society's June show last Thursday.

Cariboo Art Society president Cat Prevette talks about the history of the Cariboo Art Society during the opening for the society's June show last Thursday.

Cariboo Art Society celebrates 40 years

The Cariboo Art Society is celebrating its 70th anniversary with its June show Brushes with History at the Station House Gallery.

The Cariboo Art Society is celebrating its 70th anniversary with its June show Brushes with History at the Station House Gallery.

Society president Cat Prevette opened the show Thursday, June 5 by congratulating the arts community.

“Welcome to this historic event,” Prevette said. “I’d like you to imagine a red carpet here under our feet. We are all VIP’s here to celebrate some exciting history of our community … Imagine 70 years of painting in our town.”

During the past year, she said members explored the art society’s history with various art projects.

“Canada has such a rich history seldom lauded and we were excited to explore our quite fantastic legacy,” Prevette said.

Last July she said the group visited Ingrid and Ty Johnston at the Onward Ranch where the art society began.

There they painted the famous red barn which was first painted by founder Vivien Cowan and her mentor A.Y. Jackson of Canada’s Group of Seven and several others.

Later in November she said the group had a celebratory party at the Onward where Julie Fowler, director of Island Mountain School of the Arts in Wells launch her book The Grand Dames of the Cariboo about Vivien Cowan and the birth of the art society.

The downstairs show reflects the work done by members during the past year and includes some of the works of member’s prsonal history including pieces former members have loaned for the show from their private collections.

Paintings by Vivien Cowan and her daughter Sonia Cornwall from private collections as well as art work from the society’s permanent collection are also part of the show.

She also acknowledge lakecity artist and retired art teacher Dave Abbott for his contributions to the society.

This past year she said the art society has enjoyed a wonderfully supportive group of seasoned and relatively new members.

The group meets three times a week on Thursday afternoons and evenings and on Saturday mornings to share, grow and learn.



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Maggie Ferguson continues to deliver pet food to communities in B.C’s Central Interior and North. She hopes to make things easier by eventually purchasing a truck and trailer through fundraising efforts. (Perfect Pastures Animal Sanctuary Facebook photo)
From Delta with love, Maggie Ferguson helps northern pet owners with food

Animal sanctuary owner leads efforts in delivering thousands of pounds of pet food

A man wearing a mask against coronavirus walks past an NHS advertisement about COVID-19 in London, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
92 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths: Interior Health

The region is reporting 92 cases after the weekend

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: B.C. seniors aged 90+ can start to sign up for vaccination on March 8

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

(Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Murder charge laid in February 2020 stabbing death of Smithers man

Michael Egenolf is charged with the second-degree murder of Brodie Cumiskey

Williams Lake RCMP are investigating after suspects assaulted two employees at a convenience store and fled with cash and merchandise. (Black Press file photo)
Williams Lake RCMP investigating robbery at local convenience store

The robbery occurred Saturday evening, Feb. 27

Langley resident Carrie MacKay shared a video showing how stairs are a challenge after spending weeks in hospital battling COVID-19 (Special to Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Stairs a challenge for B.C. woman who chronicled COVID-19 battle

‘I can now walk for six (to) 10 minutes a day’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A student from Dawson Creek is the winner of Tolko’s Orange Shirt Day design contest for 2021. (Tolko photo)
Tolko contest features northern winner

Student from Dawson Creek beats out entries Canadawide for Orange Shirt Day design contest win

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s coronavirus situation, May 8, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C.’s weekend COVID-19 cases: 532 Saturday, 508 Sunday, 438 Monday

Fraser Health still has most, eight more coronavirus deaths

Vernon’s Noric House long-term care facility’s COVID-10 outbreak has been declared over by Interior Health. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
COVID outbreak at Vernon’s Noric House declared over

10 deaths were linked to the outbreak at long-term care facility

B.C. Attorney General David Eby speaks in the legislature, Dec. 7, 2020. Eby was given responsibility for housing after the October 2020 provincial election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends COVID-19 rent freeze again, to the end of 2021

‘Renoviction’ rules tightened, rent capped to inflation in 2022

Face mask hangs from a rear-view mirror. (Black Press image)
B.C. CDC unveils guide on how to carpool during the pandemic

Wearing masks, keeping windows open key to slowing the spread of COVID-19

Churches, including Langley’s Riverside Calvary Church, are challenging the regulations barring them from holding in-person worship services during COVID-19. (Langley Advance Times file)
Det. Sgt. Jim Callender. (Hamilton Police Service screenshot)
B.C. man dead, woman seriously injured after shooting in Hamilton, Ont.

The man was in the process of moving to the greater Toronto area, police say

Most Read