The Arts Council for the South Shuswap is working to raise awareness of the arts and promoting area artists by displaying their work in the council’s reception area in the lower level of Carlin Hall.
As well, each month a local artist will be featured in the council’s monthly newsletter.
“We are pleased to feature for January, our artist in residence and teacher, Lynn Erin of Celista,” says council administrator Karen Brown. “Lynn is an active member of the Federation of Canadian artists and participates in the Kamloops and Salmon Arm art scene whenever possible.”
Erin works in a variety of mediums, from welded metal and concrete sculpture to watercolour and acrylic painting. Her work has won several awards in the Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts, the Okanagan Mainline Regional Art Show and has participated in juried exhibitions, including the prestigious BC Festival of the Arts, and more than 30 Federation of Canadian exhibitions, where she has shown more than 50 paintings.
Erin has made her living selling her work for the past 20 years. Her work is in private collections throughout Canada, the U.S. Mexico, Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines, Europe, Britain and the United Arab Emirates.
In 1990, one of her works was purchased and presented to England’s Prince Edward.
Owner of the former Fireweed Studio, Erin now heads the council’s art department and “shares her talents with adults and children with her superb instruction and relaxed teaching style,” says Brown.