Just found out I was accepted into the Tony Onley Artist Project in Wells, BC. This mentorship program was first established in 2000 with distinguished Canadian artist Norman Yates. Participating artists spend nine days in Wells working in the Island Mountain Arts studios under the mentorship of senior artists. It’s an intensive self-directing studio experience where you develop your own work while receiving guidance from the senior mentors and your peers.
Our mentors for this year are: Joseph Sanchez, Leigh Bridges and Mark Neufeld. Joseph Sanchez was born and raised in Arizona, and lived in Canada in the 1970’s and was a founding member of the Professional Native Indian Artists Association along-side Daphne Odjig, Alex Janvier, Norval Morrisseau and others. His long list of achievements include Director and Chief Curator of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Perfect for my style of painting!
There is also Leigh Bridges, who after obtaining her MFA from the University of Victoria, set up a studio in Berlin, and produced a considerable body of work and participated in a number of group exhibitions.
Next is Mark Neufeld, an artist working out of Winnipeg where he currently teaches at the University of Manitoba School of Art. He works with a variety of media, with painting as the starting point for his activities. His exhibitions often take the form of installations that interweave paintings with readymade objects, assemblages, and presentation strategies borrowed from the curatorial domain.
I am so excited for this opportunity for growth. My aim is to re-integrate color into my current symbolic work and the new line of BC petroglyphs I have uncovered. If I’m a very lucky girl I’ll get chosen to do a solo exhibition at the Penticton Art Gallery which supports this program. Pick me, pick me…
Main image courtesy www.imarts.com.