Arts and culture

Pre-COVID 19, Northern Exposure Conference 2018 attendees gather for a group photo. This year’s conference will be a virtual one and will be held Oct. 22-25. Funding is available so that anyone interested in participating this year can choose to pay what they are able to. (Mary Matheson/Contributed Photo)

Virtual Northern Exposure Conference will focus on sustainability and systems change

Bursaries are available to make the Oct. 22-25 rural arts conference accessible

Pre-COVID 19, Northern Exposure Conference 2018 attendees gather for a group photo. This year’s conference will be a virtual one and will be held Oct. 22-25. Funding is available so that anyone interested in participating this year can choose to pay what they are able to. (Mary Matheson/Contributed Photo)
Brother, I Cry tells the story of Indigenous siblings, Jon and Ava, struggling with the effects of inter-generational trauma in their own ways while staying spiritually connected. (Supplied image)

Q&A with VIFF’s B.C. Emerging Filmmaker Award winner, Jessie Anthony

Her feature film, Brother, I Cry premiered at VIFF this year

Brother, I Cry tells the story of Indigenous siblings, Jon and Ava, struggling with the effects of inter-generational trauma in their own ways while staying spiritually connected. (Supplied image)
Quesnel Art Gallery directors Marguerite Hall (left) and Cyndi Cassidy unveil the new Community Spirit mural on the side of AC&D Insurance Saturday, Sept. 26 to kick off the Quesnel Downtown Art Walk and celebrate Culture Days. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Spirit of community shines through in new Quesnel mural

The mural, which was unveiled Sept. 26, features mosaic tiles painted by local residents

Quesnel Art Gallery directors Marguerite Hall (left) and Cyndi Cassidy unveil the new Community Spirit mural on the side of AC&D Insurance Saturday, Sept. 26 to kick off the Quesnel Downtown Art Walk and celebrate Culture Days. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Brenda Gardiner shares her beautiful mirrors during the Art in my Park show and sale Saturday, Sept. 26 as part of Quesnel’s Culture Days celebrations. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Culture Days showcases diversity of talent in Quesnel

The Quesnel Downtown Art Walk kicked off Sept. 26

Brenda Gardiner shares her beautiful mirrors during the Art in my Park show and sale Saturday, Sept. 26 as part of Quesnel’s Culture Days celebrations. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The mural painted by Aaron Harder and Lee-Anne Chisholm (along with 100 community members’ hexagons) will be revealed as a part of Quesnel’s Culture Days celebrations. (Cassidy Dankochik photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel Culture Days takes “careful” approach

The Quesnel Art Walk kicks off Sept. 26

The mural painted by Aaron Harder and Lee-Anne Chisholm (along with 100 community members’ hexagons) will be revealed as a part of Quesnel’s Culture Days celebrations. (Cassidy Dankochik photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Ministry staff photo

Province announces $2M in arts and culture funding under BC Arts Council

The program will go toward renovating arts and cultural spaces in BC and to buy special equipment

Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Ministry staff photo
Julie Fowler of Wells, the artistic and executive director of Island Mountain Arts and ArtsWells, is one of 25 people across the province to be honoured with the 2020 B.C. Achievement Community Award. (Island Mountain Arts Facebook photo)

Julie Fowler of Wells wins B.C. Achievement Community Award

The executive and artistic director of Island Mountain Arts and ArtsWells is one of 25 winners

Julie Fowler of Wells, the artistic and executive director of Island Mountain Arts and ArtsWells, is one of 25 people across the province to be honoured with the 2020 B.C. Achievement Community Award. (Island Mountain Arts Facebook photo)
With only six students, the Quesnel and District Community Arts Council’s musical theatre camp, Magic and Rainbows, went ahead March 16-20 at the Chuck Mobley Theatre at Correlieu Secondary School. Students worked with director Sue Newman, assistant Rachel McKinnon and accompanist Samantha Unger during the week and presented a show to some parents Friday, March 20. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

PHOTOS: A celebration of musical theatre in Quesnel

A small group of students learned musical theatre with Sue Newman during the week of March 16

  • Mar 28, 2020
With only six students, the Quesnel and District Community Arts Council’s musical theatre camp, Magic and Rainbows, went ahead March 16-20 at the Chuck Mobley Theatre at Correlieu Secondary School. Students worked with director Sue Newman, assistant Rachel McKinnon and accompanist Samantha Unger during the week and presented a show to some parents Friday, March 20. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Sara Stobbe received the first-place youth prize for her story in the 2018 Short Story Contest. (Photo submitted)

Quesnel residents encouraged to share their stories in writing contest

The topic for this year’s Short Story Contest is “stranded”

Sara Stobbe received the first-place youth prize for her story in the 2018 Short Story Contest. (Photo submitted)
From left, Makayla Squinas and sisters Liz and Joely Paul run a bake sale to raise money for an upcoming trip to the Gathering Our Voices: Indigenous Youth Leadership Training event, taking place March 16-19 in Kamloops. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

PHOTOS: Sharing culture and creativity at the College of New Caledonia

CNC Quesnel’s annual Aboriginal Knowledge Day featured local Indigenous artists

  • Mar 10, 2020
From left, Makayla Squinas and sisters Liz and Joely Paul run a bake sale to raise money for an upcoming trip to the Gathering Our Voices: Indigenous Youth Leadership Training event, taking place March 16-19 in Kamloops. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Island Mountain Arts (IMA) is presenting a storytelling workshop with Janice Jo Lee March 7 and 8, and Lee will be performing a free show Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m. at the IMA Gallery in Wells. (Island Mountain Arts - Facebook photo)

Island Mountain Arts hosting storytelling workshop, painting residency in Wells this month

Janice Jo Lee is leading ‘Responsibility of the Storyteller;’ Peter Corbett shares plein air painting

Island Mountain Arts (IMA) is presenting a storytelling workshop with Janice Jo Lee March 7 and 8, and Lee will be performing a free show Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m. at the IMA Gallery in Wells. (Island Mountain Arts - Facebook photo)
Kayden Harris (left) is joined by Chris Vandaelle for a performance of “You Are My Sunshine” during the fourth annual Nazko Music and Arts Festival March 2, 2019, at the Nazko Valley Community Centre. This year’s festival takes place Saturday, March 7 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Nakzo Valley Community Centre. (Observer file photo)

Nazko Arts and Music Festival celebrates wide variety of talents

The fifth annual festival takes place Saturday, March 7 at the Nazko Valley Community Centre

Kayden Harris (left) is joined by Chris Vandaelle for a performance of “You Are My Sunshine” during the fourth annual Nazko Music and Arts Festival March 2, 2019, at the Nazko Valley Community Centre. This year’s festival takes place Saturday, March 7 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Nakzo Valley Community Centre. (Observer file photo)
Dan Bern paints a Mini Mural during the 2019 ArtsWells Festival. His mural and six others are now being auctioned off to raise money for the 2020 festival. (Observer file photo)

Bidding is open for ArtsWells Mini Murals

Contributing artists include Lindsay Kay, Connor Kenney, Dan Bern and Carly Nabess

Dan Bern paints a Mini Mural during the 2019 ArtsWells Festival. His mural and six others are now being auctioned off to raise money for the 2020 festival. (Observer file photo)
Bert deVink, Vickie Nelson and Destinee Boyd celebrate the Eighth Biennial Gallery of Honour presentation Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Quesnel Arts and Recreation Centre. The Quesnel and District Community Arts Council honoured deVink with the Adult Award, while Nelson’s late husband, Jack, was honoured with the Posthumous Award, and Boyd was recognized with the Youth Award. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Community contributions recognized during Quesnel Gallery of Honour presentation

The Quesnel & District Community Arts Council recognized Bert deVink, Jack Nelson and Destinee Boyd

Bert deVink, Vickie Nelson and Destinee Boyd celebrate the Eighth Biennial Gallery of Honour presentation Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Quesnel Arts and Recreation Centre. The Quesnel and District Community Arts Council honoured deVink with the Adult Award, while Nelson’s late husband, Jack, was honoured with the Posthumous Award, and Boyd was recognized with the Youth Award. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Stephanie Greaves takes centre stage

Stephanie Greaves takes centre stage

Victoria songstress is fueled by the music

  • Dec 18, 2019
Stephanie Greaves takes centre stage
The art of Kelly Corbett

The art of Kelly Corbett

Landscapes and wildlife of British Columbia

  • Dec 9, 2019
The art of Kelly Corbett
Kelly Derrickson’s music with a message

Kelly Derrickson’s music with a message

Musician traded in a law career for her musical journey

  • Nov 18, 2019
Kelly Derrickson’s music with a message
Fashion for fall and for art

Fashion for fall and for art

Three arts professionals show off autumn styles

  • Oct 4, 2019
Fashion for fall and for art
Artist Kathryn Fudge’s garden sculptures created from t-shirts

Artist Kathryn Fudge’s garden sculptures created from t-shirts

Coast Collective executive director’s dream is to have West Shore arts centre

  • Aug 14, 2019
Artist Kathryn Fudge’s garden sculptures created from t-shirts
Artist Blu Smith creates colourful abstract West Coast landscapes

Artist Blu Smith creates colourful abstract West Coast landscapes

Artistic journey from sign painting to fine art

  • Jul 10, 2019
Artist Blu Smith creates colourful abstract West Coast landscapes