Our Artists and Artisans

Many of our artists have their own websites. If you are a member and have a website please let us know so that we can add your information.

Lanna Arts 

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has created art all her life in many different media – pottery, stained glass, and Encaustic wax.  She loves the flow of the hot wax and the 3D effect that allows a depth to form on the wood or paper. 
The versatility and jewel tones of the wax really appeal to her and helps bring her art to life. Encaustic painting uses heated beeswax and damar resin to which pigments are added. This technique was used in Egypt around 100 to 300 AD.She can also be found on Facebook

Julie Barber

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Julie grew up with horses in her life, and her love for all that is associated with them, has endured over time. Her father created beautiful saddles and bridles, and also taught lessons in leather work out of their home.

It seems that Julie Barber has come full circle and embraced her father’s love of working with leather.

Her unique jewelry designs are made from leather, European silver and Swarovski crystals. She takes great pride and pleasure in creating and women have responded amazingly to her work, stating that her pieces are beautiful, simplistic, of high quality and are affordable.

The relationships she has developed with women through her jewelry and the market scene, has been powerful, rewarding and fun for her! 

Sharon Cross

    has been making soap since 1979, mostly cold press soap, until 2010 when she started to experiment with glycerine soap.  After a few years of experimenting and playing, she is finally confident in the quality and uniqueness of these gem-like soaps to sell them to the public.

    John de Jong

      is a long time Arts Council supporter.  John has had many pieces in the gallery, plus he offers painting workshops for on a regular basis.

      Melanie Macvoy

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      studied Fine Arts and Arts Administration at the University of Waterloo with Canadian artist, Tony Urquardt being her most notable professor. During a summer co-op placement, Melanie relocated to Vancouver where she completed her Fine Arts degree through UBC and Emily Carr University. She hopes to foster an appreciation for art and nature through painting while sharing her love for adventure and the outdoors.Melanie now lives in Fernie, BC

      Laverna Peters

         Laverna's goal is to inspire those who see her work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places.


          has been painting since 1978, and loves working to improve her artwork by painting outside.  Many of her paintings are done on location, resulting in high levels of energy and freedom in her brushwork.  For 25 years, she organized a successful solo exhibition of all brand new paintings annually.


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          Catherine and Jack Moes are inveterate makers. Using a broad definition of mixed media they enjoy creating together and engaging in "the hunt" for unique materials, subjects and composition. Their passions are revealed in reclaimed metal and wood sculpture, photography, 3D collage, acrylic and line painting, assemblage art and encaustic."

          Joseph Cross

            is an accomplished artist and we are fortunate to have him living in Cranbrook.  Joseph started painting in 1978 and has won countless accolades for his work.

            Lynne Grillmair

              graduated from UBC with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History. She has signature status with the Federation of Canadian Artists. Lynne She has teaches art classes from her home in Brisco, B.C. and continues her art practice from there.

              Laura Leeder

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              is a water color artist who offers original paintings, prints, note cards and bookmarks. Discover elegant & timeless art for your home or inspired gift giving.

              Douglas Noblet

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              is a Kootenay Based nature and aerial photographer. As a skier, mountaineer, and pilot, he brings back through images a different and unique perspective on the Kootenays and beyond. His photography is available as fine art prints, stretched canvas, postcards, and calendars.


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              an active member of the arts council for a number of years and a photographer for over 50.  You can also check out his work on Facebook or on Flickr where under the name weisen007