Lazuline Art Gallery partner Linda Franklin looks over some of the work by local artists on display in the new gallery at 101 Hudson St. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)

Women’s co-op opens new art gallery

Shuswap artists create opportunity in downtown Salmon Arm

A collaborative approach and a smart use of space has helped to enable the creation of downtown Salmon Arm’s latest addition, the Lazuline Art Gallery.

Lazuline is operated by the Shuswap Women’s Art Collective, consisting of well-known local artists Linda Franklin, Wendy Browne, Lisa Figueroa, Janice Cleland, Tracey Kutschker, Frieda Martin, Rebecca Shepherd and Patricia Smith. Their work is available for sale in the gallery, and each of the artists is also available to do commission work.

The gallery space, located at 101 Hudson Ave., a short distance from the Salmon Arm Art Gallery and Figueroa’s studio/gallery, is unique in that it’s only used as a gallery during the day. In the mornings and evenings, with the help of some movable walls, the space transforms into the home of Cardio Connection, run by Franklin’s daughter Melissa Treleaven. Franklin said the multi-use concept makes it possible to run an art gallery in the downtown space, as the rent is shared with Treleaven.

“To me it was just like, oh my goodness, what a perfect place for the gallery, except of course you couldn’t pay the rent with a gallery,” laughs Franklin, explaining the gallery is operated as a co-operative.

Related: Art combines beauty and bigotry

“We started off this group, which is called Lazuline, as three women collaborating, so what we were doing was tryptichs, paintings in three panels and each artist would take a panel and it would be one scene. But others in our group, we want to collaborate on different stuff, so this gives us an opportunity within our group.”

Related: Salmon Arm art gallery opens new exhibition

Related: Connecting to past through art

Franklin said the gallery may look at inviting guest artists in the future, but they’re seeing how things go for now.

The Lazuline Art Gallery is currently open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m., with a grand opening planned Friday, Aug. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. This event corresponds with the opening of the Herald Nix exhibit Scenery at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery.

For more information, visit the Lazuline Art Gallery on Facebook, Instagram or at www.lazuline.ca.


@SalmonArm
newsroom@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Let the spirit of a Shuswap Christmas shine

Celebrate the season with activities for families and children of all ages

Update: Natalie Wilkie earns silver medal at Para Nordic World Cup

Salmon Arm Paralympian adds a medal to her fourth place finish in Finland

Securities commission probe includes company planning to grow cannabis in Shuswap

Liht Cannabis Corp states it’s doing internal investigation, welcomes BC Securities Commission probe

Family saved but pets lost in Sunnybrae house fire

Firefighters from Tappen-Sunnybrae and South Shuswap fire departments extinguish blaze

Retailers feel impact of generous return policies

Technology data tracking can clamp down on fraudulent abuse

VIDEO: Ex-NASA engineer pranks mail thieves with glitter bomb trap

Package thefts are common this time of year, but YouTuber Mark Rober used his engineering skills

Lightning top Canucks 5-2 in feisty battle

NHL’s No. 1 team too much for Vancouver

Coquihalla closed between Hope and Merritt

The highway is closed in the northbound lane

Police dog tracks down counterfeit suspect

Cop vehicle rammed, and pooch steals a chicken dinner

FortisBC says you can return to normal gas use following pipeline fire

Utility says increased pipeline capacity, warmer weather have allowed supply to reach normal levels

CSIS collected info on peaceful groups, but only in pursuit of threats: watchdog

Security Intelligence Review Committee says fears unjustified after reviewing evidence, testimony

Canada ranks 16th on annual gender gap list

This is the second year Canada has placed 16th in the World Economic Forum’s list

VIDEO: Tornado rips through city west of Seattle

Reports indicate five to seven homes damaged in Port Orchard, Wash.

Trial date postponed for man charged with killing Abbotsford police officer

Oscar Arfmann’s trial pushed back from January to May 2019

Most Read