Gallery Manager: Petrina McNeill is a printmaker originally from England who relocated to Canada in 2010. Completing her Masters degree in Printmaking at Northampton University in 2001, McNeill combines her arts education with over fifteen years of business administration. Her career has included experience as diverse as being a picture researcher at a photograph library to overseeing manufacturing operations, administration and logistics. Since moving to the Okanagan McNeill’s own artwork has investigated notions of place and home and how to map one’s self into that new home. McNeill works with a combination of print techniques including monoprint, collagraph and etching.
Gallery Curator: Wanda Lock was born in Oliver, British Columbia in 1969. In 1989 she enrolled into the Fine Arts Diploma program at Okanagan College before transferring to Emily Carr College of Art & Design where she graduated in 1992 with a studio major in painting. Lock returned to the Okanagan in 1992, and since then she has had numerous exhibitions throughout the Okanagan.Wanda was the manager of Opus Framing and Art Supplies in Kelowna from 1995 to 2006 and has taught art classes and workshops at the Kelowna Art Gallery. According to her significant other, Wanda watches too many coming of age movies. She is also known to Pearl Jam and even a bit of Soundgarden while working in her studio. She is not sure what her fondness of grunge music or teenage angst movies have in common with her current body of work but she is convinced that all will become clear in good time.
2020: Gallery Assistant: Laurel Demetrick is a recent graduate from UBCO with a BA in psychology. One of her greatest passions is art, both learning about art history and practicing art. Specifically focusing on acrylic painting, fashion designing and sketching. In her spare time, she runs an Etsy store selling painted denim jackets. Laurel is excited to learn and work in an environment with people who share her interest in art. In her future, she will either pressure education in fashion designing or law school.
Co-Community Engagement Coordinator: Pippa Dean-Veerman is a Lake
Country artist and educator, thrilled to work with Alison Beaumont to support
the Lake Country Art Gallery in the ArtHouse and community. Pippa has been
an art advocate in many places of learning in the Okanagan and West
Kootenay since 1989. Having completed her Masters in Art Education (U. Vic)
in 2008, she believes that studio thinking and artistic process are inherent in
all of us and foundational to 21st century learning. Being an adventurer, she
aspires to inspire and enable individual and collaborative voice (‘me’ and ‘we’)
Pippa’s art practice began young, playing along the shores of Lake Ontario
with her artist mother and siblings. Pippa’s art practice of conceptually based
fibre/eco art/assemblage and photography invite a contemplation of place,
sometimes in collaboration with other artists. In both her art and educational
practices, local awareness, reciprocity and situation in place within the
human and non-human world, are paramount.
Having shared her ideas with provincial, national and international
associations of art educators Pippa is happy to cycle around closer to home,
generating ideas at the ArtHouse and our Public Art Commission (since 2007).
Community Engagement Coordinator Alison Beaumont
Growing up in Bingley, a small town in the county of West Yorkshire in England, Alison started with an interest in photography in high school, I continued on to college to study Art & Design, then to Staffordshire University to complete a BA(hons) in Photography. After meeting her husband (also from the UK) they moved to Lake Country, BC in 2008.
Alison's work has developed over time, currently focusing on using photography, video & sound to explore space and inward reflection. With a keen interest in the therapeutic nature of photography Alison studied the subject at Robert Gordon University in Scotland. Extending from this Alison's work continues to grow as she explores themes of identity, loss, mindfulness and expression of feelings.
Alison has been teaching digital photography courses at Okanagan College since 2017 having taught over 250 students, as well as phone photography and social media workshops in community. Also in 2020 as part of the "Winter Gathering" exhibition at Lake Country Art Gallery, Alison worked with Pippa Dean-Veerman and the grade 3 class from Oyama Traditional School to create installation art.
President of The Lake Country Art Gallery Society: Dr. Sharon McCoubrey is an art educator and the Coordinator of Community Engagement for the Faculty of Education at UBC Okanagan. She obtained her Bachelor of Education and Master of Education Degrees from the University of Victoria and her Doctorate Degree from UBC, all in art education. Dr. McCoubrey has been the recipient of several Excellence in Art Education Awards, and has also been presented with the Order of Lake Country for her work in Public Art, a BC Achievement Award, and the UBC Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in professional and community work, and most recently the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal. Dr. McCoubrey’s areas of research include many aspects of art education and public art, teacher education, intergenerational learning, early learning, and aboriginal education. Dr. McCoubrey is Past-President of the Canadian Society for Education through Art and has been on the British Columbia Art Teachers’ Association Executive for over 20 years. She is currently Past President of the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, is a director of the Central Okanagan Foundation, Chair of the Lake Country Public Art Commission, is President of the Lake Country Art Gallery Society, and is in her 15th year as Chairperson of Lake Country Artwalk.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2020
Sharon McCoubrey - President
Rick Davidson - Vice President
Denise Patrick - Treasurer
Anne Wise - recording Secretary
Moozhan Ahmadzadegan - Youth representative
... and many thanks go out to our
amazing team of volunteers
who are here to greet you each day in the gallery. Without their dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm we could not offer the wonderful welcome that has become the signature of the Lake Country Art Gallery experience.
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