Monthly Archives: July 2020

The spectacular Shuswap inspires fabulous art


There is an abundance of spectacular scenery to inspire marvelous art in the Shuswap and thus it is no wonder that so many great artists have chosen to live and create here. Perhaps one of the best examples of an acclaimed artist that moved here is the late Daphne Odjig, who lived in Angelmont from 1976 to 1999. Not only is her work exhibited in galleries across Canada and was featured on Canadian postal stamps, she also received numerous awards and honours, including the Order of Canada.

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Shuswap’s own “Group of Seven”

The original Group of Seven, Frederick Varley, A.Y. Jackson, Lawren Harris, Barker Fairley (not a member) Frank Johnson,Arthur Lismer and Je. E. H. MacDonald. Image ca. 1920, F 1066 Archives of Ontairo, I0010313

True pioneers of the Canadian art scene, the Group of Seven were extraordinary landscape painters who collaborated together from 1920 to 1931. Three more artists joined in later years and two other artists, B.C.’s very own Emily Carr and Tom Thompson who inspired the group to focus on Canada’s unique natural landscape but died young, were closely associated to the group. There are also seven contemporary Shuswap artists who have achieved significant recognition, although they do not all collaborate as the original group did.

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