Chute Lake Elementary hosted the school’s inaugural Arts Gala—A Walk through the Okanagan—on March 11.
Janice Keirstead Hennig, a local painter, has been working at Chute Lake Elementary as the resident artist for the past few weeks and supported all 475 students to create water colour paintings with an Okanagan theme.
There were Ogopogos, stellar jays, cherries, snow ghosts, ponderosa pines and many more on display as friends and family browsed an entire gallery of student artwork.
More than 500 people enjoyed dance and music performances by Chute Lake and Okanagan-Mission Secondary students.
The successful event also raised money for the on-going arts curriculum at Chute Lake Elementary, which is situated in the Kettle Valley community with an enrolment of about 475 students.
Keirstead Hennig’s joie de vivre is apparent in all of her artwork and in her teaching.
She paints with bold colours in a style of expressionistic realism.
She is best known for her water colours and acrylics of nature, wildlife, pet portraits and Okanagan scenes. The daughter of famous Canadian artist James Lorimer Keirstead, Janice has been a self-employed artist for 25 years and has 10 years of experience teaching in schools, professional development workshops for teachers and art lessons from her home studio.