Cool Arts Society celebrates new studio opening

Fine arts society showed off new location Friday at Rotary Centre for the Arts

If you’ve walked past the Gaudi-inspired mosaic tile work at the St. Paul St. community garden, then you’ve seen some community art work created by Cool Arts Society.

The society is a locally created non-profit organization that provides art opportunities for adults living with developmental disabilities in the Central Okanagan. Since beginning in 2003, they have worked to ensure adult artists with developmental disabilities have had the chance to create, exhibit and sell their art work.

“Historically, we’ve produced a lot of community-based art projects, because for our first twelve years, Cool Arts didn’t have a permanent studio. We focused on outdoor installations and special projects such as the Sand Spiral, yarn-bombing, the BeeBox and Lamb to Loom projects,” says Artistic & Programming Director Rena Warren.

In 2015, the society moved into their first permanent studio, and has since outgrown that space. They have recently moved into a larger studio at the RCA.

“The new studio is twice the size of our first studio,” says Warren. “I’m very excited that this more spacious studio will now allow the artists to delve deeper into their chosen medium of practice, whether its fibre arts, sculpture, collage or painting.”

The move to the new studio has been made possible by community support for Cool Arts Society. “We want to celebrate the new studio with the artists, our volunteers and with our community supporters who make Cool Arts programming possible,” says Warren.

Cool Arts Society invites the community to join them in celebrating their new studio at the Rotary Centre for the Arts on Friday, March 9 from 5 to 7 pm. The event showcased work created by Cool Artists and a speaker’s program.

For more information about Cool Arts Society or to find out how you can get involved, please contact us at info@coolarts.ca.

To report a typo, email: edit@kelownacapnews.com.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Boat on fire in Rutland home

Emergency crews are responding to a boat fire in a Kelowna home

Crews are working to contain the wildfire north of Okanagan Connector

Update: Aug. 15 Crews will continue to mop up and extend hose… Continue reading

Animal rights activists to protest Kelowna’s RibFest launch

Animal rights activists plan on sinking their teeth into an annual event they say is unethical and unhealthy.

Return of Indigenous carver puts Okanagan College back on cutting edge

Artist Darren McKenzie will return to teach his popular course on Indigenous carving in October

No end in sight, smoke is here to stay

There is no anticipated change in weather for the Okanagan-Shuswap this week

No growth on the Monashee Complex wildfires

Mabel Creek, Sugar Mountain and Harris Creek fires continue to burn near Lumby and Cherryville

Three new fires sparked in the South Okanagan- Similkameen

BC Wildfire Service is responding to a blaze off Olalla forest service road

Liberals look at creating federal holiday to mark legacy of residential schools

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said day to recognize painful legacy would boost understanding

RCMP deploys officers to help B.C. communities impacted by wildfires

RCMP officers heading to communities particularly within central, northern and southern B.C.

Interim GoFundMe payments approved in Humboldt Broncos crash

$50,000 to be given to each of the 13 survivors and each family of the 16 people who died

B.C. gangster charged after man allegedly beaten with a golf club

Langley man facing aggravated assault charge after incident allegedly involved golf club and machete

Increasing temperatures challenge crews on Snowy Mountain

The Snowy Mountain wildfire near Keremeos remains out-of-control

Are you Canada’s next Masterchef?

Home cooks looking to follow their cuisine dreams can apply now.

Regional climate adaptation agriculture testing to expand in B.C.

Ottawa funds farm projects to conserve water, remove invasive species

Most Read