Thursday, November 11, 2010

On Monday November 8, 2010, a meeting was held to discuss the future of PMP, and twelve members attended. The general consensus was that PMP has been a very valuable group for local artists, providing a venue for members to learn new skills, to receive support, and to receive critiques on their work in a safe and supportive environment. The opportunity for learning through the workshops that have been sponsored by the group have been invaluable for members, and have been very appreciated. There was muchos gratitude expressed for the work, and many hours that first Vivian and now Victoria have devoted to our group.

The reason for the meeting was to address some concerns around organization of the group, and address the issue that Victoria needs more support and help in different areas as the group moves forward. We do not want to see her burnout, because her input, enthusiasm, and passion for art are so needed by our group,

I remember sitting at the meeting when we were deciding to rename the group from the Wannabees to the Purcell Mountain Painters, because some members thought they had moved to the next level. Now we are at another similar transition point. We have had our own PMP show now for three years, we have been a part of the Tour for all three years it has taken place, some of our members have applied to be juried into their own show's at Pynelogs, have been accepted, and have sold paintings through that venue. We have been asked as a group to have our own show in Kimberley, that will run between January 3 and 31, 2011. How great is that? We are very fortunate to have these wonderful opportunities to show our work.

In the past few years several of our members have made leaps and bounds in their painting and have moved from the place of trying to figure out how to do certain techniques, to how do I now market , and present, all of the paintings that I have sitting around. We would like to be able to provide some assistance and expertise in this area, not necessarily just on our own but maybe, by partnering with others if possible.

Sandra Howard has put all of the lists of emails together and come up with what we hope is a list that contains the names of everyone who wants to be included in our emails. I f you wish to have your name taken off please email back to me. It was decided at the meeting that we want to keep the group fairly informal so that it does not take time away from our painting, but have it formal enough so that we all know what is going on, and the left hand knows what the right hand is doing. To allow Victoria to do what she does best, and to give her more time for painting some members have volunteered to take responsibility for some of the organizational areas.

- Victoria will continue to lead our group, plan workshops, motivate and do many of the other things she does. We will just be taking some of the paperwork tasks off of her plate, and some of the busy things that others can do.
-Sandra Howard will be the liaison person between PMP and the Tour of the Arts Committee
-Bill Croft will sit on the Visual Arts Advisory Committee, as the liaison for our group, he will coordinate the Kimberley show and research other places where we might be able to show our work, like Cranbrook and Golden.
-Sherry Mallach will be the group treasurer. She will keep track of who has paid fees, who has registered for workshops etc. The PMP fees are 25.00 for the year, due in September. If you have not paid yet please make sure that Sherry gets your payment. She can be contacted at: She will soon be sending out a list of paid up members. We also pay 15.00 to the seniors for a membership and use of the hall, if you paint there. In order to display paintings in our Shows or the Tour under our umbrella you will need to be a paid up member.
- Gwen Pratt & Rowena Sinha will be responsible for scouting out local venues where we can hang our work and will keep it current.
- Sandra Brown will oversee the coordination(keep track of things) for Victoria, so hopefully nothing gets missed and Victoria has more time to paint. I will see if I can track down the real and virtual library we had and see what we can do to revitalize it. We invite everyone to our blog to see what Sandra H. has developed for us. The address is: . We wonder if it could become another method of members sharing information, asking questions, getting ideas on techniques etc.

If you have any ideas for any workshops you would like us to sponsor, or any teacher you would like us to bring in please email Victoria and Sandra B. If you would like to volunteer for anything please come forward. Remember our group is only as strong as we make it.

I took some notes at the meeting, but they are very sketchy so if I omitted anything please let me know. I look forward to seeing many more years of a robust PMP and the amazing art that our members are producing.

Thanks for your interest in, and contributions to our group. Cheers, Sandra Brown

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Press Release

Purcell Mountain Painters’ Autumn Art Exhibit
September 22 thru October 3, at Pynelogs

Valley residents and visitors are invited to join members of the Purcell Mountain Painters hosting their third annual Autumn Art Exhibit September 28 thru October 4, at Pynelogs. More than ten members are showing their latest works. Co-exhibiting with the Purcell Mountain Painters and sponsors are local artists June Thomson and Paula Cravens. The exhibition and sale will be open to the public daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Throughout the week, PMP members will entertain visitors with live painting demonstrations. Join the artists for wine and cheese from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Friday, September 24. Please tell your friends and plan now to attend.

The quality of PMP members’ works continues to improve, the result of a busy and productive year. In addition to meeting weekly to share expertise and enjoy painting, PMP held two workshops with recognized artists Liz Wilitzen and Doug Swinton, and participated in CVArts successful Tour of the Arts. Our busy fall season is underway with several new members, both experts and beginners.

Purcell Mountain Painters, an informal collaborative of more than 40 professional and amateur painters drawn from Canal Flats to Briscoe, welcomes anyone interested in painting and wanting to improve the quality of their work. Members meet every Tuesday morning, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Invermere Seniors Hall to paint and exchange expertise in the engrossing activity of painting. The Purcell Mountain Painters regularly organize and offer workshops by recognize experts from across Western Canada. Membership is open to anyone who loves art and is willing to become involved and share knowledge. For further information about Purcell Mountain Painters and our the Autumn Art Exhibit, please check out the PMP blog at http//, or contact Victoria Page, 250-688-0220.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tour of the Arts

I had fun with the Tour of the Arts. I just kept asking people to critique my work and was able to get feed back. I think that we had lots of people through our tents but some had already had their fill of Art by the time they got to us although I sold some work. I think it was great exposure and we all had a pretty good time dispite the weather which threatened to blow us over in the beginning. This is one of the watercolour that I sold.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ok Girls and Boys

Ok Girls and Boys

It's time to figure out how this works.

Would you like to write a blog here to show us what you are up to. I know that Sherry has some new work and Bill and Mary as well. After the Weekend with Doug Swinton June 25 26 and 27 we all should be fired up. Me well I just blew up and couldn't paint for a few days after. It happens. Hope I have enough work for the first of August and the Tour on the Arts.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

In The beginning.

This is the beginning of the Purcell Mountain Painters Blogspot. I am hoping that we all will feel like adding photos of our new and existing paintings and that you will add your own blogs and comments. This will be an open site that all Purcell Painters will be able to access and add to.