Our 2021 Art Selection Panel
We are truly grateful to these talented artists who generously shared their talent, time and expertise to help us select the very best of our art for the Art of Gratitude Show.
Marla Blackwell was born in Vulcan, Alberta and moved to Calgary upon completion of high school. Although the prairie and wheat fields were her home as a child, she always loved the foothills and now resides west of Cochrane, Alberta. Creativity has always been her passion and expresses it in her paintings. Western Canadian landscapes painted in acrylics and watercolors are her favorite subject material although she embraces all forms of fine art. Marla has developed her style and technique by enrolling in several workshops with well known Canadian artists, Mike Svob and Brian Atyeo, as well as Ron Ranson from The UK. Her paintings are available through exhibitions and at the Cochrane Arts Central Gallery She believes that painting every spare moment and being inspired by nature and the beauty around this great country is what drives her passion. https://www.marlablackwell.com/
Jessica Hedrick exhibits her art in four galleries across Canada and the US. She regularly teaches classes out of her home studio as well as travelling for workshops out of town. Jessica has owned her own gallery in Vancouver, BC. and now lives in Kelowna and works at Hambleton Galleries. After moving to Kelowna Jessica embraced The Face of Kelowna by finishing over 250 portraits of Kelowna residents for a Canadian Mental Health Association fundraiser. Ms. Hedrick was appointed to the Board of the Kelowna Art Gallery in April 2019. http://www.jessicahedrickart.wordpress.com/