Main Lounge: Michael Kluckner, images from the graphic novel Julia
Michael Kluckner is a Canadian writer and artist. His early books on the history of Canadian cities, heritage, planning issues and art, include the award-winning books Vancouver The Way it Was, Vanishing British Columbia, and British Columbia in Watercolour.
In recent years Michael has combined his drawing ability (in addition to his illustrated books he was once a newspaper cartoonist) with his love of history and of storytelling to create graphic novels, including Toshiko; 2050: A Post-Apocalyptic Murder Mystery; and Julia, published this year.
Julia chronicles the life of Julia Henshaw, an outspoken Canadian activist, novelist, journalist, botanist, explorer, and WWI ambulance driver who spent some of her extraordinary life in the Kootenays! In this exhibition we get to see the panels as they are created, and learn about the storytelling art of the graphic novel.
Teen Scene: Bethany Pardoe, paintings
“My name is Bethany Pardoe. I am a sixteen year old aspiring artist living in Nelson BC. Art has always been a massive part of my life. Whether it’s painting, drawing, sketching, sewing, or writing, I am constantly creating. I do art at least every day, even if sometimes I’m just doodling in my math book. Art is a way to express oneself without necessarily using words. There’s so many different styles, mediums and subjects from so many different people and I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunities that allow me to contribute my own voice. Especially in Nelson, there is so much creativity to get inspiration from.
Ever since I was small I’ve loved drawing people. As I’ve grown, my style and technique has evolved, and continues to evolve, but my main subject is still people. Every face is unique and I want to portray the different emotions through my art. My main medium is acrylic. I use vibrant colors to demonstrate a mood. Each painting I do is an experiment and I learn something new each time. Art will always play a prominent role in my life.
As well as creating art in all its various forms, I also enjoy reading, running, singing and cooking.
If you would like to see more of my art, you can check out my new instagram @ bethanypardoeart. If you have any questions you can email me at btp2101 @ gmail.com” – Bethany Pardoe.