Castlegar Art Walk Editor
Castlegar Art Walk 2014 runs until September 14, featuring more than 30 local and regional artists and artisans, displaying work at 26 venues around Castlegar. Maps for this self-guided art tour are available at the Castlegar Visitor Centre and the Castlegar News office. For more information, please visit www.castlegarculture.com/culture-guide/castlegar-art-walk.
Each week, The Castlegar News is featuring biographies from different artists in the show.
Artist Name: Rosemary Manarin
Venue: Common Grounds (#18)
Medium: Acrylic & Watercolour Paintings
Current City: Castlegar, BC
BIO and Artist Statement:
I am a retired public health nurse living in Castlegar and I like to stay active in local outreach projects, my church choir, trail-hiking, painting for Art Walk and writing a monthly newspaper column. I was inspired by my grandmother, a prolific artist, who painted primarily in the style of Emily Carr, a contemporary of hers. I first painted in oils, then watercolour, and recently acrylics. I paint to share appreciation of the beauty of the world around us.
I love traveling and was brought up going back and forth across Canada because my father was in the military. In my 20s I explored Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and more recently I have visited Cuba, Guatemala and Nicaragua with Habitat for Humanity.
When I moved to the West Kootenay area, exploring hiking trails became one of my favourite pastimes. British Columbia is such a beautiful place that I try to paint landscapes to show this special beauty and possibly urge the viewer to see everyday scenes in a new light.
This year, my show “Around our Beautiful Province,” is meant to give the viewer pause in awareness of the natural world around us. I am fascinated by the interesting shapes of the trees in our woods and the patterns they make, especially in silhouette and have tried to capture this in my Art Walk show at Common Grounds.