Whassup at Pynelogs
By Cajsa Fredin
Executive director

Holy Toledo! It’s hot out there! Whether you are heading to the mountains to cool off in the tall trees or to the beach to rip it up on your flamingo floaties, come cool your boots in our sweet A/C and check out some of the other great ideas that make humans awesome. There is a whole ton of artistic thought that goes into the everyday design of our most favorite things, from the shirts you wear to the cup that holds your cuppa’ joe, there’s really nothing in this world that would be if it weren’t for Art! 

At Pynelogs, the Functional Art and Design show exhibits seven Artists whose work captures the fine balance of purpose and aesthetic.

Delicate hammered silver and soft glass vases by Ariel Hill remind one of the summer campfires and starry nights, while beautifully laminated mixed wood paddles by Lyle Archambault are not just for the walls but for adventures in whitewater rivers and sunsets on lazy lakes. Vibrant handblown glass lights by Leah Allison cast perfect sparkle over summer cocktails with friends, and the soft and simple lines of Jenna Black Ceramics are the ideal vessel for ice cream and berries on the porch. While the world of fashion has its flashy suits and edgy lapels, the unique design of Untamed Fernie by Emma Stevens keeps the heart of the Kootenays sewn deep into the style with her own photography featured in the pattern. Bold fibre work by local artists Sharlene Scofield and Alison Bell is a peek into the vast world of block printing and fibre art, from siesta inviting pillows to wool spun mountain memories.

Yes, there is a lot of thought and skill that go into these everyday designs, but you’ll also see there is a ton of heart!

The Functional Art and Design on now at Pynelogs by Kinsmen Beach (flamingo floaties optional), June 21 through July 11.

Follow us along on Instagram and Facebook @columbiavalleyarts for online viewing.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, so come on in for a visit and a cool down. 

Columbia Valley Arts is again excited to bring the Mountain Mosiac Community Art project to you with free mini landscape painting art kits, available for pick up at Black Star Studios from June 30 to July 1! Go for a walk in the wilderness, sketch the beautiful Canadian landscape, then…paint it! #mountainmosaic2021