Monday, 28 November 2011

Holiday Cards - Still available!!!!

Cool Arts Holiday Cards
Set of four for $7  
Two sets for $12   
To order email Rena at

To see more cool stuff, view our Cool Merchandise page

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Felting with Amy Burkard

Coralie prepares carded sheep fleece for felting

 Fleece Monsters

Felting Queen Amy Burkard

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Papergirl comes to Cool Arts

"Papergirl" Sarah Parsons shares her storybook illustrations with Cool Arts
Something very exciting is happening on October 15th at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. What do you get when you combine creativity with random acts of kindness??? You get "Papergirl" a global event that is seeing its second year in Kelowna. Papergirl spokeswoman Sarah Parsons has brought this event from to Kelowna from Germany where it all began. Creatively inspired individuals create works that will go on display at the Rotary Centre, and then are randomly delivered to individuals throughout the community. To learn more about how you can get involved go to Papergirl Kelowna via

Thank you Sarah for making this wonderful video featuring Cool Arts artists and their storybook illustrations.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Beebox Exhibit at the Orchard Museum

Artist Representative Jordan Lige
 If you haven't check out the show yet at the B.C. Orchard Industry Museum then mark it on your list of "things to do". Cool Arts Society members have participated in the multifaceted "Beebox Project" which is currently on display. Painted bee boxes, photographic works and a short film documenting their process of engaging in the importance of bee keeping in our local agriculture will be on display for the next few month. Don't miss it!
Hand painted bee boxes and photographic works by Cool Arts

Orchard Industry Museum Ex. Director Patti Kilback and Cool Arts directors Lucie Parent and Anjy Bonten

Cool Arts Executive Director Rena Warren gives a brief explanation of the Beebox Project

Monday, 15 August 2011

"Hot Night" Fundraiser a Huge Success!!!

Thank you to everyone who came out and made the 2nd annual "Hot Night for a Cool Cause" such a success. See you next year!
Panorama of the Stonebridge's lovely home; site of HNCC 

Volunteer Hannah and Director/Treasurer (and fabulous quilter) Lucie

Artist Mark and supporter/friend Pat

Caregiver Danica and artist Katie wearing their fabulous fascinators

Artist Scott and Director/Fundraising Coordinator Anjy

Artists Kat and Laura and volunteers Larkin and Hannah

Lovely evening concert by Ellen Churchill Trio

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Silent Auction at HNCC - Don't miss it!!

This week marks the last opportunity to get your tickets for a fun and hot, Hot Night for a Cool Cause. Featured here are a few of the art items that will be up for bid.

Lucie Parent is currently in the process of creating a gorgeous, "on-of-a-kind" art quilt featuring batiks created by Cool Art artists. This item will be up for bid.

 Landscape painting by Shane Cook

Orchard trees by Maria Schmitke with ground prepared by Scott Gould

Landscape painting by Jordan Lige

Colourful landscape by Shannon Armstrong

Landscape painting by Crystal Giddings, with ground prepared by Katarina Gerhardt

...and many, many more!!!

To purchase a ticket for our fundraiser call Rena at 250-448-5533 or email

Friday, 8 July 2011

Life Drawing at the Ballet

 In late winter, Alison Moore invited Cool Arts to attend the rehearsals at Ballet Kelowna and the Canadian School of Ballet for the purpose of Life Drawing. Artists participated in 2-3 Life Drawing sessions then applied this practice to these large-scale collaborative works on canvas. Instructors Rena Warren, Anjy Bonten and Shauna Oddleifson facilitated these workshops. The works are currently on display at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
Collaboration by Hoey, Dylan, Katie and Janice 

Collaboration by Mark, Shane, Laura, Katerina and Kathryn 

Collaboration by Maria, Scott, Todd and Jordan

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Hot Night for a Cool Cause Painting

Cool Arts artists, under the instruction of Anjy Bonten, create original works to be auctioned at the upcoming 'Hot Night for a Cool Cause' FUNdraiser. For the small price of 35$ enjoy a BBQ, dessert, silent auction and live music by Ellen Churchill Trio, all in a pristine outdoor setting overlooking Okanagan Lake.  For tickets write to or

Katie's gorgeous fundraiser donation

Shane's beautiful Okanagan landscape

Coralie's colourful and textural creation
Janice's vibrant composition
Kathryn's bold and textural exploration

Collective creativity unfolding

Tuesday, 7 June 2011


Mark pulls a new sheet of paper from the pulp bath

Creative Chaos

Dylan sponges water from his new sheet of handmade paper

Kathryn pulls a new sheet of paper from the pulp bath

Jeff places decorative elements for his paper

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Beebox Site Visit

Shane gets suited up

Shannon, Shane, Coralie and Kevin prepare to venture into the bees

Shane and Kevin get ready to deliver painted bee boxes to the beeyard

Jordan and his beebox

Cool Arts artists and their beeboxes

Today was the perfect day, warm spring sunshine in a farm yard smelling of fresh hay and pennycress. Cool Arts artists bravely ventured into the world of bees, donning suits for protection and carefully hand delivering painted bee boxes; new homes for the honey bees.

The timing of the deliver was most fitting as May 29th marks the official 'Day of the Honeybee". 

Cool Arts artists learn that honeybees are not aggressive and that by moving slowly and remaining calm and respectful of their environment, artists and honeybees can work together in lovely harmony.