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Posted: October 3, 2016

John de Jong featured artist for October

Cranbrook and District Arts Council (CDAC) is proud to present John de Jong as the Featured Artist for the month of October.

During October, starting today (October 3), you can come into the Gallery at 1013 Baker St., during office hours, and enjoy John de Jong’s wonderful work.

John de Jong
John de Jong

John Alexander de Jong’s art started as a hobby and in 1984 he enrolled in painting classes to fine tune his interest. An invitation to display his work at a Cowboy Poetry Gathering has resulted in now attending various juried shows throughout the year.

The focus of his subject matter is on western themes, but also includes wildlife and landscapes. He draws much inspiration from the mountains in the East Kootenay and its diverse, natural beauty, and his own personal experiences.

His artwork is collected by many corporate and private collectors across Canada and internationally, has been the subject of a number of magazine and newspaper articles, has received Artist of the Year awards for the Guide Outfitters Association of BC and has been filmed in an episode of the Cowboy Country TV show, which featured his western art. He will also feature his art at a month long two person show at the Medicine Hat Cultural Centre in Alberta entitled ‘Nature and the West – 2 perspectives.’

John’s art has also been shown at the CM Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana in the Masters in Miniature Show. John has also been a featured poster artist for the Maple Creek Cowboy Poetry Art and Gear Show.

Future plans include an emphasis on painting the western lifestyle and countryside and to communicate to others a way of life that is tough, appealing and envied.

Also hosted by CDAC

Self-Exploration through Art Therapy – Workshop given by MaryAnn Miller: Experience first hand the healing power of Art – Memory Box, Wish Doll, Painting and more. Wednesdays beginning October 5, at CDAC, 1013 Baker St, from 7 to 9 p.m. This workshop runs for five weeks. Members: $100, Non-members: $110 for the full workshop. Materials included. Call 250-426-4223 to register.


Cranbrook & District Arts Council had its AGM on September 22, at 7 p.m. CDAC welcomes its new board members for 2016/2017: Steen Jorgensen, President; Jenny Humphrey, Vice-President; Jeannette Lavoie, Treasurer; Yvonne Vigne, Secretary; Howie Mason, Director; Bill McColl, Director; Kelly Henderson, Director; Colleen Osiowy, Director; Michael Lee, Director.

Come to the art Gallery, visit the CDAC website, and support your local artists.

We hope to see you there!

Cranbrook & District Arts Council

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