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30th Kootenay Boundary Regional Art Exhibition
November 20th, 2009 to February 28th, 2010

Welcome to the 30th Annual Kootenay Boundary Regional Exhibition! Traditionally, the Kootenay Boundary Regional exhibition has been an annual themed art exhibition, hosted by a different community in the West Kootenay each year. The exhibition is an open call exhibition where works are exhibited to the public and jurors provide feedback to artists through individual critiques and by selecting works to receive awards. This year, for the 30th anniversary, we broke tradition and embraced technology to offer an online exhibition though which we can share the rich culture of the West Kootenay with the world. Information about next year’s exhibition, hosted by the Revelstoke Arts Council at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, will be available in early 2010.

Many thanks to this year’s jurors, Richard Reid and Paul Crawford, as well as to the generosity of our sponsors: Cowan’s Office Supplies, Island Mountain Arts and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council. Thanks also to the artists, who have provided their “personal best” for you to experience.

Emerging Artists (click thumbnail for details)

Amber Austin
Salmon Moon

Amber Austin
Red Fish

Cindy Moser
The Root Fence

Steven Lalonde
Together in Temptation
Steven Lalonde
Orbicular Specimen

Oliver Davison

Established Artists
(click thumbnail for details)

Carol Huscroft

Carol Huscroft
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Deb Borsos
Lush Summer

Suzanne Makonin
Reflections (Dyptic)

Catherine Anne Nixon
Out of the Blue

Leslie Otterbein
Moulin Window

Joe Horvath
BC. Wilderness

Nathan Smith
Shovel Chair

Eliza Fry
Trekking the TransCanada

Natasha Smith

Deb Borsos
Land of Fish & Fowl

Leslie Otterbein
Schooldays Past

Ron Knox
Lake Louise II

Mirja Vahala
Robson Rocks

Mirja Vahala
Gimli Peak

Joe Horvath
Bow Valley Alberta

Tina Lindegaard
Fishing Village 1-5

Norm Sears
Campfire In the Pass


Picasso's "Don Quiote" by rabi'a

Ron Knox

Eliza Fry
Icarus in the Sand

Catherine Wetmore
Water Iris

Catherine Wetmore
Night Signals II
Sherri Soukoroff
Winter Creek

Sherri Soukoroff
Summer Creek

If you are interested in purchasing artwork from the 2009 Kootenay Boundary Regional Exhibition, please contact the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council (WKRAC) at: [email protected], 250-352-2421 or
toll free 1-800-850-2787.

Prizes in the following categories will be awarded by the jurors:

  • Exceptional artistic achievement in the Established Artist category
  • Exceptional artistic achievement in the Emerging Artist category
  • Scholarship award to the “2010 Tony Onley Artist’s Project”
    generously donated by Island Mountain Arts in beautiful Wells BC. For more information about the 2010 Toni Onley Artists Project please check out their website at:

Regional Exhibition Winners 2009

  • Exceptional artistic achievement, Established Artist: Deb Borsos, Lush Summer
  • Honourable Mention, Established Artist: Catherine Wetmore, Night Signals II
  • Exceptional artistic achievement, Emerging Artist: Amber Austin, Salmon Moon
  • Honourable Mention, Emerging Artist: Steven Lalonde, Together in Temptation
  • Scholarship award to the “2010 Tony Onley Artist’s Project”: Natasha Smith, Self-Determined
  • Bursary award to the “2010 Tony Onley Artist’s Project”: Eliza Fry, Trekking the TransCanada
  • Bursary award to the “2010 Tony Onley Artist’s Project”: Sherri Soukoroff, Winter Creek

People’s Choice Award Winner

  • Cowan’s Office and Art Supplies gift certificate: Deb Borsos, Lush Summer

Jurors 2009

Richard Reid
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1930, Richard Reid now lives in Christina Lake, British Columbia, 300 miles east of Vancouver. His work concentrates on the human figure but also includes landscape and abstract paintings. He works primarily in acrylic, oils, watercolour and intaglio printmaking.
He received his BFA at the University of Manitoba in 1955. He lived and worked in Mexico and then for several years in Europe, returned to Canada in 1964. From 1970-79, he was with the Fine Arts Department at UBC, as Assistant Professor and Chair of the BFA Programme. After leaving Vancouver, Richard became the founding Director of the Grand Forks Art Gallery (1984-2003) and a teacher in ECCAD’s Outreach Program. His work has been exhibited widely, nationally and internationally in over 75 solo and group exhibitions.
For further information about Richard Reid visit his web site 

Paul Crawford
Born in Vancouver, Paul Crawford now lives in Penticton, British Columbia. He is an art collector and is the Director/Curator of the Penticton Art Gallery. In 2004 to 2008 he was the Curator for the Grand Forks Gallery. He is the co-founder and host of the One Minute Play Festival, which is part of the Artswells Festival.
He graduated from the University of Victoria, 1994, with a degree in Fine Arts. He has owned a gallery in Victoria, has worked as a private art consultant for both corporate and private clients, and frequently tours and lectures about his collection around the province. His collection contains over 1500 works and includes Canadian art history from the thirties, until the present day.



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