Crowsnest Pass artists come together for The Arts Station’s latest exhibit

Kari Lehr and Karen Tamminga-Paton are both painters who live and work in the Crowsnest Pass.

Two artists have teamed up to create the latest exhibit to show at The Arts Station, Woven Fine.

Kari Lehr and Karen Tamminga-Paton are both painters who live and work in the Crowsnest Pass. Through their use of evocative colour and organic imagery, the artists have created a wonderful combination of paintings that are both intensely personal and thought provoking.

Both women are currently working through their mothering and nurturing years, as well as the changes that come with mid-life, a universal experience that comes through in their work. Their pieces naturally complement each other, leaving the viewer with a clear sense of who the artists are.

Kari is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design and spent 20 years illustrating for various agencies, studios, and corporations around North America. Today she pursues her own vision, working primarily in acrylic with collage elements, as well as chalk pastel. Karen graduated from the University of Waterloo and Queen’s with a focus in environmental education and a minor in fine art. It was after taking part time studies at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design where she was inspired by Vancouver artist Nora Blanche. Karen now divides her time between raising her three daughters, teaching high school fine arts, and working in her studio.

Kari and Karen held the opening reception of Woven Fine at The Arts Station last night.