Artist Neil Pinkett featured in Williams Lake Art Walk

Art Walk gives artist a venue to display talent and allow residents to see South Cariboo artwork

Williams Lake artist and art teacher Ivanna Crosina admires the work of 100 Mile House area artist Neil Pinkett during the grand opening tour of the 2016 Art Walk and Sale in Williams Lake on Aug. 5. Crosina's work is hanging in the Alley Katz Bistro. The Art Walk continues until Sept. 10.

Williams Lake artist and art teacher Ivanna Crosina admires the work of 100 Mile House area artist Neil Pinkett during the grand opening tour of the 2016 Art Walk and Sale in Williams Lake on Aug. 5. Crosina's work is hanging in the Alley Katz Bistro. The Art Walk continues until Sept. 10.

By Gaeil Farrar

100 Mile House area artist Neil Pinkett is showing his work this month at the 2016 Art Walk and Sale in Williams Lake, which kicked off with a guided walk around the community on Aug. 5.

His work is on display at Re/Max Williams Lake Realty.

Originally from Nottinghamshire, England, Pinkett moved to Canada in the late 1990s and has lived in the South Cariboo for the past eight years.

“I am a self-taught artist,” Pinkett states in his biography.

“I work primarily in oils and acrylics, but previously concentrated on drawing, often using a pointillist technique that shows to some degree in my paintings.”

Pinkett says his favourite subjects are trees and reflections on water, which are beautifully reflected in his collection for the art walk.

“I get much of my inspiration from the Canim and Ruth lakes area, but I also slip in the occasional scene from previous haunts (Jasper, Vancouver Island, Yorkshire, and the Outer Hebrides).”

Over the past decade, he has had several solo art shows in British Columbia and Alberta, and has participated in numerous group shows.

He has also painted murals in 100 Mile House.

Some of his work has been published, including a small illustrated book on the Isle of Harris in Scotland, and a series of sheep-themed cartoon postcards.

The 2016 Art Walk and Sale in Williams Lake has grown substantially this year to include 63 business and public venues hosting the work of more than 63 artists.

Last year, 54 artists and venues participated in the art walk.

Art walk booklets are available at the Tribune/Weekend Advisor in Williams Lake and at the various venues hosting the work of the artists.

By having their passport booklets stamped at the venues they visit, art walkers have the opportunity to enter a draw to win the grand prize of a beautiful Prosperity Bear carving created by Spirit Carver Dean Ross.

The bear can be seen along with some of Ross’ other works at the Lake City Auto Care Mall on Oliver Street.

Walkers qualify for entries for the grand prize draw according to the number of stamps collected: 1-16 stamps equals one entry; 17 to 32 stamps equals two entries; 32 to 48 stamps equals three entries; and 48 to 63 stamps equals four entries.

Walkers also have the opportunity to participate in The People’s Choice Awards by voting for their favourite artists and merchants.

The three most popular artists and merchants will be recognized with a people’s choice award.

Gaeil Farrar is a writer for the Williams Lake Tribune.