Art in Empty Spaces


Everyone is a winner when local businesses, the Uptown Rutland Association and ARTSCO, work together. Empty storefronts awaiting new tenants or business spaces being newly configured by construction are being used creatively to make ‘pop-up’ art galleries. Lively places such as Portland, Oregon and Boulder, California have used the concept of energized dead spaces by placing art and it has proven to be beneficial to tourism, to building a sense of community pride, and as a way of framing history.

And now Rutland is celebrating its rich history by offering artists an opportunity to create art based on the areas’ unique history. The juried show was open to those who showed an understanding of and skill for depicting the influences that made Rutland what it is today.

The public is invited to enjoy the process of discovering by finding the many ‘pop-up’ galleries. Don’t forget to look up!

The Uptown After Hours event hosted by the Uptown Rutland Business Association on Wednesday, June 3rd from 5:00 – 7:00pm at Hollywood Station will host the various artists, the co-ordinators from ARTSCO and various business owners who have kindly donated their windows for the art show. If you would like to attend the After Hours event the cost is $8.00 per person. (includes appies and 2 beverage tickets)

On Thursday, November 26th works which have not yet been purchased will be auctioned at the Rutland Centennial Hall.

For more information contact


COF_logo_FINALA project made possible through funding from the Central Okanagan Foundation

A BIG THANK YOU to the Rutland Businesses who supported this project:

Valley First Building- 2nd floor Valley First Credit Union Rutland Plaza
Aubin & Associates Forsythe Chiropractic Willow Park Plaza
ORL – Rutland Branch Aphrodite In Me Spa Amir’s Market
Raz D Salon Benson Law LLP Norm Letnick, MLA
  • Mark Beaulieau, Maureen Lejbak and Colleen Dyson – Amir’s Market
  • Shannon Breadner – Raz D Salon
  • Marcela Valania – Benson Law LLP
  • Daniel Dearborn – Norm Letnick, MLA office
  • Elsie Fellows, Cherie Hanson, Jolene Mackie – Uptown Rutland Business Association
  • Caley Krantz, Bobby Vandenhoorn & Jolene Mackie at Aubin & Associates – Notaries Public
  • Bobby Vandenhoorn also at Forsythe Chiropractic
  • Sea Dean and Cyndee Bannister – Rutland Plaza
  • Jason Chan at the Okanagan Regional Library – Rutland Branch
  • Tina Knooihuizen, Shannon Breadner and Sheldon Pierre Louis – Valley First Credit Union
  • Gillian Rau – Aphrodite In Me Spa



Bobby Vandenhoorn – van den Hoorn Art Studio


There can be many different feelings, thoughts or emotions being expressed through each one of my artworks. The longer I have the viewer intrigued and curious with a painting I have created, the more successful the painting is in my opinion.

Not using any one artist style, but influenced by many, I create very bold and bright abstract oil on canvas artworks. You may pick up on influences such as impressionism, surrealism, and realism, or contemporary abstraction in my work. Put together, I work to add many layers and depth to provoke thought, stemming from an original and simple subject. Often you will see subjects arranged in such a way which your eye is not used to seeing in the traditional art world. On purpose I try to go against art norms and traditional art “rules”. As an example, you may see a horizon in the lower portion of a painting, or I may use cool colors in the foreground and warm in the background, on purpose. I may even mock the traditional “realism” style by adding the image of a “tear” directly through the realism style painting, and adding something in the new “torn” space. The idea is to give the viewer something much more interesting which they have never quite seen before.

My unique style is simply meant to provoke new thought, curiosity and interest through a classic method of painting.


Bobby Vandenhoorn, an artist by passion, was born on Vancouver Island BC in 1982, and has lived in the Lake Country area for the last 14 years. By the time he was 17 he was painting his first outdoor wall mural, and since then, he has commissioned over 50 different murals not only for homeowners in the Okanagan, but also for many business’ in the area. Aside from murals keeping him busy, Bobby’s real artistic passion is with oil on canvas. He uses a very traditional method, with a very untraditional, bold, bright and unique style. He has commissioned many custom pieces for others in the last 12 years in the Okanagan, as he is often approached to do custom paintings.

Bobby Continues to make the shift away from murals into canvas artworks, as this is his real passion.

Bobby Vandenhoorn,,, 778-215-4554

List of works

A Pinot Picnic $375

Adrenalin $400

Okanagan Firestorm $350

River Rocks $200

A Glass Half Full $375

Rutland Beat $


Caley Krantz


Since the time that I could manage a camera, I have looked at life through my lens. The photo’s that I’ve submitted are just a glimpse at how I see the world. These photos are pieces of my soul depicted through a photographic medium


I was born and raised in the Okanagan. I’m a self-taught photographer. My dad was an avid photographer and I drew a lot of inspiration from him. 

My passion with photography started with a 35mm film camera and has progressed with my DSLR. I have been an active member on and I have experienced tremendous support for the photography community.

List of works:

Piano 40″ x 20″ $210.00
May Days 24″ x 12″ $96.00

Cherie Hanson


St. Aidan’s Anglican Church on 365 Rutland Road North was built in 1933 in the early rural community as a central meeting place. The Church is a one-storey, front-gabled structure distinguished by its square front-projecting entryway with crenellated parapets and a round-arched entry with a wood-paneled door. The Norman arch between the chancel and nave was an intentional replica of the entrance to St. Aidan’s first church at Lindisfarne Abbey in Northumberland, England. 

Arts and Crafts style is evident in the steep pitched roof, exposed rafters and rough cast stucco. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hardie were owners of the local grocery and hardware store and it is they who donated the land for the church. Enoch Mugford, the superintendent of the Black Mountain District partnered with contractor Hector Maranda to design the church. Volunteers raised the tiny, beautiful structure.

My association with the church was established when I taught acting at Rutland Junior Secondary. My students wrote and performed versions of fairy tales that they made their own. The light coming through the windows of what was at that time a day care center was magical for the sharing of joy between teenagers and young children. The church is being considered for a Buddhist temple at the present time. The building took form as an idea of the small community of Rutland to provide a gathering place and it may survive for the same purpose. Buildings have a story to tell about the life of intention and the passing of time. The dignity of this structure is the theme of my three pieces. 


In university, I minored in art and as a graduate student worked with the curator of Western Washington College to hang art shows. I have worked principally as an artist since 1997. 

When I took my feng shui mixed media pieces to Vienna for a juried art show, I was selected visitor’s choice artist out of a group of internationally exhibiting artist. The 1997 Florence Biennale of Contemporary art adjudicators selected only ten artists out of the group of 847 exhibiting to have a specialized show hung in the Grand Hotel. My work was selected to hang in the dining room. In addition, I was awarded one of the only 64 jury prizes to be handed out at the exhibition and the only Canadian in attendance to receive both of these honors. I have exhibited in Prince George, Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sacramento, Firenza, Florence, Vienna, Palermo and throughout the Okanagan Valley. In the past five years I have written eight books which include drawings, and photographs throughout. I am now 70 years of age and have been creating art from my earliest memories. I feel like I am just “beginning to get it.”

List of works

St. Aidan’s Church I 24” x 26” Mixed media on digital photograph $500

St. Aidan’s Church II (Door detail) 24” x 16” Mixed media on digital photograph $300

St. Aidan’s Church III (Hinge detail) 24” x 16” Mixed media on digital photograph $300


Collen J Dyson AFCA SCA


The Balsamroot has become our city’s official plant and grows prolifically all over the area. The plant I chose to paint was situated close to the bottom of a large pine tree trunk. I chose it because it was well shadowed and dramatically sun-lit.  My challenge was to not only exaggerate the sunlight on the bloom, but to also show the subtle value changes that expressed the drama that I was looking for.

Recently painting using a black canvas technique, I’m attempting to bring the image out of the black surface.  The black becomes part of the image to exaggerate the flow from dark to light.  This results in very distinctive dark areas and satisfies my obsession with the light.


Being born and raised in the heart of the Okanagan Valley has offered Colleen many areas of inspiration.  Her technique is still evolving.  Painting realism for the first few years and earning a few awards was inspiring, but the need to push and grow was overwhelming for her at times. Changing her medium to oils at this time was very beneficial and she has never looked back.

Using a loose black canvas technique has proved quite successful for her in that it adds drama to the painting and is a good way to exaggerate the lights and darks in the piece.  She had been studying some of the old master’s paintings and this was a way of getting those lovely darks and solid forms into her own work.

Colleen holds memberships in several art organizations, and heads up a local art group.  Her work can be found on numerous online Art Societies as well as in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, Costa Rica, and the United Kingdom, and has been featured in a variety of publications.

List of works

Balsamhoriza 18” x 24” Oil painting $850

Cyndee Bannister


I enjoy photography. Always looking for texture, color, light and shadow  to add drama.


Cyndee started painting after she left her job as a nurse’s aide. She is self taught and has been painting full time for the last 16 yrs.  Growing up in Rutland, she spent many hours riding horses enjoying the rural beauty.  She paints many subjects, but her love for horses has always  been in her heart.  Her work can be seen at gallery 421 in Kelowna. Several pieces have been sold internationally.

List of works

Cowboy Dreams 18” x 24” oil $775

Grazing I 30” x 20” oil $990

Grazing II 30” x 20” oil $990

All Leathered Up 36” x 12” oil $1,145

Thoroughbred 36” x 12” oil $775

Daniel Dearborn


Wooden Flume: The BMID gravity system was the result of the purchase and amalgamation of the Black Mountain Water Company (subsidiary of the Belgo-Canadian Fruit Land Co.), the Kelowna Irrigation Company, and Rutland Estates. In 1925, BMID also took over the Rutland Drainage Works. The drainage works were necessary as a result of the furrow-type irrigation and relatively flat lands in the valley bottom. The primary source of water was by gravity from the Belgo Creek watershed through the Belgo flume. 

Apple Family: A painting of a family picking apples during the 1930s. The commercial production of tree fruit began in the Okanagan Valley in the 1890s. In 1893 the Kelowna Shippers’ Union began marketing and selling fruit in the mining districts of British Columbia.

The Postill Ranch: Last of the 3 paintings for the Rutland series, this one is called The Postill Ranch taken from a photo of The Postill Ranch 1897 Duck Lake, Ellison District, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.


Daniel is a prolific painter he would call his style impressionistic, preferring to painting with bright colours. He has been painting since he was thirteen and began selling his  in the 1970s at nineteen. Daniel paints scenes which resonate with people on an emotional level.  He draws on memory in some cases or visits then paints areas in our valley which evoke a mood, a feeling which causes people to connect with a long ago place or mood.  He says it’s taken years to fine tune his craft and even he notices his own progression from one artwork to the next.  Each work is a symphony of colour, layer upon layer until just the right effect is created. And create he must.  He cannot be truly happy unless he is creating something and since he appeared to have a talent for painting, it became his driving force in life.

List of works

Wooden Flume 36 x18 acrylic on canvas $500

Apple Family 36 x18 acrylic on canvas $500

The Postill Ranch 30 x24 acrylic on canvas $500

Gillian Rau


Gillian has developed a deep and lasting love for oils and is always delighted to share her passion and knowledge with adults and children alike. The delight Gillian enjoys in the subtlety of her chosen medium shows in the popularity of her style, which she describes as Impressionism/ Realism. Her work allows the viewer to recognize the truth and reality of the subject, and yet allows the freedom to imagine and read into the emotion of her work. In this way her art continually speaks to the heart and mind of the viewer.


This talented international artist was born in Zambia in the heart of Africa. After spending much of her life  in sun soaked South Africa , she was honoured to receive a Canadian Residency visa based solely on her artistic accomplishments. Gillian has settled in the beautiful Okanagan where she continues her love of oil painting teaches several adult group art classes at the LCAG ArtHouse and teaches a children’s Art Enhancement Program at Aberdeen Hall. She has exhibited in many exhibitions including the very popular ArtWalk, attracting some 7000 visitors annually. Commissions comprise the main body of her work. Her paintings hang in S. Africa, Australia, USA and throughout Canada.

List of works:

Rural Rutland 42” x 48” oil on canvas $600

Rutland Rainbow 61” x 76” oil on canvas $700

Rutland Sunset 61” x 91” oil on canvas $900

Lovers Bench 14” x 11” oil on canvas $250


Jason Chan


This is a continuation of the ‘Inversion’ series which started in Hong Kong in 2013. As a resident of Rutland, we often pass by these places regularly. Through the use of fragments within the city, I hope to create another alternative surreal universe of the place we are living in right now. Will we see our lives differently if an element in our daily life is distorted? Are we a distortion of reality if we each see the world differently?


Born in 1991 in Hong Kong, Jason is an international student currently studying Interdisciplinary Performance at University of British Columbia Okanagan. Through his work at UBCO, he received awards such as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Scholarship for International Students, Deans List Nomination, and Special UBC Award for Performance and UBCO International Community Achievement Award. Not only is he a theatre performer, but as well a sculptor, photographer and a musician. He is currently working on his final thesis performance as the musical director and actor of “Hall of Femme.”

List of works

Inversion Series I 36” x 24” Digital Photograph $200

Inversion Series II 36” x 24” Digital Photograph $200

Inversion Series III 36” x 24” Digital Photograph $200

Jolene Mackie


The idea of this project immediately caught my interest, as I was born and raised in the Rutland area. As a young woman, I always felt the need to escape my city to really pursue the arts in a serious way. After my education, and spending years away from home, I returned to Kelowna in 2010. Since then, I have been blown away by the vibrancy, diversity, and support of the creative community here in Kelowna, and have been delighted to thrive as an artist in my hometown. I see the beauty of this project, as it will bring life back to these empty spaces, and add a touch of magic around Rutland. My work is inspired by the world around me – it could be the light at a certain time of day, the way shadows fall through a leaf filled tree, or the movement of water or the wind. I create work that doesn’t necessarily represent a place in reality, but that hopes to remind the viewer of how you might have felt when you saw similar colours in the clouds, or felt the wind on your cheeks. I hope that these works will bring a touch of joy and whimsy to the windows of these empty spaces – and cause people who pass by to take a moment to reflect on the beauty of the world they are a part of.


Jolene Mackie is an artist living and working in Kelowna BC. Her current series of work bridges her fascination with the beauty in the world around us, and the magic of the human imagination. By exploring these themes Jolene takes the opportunity to reflect on the brevity of human existence, and find joy and whimsy in the imagination. It is easy to be humbled by the human experience – while art and culture is something that can ground us in the present moment, and allow us to truly appreciate our world

List of Works

Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks.
Oil on Canvas 20” x 30” $360

Today is your day. Your adventure is waiting so get on your way.
Oil on Canvas 18” x 36” $380

And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes – undirected.
Oil on Canvas 18”x36” $380

It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become
Oil on Canvas 24” x 36” $520

The gift of Reverie
Oil on Canvas 24” x 48”$650

Wisdom is Wonder
Oil on Canvas, framed 24”x36” $650

Home…the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
Oil on Canvas 24”x36” $520

Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.
Oil on Canvas 24”x36” $520


Marc Beaulieu



List of works:

Asian Temple Crimson Sky $450

Marcela Valania


Metamorphosis: From Orcharding to Creative Community is a metaphor for Rutland’s development. It depicts a tree, representing orcharding, as the basis for growth; the creativity and imagination of Rutland firmly rooted in its orcharding history, giving rise to identity and a rich community.

Interplay: Water and Land depicts the role played by irrigation in the development of Rutland – the interplay between water and land in developing a community.

Living in the Okanagan has inspired my art, and my painting reflects what I see and feel around me.

List of works:

Metamorphosis 20” x24” Acrylic on canvas $295

Interplay 20” x24” Acrylic on canvas $295

Maureen Lejbak

Artist Statement


Maureen Lejbak has been an event coordinator for over 30 years in Kelowna, B.C. She began painting about 8 years ago and is self taught.  Her paintings are a cosmic dance  between patterns, light, color, balance and texture.  Her philosophy with respect to her painting is to show up in her studio in the Lake Country Art House with an open attitude and go places in her paintings that she is inspired to go. She likes Picasso’s quote “I begin with something and then it becomes something else.”  These paintings encompass the spirit of the Okanagan which is incorporated in the history of Rutland (agriculture as seen in the wine industry and the landscape).

List of works:

Lonely Pine 16” x20” acrylic on canvas, framed $100
Dawn 16” x20”  acrylic on canvas, framed $100
Happy Hour 8” x 8” acrylic on cradle board $50

The Good Life 8” x 8” acrylic on cradle board $50

Sea Dean


John Matthew “Hope” Rutland left quite a legacy here even though he only spent 10 years in the area. I have compiled an illustrated chronology, which will be available on my website.

Trans Canada Air Pageant Rutland Airfield 1931

I have a fondness for aerial landscapes and here I show early travel, a Gypsy Moth plane and the SS Sicamous sternwheeler on Okanagan Lake.

Rutland Plumcot Jam 1909

John Matthew Rutland brought irrigation and commercial fruit growing to the Okanagan valley. He avidly studied varieties and hybridist Luther Burbank was so impressed that he named the “Rutland Plumcot” after him. The purple skin, bright red flesh and tart apricot flavour made it perfect for jam.

Irrigation Grows 100,000 Rutland Fruit Trees 1912

Although Mr Rutland was the first orchardist in Rutland, it was Stewart nurseries that created large scale plantings and irrigation. Water is crucial for growing fruit in the valley.

List of works

Trans Canada Air Pageant Rutland Airfield 1931, 48” x 24” x 2” Gallery Wrap Canvas – $690

Rutland Plumcot Jam 1909, 24” x 24” x 2” Gallery Wrap Canvas – $350

Irrigation Grows 100,000 Rutland Fruit Trees 1912, 24” x 24” x 2” Gallery Wrap Canvas – $350


Shannon Breadner


Shannon’s inspiration for bright, bold and thought provoking pieces come from her involvement and interest in personal growth and spirituality.  With the participation in many different types of spiritual circles and deep inner growth, images and motivation have driven Shannon to explore her creativity in a variety of different directions. With the love of the Universe, Mother Earth and the unseen forces around us, she taps into this energy to express herself in a raw, uninhibited way. 


During seven years of living in the Okanagan Shannon has grown and evolved as an artist quickly and successfully. With the inspiration of woman’s groups,  full moon groups and meditation groups her art has taken her from painting, 3D mixed media, sculptures, and installations as well as organizing shows, events and workshops. 

List of works

Breath 20” x 36” mixed media $980

Industrial Waste 20” x 36” mixed media $980

Pamona Goddess of Fruit and Harvest 24” x 36” Acrylic painting $950


Sheldon Pierre Louis

Statement/ Bio

Sheldon Pierre Louis, Great Grandson of the late Chief Pierre Louis, is a member of the Syilx Nation, from the Suknaquinx Territory.

For years Sheldon has honed his artistic talents within his community creating many pieces of work which were collected and utilized within the many departments of the Okanagan Indian Band, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Sheldon at this time is an instructor/community artist with Kama Aboriginal Arts Collective, Ullus Arts Collective. It is Sheldon’s belief that his artistic profession is the one aspect of his life that has allowed him to reach his own spiritual potential. Being raised on the Okanagan Indian Reserve Sheldon has experienced many things that had long lasting effects on his mental, physical, & spiritual well being. These issues that not only he, but every young person who has or is being raised in the Reservation System experienced, had not allowed for personal growth. Sheldon truly values spiritual health & well being and believes they are essential for a happy life. By creating his artworks he is releasing and letting go of the mental and spiritual limitations that were imposed on himself and his people. Due to the Residential School System that was forced on the First Nations People of Canada, many generations lost a truly sacred connection between Family, Tradition, and Land. The loss & damage from the historical trauma has left his people with many apertures within the Traditional Family System. With these gaps between generations, Sheldon as a First Nations person did not know how to cope, did not know how to accept, or express himself in healthy ways. His art was his only outlet. Through his works Sheldon is connecting back to his traditions and to his peoples history, and by doing so Sheldon has now become able to accept and confront the issues that confine himself and his people.

Sheldon has found a new sense of belonging and pride within his art. It is Sheldon’s life ambition to revive his culture within his art work, and in turn breathe life back into his people. The young people of Sheldon’s community are in need of role models and mentors, with a high percentage of the people lost in drug & alcohol abuse it is extremely difficult to find the necessary support and motivation to survive and become successful. By becoming a mentor through the arts not only is he excelling his artist abilities but more importantly it is giving him the knowledge and tools to help the youth of his community rise above that which holds them back. Sheldon believes that by mentoring the youth through the arts he can share his experiences, connect with them, and be the example that they can build a healthy successful life through the arts. Through his art he will assist the youth in learning to trust and share their experiences through healthy out lets, which will in turn start a new growing process, a new path for them to follow. In finding a new set of personal tools the youth will endeavour to seek successful life paths, find new careers, new achievements & opportunity.

List of works

Ke’ wa’ p – Becoming Silent 26” x 48” NFS

Xwlal – Coming Alive 36” x 37”  NFS

Tina Knooihuizen


My creative outlets are mixed media works with oil paint, photographing scenery and  also conceptual fine art works. I capture the beauty of God’s creation with the camera, both to minimally participate in and hold onto an infinitesimal part of it; I paint my imagination, intentionally avoiding realism and take that concept further into my fine art photographs; creating fantasy like scenarios that are a departure from reality.

I have, for the past 12 years specialized in designing interior spaces for a living. I find that my career in design overlaps into my artwork. You can see reflected a love for tactile finishes and materials… fabric, industrial, time worn etc. I’ve spent a great deal of time creating specialty wall finishes. As a result many of my paintings are quite textured, whether it be with plaster, thick oil paint or found materials that I have collected. My love of time worn character pieces and items that would otherwise be discarded, find new life in my home and works. In doing so, am moved to make a statement about our disposable society; where nearly everyone has something with them, that they can live without at all times; while also exploring the concept that all things created are beautiful in their own right.


Tina Knooihuizen studied fine arts at OUC and went on to study Interior decorating. She worked with a designer for several years before venturing out and starting her own design company Home at Last Interiors. Designing was only one of Tina’s creative outlets, she dabbled also in fine art painting and photography. After ten years in business, with the support and encouragement of her family, Tina made the shift from full time designer to full time artist. Tina has spent the last few years dedicated to learning photography and spends 4-5 days a week in her art studio painting. Tina facilitates family drop in at the Lake Country Art House and teaches art classes to children. She is currently working toward partnering with Cool Arts to teach diverse abled adults. Tina is a member of the Carrs Landing Art Group. She participates with the group in several art shows a year. Additionally, Tina has had her paintings and photographs in numerous juried exhibitions over the last several years. As of March 2014 Tina was nominated and named a director on the board of the Lake Country Art Gallery.

List of works

Post 4’x6’ Acrylic, Oilpaint and mixed media on Reclaimed 1920s hard wood flooring. $850.00

Bygone Era   18”x36” (aprox) Mixed media and oil paint on canvas. $360.00

Red apples remain 24”x36” (aprox) Oil paint on canvas $300.00

Lead on 18”x24” (Aprox) Mixed media and oil paint on canvas. $320.00

Elsie Fellows


Painted in 1961 it is believed this work was completed during a class. As well as painting in oils Elsie loved to draw charcoal portraits, still life scenes & flowers and also abstracts as well as making pottery.

This painting was gifted to June Forman who was a good friend to Elsie and who cared for her in her final years. 



Elsie was born 1913 in Horse Creek, Sakatoon.

By 1941 she lived in Campbell River and worked in a bakery.

Elsie and her husband later built and operated a Golf course.

Moving to Kelowna in 1982 where she lived until her death in 1991 



List of works:

Untitled            “ x “ oil on canvas       $1,000

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