Throughout the year the Kamloops Arts Council profiles a different member or donor, so that you can get to know the diverse and talented community that makes up the KAC. This month we feature Natalie Reimer.
How long have you been involved with the Kamloops Arts Council?
I have just recently signed up to be involved with the Kamloops Arts Council, in March of this year (2016).
Why did you get involved?
How I got in involved was thanks to a conversation with Kathy Sinclair, who encouraged me to share my work, and encouraged me to be involved.
Tell us about your artwork:
Every picture I take, every sketch, painting, piece of pottery, and song I write has a bit of me and my personality in it. Not to make a show of myself by any means, but to be fulfilled that I am creating, and creating with a purpose. I like to create in all of those ways but my favorite is photography.
What are you looking forward to this upcoming year? A special show or project you’re working on?
In this upcoming year I am looking forward to starting my own business in the arts. I have had this dream for too long and it is about time I take action and do something with it.
Why is it important to support the arts?
Why are the arts important and why support them? Where do I start, the list is endless. What comes to mind first is the way our brains work. Left being logical, and right being creative, both work together and are both needed. If we didn’t support the arts or neglected them we would be neglecting a part of ourselves. Not just that, but art is used to help people in various ways by empowering the artist to have a greater impact on society and culture.
What would you say to someone who’s considering becoming a member with the Kamloops Arts Council?
I have found that it is a good opportunity to be involved in your community and connect with other artists. It has helped me with my confidence in identifying myself as an artist. I am still new to the Kamloops Arts Council and I am excited to learn more.