Each month 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 Donna Bowie.
How long have you been involved with the Kamloops Arts Council?
I have been a member of the Kamloops Arts Council since 2008.
Why did you get involved?
I became involved because I discovered a passion for creating pottery. The Kamloops Arts Council gave me the opportunity to meet all types of artists as well as the opportunity to become familiar with many different venues to sell my pottery. I was given the opportunity to be included in the Art Walk, Christmas at the Courthouse, Art in the Park, and showcasing my work in the Kamloops Arts Council Main Gallery at the Old Courthouse when I was a very new potter.
Tell us about your artwork:
I mainly do hand built (slab work) pottery, my main theme is dragonflies, although as I change and grow so does my artwork. My pottery is becoming more organic, playful, and spiritual all the time. I create whatever inspires me at the time of building a piece. At this stage of my life I get more and more of my inspiration from nature.
What are you looking forward to this upcoming year? A special show or project you’re working on?
I am looking forward to the annual Thompson Valley Potters Guild Sale (this sale takes place the first Saturday in November). I’m also looking forward to supplying local retail stores as well as attending as many art functions I can. I am excited about going this year to the many craft fairs throughout Kamloops, although this year I will be attending instead of vending.
What would you say to someone who’s considering becoming a member with the Kamloops Arts Council?
I would tell someone who is considering becoming a member to please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to become connected with a well run organization that will benefit you and your art, whatever type of art that may be, immensely.