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November – December
Featured Artist for May
Courtyard Gallery member, Krystyna Laycraft, was born in Poland. After immigrating to Canada, her career path led her to work at the University of Calgary as a scientist studying the Aurora Borealis. Following this, she created and ran the School for International Students. With a need to reduce an exhausting schedule, a dear friend introduced Krystyna to a course on the fundamental arts and she discovered something special that changed her life. “I fell in love with the process of being in nature, deeply observing the beauty of trees, streams, and clouds. I felt liberated and stimulated and found these artistic trips very therapeutic.” For the last twenty years, Krystyna has committed herself fully to her art projects, working in pastels for many years. Lately, she has found enjoyment in making collages, which are part of her exhibit as Feature Artist.
In 2012 a group of local artists came together with the vision of forming an art gallery in Enderby. With some fundraising and a start-up grant of $3000 from the Enderby and District Arts Council the newly formed Enderby Artists’ Initiative opened the doors of the Courtyard Gallery in April of 2013. In 2020 the Courtyard Gallery ceased to operate under the Enderby Artists’ Initiative as a result of a merger with the Enderby and District Arts Council (EDAC) and now operates as a permanent standing committee of EDAC.
The purpose of the Courtyard Gallery is to operate, on a nonprofit basis, an artist run gallery which provides opportunity for local artists to exhibit and sell their works.
We are an eclectic group, as you will see in our gallery. We display paintings in a variety of media; handcrafted jewelry; pottery; wood carvings; sculptures; weaving, books, and fibre art fabrics and apparel; as well as a variety of gift items.
This nonprofit, co-operative gallery aims to showcase the work of local artists and reach out to the community with workshops and exhibitions, as well as participate in local arts festivals.
February 1, 2020 marked the official merger of the Enderby and District Arts Council with the Enderby Artists Initiative (Courtyard Gallery).
The revitalized Enderby and District Arts Council and Courtyard Gallery continue to bring to the people of Enderby and District the art experiences that they have come to expect.
EDAC has moved it’s office to 617 Cliff Avenue, Enderby, BC.
As a member of Enderby & District Arts Council, the Courtyard Gallery supports the future Community Art Centre.
Cynthia Langford and Dawn Scott have been juried into the Thompson Nichola Shuswap Chapter FCA Regional Spring Fine Art Show and Sale in Kamloops. March 29- April 9th, 2022.
Courtyard Gallery artist Bonnie Baker-Bacigalupo received an Honourable Mention for her painting Return of the Sockeye in the Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists Show, which took place from April 13th to 24th in Kamloops.
Our member, Karen Oliver, received 2nd place in the Federation of Canadian Artists Show “Abstracted”, that took place at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island, Vancouver, February 22 to March 7, 2021. Karen’s painting was titled “Celebrating Movement”.
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Hours of operation: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
If you are interested in being part of this nonprofit, artist run gallery, please download our Application Form and return it to the gallery. Or you can also ask for an application if you are visiting in the gallery. You can contact us here for more information:
In order to get to know the Courtyard Gallery artists, we are introducing a Blog called Our Studios which we will be implementing throughout the year. The reader will see where they work, what inspires them, their routines, such things as their favourite music as they work and interesting tidbits. We hope you enjoy this insight into our artists.