Visual Artist of the Month- Carrie Harper

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We have art on our walls for the month of September by local artist Carrie Harper! Carrie Harper is a mixed Media artist living in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Come down to the Streaming Cafe to see her works in person!
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Carrie Harper online: http://thepearworkshop.com & http://www.heartschoolkelowna.com/

Contact info: carrie.heartschool@gmail.com

Bio:
~Art is not the pieces we make or sell but our bravery to tell a story that no other can tell~

I remember the first time I said “artist” in relationship to myself. I puked up alittle of my lunch as the word left my mouth. It’s a funny thing, it felt like a brag or ego trip. I went home that night and thought about the power I attached to my vocation. If I was a plumber or a lawyer I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have had the same bile flavour as ‘Artist’. I believe that being an artist, working as someone who imagines and subsequently makes from imaginings, requires courage. I’ve never thought of myself as a brave person because I think I wished for more courage. It’s a relative thing and I realize that I am courageous though I have experienced turmoil and joy in my life. I am a student of all things Art and Spirituality, I hold dear that those two things are one and the same. I have the courage and surprisingly, the humility to call myself an artist, now, and my closest relationships are with artists so in 2013 I started heART school. I named it, created it and operate it out of a desire to perpetuate learning through creativity, collaboration and connectivity.

I studied at The Alberta College of Art and Design in the early 1990’s and discovered my own language of creativity above all else. I’m a mixed media painter who uses collage, paint, drawing and unexpected mediums. As my life is in constant flux and reformation so is my process that is reflected in my paintings. I know for sure that I will dream up and execute ideas until I’m one day unable and I will share openly my ways of an abundant life in the arts.Art as I know it is the story of human connection and the way we come together around those things. “Our digital devices have become a definer of our identities much like cars did in the last century. I see art as being part of that definition. Lately, I have been getting my art onto many people’s devices in my local area and would love to extend it out into the world.”

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Artist of the Month: Carrie Harper

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We are  very happy to have pieces from the wonderful and talented Carrie Harper hanging on our walls for the month of MayCarrie-in-her-studio-300x225.
Recently, Carrie has built a cultural hub called heART school at 375 Bernard Avenue in Kelowna (conveniently located above Starbucks). There are seven artists working from the space and countless musicians, poets and dancers that visit and inspire. heART school runs workshops, cultural events and listening nights.

more about Carrie Harper
Carrie Harper is a mixed Media artist living in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Carrie is a student of all things Art and Spirituality, in fact she believes that those things are one and the same. Carrie is inspired by Frida Khalo, Georgia O’keefe, Somerset Studio and her guardian Angels. Most of all she is amazed and inspired by her children.

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Carrie Harper studied at The Alberta College of Art and Design in the early 1990’s and through the experience she discovered a language of creativity. She appreciated learning a sense of self as well as technical skills. Art school fed right into her fascination with many creative modes and she immersed herself into any medium available; textiles, ceramics, photography, drawing, art history and more. As a painter her childlike love of process shows up in her mixed media work. Carrie uses collage, paint, drawing materials as well as other unexpected mediums. With each she discovers another facet of art making.

For Carrie art is the experience of expression rather than slotting into specific medium or subject.
Carrie believes, good art is not necessarily pretty or appealing, the purpose of art is not always to decorate or please. In our world it is art that sets culture, community and the hum of how we live. Art is never a finished work; painting, poem or play. Art is the story of human connection and the way we come together around those things.

 

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