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    The Joy of Plein Air

    Friday May 23 - Sunday May 25, 9am-4pm


    A 3-day outdoor* painting workshop with artist Gaye Adams, SFCA, MPAC

    3 full days (9am-4pm)

    3 locations (near Smithers)


    $249 members/$275 non-members



    Course dates: Friday May 23 - Sunday May 25, 9am-4pm

    Instructor: Gaye Adams, SFCA, MPAC (www.gayeadams.com)

    Skill level: intermediate to advanced oil painters, but also suitable for acrylic and watercolour. Demos will be in oil.

    Enrollment: limited to 10 participants

    Locations: Various locales around Smithers and Telkwa (*indoor locations will be arranged in the event of inclement weather)

    Supply list: see printable PDF attachment at the bottom of this page

    Cost for 3 full days: $249 (members of Smithers Art Gallery), $275 (non-members). Memberships are $25, valid May 1-April 30.

    Registration: Pre-payment is required, register at the gallery during open hours (Tues-Sat, 12-4pm) or by phone with a credit card (847-3898)

    Cancellation Policy: 50% of the registration fee will be refunded only on cancellations made 48hrs or more prior to the workshop

    For more information: 250-847-3898,info@smithersart.org





    The focus of this course will be to teach students how to paint a convincing landscape from the visual information presented in the field. It requires speed, accuracy, and concentration to render a painting in which the light and atmosphere “read”. I know of no better classroom than the outdoor landscape as it demands your best attention and skill.


    Topics such as seeing colors and values accurately, how to mix the right color and value and how to find a solid composition on location will be covered. In addition, instruction on how to arrange your painting gear so that it is portable and light will be discussed.


    The course will run for three days, and each day we will paint at a different location. The day will start with a demo (I will be working in oil paint) which I am planning to keep short to allow students an optimum amount of painting time. I would like students to work fairly small, no larger than 8x10 or 9x12, and endeavor to complete two paintings a day. More starts make for the most effective learning experience.


    - Gaye Adams




    BreakThru Noon : Artist Talk by textile artist Bettina Matzkuhn

    Wednesday April 23, 2014

    12-1pm @ the gallery


    Vancouver artist Bettina Matzkuhn has used the textile medium to tell stories for over 30 years. These include award-winning animated films, the bombed ruins of WWII Germany, a story of a 2300km bicycle ride, maps that mix fiction and fact, and billowing sculptural sails. Her talk will be a lively, illustrated tour of her ideas, working process and adventures. She will bring some original work and answer your questions. You'll never look at textile and thread in the same way after this.


    Keeners can learn more about Bettina and preview her work at www.bettinamatzkuhn.ca


    Admission by donation





    CANCELLATION POLICY 50% of the registration fee will only be refunded on cancellations made 48hrs or more prior to the workshop

    ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD AT THE GALLERY unless otherwise indicated

    Memberships are $25, valid April 1 – May 31


    Course Descriptions are available in PDF format for printing and download at the bottom of this page



    PLATTER MAKING with Susan Claysmith



    - Monday Feb 24, 6.30-9.30pm (3hr session – building & decorating techniques)

    - Tuesday Feb 25, 6.30-9.30pm (3hr session – building & decorating techniques)

    - Monday Mar 10, 6.30-8.30pm (2hr glazing session - post bisque firing)

    - Tuesday Mar 11, 6.30-8.30pm (2hr glazing session - post bisque firing)

    Level Any experience level

    Location 1960 Hudson Bay Mountain Rd, Smithers

    Fee $90 members/$100 non-members for 4 sessions, materials supplied


    Hand build simple platters and other 3-dimensional works in clay, using a variety of hand-building techniques such as shaping and assembling rolled slabs, simple pinching and coil-building methods. We will explore a variety of surface treatments on damp clay, including relief carving and stamping, as well as underglaze and glaze techniques on bisque-fired pieces using brushwork, stencils and resists.


    Participants should be able to complete anywhere from four to ten pieces during the workshop. When the final glaze firing is completed, participants will be notified of the pick-up day and time. Directions to the studio as well as a 'what to bring list' of everyday items will be emailed out during the week prior to the first session. Workshop cost is $55 members/$65 non-members per person, plus a materials and firing fee of $35/person which includes clay, glazing materials and firing costs.




    LIFE DRAWING with Chris Duncan


    When: Mondays March 3, 10, 24 & 31, 6.30-8.30pm (four sessions)

    Level: Beginner & Intermediate (NB: this is an adults workshop, nude models will be used)

    Fee: $70 members/$80 non-members for 4 sessions, materials supplied


    Improve your overall drawing/painting/sculpting skills with figure drawing. This series will cover drawing technique, short-pose gesture drawing, modeling form, anatomy basics, and rendering with attention to light and shadow. This class could be extended for 2-4 more weeks if there is interest from participants. If you prefer to use a standing easel and have your own, please bring it as the gallery only has four available.





    HAPPY ACCIDENTS with Nikki Laird (acrylic painting)


    When Wednesday March 5, 6-9pm

    Level Beginner & Intermediate

    Fee $30 members/$35 non-members, materials supplied


    Is the need to paint that perfect picture holding you back from your full potential as an artist, or is it stopping you from even starting? The endless whiteness of that blank canvas can be an intimidating prospect, or it can be an adventure waiting to unfold. Free the adventurer in you with some fun-filled exercises and experimentations that will lead you to new techniques and happy accidents. Burst outside your comfort zone by using a spatula instead of a paint brush, or a drip instead of a stroke, without worrying about the end result.




    NEEDLE FELTING with Lori Knorr


    When Thursday March 6, 6-9pm

    Level Any experience level

    Fee $30 members/$35 non-members, materials supplied


    Needle felting is a process which uses barbed needles to interlock wool fibres to form a more condensed material - it creates felt without the use of water. We will be creating a felt "painting" or a 3-dimensional object. This class could be extended for another session if there is interest from participants. Bring an idea/image to work from.






    COLOUR ME CRAZY with Nikki Laird (acrylic painting)


    When Sunday March 9, 1pm-4pm

    Level Beginner/Intermediate

    Fee $30 members/$35 non-members, materials supplied


    Learn to lighten and darken colours without using white or black to create richer and more luminous paintings. By the end of this class you will have explored the possibilities and the power of colour to convey a mood or an attitude, make a statement or whisper an idea. You will understand the difference between monochromatic, complementary and analogous colour schemes and how to create a painting using one of these themes.





    These workshops are brought to you at a reduced cost thanks to the generous support of Babine Animal Hospital


    Wintergold Arts & Crafts Fair 2014


    Friday November 28 & Saturday November 29, 2014


    If you are an artisan who would be interested in being in Wintergold 2014, please contact the gallery so that we can include your name on the invite list when we put out our call for applications later in the year.





  • The Smithers Art Gallery requires a Summer Intern who will be responsible for:


    - organising, promoting, and teaching summer art programs for children and youth including, but not limited to, two week-long art camps (ages 5-11yrs) and drop-in art activities every Saturday morning (all ages);

    - undertaking community outreach;

    - performing market research;

    - gallery staffing to open the gallery to the public;

    - assisting with the general administration of the gallery;

    - other duties as required.


    The Summer Intern works very autonomously. We are looking for an energetic self-starter with a creative spirit and the ability to work with minimal supervision and as part of a small team. Preference will be given to candidates with an interest or training in fine arts and/or education including Early Childhood Education. Preference will be given to qualified First Nations applicants. Competency in MS Office programs including Excel and Publisher, and confidence in dealing with the general public an advantage.


    Job Title: Summer Gallery Intern

    Reports to: Gallery Manager, Smithers Art Gallery

    Salary: dependent upon experience

    Hours: 35 hrs/week

    Hiring period: May/June through August including Saturdays (start/end dates and days worked will be negotiated and agreed between the Gallery and the successful applicant)


    Required Qualifications:

    • Must be aged 19-30 yrs

    • Full-time returning post-secondary student (must have been registered as a full-time student in the previous year and be returning to school full-time in the next academic year)

    • Legally entitled to work in Canada, between 19 and 30 years of age, and a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or have refugee status in Canada.

    • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; fluent in English

    • Must be willing to undertake a Criminal Record Check as a condition of employment


    Desirable Skills & Attributes:

    • An interest or training in: fine arts and/or education including Early Childhood Education

    • Experience working with children or youth

    • Proven computer skills: word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, data entry, Facebook

    • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team

    • Ability to forge relationships with individuals and their organizations

    • Confidence in dealing with the general public and children of all ages

    • Events management or marketing experience

    • Exhibits an energetic and creative spirit, ethical approach to work, and willingness to try new ideas

    • Experience working in the non-profit sector is desirable

    • Driving licence and vehicle an asset





    Applications must include current resume and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the position


    Enquiries: (250) 847-3898 or info@smithersart.org



    Applications may be submitted by post or email to:

    Smithers Art Gallery, Box 122, Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0




    Thank you for your interest. Only successful applicants will be contacted for interviews.
  • Having a meeting? Need a place to host an event or workshop?

    Did you know the Smithers Art Gallery rents out the gallery space?


    The gallery is available for rental outside of the hours we are open to the public. It has a well-lit interior with great acoustics and ample room for hosting events such as meetings, workshops and music coffeehouses. The Central Park Building, the art gallery, and the washrooms are all wheelchair-accessible.


    Facilities include:

    - 30 folding chairs

    - five 6'x2.5' trestle tables

    - kitchen facilities (sink, coffee-maker, kettle, microwave, crockery, and glasses)



    $15/hour members*, 20/hour non-members

    plus a separate $50 damage deposit. The damage deposit will be returned at the end of your event if no damage has been done to the gallery.


    *Memberships are $25, valid April 1 - March 31. click here for more information on the benefits of membership and how to join.


    Please allow time for set-up and clearing up after your event in your rental booking.


    How to book:

    Contact us by phone or email to make sure the date you are requesting is available - we will make a provisional booking for you which will be confirmed once you have signed the rental agreement and made payment.




    The PDF version of the rental agreement can be found below. The completed form can be mailed to the Gallery, or dropped off during our hours of operation, along with all fees. 

  • In 2011, the Smithers Art Gallery adopted a new strategic plan to develop a more efficient, effective, and productive system in which to operate. The plan aims to increase the diversity of our shows and events, increase public awareness of our organization and image, continue our community involvement and enrichment through art education, and increase our accessibility. 


    Click on the PDF files below for the complete Strategic Plan and Gallery Survey results!



    Why become a Member of the Smithers Art Gallery?


    The Art Gallery needs your support to remain the pre-eminent visual arts facility in the Bulkley Valley, showcasing the work of local and regional artists since 1971. The Gallery is almost entirely volunteer-run, and operates solely on grants and donations from the public.  Your membership fees go directly to fund art exhibits, workshops, classes, kids' art camps and to building a vibrant arts community here in northwest BC.

    The Annual Membership fee is still only $25. Memberships are valid April 1 - March 31.


    Member discounts & benefits


    • Discounts on Gallery art workshops, classes, and events.
    • Reciprocal membership benefits and discounts at 27 participating art galleries and museums in BC, Alberta, Yukon, Ontario, and the USA (see Reciprocal Membership brochure attached below)
    • Receiving special member bulletins and reminders of upcoming shows and events.
    • Being featured in the Artist Directory on our website - a well-used resource for people looking to purchase artwork!
    • Exhibiting work in the Gallery at a reduced commission rate
    • Exhibiting in the bi-annual Members' Show
    • Eligibility to take advantage of the Gallery's Payment Plan for the purchase of artwork
    • A vote at the AGM
    • Discounts at select Smithers' merchants and restaurants (see below):


    member discounts

    How to become a member

    By mail:

    Download a Membership Form from the link below and mail it with your payment (cash or cheque made payable to Smithers Art Gallery) to Box 122 Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0. We will mail you your membership card by return post.

    In person:

    Come by the Gallery during our open hours. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, credit, or debit.

    Thank you for your support!