The Tumbleweed Collective
The Tumbleweed Gallery is an artist collective. We aim to provide a strong and active voice within the Okanagan Arts community. Since our founding in 1996, the Tumbleweed Gallery Collective has been continually challenging and exploring individual advancement in the arts. Together our members strive to promote and nurture the growth of contemporary art in B.C.
Liz’s work is bright and spontaneous, with layers and textures built one upon the other. Liz has been featured in group and solo exhibitions in the Okanagan Valley and Vancouver. Liz is also a member of Art House Penticton and exhibits regularly at Hillside Winery, Penticton, B.C.
Susan owns a unique style which is energetic, playful, bound by discipline and tradition. Using a combination of mixed media she likens her art to a ‘construction’ to produce her natural and organic pieces. A thread runs through Susan’s work that makes it unmistakably hers.
The art of Carol Munro takes many forms, and is influenced by the nature and geography of her surroundings in the Okanagan Valley. Carol’s artwork includes; encaustic and mixed media paintings, encaustic monotypes and dimensional pieces involving handmade paper.
The art of Jenny Long merges the school of abstract expressionism with the act of portraiture. Her subjects are more than an individual simply caught in time. The paint itself becomes just as important as the person it is describing. The language of each painting is heated by emotional, instinctual play with the paint.
Kirsten paints still life images; fruit hanging heavy on a branch, or in a bowl surrounded by the empty darkness. Her art plays with negative space and unseen tensions: it is something altogether different, exciting and new.
Jessie Dunlop is a visual artist. Originally from England, she now calls the Okanagan home. Her work has been described as “dreamlike” and “otherworldly”. It is inspired by fairy tales, found images and the dark stirrings of the imagination.
Jan Little is a Canadian artist known for her whimsical paintings and illustrations of local flora, fauna and friends. A graduate of Emily Carr University’s film animation department, she has spent the last 15 years expanding her art practice to include several mediums and practices including commercial illustration, design, painting, sculpture and dance. Her work seeks to reveal the reality as she knows it in the beautiful and funny world she sees herself in.
Vikki Drummond has been creating with words, paint and graphite for as long as she can remember. Her paintings are a process of adding, removing, drawing, scribbling, writing, wondering, scraping and eventually stopping. She works in layers and is under the impression that she stops when she sees the finished work. Her technique is revealed in the bits that show through, like a secret or a dirty thought.
Who knows why we do the things we do? Vikki started her advanced education in the Fine Arts program at Okanagan College after high school. However she left to follow a boy into the Business program and pursued a degree with a major in sales and marketing. She proceeded to spend many years in this field.
Finally she has found her way back to what she really does. Vikki is currently represented by ARTE Funktional Gallery in Kelowna, BC as well as the Tumbleweed Gallery in Penticton, BC
The beauty that surrounds Britt in her hometown of Penticton, BC is what inspires her daily; the landscapes, the animals, the natural flora, the people – her inspiration draws upon them all. Britt’s passion for the arts was fostered at a young age, influenced largely by the creativity of the many talented women in her life. Upon completion of a Bachelors of Commerce degree at the University of Northern British Columbia, She went on to study Ceramics and Painting at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She credits time spent working and travelling out-of-doors, for fostering her love of nature.
Jolene Mackie is an artist living and working in Kelowna BC. Her current series of work bridges her fascination with the beauty in the world around us, and the magic of the human imagination. By exploring these themes Jolene takes the opportunity to reflect on the brevity of human existence, and find joy and whimsy in the imagination. It is easy to be humbled by the human experience – while art and culture is something that can ground us in the present moment, and allow us to truly appreciate our world