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Cool Arts Society

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James Martin - March 2017

James is a 22 year-old autistic artist, born and raised in Kelowna. James loves exploring and mixing textures and colours.  Layering textures has been one of his favorite things since childhood. James loves to build layered landscapes, whether in nature – with sand, gravel, sticks and leaves; at home – with playdough, hundreds of stickers or pillows and blankets, or in the studio – with potter’s clay or multiple layers of paint.  James also loves being with others while he creates.  As a longtime family friend put it:  "The sheer joy that I have seen on James's face when spending time with family and friends, or doing an activity that he loves, is represented in his art!"

Melanie Marcotte - December 2016

"My art shows my passion for life and nature, and also love for my family around me. I love my planet."

Mel is an artist and also an artist representative on the Cool Arts' Board of Directors. She was born in Powell River, B.C. in 1976 and moved to Kelowna four years ago. She loves to do sign language and studied for two years at Emily Carr College of Art.


Shannon Armstrong - May 2015

Shannon is a very enthusiastic participant in the Cool Arts program. Her colours are always vivid and lively. Shannon's work was featured in the 2012 BCACL Conference Newsletter and promotional materials. Congratulations Shannon!

Meet Shannon Armstrong! 

Shannon poses with her newly painted canvas

Shane Cook - May 2012

Shane is an avid wildlife photographer and Cool Arts artist. Shane has taken an interest in photography for over nine years and has an extensive portfolio featuring everything from hummingbirds and deer, to wildflowers and dynamic, natural ice formations.  Shane is also a regular participant in Cool Arts regular and advanced weekend workshops. His subject matter consists primarily of geography and natural forces. Shane's photographic works are currently on display at the Rotary Centre for the Arts mezzanine.

Shane's "Storm Series"
Hummingbird Series on display
Shane's "Diversability" painting


Francis - April 2012

Today I learned of the passing of a dear man named Francis. Francis attended the Cool Arts midweek program for the last few years. He graced our classroom with his boisterous laugh and cheery smiles. Francis often drew pictures of lemons and plums; and his favourite colour was red. Francis will be dearly missed. Francis; I hope you've found your new pair of slippers. Safe journey good man.

Meet Francis!

Francis working hard on a new painting

Smile for the camera!