ABOUT KAMLOOPS ART PARTY
A fun and creative art experience
177 Tranquille Rd
Kamloops Art Party is a locally owned and operated company which offers paint lessons and workshops, private painting parties, birthday parties, team building events and an art boutique. It hosts a variety of ways to access the act of creation including a safe space studio, online and at home options to have a fun night with no experience needed, further your art skills, or start a career in the arts. Started in pubs and restaurants in 2017, it has since grown into the most fun and creative studio in town.
Come see our welcoming studio and boutique at 177 Tranquille Rd, on The Shore.
The best place for creative kids. Birthday parties, after school weekly classes, and fun filled spring and summer camps available.
Book private adult art parties to spice up your birthday party, work party, batchelorette, any and any other excuse to have a get-together with a minimum of 8 participants. In studio or at a private residence.
No experience required
About the Artists
Carly Schmidt is passionate about making art creation accessible to everyone. Voted best artist in Kamloops 3 years in a row, she is making a big splash in the local art scene.
A Kamloops artist and the owner of two local businesses, Kamloops Art Party and Schmidt Faced Artistry. She has been selling her work locally as well as internationally for over 14 years. From teaching and coaching for over 18 years, the love to pass one knowledge and inspire others only gets stronger.
Carly especially loves teaching realism, wild life painting, acrylic, watercolor, anime, texture and pastels.
You can find more of her work on facebook, instagram or at www.schmidtfacedartistry.ca
Jennii is an earth friendly artist born and raised in Vancouver and has been a Kamloops resident since 2004,
Growing up she was influenced by graffiti, trains and back alley art. Into her teens and pre-adult, Jenni worked through painting and spray painting, to pastels and charcoal.
Jenni is a loving mother who taught her children to draw before they walked as babies. Jenni has rooted them to show off the creative side and share with the world.
With a passion for teaching children and encouraging others specializing in acrylic painting, resin pouring, street art, graffiti, watercolor, and jewelry creation.
You can check out Jennii’s one of a kind paintings, jewelry, miniatures and resin work live in the boutique or from the Kamloops Art Party Store
Follow her online at @kamloopscreator on Instagram
Alime Irmak is a self taught mixed media artist specializing in abstract, illustration and textiles. She is especially inspired by the obscure and weird and utilizes color and texture in all of her work to create strange and beautiful pieces.
When she was 9 she became inspired to start sewing dolls. Over the next decade and a half she has experimented and honed in her sewing practice, merging her spiritual practice with fibre, and now she creates dolls infused with crystals, which have their own unique healing properties.
Alime is also a part time art instructor for the Kamloops Arts Council and runs art workshops for their Crossing Bridges Outreach program, helping people in the Kamloops community connect with their creative side.
Liz Thiessen is a self taught artist in Kamloops BC. Specializing in Pet Portraits and custom pieces of many kinds, she recently was featured in a Pet Portrait Artists of BC calendar along with 5 other artists and won an Honorable Mention award in Kamloops Art Exposed Regional Exhibition 2021. With each piece she creates she brings the viewer to a common ground - amplifying joy in everyday moments and breathing life into her creations in a variety of mediums and styles. Each one is rich and unique in their own way. Her works are inspired by and reflects life with a vibrant approach, animals and nature also largely influence her pieces.
Jennilee is a visual/performance artist who has been an active member of the arts community for the last 2 decades. With a passion for theatre, Jennilee studied acting for 3 years at Thompson Rivers University and spent the better part of a decade heavily involved in the community theatre scene. Her passion for artistic expression turned to the visual arts in 2011 when she began painting set pieces for The Laughingstock Theatre Society, eventually moving into her first series of nebula paintings. She began working as an art instructor for Paint Nite in 2016, and has assisted on three of the mural pieces on downtown Victoria street. She began working for Kamloops Art Party in 2021 after COVID shut down large gatherings, and her painting classes. Now she teaches our acrylic painting classes (both in and out of studio), as well as incorporating Yoga and Art in a series of workshops that are available when COVID restrictions allow.
As we grow and become increasingly aware of not just our surroundings, but also of the self we’re faced with increasingly more nuanced, complicated and difficult decisions in navigating our waking life. Why choose one course of action over the other, and how is that choice impacted by internal, peer and cultural pressure? Wherein can we find the ardor to pursue a better future, other than our self, our lineage? Inuit have known this for centuries in the spirit of one’s atiq, the name. The totem of self in which all of an individual’s unique characteristics are culminated, and that which is passed down through blood, through name. Thus being the vessel for a soul, the identity you form in life is relevant past, present and future.
Martha Tickie was a master carver. She had refined her craft over decades alongside hunting and gathering in order to support her children, ensuring they always had some kind of shelter and as much food as possible given their situation. Growing up an orphan during the residential school era (and all that’s implied) she had still managed not just to lead a long and prosperous life, but also to free her spirit in artistic achievement. The fruit of her labor were sweet, and she was able to continue smiling through until the final days of her life despite living among the hardest lives possible.
She is my atiq.
Through my own artistic expression, through my studies in biochemistry, as well as through the decisions in perseverance I face I cannot bare to disrespect her namesake by giving into environmental pressure. By giving up on my dreams, on my effort, on my talents and lamenting over my own hardships I would be disrespecting not just her, but our spirit, our name.
Learning from her example and my own experiences, the only thing that can truly set you free is to recognize your legacy and to grind your strengths and passions no matter the cost. Freedom is self expression be it in artistic, literary or academic achievement. Knowing what to pursue is the framework of Inuit spirituality; knowing yourself, knowing your name, knowing your soul, and knowing your history.
Kamloops based Artist, Shannon Meyer, graduated from Thompson Rivers University back in 2015. Her area’s of studio study includes painting, drawing, copper etching, lino prints, wood etching, silk screening, book making and photography. She also studied Welding in 2017 to expand her art knowledge and mediums.
After a couple years of working in trades, she rediscovered her passion for art after being hired at Kamloops Art Party, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for art with the younger and older generations.
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