This year’s Toni Onley Artists’ Project in Wells is biggest yet
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This year’s Toni Onley Artists’ Project in Wells is biggest yet

Artist mary mottishaw of Dawson Creek works in one of the Wells-Barkerville Elementary School classrooms during the fourth day of the Toni Onley Artists’ Project. This is her second time participating in the project. Lindsay Chung photo Peeking into the classrooms and gymnasium at Wells-Barkerville Elementary School this week, there’s an inspiring energy, as most surfaces are covered in art supplies, and almost everywhere you look, there is someone working on their art. It’s four days into Island Mountain Arts (IMA)’s Toni Onley Artists’ Project (TOAP), and with 24 participants and two mentors, this year’s group is the largest one yet. Professional and emerging artists from Ontario, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Alberta and all over B.C., including Quesnel, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Vancouver Island, Vernon, Kelowna and Revelstoke, are in Wells from July 6 to 14, working in the IMA studios under the mentorship of Diana Thorneycroft of Winnipeg and Peter von Tiesenhausen of Demmitt, Alb. IMA first offered the Toni Onley Artists’ Project for Professional and Emerging Artists in 2000, with distinguished Canadian artist Norman Yates. The project is a nine-day intensive studio experience, with less structured time for set activities and more space for participants to […]

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