Meet local artists at the Clearwater Farmer’s Market

This is one of many detailed landscape paintings that decorated the home of artist Vickie Morden during the 2019 Art Crawl. (File photo)This is one of many detailed landscape paintings that decorated the home of artist Vickie Morden during the 2019 Art Crawl. (File photo)
For 15 years Joanne Wright has been creating needle felted tapestries, getting her inspiration from the natural surroundings and is always zooming in and noticing the details in nature.For 15 years Joanne Wright has been creating needle felted tapestries, getting her inspiration from the natural surroundings and is always zooming in and noticing the details in nature.

Throughout the summer, the North Thompson Arts Council will host an artist of the week at the Clearwater Farmer’s Market.

On Saturday, July 10, both Vickie Morden and Joanne Wright will be at the market displaying their artwork of paintings and fibre arts.

Hailing from the Fraser Valley, Wright’s art started with weaving loom, something she’d continue for 50 years. Now she creates through needle-felted tapestries and has been for almost 20 years. She gathers inspiration from nature and likes to repurpose items in her artwork. Wright has had her art displayed publicly in the departure lounge at the Kamloops Airport and the local community forest office.

Morden moved to Clearwater from New West Minster when her husband accepted a job at the high school in 1973. They loved the area so much they decided to stay and raised a family. She was introduced to acrylic painting through a friend who brought her to a painting group led by Lynn Stark. The experience brought out an artistic talent Morden thought she didn’t have.

“If I can learn to paint, anyone can,” she said.

The NTAC also is grateful for Morden’s accounting skills, as she is the group’s valued treasurer.

Both artists will be at the Clearwater Farmer’s Market, Saturday, July 10 at the Dutch Lake Community Centre. The NTAC is a registered B.C. society that encourages and supports arts and culture projects and any creative pursuit. Membership is open to people of all ages.