Joanne Ebert with one of her paintings in her backyard. (Submitted)

Joanne Ebert with one of her paintings in her backyard. (Submitted)

NTAC artist of the week: Joanne Ebert

Throughout the summer, the North Thompson Arts Council will host an artist of the week at the Clearwater Farmer’s Market. On July 24, artist Joanne Ebert will have her paintings in display during the market at the Dutch Lake Community Centre.

Artist Joanne Ebert has deep roots in the North Thompson Valley, visiting her three aunts and nanny in the Blackpool area as far back as 1954. As a young girl she learned embroidery, painting and sewing from her aunts Ella Hutchinson, Ina Fairbrother and Lillian Carter. They were the inspiration and start of her hand skills.

Ebert has lived in the Vavenby/Clearwater area for the past 45 years and is an avid gardener and quilter, as well as self-taught painter. She belongs to a painting group lead by Lynn Sherk that is both stimulating and rewarding. The inspiration for her paintings come from other artists, nature and photographs.

The reason Ebert paints is for her own enjoyment and family gifts.

“Within all of us we have a talent to create and express art,” she notes.

When she is not gardening, quilting or painting, Ebert can be found volunteering at the Clearwater Curiosity Thrift Shoppe. 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.

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