Introducing Sarah Fahey
Okanagan Arts magazine, in cooperation with Island Mountain Arts Summer School of the Arts, is proud to present a full scholarship to an Okanagan artist to go to this school. First offered in 2000 with distinguished Canadian artist Norman Yates, The Toni Onley Artists' Project for Professional and Emerging Artists (formerly The Wells Artists' Project) has had a tremendous impact on the artistic development of those who have taken part in it. Participating artists spend nine days in Wells painting in the IMA studios under the mentorship of the two senior Canadian artists.
This is a forum for artists to explore and develop their ideas in relation to visual
arts practice. With hands on experimentation as the starting point, artists will engage
in an exchange of ideas aimed at better understanding the possibilities of the
This year's winner of the Scholarship is Sarach Fahey.
Born in Moose Factory, Ontario in 1974, Sarah grew up between Bramalea and Huntsville. She traveled out to BC when she was eighteen, living subsequently in Victoria, Invermere, Nelson, Cawston and now in Penticton.
In 1996, while in Nelson attending school, she was encouraged by the creative community and sold her paintings in cafes and stores. At school she experimented with metal casting, blacksmithing, clay, 3-dimensional drafting and lettering and silk-screening but stayed away from traditional lessons in drawing and painting wanting her evolution to come purely from within. Each spring she went to Cawston to work on organic farms and continued working with different mediums; weaved with a local weaver, worked with a puppet theatre company and traveled down to Arizona to do a alternative building workshop. She eventually moved to Cawston permanently to embrace the farming life style
In 2001 her daughter was born and the drive to be a part of a creative community and focus on her art returned. She moved to Penticton in 2003 and since has focused on her painting, mainly in acrylic, and has sold her work in coffee shops, painted murals and store front signs and continues to be driven by an inner force that says she must paint.
Of her approach to art she states, "As a self-taught painter I am driven by an inner source to create with my hands, to express a sense of being, of movement. People are my main subject matter and the landscape that surrounds them. With explorations in plant life and buildings, clothing and landscape I keep adding to the layers of what we are and what surrounds us. Using colors more vibrant and perspectives beyond what exists explores struggles in permanency by placing real people in fictional settings and real landscapes around fictional characters."
Okanagan Arts magazine and Island Mountain Arts Summer School of the Arts congratulates Sarah on this award, and wishes her well in her creative pursuits.