Candlelight and Holly quite a show in Barriere

Yellowhead Artists Cooperative makes dedication to artist Shirley Kristensen

Yellowhead Artists Cooperative representative

Yellowhead Artists Cooperative representative

The Annual Candlelight and Holly Arts and Craft Sale hosted by the Yellowhead Artists Cooperative took place over three days last weekend.

The Barriere Legion basement was overflowing with outstanding art and numerous unique creations for Christmas gift giving, with items affordable for every pocketbook. Paintings, pottery, photography, fiber arts, wood carving, jellies, hand crafted clothing, jewelry and more, all providing shoppers with numerous choices and the opportunity to purchase those special items not available in big box stores.

There was also a silent auction with some interesting merchandise, and a great opportunity to win a work by Shirley Kristensen,  which was won by Darlene Hagen.

The event also hosted a dedication to long time Yellowhead Artist Shirley Kristensen for her work with the Co-op and numerous artists over the years.  Kristensen was also one of the founding members of the Candlelight and Holly event, which was hosted in her home for many years before it outgrew the house and had to move to larger premises.  Kristensen’s name is synonymous with art in the North Thompson Valley.  Her paintings of ranching life hang in many homes, and her work with scrimshaw and other mediums is equally impressive.

There was a gallery display with some of Kristensen’s work, as well as some of her work available for purchase.

Yellowhead artist Josie Wilson made the presentation to Shirley’s husband Gunnar, due to Shirley being unable to attend for health reasons.  He was accompanied by his sister, and friends of the family.

Wilson said during the dedication, “Shirley was always ready to lend a hand or offer advice for any artist who needed it.  She would say “let me help”, and then do just that.

Kristensen has fought through a number of health challenges over the years, and each time rallied and come back to the art that she loves.

“I keep hoping that this time she will be able to come back as well,” said Wilson.