Capture Naramata runs June 8th to 10th with Lori Goldberg, who was the first instructor to teach at the Okanagan School of the Arts while in the renovation stages at the Shatford Centre in the fall of 2011. Lori has taught at Emily Carr University of Art + Design for 18 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with her students.
What do you appreciate about teaching at the Shatford Centre in Penticton?
I have been fortunate enough to teach for Shatford Centre at the time when it was still in its renovation stage. I have seen how it has evolved and grown over the years and it has made a difference for the community of Penticton. Professional artists arrive from around the world to share their knowledge. It is a place that every type of creative expression is explored. It is inclusive and forward thinking. Shatford Centre has studio space that is full of light, high ceilings and fully equipped. There is freedom to paint without any restraints.
When did you discover the value of three day immersion destination’ art courses?
One day I found myself surfing the Internet reading up about all sorts of interesting destination holidays. They seemed exotic and exciting. As an entrepreneur and creative thinker, I thought why not create my own special and unique holiday. So ‘Beauty Spot’ Art Holiday Workshops came to be.
Over the past few years, I have taken groups to fabulous locations as far away as Italy and Bali. But my favourite place is right here locally. BC is a mecca for beauty and diversity in its terrain and culture.
Beauty, art and food equals pleasure and life as we know is a crooked path and way too short. Enjoying oneself as you learn is a important value that I believe in, nurturing myself and others through the creative process.
What makes Naramata special?
Naramata is on the same lay line as Tuscany, Italy. It is a dream location for the plein air painter. There are rolling hills covered in grape vines and orchards. There are vistas of the lake, the far distant hills and close up views of details of the grape vines, fruit and trees. The fact that so many people are involved with hand crafted artisan foods and services makes it an ideal location for artists to have all their senses awakened and inspired to create amazing art.
Naramata is one of my favorite locations for an art holiday. One can leave Vancouver and arrive within a half a day to a landscape and light that is vastly different.
What do you feel most energized and enthusiastic about sharing with students?
How to see the world in new ways. To share techniques and systems that better their own skills. To support and guide participants in their own personal vision.
When did you decide you wanted to be an artist and what inspired you?
I knew I wanted to be an artist at a young age, around 10 years old. It was not what I did but it was more a state of mind. How I chose to be in the world. I wanted to be a curious, creative and open-minded person who focused on the spaces between things and find meaning in those places.
Capture Naramata with Lori Goldberg runs from June 8th to 10th and costs $400; $380 for OSA members,which includes two lunches. The schedule runs Friday, from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. For additional information go to www.shatfordcentre.com.