We’re delighted to share our creative space with two amazingly talented local artists:
Micah has always had a fascination with the relationship between form and function, particularly the art and ingenuity in combining both. Starting out in the technology industry, building and designing websites, he was able to express his passion for creation and technical design. It was never enough though. The internet has a community, but making you feel disconnected at the same time. The connection to the product is far more substantial when you can touch it, smell it, hear it, and use it in a world that doesn’t exist in simply zeros and ones. Micah realized his passion for architectural design and development could be transferred to the physical world. Shelving was needed, and lighting was needed to fill his personal space, so out of necessity, these projects were started. Combining his appreciation for industrial design and steam punk art, with his passion for form and function, he completed his first projects. Though it didn’t end there; what was awakened in him was a new found passion, and the result is Atlas Being.
Jolene Mackie is an artist living and working in Kelowna BC. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr University in 2009, Jolene has pursued art making professionally with a focus on the medium of oil painting. Jolene has exhibited her work widely throughout the Okanagan Valley and British Columbia, and has work in private collections around the world. Jolene finds inspiration in simple, fleeting moments: a unique quality of light, the shape of shadows, and the living palettes that colour our daily existence. Her work blends fascination with the world around us and the whimsy of human imagination into wholly unique visual experiences.
From custom pieces to curated series, her paintings are about the process of creating as much as the creation itself. For this reason she favours of oil paints, as their slower working time is both meditative and contemplative. Jolene is the 2017 recipient of the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan Visual Arts award, her work has been recognized for its visceral impact.