Art for the Animals




















“Art for the Animals” and lots more!

Sunday, July 24th
10 am – 7 pm
Paw Prints Gallery
148 Carr Crescent, Willowbrook.

We are opening our yard and Gallery to lots of new friends and pARTners! Join us for a fun and rewarding day! Visit our website to see a listing.

 If you’re not within barking distance, don’t hesitate to take advantage and Visit! Browse! Enjoy! Collect! online. You will still be sharing in the pArtnership and

-50% of every Limited Edition Print,
-25% of every Original Salsnek and
-20% of every Gift collectible or framed Limited Edition 

will go to support the BCSPCA and you’ll receive the tax receipt!

 We’re PAWSitive you’ll be pleased! Don’t hesitate to call or email with any inquiries!

(Mastercard & Visa gladly accepted. Sorry, debit unavailable)

Paw Prints Studio & Gallery – The Art of John Salsnek
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Surfing in December!? Catch the Wave to these Sites

Who says it’s too cold to surf? Put on your suntan lotion, shades, and Bermuda shorts, and get set to “hang ten” by web surfing to our member sites:

Have you visited some of our member group websites? A new one has just been created for the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers.

It features the Slow Fibre Festival, but has a section devoted to the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers. Great sheep photos! 

Two more member groups with their own websites:

Federation of Canadian Artists:

Oliver and District Heritage Society:

Pick up some great gift ideas from our business members too. They are listed under the blogroll at right.  

Check out the 19th Hole B&B  and Oliver House B&B  and ask for some “getaway” gift certificates.

Paw Prints Studio and Gallery, Handworks Gallery, and Twin Lakes Encaustic have some terrific local and BC art.  Many items for gift giving in all budgets.

Nothing says Christmas like jewelry. Nature’s Elements Jewelry has some fantastic photos of their designs. Absolutely sparkling!  There’s also some cool steampunk jewelry for teens in your life.

At Lauralee’s Treasure Cellar  you will find beads and notions to make your own jewelry or to give as gifts to the crafter in your life. 

Digipic Productions (Russell Work) has the perfect Oliver landscape prints for sale. Put the Okanagan on your wall.

Robot Leather Shop has awesome masks, belts, purses, and other leather items. Check them out on Facebook

Don’t see yourself advertised here? Become a business or non-profit group member! Fill out the membership form listed under the banner above, or contact for information.

Paw Prints Hosts Annual Open House 1.888.256.3600

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In addition…Athena Custom Framing… Diane Miller will be here with additional frames and ideas for Salsnek and non-Salsnek ( hard to imagine :>) art, everyone welcome to bring anything that needs some TLC.

Gift shoppe… all the new and classic favourites of Salsnek collectables plus Barbara Niklaus Scheuren’s Spirit Truffles (personally taste-tested by John), Gail Riddall’s CD’s (regular on John’s Top 10) and Eben Keith-Thorpe’s books (illustrated by John).

Last but not least… both of our favourite Charities will be included. The OSNS Child Development Centre and the Penticton BCSPCA will receive proceeds from selected prints.

Looking forward to seeing you, but if you’ve ‘gone south’ or ‘live east’…. shop online anytime. The newest releases will be online and available by the week of November 8th! Celebrating our 12th means a dozen wonderful Collector’s Appreciation Specials!

Salsnek Xmas Time Showcase

leavesSee the Art of John Salsnek at

Hester Creek Estate Winery
til December 13th

Our Collectors’ Appreciation Special continues by popular demand. Your second print is only $11, celebrating our 11th year in our own Gallery! Gift specials until Christmas and we’ll be open every day!

More info on Salsnek Showcase at

Pictured above: “Colour of Autumn”, winner Best in Show at the Fall Art Show. Now available as a limited edition print!

Photographer Russell Work shares Digital Secrets at Summer Studio

russell-work-1From his panoramic landscapes of Oliver, Osoyoos, and McIntyre Bluff to his delicate closeups of local flora and fauna, Russell Work’s photographs have reflected some of the most iconic images of the South Okanagan. The local photographer is the featured artist in residence at Summer Studio from August 10th – 15th at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre.

The exhibit includes both a display of Russell’s graphic art and a demonstration of his digital photo techniques. Visitors to Summer Studio can view a wide selection of local scenes. His specialty is the multi-image panoramic vistas of the South Okanagan featuring Oliver from the Golden Mile hiking trail and Osoyoos from the Anarchist viewpoint. Also on display are “giclee” prints (photographs printed on canvas), which create richly textured images resembling painting techniques. Framed, gicleed, and simple matted prints will all be available for purchase.

Russell will be on hand through the week to demonstrate his skill with camera and computer. From taking the perfect digital photo to manipulating the image with digital software, the photographer is making his expertise available for anyone with a digital camera or photoshop question. Russell encourages visitors to bring their cameras along: “Spend some time having your knowledge increased and your frustrations decreased.”

Kid’s Day activities run Wednesday, August 12th, 10am – 12 noon, and will focus on learning digital photography skills. Children are invited to bring a favorite toy, be it truck, transformer or doll, and try their hand at “light painting”. “If they have a digital camera they can bring it too,” says Russell, “but for those who don’t, I will have all the necessary equipment to complete this fun activity.” All Kids’ Day activities require adult accompaniment.

Russell was born in New Zealand and moved with his wife, Christine to Oliver in 1975. He was hired as a science and maths teacher at Southern Okanagan Secondary School but always had an interest in graphic art. He was responsible for organizing the school year book, and it was through this extra-curricular activity that he developed his passion for photography. In the latter years of teaching, he developed a graphics and photography course that proved popular with the students.

Since his retirement, Russell has had more time to explore and capture the beauty of the Okanagan valley. His hobby has developed into a business, with the creation of Digipic Productions. Russell now makes his services available for hire developing PowerPoint presentations and renting out his digital projector and other equipment. He has also licensed his images for commercial tourism purposes, establishing his own website ( for online image purchases. Most recently, Russell joined the Rip Off Artists, a multi-media collective of local artists and is developing his skills in more abstract forms of photographic art.

Summer Studio, a series of weekly displays and demonstrations of local art and craft, opens each week with a public reception on Mondays 6 – 8 p.m. All week long the public can watch artists at work in studio. Exhibits of both works in progress and finished artwork run Tuesdays to Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free Kids’ Day activities are Wednesdays 10 – 12 noon. The SOAP Players display of The Sound of Music costumes and sets continues this week until August 8th. The Quail’s Nest Arts Centre is located at 34274 95th Street. For more information about Summer Studio, call 250-498-0183.

Photo by Penelope Johnson