There are two new faces helping out at the Pynelogs Cultural Centre this summer, but the journeys they took to work there were quite different.
Sarah Frazier is a native of Massachusetts who recently completed her post-secondary education in Halifax. The film major started dating a fellow from Invermere who she met in Halifax and wanted to come out to the Columbia Valley for the summer. Having the chance to work at the gallery was a perfect fit for Frazier as she hopes to shoot a documentary on the side while in the area.
“I was in art school and thought it would be a good experience to do something in my field,” she said.
The other summer worker is Montana Cameron, who just happened to be coming home from the University of Calgary and decided this was the year to try something new.
Cameron grew up involved with the local art community and has incorporated that into her life.
“I always like coming back for summer. It is coming home for me,” she said.
Both workers see the experience of working at Pynelogs for a summer as an experience to help them with their future goals.
“I hope to work with non-profit groups as time goes on and will learn how things work at Pynelogs over the summer as a step towards my future plan,” Frazier said.
“I would like to eventually incorporate the arts with my degree. I am hoping this will give me ideas. It is exciting. I have been here before as a guest and will now help put shows on,” Cameron added.
Though they both admit to enjoying artistic adventures, the new staff do admit they have a lot to learn about art and the works that will be on display over their time at the centre. However, it is a challenge they are looking forward to.
“It is fun. It is a beautiful location with great people. I was a film major in university so it has been fun learning and talking about paintings which I have not done for a while,” said Frazier.
“I recognize some of the names on the wall but I know I will have to brush up quickly,” Cameron added.