Arts Alive organizers Sandra Beingessner (left) and Kelly Tomalty are bringing back their annual craft sale for the third year in a row.

Arts Alive organizers Sandra Beingessner (left) and Kelly Tomalty are bringing back their annual craft sale for the third year in a row.

Pynelogs coming alive with arts show

Art and animal lovers from all corners of the valley won't want to miss the 3rd annual Arts Alive show.

Art and animal lovers from all corners of the valley won’t want to miss the 3rd annual Arts Alive show when it returns to Pynelogs Cultural Centre on Saturday, November 17.

Presented by Invermere-based lampwork glass bead artists Sandra Beingessner and Kelly Tomalty, the event will showcase unique, Canadian handmade artwork, with all door proceeds after overhead going to the Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN)  to help the non-profit acquire a bigger and better home for cats and other small animals they rescue each year in the community.

“Last year we donated to ICAN as well because we thought it was a great cause,” Tomalty said.

Admission to peruse Pynelogs between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the day of the sale is a mere $2, and featured artists will include John Niddrie’s Lost Caribou Photography, Lee Bedford’s Canyon Creek Pottery, Faith Saunders’ Jams and Jellies and Linda Reynolds’ Baby Textiles and Ornaments to name just a few. Beingessner’s Blissbeads, Scarves and Fascinators will also be on display as will Tomalty’s own Kelly Designs Glass and Wire Jewelry.

“We came together as a team and decided to put on a craft show,” Tomalty said of her and Beingessner’s partnership in putting on the annual event.

“People liked it, and then we had more interest, then we just thought, ‘Let’s keep it going and see if we can get more artists involved.'”

She said they make a point of ensuring that the artists showcased at Arts Alive are mostly local.

“I feel that if you can accommodate the artists that are here, then it’s great for our town too,” Tomalty said. “Arts Alive gives local artists and craftspeople an opportunity to make their work available to the public, thus supporting our local economy.”

For more information or to become

a vendor, email

info@blissbeads.ca or phone Sandra at 250-342-6507 or Kelly at 250-342-9394.

Just Posted

The end of an Echo
The end of an Echo

Invermere Valley Echo shuts down operations in Columbia Valley

Creating a new narrative for Canal Flats

Economic development consultant hired, lists vision for next 90 days

Princeton wildfire phots courtesy of Debbie Lyon.
UPDATE: Crews battle as wildfires rage in B.C. Interior

Crews brace for another day on B.C. firelines as no let up is likely

VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers
VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers

Wildfires continue to engulf regions of B.C.’s forests and communities.

Aerial view south of Williams Lake Friday afternoon shows dry lightning storm passing over, leaving fire starts behind. Lightning sparked more than 100 new fires Friday. (Black Press)
VIDEO: More than 180 wildfires burning across B.C.

Firefighters from other provinces called in to assist

DTSS Grad March 2017
DTSS Grad March 2017

DTSS Grad March 2017

59 cats seized in Chase
59 cats seized in Chase

59 neglected and injured cats were seized from a property in Chase

(Flickr/Andreas Eldh)
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

The singer/songwriter passed away early Thursday morning in Detroit

Paying tribute to a primeval passage
Paying tribute to a primeval passage

Uninterrupted celebrates the Adams River sockeye run in an extraordinary way.

UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds
UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds

In the past, the music festival located in Pemberton drew large crowds last year of 180,000 fans

Photo by: WeissPaarz.com
Medical wait times cost B.C. patients $2,300 each

New Fraser Institute report places B.C. at second worst in costs associated with long wait times

UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert
UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m.

A university study finds that about nine per cent of Canada’s Grade 11 and 12 students – roughly 66,000 teens – have driven within an hour of drinking and 9.4 per cent drove after using marijuana.                                 Photo: Now-
Leader file
One in three Canadian high school students have rode with drinking drivers, study reveals

Nearly one in five rode with a driver who’d been smoking pot

Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records
Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records

A lower court judge ruled to destroy the stories after 15 years unless consent is given to preserve

Most Read