Saturday, December 31, 2011


Our Awareness of the seasons becomes more acute as we grow older.  When the barrenness of winter disappears with spring, the sweet essence of the blossoming buds and leaves on both flowers and trees, awakens our senses.

Then summer arrives, and we welcome the warmth of the sun and the longer days.  Our gratitude for the beauty of nature is enhanced when fall transforms the greenery of summer into the brilliancy of orange, red and, yellow colors.

Finally, the brightly decorated Christmas tree, with the pungent smell of pine and evergreen emanating throughout the house, causes us to welcome winter.  And we rejoice that the new year is coming.

And so the cycle is now complete, and we face a new beginning as we greet the new year.  The choices we have are infinite.  All the days of the year now passed are part of history.  But we gladly anticipate accepting the challenges that will come with this new year.

Our days are numbered.  Yet, the seasons will continue their yearly cycle throughout eternity.  But we, in the time allotted each of us, should commit ourselves to bettering our lives in the days ahead.  We mustn't give up.  Despite our mortality, we must with enthusiasm follow through, and make our resolutions realities.

   Wishing you Health, Happiness and Prosperity in 2012

Laura Leeder, Watercolor Artist
Creston, BC   

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas from Laura Leeder

"Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."   
  ~Calvin Coolidge, 1927

© Star of Wonder, Watercolor by Laura Leeder

Many thanks to all of you have visited my blog this past year.  Your comments and words of encouragement have kept me motivated!   

"May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!"

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC

Friday, December 16, 2011

Painting Demonstration at Cherrybrook Farms

"I do my best work and have the most fun when I'm not sure exactly where I'm heading. The process of discovery is exhilarating."   Jill Cohen

©A Season Of Joy, Decorative Art (Mandala)
   Artist Laura Leeder

Has it been over a week since my last post?  How time flies.....

I have been very busy in the last few days.  A little bit of painting, but, mostly....a whole lot of marketing, with a Christmas Party thrown in. 

I will be at the Cherrybrook Farms Artisan & Crafters Market today with a selection of paintings, prints and notecards for sale.  We started the market in November and each week an artist or crafter has been sharing their creative process. 

Today, is my turn and I've decided to share my mandala painting process.  I will demonstrate how I start each one and share a bit about my color choices and thought process. 

If you are in the area.....stop demo starts at 2pm and will last for a few minutes.  Afterwards, you are welcome to play!

Cherrybrook Farms is located at 2931 Hwy 3 (the fruit stand).

PS:  My Giclee Prints of Destiny's Guide will be ready for pick up this weekend.  I will post them for sale next week!

©Destiny's Guide, Nov 2011
   Artist Laura Leeder

Have a great weekend! 
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

On The Easel - A Still Life With Pears

"The beauty is to create from simplicity a complex object that still looks simple but powerful."
     ~Mona Youssef

©Pears, A Watercolor Painting In Progress
   Laura Leeder, Dec. 7, 2011

Using DS Manganese Blue Hue, Ultramarine Blue and Amethyst Genuine, I've deepened the background colors.  I've chosen not to separate the upper portion of the painting from the table edge after all. 

Amethyst Genuine ( a DS Primatek Color) is a beautiful rich, deep purple that contains mica.
It's a semi-transparent paint, slightly granular.  It has a full value range, great for creating depth and atmosphere.  I especially love the way the mica sparkles in the unexpected, but pleasant surprise.

I am hoping the sun comes out for a while today, so that I can get a better photograph of this piece and of course....I hope to work on it some more today!

Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Sunday, December 4, 2011

On The Easel - Still life With Pears In Progress

"Each painting is a kind of discovery, a discovery of new forms, color relation, or balance in composition. With every painting completed, the artist may change his viewpoint to suit the discoveries made, making his vision many-sided." 
     ~Robert Colquhoun

© Pears, Watercolor Painting In Progress
    Laura Leeder, Dec. 4, 2011

I managed to squeeze in a small amount of painting time yesterday and here is the result. The pears are almost complete, and I've added the first glazes of color to the flower.   

I'm not sure what I'm goint to do with my background.  I've drawn a light pencil line a 1/4 of the way down the page and initially, I was planning to paint the backround above this line very dark, leaving the table top below it quite light.  I don't think I want to do that now, so I will leave this painting for a day or so and hopefully when I come back to it, I will know what to do!

I went out and bought a few christmas plants yesterday afternoon and I have started to unpack the decorations.  So that is todays project. (along with laundry and cleaning) 

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder

Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Friday, December 2, 2011

On The Easel - Painting Pears

"Your vision, rather than just your seeing, displays a thousand or more possible paintings in the simplest things."     ~Andrew Baker

©Pears, Watercolor Painting In Progress
   Laura Leeder, Dec. 2, 2011

This simple still life of pears and a flower is a pleasant variation from my usual still life compositions. 
Although simple, it doesn't necessarily mean it will be easier.   The challenge for me is going to be in painting an interesting mix of values in complimentary colors.

No chance to work on this painting today, as I will be at the Artisan and Crafters Market at Cherrybrook Farms with a selection of prints and notecards on display.

If you are in the area stop in and say hi.  Lot's of gift ideas for yourself or family and friends.

Have a great day!
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Destinys Guide - A Mandala Design Watercolor Painting

"In this world you've a soul for a compass;  And a heart for a pair of wings
There's a star on the far horizon; Rising bright in an azure sky
For the rest of the time that you're given; Why walk when you can fly?"
   ~Mary Chapin Carpenter

©Destinys Guide - Watercolor, Size:10" x 10.5"
   Laura Leeder, Nov.28, 2011

This decorative design is called a Mandala.  The pattern for this one was created by Win Dinn, a Mixed media artist and Instructor who resides here in the Creston Valley.  She has created a coloring book for adults, with 24 tempting patterns to play with. 

When leafing through her book, I was drawn to this one in particular and knew that I wanted to use its design in a watercolor painting.  The result is this beautiful piece!  (can you tell that I'm pleased with it?) 

Win describes Mandalas as "a form of art used by Tibetan monks to focus their thought and foster a state of meditation.  Use them to express yourself, reduce stress and rekindle creativity."

I certianly enjoyed the process and have already chosen another of Wins patterns, that I look forward to starting another painting with very soon! 

For more information on Win, her artwork, the courses that she offers , please follow this link to her blog:

If you'd like to purchase or get more information about her Coloring Book, you can email her at

Now it's time for some digging....somewhere in a box, I have a CD by Mary Chapin Carpenter with the song that the above quote is from......

Thanks for stopping by.....and remember....why walk, when you can fly!
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Sunday, November 27, 2011

On The Easel - A Star In The Making-Almost There!

"Ideals are like stars, you will not succeed in touching them with your hands,
but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guide, and following them, you reach your destiny."
   - Carl Schurz

©A Star Mandala, Watercolor In-Progress
   Laura Leeder, Nov 25, 2011

Here is the almost finished Star.  I was unable to photograph the finished piece yesterday, as it was overcast.  With any luck the sun will peak out from the clouds today, just long enough to allow me to take some photos!    As for a that came to mind is ......"Destiny's Guide"....any ideas?

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Artisan Market, A Colorist's Delight

"I love looking for things to paint, and I love painting, and I love framing them and seeing them in a gallery, but more than anything, I love to sell them!"   
    ~Jack Hambleton

Oh, how true!  I couldn't agree more.....

©Photo by Win Dinn, Nov.4, 2011

The Artisan & Crafter's  Market that I participated in, on Friday afternoon turned out to be a colorful and pleasant experience.  Sadly, my photo's did not...... in my haste to cause the least disruption with my flash....I was too quick on the draw, resulting in blurry, but colorful shots.  So I have borrowed a photo from Win Dinns' blog (a master colorist & artist extraordinaire).  You can check out her blog here:

The market will run for the next seven week's, please stop in and check it out.  Enjoy a refreshment, and while you shop for that special someone on your Christmas list you can take in a demonstration and enter the draw to win the "gift basket" filled with unique gifts courtesy of the artisans & crafters. 

Next Friday's demo features Wendy Roth at 2pm.  She does beautiful Norwegian egg decorations. 

Each week, I will have available for purchase, a selection of giclee prints, posters and "frameable" notecards, all from my original watercolor paintings.   As well, a few small original paintings....perfect gift items, that will bring pleasure for years to come. 

Hope to see you there! 

Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC

Monday, October 31, 2011

Cherrybrook Farms, 1st annual Artisan Market

This week promises to be a busy one for me, as I get ready for this upcoming Artisan Market.

This will be my first time participating in such a venture....looking forward to it!

I am putting together a selection of gift cards and prints to sell and as the weeks progress, perhaps a few small paintings that celebrate the season as well. If you live near-by or are visiting the area, plan to make Cherrybrook Farms Artisan Market one of your stops.

Cherrybrook Farms Market, located at 2931, Highway 3 each Friday from Nov. 4-Dec. 23 from 1-5 p.m.

Each week, a local artisan will provide a demonstration at 2 p.m., and attendees can enter their name for a gift basket of items donated by the artisans. The basket will be drawn on Dec. 23 at 3 pm.

All Creston Valley residents and out of town guests are encouraged to check out the market, enter for the draw and shop locally for the season.

Have a great week,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

On The Easel - Autumn Colors - Painting In Progress

"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!"    ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

©Autumn Colors, painting in progress, Oct 26, 2011
   By Laura Leeder

I worked on this painting a bit more yesterday.

Mostly on the back leaves, which are almost finished.
I have dropped colors onto both wet & dry paper.  I then sprayed water to move this color around....I've dropped in salt and added flecks of paint from a toothbrush.  All of these techniques work well together on a simple composition such as these leaves.  And what fun watching the colors move about and mingle on the paper!

It's going to be another cold and rainy day, so I will spend some time in the studio and perhaps this painting will get finished.  Plus....I've another sketch I want to get started on and I am putting together an assortment of gift cards that I plan to sell in an upcoming Artisan Market.....more on that later!

Have a good one,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Monday, October 24, 2011

On The Easel - Autumn Colors

"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days."
  ~John Burroughs

©Autumn colors, painting in progress, Oct 24, 2011
   By Laura Leeder

Since my last post, I have completely emptyed out my studio. 

The room has been repainted...the windows, doors and furniture all received a thourough cleaning.
I have been sorting through boxes, paper, frames etc. and still have more to do. 

One of my favorite times of year is autumn. (spring being my first love)  And right now, it is a riot of color, as the leaves are changing from green to brilliant golds, oranges and crimsons.  The fall maple leaf is a favorite, although, I am partial to my "burning bush" with is scarlet, crimson and rose colors.

The above image is a small painting that I have just started featuring a few fallen maple leaves.

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolorist Artist, Creston, BC

Friday, October 14, 2011

Apple Lace-Watercolor By Laura Leeder

"Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits."
   -- Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples

©Apple Lace, Watercolor, Oct.2011
   Laura Leeder

While most of the apples have been harvested in the surrounding orchards; there are still a few tree's here and there with apples yet to be picked.

This one, I picked from the ground beneath a tree laden with fruit.   Not sure of the variety, so I will simply title it "Apple Lace". 

CLICK HERE for purchase information.

I am packing up my paints for a few days as I clear out and re-organize my studio.  This cleansing, is long overdue and much needed!  I will be working through the weekend, trying to get it done as quickly as possible.

Enjoy your weekend,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On Being Creative - The Artist's Struggle

"Creativity depends on a number of things: experience, including knowledge and technical skills; talent; an ability to think in new ways; and the capacity to push through uncreative dry spells." 
  ~Teresa Amabile

Healthy Pleasures, Watercolor - Sold
By Laura Leeder

The above quote is so true.  Every now and again, I go through a period in my painting where I wreck painting after painting.  I create mud, I drop in a sedimentary color where I should be glazing a transparent one, I charge in a staining color straight from the tube without testing it first, too late....the damage is done.
I add color from a tube of paint that I haven't used in quite a while and definitely has no place in the painting I am working get the idea. 

This is what my last few weeks have been like.......I have a painting that is coming along nicely and without warning...(at least I think it's without warning) my brain shuts down and I perform one or several of the above stunts. 

Luckily they have all been small pieces....and will be used to test my color choices on later (when I'm once again,  using my brain).  After I got over the initial frustration and stopped beating myself up....I realized these periods in the past have always preceded times of growth.  Occasionally it is like an "aha" moment, most often, it is a slow and steady emergence of paintings that reflect improved compositions, better color choices, and technical skills that only come with time, practice and failure.

A quote that comes to mind is:  "We fail forward to Success" 

The above painting,(now sold), is a success emerged after one of these periods. 

I've started a new, small apple painting....and if all goes well, I will post it soon!

Rise above your struggles.....because when you do, it is so worth it! 

Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Thursday, September 8, 2011

"Thanks for this day, for all birds safe in their nests, for whatever this is, for life." 
   ~Barbara Kingsolver

©Laura's Beach, Kootenay Lake, Sept.5th, 2011
   By Laura Leeder

©Laura's Beach, Kootenay Lake, Sept.5th, 2011
   By Laura Leeder

Ivor & I have had a great time exploring Kootenay Lake over the summer.  These are images from a beautiful & secluded area we found and named "Laura's Beach".  We have spent many afternoon's here relaxing, picking rocks, snorkeling and just enjoying the view. 

I have started working on a new painting and will post this soon.  If you've visited my blog in the past you may notice a few changes.  I've updated the overall look, and will be adding more information about my paintings and how they can be purchased.  

I have joined the "DailyPaintWorks" group of artist's.  I am in the process of posting my paintings for sale through this site.  In October I plan to start painting "in the style" of the daily painters, creating small paintings.  (in my case, it will be weekly, not daily) 

Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you'll stop by always, your comment's are welcome.

Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Scenes From An Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show

“Steam rises from a cup of tea and we are wrapped in history, inhaling ancient times and lands, comfort of ages in our hands.”

Volunteers with Museum Curator,
Tammy Hardwick (far right)


©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

Creston Museum Volunteers

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show 
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

We were honored with the presence
 of several ladies from the Red Hat Society. 

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Creston Museum Old Fashioned Tea and Art Show
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011

©Artist at work, Old Fashioned Tea
   Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011
©Artist Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011
  "St. Paddy's Tea" - Part of the "Teacup Series"

© Laura Leeder, August 13, 2011
Congratulations to Kathy Sommerfeld, the winner of the above painting.
The weather co-operated, and it was an enjoyable afternoon.
Thank's to all of you who attended the event and a very special "thank you" to all volunteer's! 
(Museum Curator Tammy Hardwick  & her team of volunteer's are an impressive force to watch in action.)
*If you wish to purchase a Giclee Print or Gift Cards you can still buy them from the Museum Gift Shop.
  -a portion of the proceeds from all sales will go to the Museum.
Creston & District Museum & Archives

219 Devon Street, Creston, BC V0B 1G3
Phone 250-428-9262    Email:

*Or, you can contact me by email: or phone:  250-402-6599
Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Friday, August 12, 2011

The "Teacup Series" On Exhibit at The Creston Museum's Old Fashioned Tea

"Steam rises from a cup of tea and we are wrapped in history, inhaling ancient times and lands, comfort of ages in our hands."   ~Faith Greenbowl


A Creston Museum Teacup

©"Miss Magnolia"- from the "Teacup Series" of Watercolor Paintings
    By Laura Leeder, 2011 

The Creston Museum's Old Fashioned Tea is this Saturday, August 13th.  If you haven't made your reservation yet, you can contact the museum at 250-428-9262 or

The tea takes place on the museum’s shaded patio.  There will be three seatings, starting at 1pm, 2pm and the last one at 3pm. 

 The tea and art show is $8 per person ($4 for children six and under), and your ticket gives you a chance to win one of my teacup paintings, valued at $130!

All of the teacup paintings are available for purchase along with a selection of giclee prints and gift cards located in the Museum's Gift Shop.  

Hope to see you there!
Artfully Yours,
Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist
Creston, BC

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Along The Shoreline Of Kootenay Lake - A Painter's Dream

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgement will be surer.  Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen."     ~Leonardo da Vinci

The Batkes'-Katie (our niece),
Rose (my sister),
my husband Ivor (holding Kenya),
Perry (brother-in law)
and Ben (our nephew) me? I'm taking the picture!  

@ Next Creek Beach, west shore of  Kootenay Lake, BC
      Laura Leeder, July 30,2011

If you're a landscape painter......the scenic coastline of Kootenay Lake will provide you with an unlimited supply of breathtaking views for pleasure, inspiration, and subject matter for your paintings.  I enjoy       being outdoors and especially enjoy spending time along the rocky shoreline of Kootenay Lake. I do not, however, desire to paint it.   I thoroughly enjoy painting still life's and florals and continue to find pleasure in using watercolor paints.  

My younger sister & family from Alberta, spent a few days visiting us.  We took them out on the lake, boating and fishing.  We enjoyed a shore picnic at Empty Creek beach on the South West side of Kootenay Lake.  This was our 1st time here.....really enjoyed it.... a great place to take friends and family for a day!

©Next Creek Beach, Kootenay Lake
  Laura Leeder, July 30, 2011

©Next Creek Beach, Kootenay Lake
   Laura Leeder, July 30, 2011

I am enjoying my time on the lake and while I haven't been painting....I have been thinking about art, pondering different marketing directions and planning new paintings. 

I will get back to painting very fact I'm looking forward to it......although the break has been very good for me!

 "We all need time to sit and rest, a place to relax and take a breath" 
  ~Michael Albrechtson

Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Enjoying Nature On The Eastshore Of Kootenay Lake

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."   ~John Muir

©On the Eastshore of Kootenay Lake, BC
   Laura Leeder, June 29, 2011 

I spent the last few days camping along Kootenay Lake.  While the weather wasn't great....lot's of rain....the scenery certianly made up for it! 

I am working on a new sketch and will post an image in the next few days. 

I will be posting less often over the next few weeks as I take time to enjoy the summer, family and friends.

Wishing you a creative week and enjoyable week,

Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Painted Turtle Gallery and WineART 2011

Today is the Creston Valley Rotary Club's WineArt Event.  This year it's being held in the newly renovated  Creston and District Community Complex.  The art portion of the event is being hosted by the Painted Turtle Gallery.   

My painting: "Guardians Of The Grape" will be on exhibit.

©Laura Leeder, Watercolor

Title:  Guardians Of The Grape
Retail:  $375.00 plus tax
Size:  20" x 24"

10% of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork is donated by the artists and the gallery to the Rotary Club, in support of the tremendous community projects implemented in Creston by the Rotary.

The wineries partaking in the event are: Golden Beaver, House of Rose, Grohman Baille, Seven Stones, Arrowleaf Cellars, Paradise Ranch, Silver Sage, and our own local Skimmerhorn Winery.

Some Tickets may still be available and can be purchased through the Painted Turtle Gallery.

Box 1189 1132 Canyon St. Creston, BC Canada, V0B 1G0

Ph. 250-428-5141

Enjoy your day,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist
Creston, BC

Sunday, April 17, 2011

On The Easel - Teacup and Crocus - A Spring Painting

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing."    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Never yet was a springtime,
when the buds forgot to bloom."
  -Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

©Laura Leeder, April 2011, Watercolor In Progress

This spring painting is almost's task will be to add all the details that will this piece to an acceptable finish.  I have to add the scroll work along the top edge of the teacup and the saucer.  Finish the gold trim by adding hints of green and orange where needed for a more realistic look. Paint the Stamens on the Crocus and lastly....paint out the lace holes on the table cloth. 

The sun has just come out and before I go to work in the studio, I am headed out to the country for my morning walk.  I am looking forward to chatting with Lucy the goose.  Yes, she talks!  Some mornings it takes a bit of coaxing.  Always worth a chucke!

Happy Sunday!

Laura Leeder,
Watercolor Artist,
Creston, BC

Did You Know......
Crocus bulbs are edible. You can boil them, bake or cook it in other ways, but the most valuable part of the plant is the snout.    Inside the flowers there are snouts with three stamens of bright yellow, orange and red colour. Saffron flower is pollinated by insects. Saffron ovary, from which there will grow ripe a fruit, is formed underground, but with the time the fruit– triangle fruitcase with seeds – is pushed out by the plant to the groud, where saffron seeds ripen and if they are not picked up they are sown by themselves.

To see more in this series of paintings, click on the page at the top of the blog -"Teacup Series". All PAINTINGS will be available for purchase in August 2011.

* A selection of Giclee Prints and Gift Cards will be available for purchase later this spring.

*Attend the Creston Museum's Old Fashioned Tea, this summer, and you could be the winner of one of my "Teacup" paintings!      REGISTER HERE

Saturday, April 16, 2011

On The Easel - A Spring Teacup Painting With Crocus

"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."  -Ray Bradbury

©Laura Leeder, April 2011, Watercolor In Progress

I've selected another spring green teacup for this next teacup painting.  The edge of the cup and the saucer both have a delicate curved shape that compliments the curves of these white crocus.  The crocus of course look even more beautiful, against the green color of the teacup.  Both hard and soft edges....creating a pleasing balance.

It is overcast with light rain today, a good day to get into the studio and work on this painting. 

Creatively Yours,
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC   
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