Toni Onley Artists’ Project

2019 Toni Onley Artists’ Project
For Professional & Emerging Artists
July 6 - 14, 2019

The powerful learning and exploration that I experienced at the Toni Onley Artists’ Project is still paying dividends to the work that I create in my studio. The nine days of intensive art making in Wells, BC provided me with this opportunity. Working and sharing in the intimate studio settings with other artists was inspiring. Twenty four hour access to the studio, pertinent lectures and impromptu meetings were essential to the intensive learning experience that I would recommend to all up coming and professional artists.
Robert Dmytruk, participating artist

A rare treat in the art world, Island Mountain Arts is a shared experience for artists of creativity, collaboration, and communication.
–Joseph Sanchez, Past Mentor of the Artists’ Project & Member of the Native Group of Seven

Wells and area is a unique place with a neat historic character. Island Mountain Arts is also great host for artists and creative projects. Had a fantastic time!
–Sarah Anne Johnson, Past Mentor of the Artists’ Project

First offered in 2000 with distinguished Canadian artist Norman Yates (1923 - 2014), the Artists’ Project for Professional and Emerging Artists has had a tremendous impact on the artistic development of those who have taken part in it.

Participating artists spend nine-days in Wells working in the IMA studios under the mentorship of senior artists.

The project is an intensive studio experience – with less structured time for set activities and more space for participants to develop their own work. This project will give you the opportunity to interact with and receive mentorship from your peers, as well as, one-on-one guidance from the senior mentors. Bring materials with which you would like to work and be prepared to spend most of the day in self-directed activities.

Project participants are invited to take part in a number of special activities such as a Welcome Reception, free BBQ, and Artist Talks with the mentors. Artists also get free admission to Barkerville Historic Town, as well as discounts to local businesses. A shorter four-day session (July 6 – 9) may be available if space permits.

Island Mountain Arts is pleased to recognize the support of the Toni Onley Estate, along with the BC Arts Council, the Hamber Foundation, The En’owkin Centre, Joseph Plaskett, the Toni Bernie Cattani Fund for the Arts, the Sylvia Graham Estate, and the Sonia Cornwall Estate. We are also pleased to recognize the support of the Penticton Art Gallery, which provides a solo exhibition each year to one participant selected by the mentors.

Past mentors of the project include Norman Yates, Tony Urquhart, Sherrard Grauer, Robert Murray, Michael Morris, Chris Cran, Michelle Forsyth, Peter von Tiesenhausen, David T. Alexander, John Hall, Harold Klunder, John Freeman, Lyndal Osborne, Libby Hague, Sarah Anne Johnson, Wayne White, Mimi Pond, Mark Neufeld, Leigh Bridges, Joseph M. Sanchez, Ciara Phillips, Jeffrey Spalding, Anong Migwans Beam, Shary Boyle, Lisa Milroy and Jen Mann.

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available, including the Sonia Cornwall Scholarship for a Cariboo artist, the Joseph Plaskett Scholarship for a Canadian artist and the newly created Sylvia Graham Memorial Scholarship. Click here for details.


Friday, July 5th, 7pm: Welcome Reception – IMA Gallery (2323 Pooley Street) -Meet your mentors and fellow artists and pick up your information packages.

Saturday, July 6th, 5:30pm: BBQ – IMA School – Free for participants

Saturday, July 6th, 7:00pm: Artist Talk with Diana Thorneycroft – Free for participants

Sunday, July 7th, 7:00pm: Artist Talk with Peter von Tiesenhausen – Free for participants

Wednesday, July 10th – Day Off, Studios still open

More events TBA

IMA students also receive free admission to Barkerville Historic Town and many discounts to local businesses.

Photo by Ciara Phillips

Photo by Ciara Phillips