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Kena Cumming Cormier

Kena was born in Penticton in 1952. Living in the Okanagan most of her life, she attended the Fine Arts program, some 30 years ago, at Okanagan College in Kelowna. At the same time, she taught evening & weekend batik courses at the college and ran a successful boutique, “Artwear Okanagan” with 4 other artisans.

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In 1996, after a 15 year hiatus from the art scene, she & husband, Lawrence moved back to Penticton where she has been able to pursue her passion for art once again. Kena has traded in her wax, dyes & fabric for mild steel, canvas & acrylics. Sharing the metal shop with her husband, the metal bits are plasma cut, welded & torched creating a patina. They are then attached to the wooden frame, often spilling out over the borders of the canvas. A fascination with the relationship of shapes is evidenced in her textural & colourful “wallart”.

"I am fascinated in the relationship of shapes & how they interact with each other. Generally, I will work on numerous pieces at any given time. If I am stumped on one, then I will look to another for inspiration. It always works & amazes me how my energy leads me, it is, as if one canvas feeds the other.” Most recently mosaic has entered her realm of exploration.

Her work has been exhibited at Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, The Art Ark, Kelowna, BC Festival of the Arts, Province wide tour, Expo 1986, Vancouver BC,  Red Rooster Winery, Penticton, BC, “Evening of Art”, Giardino’s, Penticton BC., SOPA Fine Art Gallery, Kelowna BC, Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton BC, Osoyoos Art Gallery, Osoyoos BC. Currently her work is displayed at Red Rooster Winery Gallery, The Bench Artisan Market & Van Dop Gallery, New Westminster, BC.      

Her artwork can be found in collections throughout Canada, USA, Australia, Mexico & Switzerland.