A well-known local artist is celebrating the opening of her new art space in Kelowna.
Carolina Sanchez de Bustamante has opened ARTE funktional, described as the essence of art and function in an architectural context.
De Bustamante has been working in architectural ceramics in her Ashpa Naira Gallery and studio, located on the westside of Okanagan Lake, for 18 years, creating original and innovative design in clay for the living environment.
She has also shown the work of several Okanagan artists who work with different materials in architectural art and otherwise at Ashpa Naira as well as at the ARTE Funktional shows held in the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.
The idea came to her, why not promote all these artists/artisans together in one space?
“My interest with ARTE funktional is to bring to the Okanagan Valley not only the best in paintings and sculptures, but as well, original architectural and functional art created by Okanagan artists, which is more modern and contemporary in design,” she said.
ARTE funktional’s first exhibition, Small Objects, is on now to Jan. 10. A reception takes place Dec. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. The gallery is located in Kelowna’s Factory building at 1302 Paul St.