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This inviting Contemporary Gallery owned by Carla O’Bee and Jenny Long, both artists and art instructors themselves, is also the home of 5 Resident Artist Studios as well as a Makers Shop featuring handcrafted Canadian goods. Located in downtown, amidst the infamous Farmer’s Market that takes over Main Street on Saturdays in Penticton’s warmer months, BeeLong is also a hub of workshops and classes for all levels of learning in the teaching space. The Exhibition schedule in the gallery presents nine rotating shows a year, including the owners’ work and that of the studio, local and visiting artists. We focus on artistically diverse solo and group shows, showcasing both Okanagan artists as well as featured artists from across B.C. It provides art lovers, art collectors, and designers with the ability to access a wide variety of styles and price ranges of original artwork, as well as handmade jewelry, apparel, pottery, art prints and cards. A perfect spot for tourists to pickup a meaningful reminder of their time in the Okanagan as well.
As qualified teachers who love to facilitate people’s creative learning, Carla and Jenny both teach classes (as well as a variety of visiting artists) and the two can be found experimenting with new creations in the studios along with the other resident artists. When visiting BeeLong, you are invited to visit all resident artists’ studios and see their works in progress and chat about their process.
BeeLong is about inclusivity and supporting the diverse voices found in visual arts, stimulating minds with new ways of looking at things, or reusing materials in new ways.