A new exhibition of paintings by Ev McDougall will be presented at Nadine's Fine Art and Frames during the month of October- a good head start on the Christmas list. Opening reception is Thursday, October 5th, from 6:30 - 8:30pm.
Ev showed a very early interest in art , and won her ﬁrst award, for a drawing of a spaniel, when she was 7. After graduating from the University of Alberta in 1969 with a Master of Arts degree, she went on to become an instructor at Mount Royal College in Calgary. Full time work and being Mom to three children, put a bit of a crimp in her involvement in painting and her energies became redirected to more practical aspects of artistic expression such as the design and construction of ski clothing, tents, bike covers, furniture and so on.
With the anticipation of early retirement, however, and the discovery that watercolour need not be washy-washy, she indulged her long-standing desire to learn more. She enrolled in her ﬁrst course in watercolour painting in 1990, and has since taken classes in oils, drawing, acrylics, and ﬁnally pastels. And somewhere along the way, pastels and acrylics became her main focus.
She has been an active supporter of the Arts in the community since her move to the Okanagan in 1995. Already a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, she transferred her allegiance from Calgary to the North Okanagan Chapter, eventually spending over eleven years working in various positions on the executive. She was also secretary on the board of the Vernon Art Gallery for four years, on the executive of the Okanagan Artists League, and a volunteer with other organizations in the valley. She is a Signature member of the Northwest Pastel Society, based in Seattle, Washington, the Pastel Society of America, based in New York, an Elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, a Master Pastellist with Pastel Artists of Canada, and a Distinguished Pastelist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast, a California group.