Lynne Grillmair Studio

Biography

Lynne grew up in the Fraser Valley,B.C. where she attended school in Mission and graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in Art History. There she briefly studied with Toni Onley and BC Binning.  Following that she worked as a chef and house manager for Canadian Mt. Holidays in the Bugaboo Lodge for 20 years.

In 1991-92 she attended the Alberta College of Art to hone her rusty drawing skills.  She started painting full time in 1996, embarking on an artist's journey which allows experimentation rather than commercial production.  Locally Lynne studied watercolour painting with Trevor Burton.  Later her passion led her to study with Susan Woolgar at Red Deer College learning to make mono-prints.  Other workshops followed of artists whose work she admires: Donna Baspaly, Mary Todd Beam, Suzanne Northcott.  Other artists who inspire her are Jac Kepart, Brian Ayeto, and Paul Klee.

Lynne is very interested in process so a lot of time is spent exploring different materials and ideas to create a visually interesting and exciting piece of work.  She uses acrylics, enhances surfaces by texturizing with gel mediums, papers, sand, bits and pieces of saved, found objects that catch her eye.  Leslie Rowe Israelson very generously gives her broken bits of beautiful glass she has casted.  So with texture and colour she composes works that deal with themes like circularity, music ,nature, tactility, passage of time to mention a few.

In recent years she has entered into the foray of plein air painting often joining her friends Denise Lemaster, and Desiree Bond, well known landscape painters.  In 2003, after being an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists for 6 years, she received Associate signature Status (AFCA).

In 2009, a small publication of aboriginal stories from the Sto'lo group in the Fraser Valley was launched, called the Sepass Tales.  Lynne was the artist hired to produce 16 watercolours to illustrate the essence of each tale.  Her works can be found in private collections in the US, Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada.  At present her works are being sold at Gallery Odin, Silver Star BC, Chateau Hotel, Kimberly BC, and Helna's Stube, Radium BC.

Starting in the new year, 2014, Lynne will be working at J.A. Laird, a school in Invermere for elementary students (grades 3-6).  This is part of an integration program showcasing the importance of visual art, drawing, painting etc in conjunction with science, math and literature.  Lynne taught the students/teachers drawing skills, starting with rendering basic shapes (circle, square, triangle), ending with portraiture and landscape. Lynne has also taught small art workshops for children on request in her studio during the summer.

Shows and Exhibitions


1996-2005
Yearly shows at Pynelogs Cultural Centre and Strands Restaurant - Invermere, BC

2002
Art Point - "Celebration" solo show, Calgary, AB

2004
Group show - Artym Gallery - "Around the World" - Invermere, BC

2005
Group show - Elevation - "Bits and Pieces of Me" - Canmore, AB

2006
Group show - Elevation - "Abstraction" - Canmore, AB
Solo show - Gallery Cafe - "Ice Flows" - Invermere, BC
Solo show - Pynelogs - "All Around Music" - Invermere, BC

2007
Collaborators 3 - Mixed Media Show - Pynelogs, Invermere, BC
Collaborators 4 - AGOG, Golden, BC
Group Show - Gallery Odin - Winter and summer shows - Silver Star, BC

2008
Chateau Kimberley - Local Artists - Kimberley, BC
Group show - Elevation - Wildlife, Canmore, AB
Artist's Studio Tour - Invermere, BC
Group show - Gallery Odin - Winter and summer shows - Silver Star, BC
Group show - Elevation - "Poetry of Abstraction" - Canmore, AB

2009
Group show - Gallery Odin - Winter and summer shows - Silver Star, BC
Tour of the Arts - Invermere, BC
Book Launch - Sepass Tales - Chilliwack and Mission, BC

2010
Group show - Gallery Odin - Winter and summer shows - Silver Star, BC
Solo show - Pynelogs - "Water" - Invermere, BC

2011
Group show - Gallery Odin - Winter and summer shows - Silver Star, BC

2012
Group show - Gallery Odin - Winter and summer shows - Silver Star, BC

2013
May - Pynelogs - Summer exhibitions for Wings Over the Rockies
Jul 20 to Aug 4 - Gallery show - Pynelogs, Invermere, BC
Sep 1 - Plein Air landscape show with Desiree Bond - Eclectic Gallery, Victoria, BC
Nov 23 - Art Auction fundraiser for a Hospice in Castlegar, BC

2014
Mar - Solo show - AGOG in Golden, BC
Jul 20 to Aug 4 - "Ice Paintings" - Pynelogs Gallery Show - Invermere, BC
Aug 2 - "AIR" - One Day Exhibition - Panorama, BC
Aug 3 - "Tour of the Arts" - Invermere, BC
Sep 29 to Oct 3 - International Snow Science Exhibition, Banff Centre - Banff, AB