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Artist in Residence

Program Overview

This program was created in a bid to support and nurture the local diversity of artistic talent in the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region. Our program is dynamic and largely based on the artists and what they are hoping to accomplish during the season.

What does the program offer?

The Whitewater Artist in Residence program offers successful participants a season pass for the 2022.2023 winter season and exposure on our social media channels. There is the potential for further offerings dependent on the projects that will be undertaken. Whitewater will work together with the chosen participants over the 2022.2023 winter season to showcase their work, run community engagement activities, and discover what possibilities exist when you mix epic mountains with raw creativity.

How long is the program?

The program runs for the duration of the 2022.2023 winter season.

Who should apply?

This program is for any type of creative who has demonstrated experience or recognition in their field.

Abby Wilson Artist in Residence

Samm Moore

Artist in Residence 

Samm Moore is a pyrography artist (wood burning), specializing in animals and landscapes. Born in Banff AB and raised on Vancouver Island, much of her inspiration comes from her surrounding environments of the mountains and the ocean. She is also an avid skier, mountain biker and enjoys playing music. She is currently living in Salmo BC.

On Art 

I was fortunate enough to know my calling early on in life, and it was clear to me that I would pursue a life in art. As I set off to art school, I wasn’t quite sure what that future would look like but in my second year I discovered wood burning and it became a lot clearer. One of the things I enjoy most about wood burning is working with a natural element. Wood is unique and ever-changing, exactly like
the world around us. Most of my work relates to the mountains and the ocean, along with the diverse wildlife that comes with it. This subject matter comes from personal experiences and inner exploration, as being surrounded by such environments has become a vital part of who I am as a person. With my art, I hope to portray my thoughts and values on the natural world, the importance of it, and the difficulties that it may be facing. In these times of uncertainty, we need to protect our natural resources and be considerate of the living creatures we share this planet with. I hope that my work will help others see the beauty in Mother Nature and feel inspired to help protect it.

Nick Christian Writer in Residence

Carly Dow

Writer in Residence 

Carly Dow is a writer and musician whose style of wildcrafted folk has garnered international acclaim for its vivid imagery and enchanting melodies. With her background as an environmental scientist, she knows how to look closely and transform our world into intimate musical and poetic landscapes. Her songwriting and poetry reflect a deep appreciation of beauty and darkness balanced throughout personal, physical, and natural histories. Carly’s studio albums, Comet and Ingrained, were toured extensively and held placement in the National Top 10 folk/roots charts. Her poetry has been published in Canadian journals, Prairie Fire and Contemporary Verse 2.

Carly currently lives in the Kootenay mountains of BC within the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa, Sinixt and Syilx nations