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WATERCOLOR SKI PRINT - "Rossland - 1985", from the Eighties Kootenay Collection, West Kootenay Region, British Columbia, Canada.

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THE PROJECT - Nearly a century has passed since the first settlers inhabited the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. In recognition of our heritage, Kootenay Savings Credit Union commissioned Mal Gagnon in 1981 to record through pencil drawings eight turn-of-the-century communities that flourished during the mining boom. This ambitious project was the culmination of nearly two thousand hours spanning over four years. Since it's introduction in 1983 the Kootenay Collection has proven to be very popular with many. As a result of its success Kootenay Savings has appropriately undertaken a sequel to this unique series. After studying our heritage in such visual detail, it would seem fitting that a series of contemporary paintings be commissioned to chronicle our region's progress after nearly a century. Kootenay Savings has once again commissioned Mal Gagnon to share, at this time, his watercolor impressions of the region's communities and its people as they appear today. While some of the communities prospered and declined with the rise and fall of the mining industry, others grew to become commercial, recreational and industrial centres of the modern day West Kootenay region while others disappeared entirely.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION - " Rossland - 1985" The Rossland-Trail area grew from the mining boom in the West Kootenay region in the 1890's. With the development of the rich Red Mountain mines the city of Rossland was born. As the mines prospered so did Rossland, however, this prosperity was short-lived and by the 1920's the mines had closed and Rossland's role in the region was gradually reduced to that of a bedroom community to the rapidly growing city of Trail. This role began to change in the 1950's and 1960's when local skiers formed a society to develop ski facilities on the north face of Red Mountain. These facilities expanded to include the neighboring Granite Mountain and the economic potential of the ski hill began to be realized. Red Mountain is now a significant part of the economy of Rossland and the entire West Kootenay region.

THE PRINTS - Reproduced in the offset printing process as full color art on a high quality heavy printing stock. The image size of each print is 11.5"x 16" with a 2" border on the top and sides and 2.5" border on the bottom. The final trim size of each is 16"x 20".

THE ARTIST - Mal Gagnon was born in Vanguard, Saskatchewan and received his formal art training at The Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta. His major was in Advertising Art and later switching to Fine Art. In 1988 he moved to the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. His popular detailed painting style has led to multiple private and corporate commissions among which include mining companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, golf clubs, wineries and real estate. His passion for the Okanagan Valley is evident in his many watercolor and acrylic paintings that depict the beautiful landscape of British Columbia.
THE PROJECT - Nearly a century has passed since the first settlers inhabited the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. In recognition of our heritage, Kootenay Savings Credit Union commissioned Mal Gagnon in 1981 to record through pencil drawings eight turn-of-the-century communities that flourished during the mining boom. This ambitious project was the culmination of nearly two thousand hours spanning over four years. Since it's introduction in 1983 the Kootenay Collection has proven to be very popular with many. As a result of its success Kootenay Savings has appropriately undertaken a sequel to this unique series. After studying our heritage in such visual detail, it would seem fitting that a series of contemporary paintings be commissioned to chronicle our region's progress after nearly a century. Kootenay Savings has once again commissioned Mal Gagnon to share, at this time, his watercolor impressions of the region's communities and its people as they appear today. While some of the communities prospered and declined with the rise and fall of the mining industry, others grew to become commercial, recreational and industrial centres of the modern day West Kootenay region while others disappeared entirely.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION - " Rossland - 1985" The Rossland-Trail area grew from the mining boom in the West Kootenay region in the 1890's. With the development of the rich Red Mountain mines the city of Rossland was born. As the mines prospered so did Rossland, however, this prosperity was short-lived and by the 1920's the mines had closed and Rossland's role in the region was gradually reduced to that of a bedroom community to the rapidly growing city of Trail. This role began to change in the 1950's and 1960's when local skiers formed a society to develop ski facilities on the north face of Red Mountain. These facilities expanded to include the neighboring Granite Mountain and the economic potential of the ski hill began to be realized. Red Mountain is now a significant part of the economy of Rossland and the entire West Kootenay region.

THE PRINTS - Reproduced in the offset printing process as full color art on a high quality heavy printing stock. The image size of each print is 11.5"x 16" with a 2" border on the top and sides and 2.5" border on the bottom. The final trim size of each is 16"x 20".

THE ARTIST - Mal Gagnon was born in Vanguard, Saskatchewan and received his formal art training at The Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta. His major was in Advertising Art and later switching to Fine Art. In 1988 he moved to the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. His popular detailed painting style has led to multiple private and corporate commissions among which include mining companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, golf clubs, wineries and real estate. His passion for the Okanagan Valley is evident in his many watercolor and acrylic paintings that depict the beautiful landscape of British Columbia.

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WATERCOLOR SKI PRINT - "Rossland - 1985", from the Eighties Kootenay Collection, West Kootenay Region, British Columbia, Canada.

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