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WATERCOLOR PRINT SET - "The Eighties Kootenay Collection", set of 6 prints, Western Canada communities with mining industry roots.

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*NOTE - Due to photo space limitations only 4 images are shown here. Please view other 2 images included in the set on individual Mal Gagnon Fine Art listings.

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.

1) Trail - 1985 ... Trail is another community in the West Kootenay region that was born of the hard rock mining boom of the 1890's. However,Trail differs from other communities in that it has remained a major player in the mining industry in British Columbia. In 1895 Trail provided a convenient location for the construction of a smelter to treat the ores from the rich Rossland mines, six miles away. Astute management and an exceptional source of raw materials from the Sullivan Mine in Kimberley permitted the smelter operations then owned by the Canadian Railway to expand and grow to become the largest non-ferrous smelter in the world.

2) 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 the Red Mountain. These facilities expanded to include the neighbouring 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 region.

3) Castlegar - 1987 ... In the early part of the century Castlegar was the crossroads of the transportation system in the Kootenay region. In those days the main form of travel was by rail or boat and its geographical location at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers made Castlegar one of the key cities in the region. Today the public travels by automobile or air and Castlegar remains the transportation hub of the West Kootenays.

4) Nelson - 1986 ... Nelson is one of the communities in the West Kootenays that has retained its position in the region much as it did in the early part of the century. It remains the administrative and commercial ceter of the northern portion of the West Kootenay region. It is a community that boasts fine post-secondary and international education facilities, provincial and regional government offices and a diverse service and retail sector supporting the forest, supply and tourist industries of the region.

5) Kaslo - 1988 ... The sternwheelers no longer dock at her wharf and mining no longer dominates the conversation on the quiet streets of Kaslo. However, this small community on northern Kootenay Lake remains as intriguing stop for visitors to the Kootenays. Kaslo now relies on the forest industry for its main livelihood and is the hub of the sport fishing and tourist industry on Kootenay Lake. The community retains its link with its historic past through the preservation of the SS Moyie, the last sternwheeler to ply the inland lakes of BC. It remains the eastern gateway to the 'Silvery Slocan' and the historic mining community of Sandon and and is proud of its role in the early mining history of the region.

6) New Denver - 1988 ... While New Denver is now a small quiet community on the shores of Slocan Lake this belies its importance to the region. In the heart of the 'Silvery Slocan' mining still plays an important role in the economy of New Denver with many small mining companies continue to operate in the mountains above New Denver, Silverton and Sandon. These modern mechanized mining operations bear a striking resemblance to the mines of yesterday and maintain the area's link with its historic past. While forestry is now the primary industry in the Slocan Valley the rich history of the area and the romanticism of the mining history of the early 1900's are not far away.

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.
*NOTE - Due to photo space limitations only 4 images are shown here. Please view other 2 images included in the set on individual Mal Gagnon Fine Art listings.

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.

1) Trail - 1985 ... Trail is another community in the West Kootenay region that was born of the hard rock mining boom of the 1890's. However,Trail differs from other communities in that it has remained a major player in the mining industry in British Columbia. In 1895 Trail provided a convenient location for the construction of a smelter to treat the ores from the rich Rossland mines, six miles away. Astute management and an exceptional source of raw materials from the Sullivan Mine in Kimberley permitted the smelter operations then owned by the Canadian Railway to expand and grow to become the largest non-ferrous smelter in the world.

2) 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 the Red Mountain. These facilities expanded to include the neighbouring 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 region.

3) Castlegar - 1987 ... In the early part of the century Castlegar was the crossroads of the transportation system in the Kootenay region. In those days the main form of travel was by rail or boat and its geographical location at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers made Castlegar one of the key cities in the region. Today the public travels by automobile or air and Castlegar remains the transportation hub of the West Kootenays.

4) Nelson - 1986 ... Nelson is one of the communities in the West Kootenays that has retained its position in the region much as it did in the early part of the century. It remains the administrative and commercial ceter of the northern portion of the West Kootenay region. It is a community that boasts fine post-secondary and international education facilities, provincial and regional government offices and a diverse service and retail sector supporting the forest, supply and tourist industries of the region.

5) Kaslo - 1988 ... The sternwheelers no longer dock at her wharf and mining no longer dominates the conversation on the quiet streets of Kaslo. However, this small community on northern Kootenay Lake remains as intriguing stop for visitors to the Kootenays. Kaslo now relies on the forest industry for its main livelihood and is the hub of the sport fishing and tourist industry on Kootenay Lake. The community retains its link with its historic past through the preservation of the SS Moyie, the last sternwheeler to ply the inland lakes of BC. It remains the eastern gateway to the 'Silvery Slocan' and the historic mining community of Sandon and and is proud of its role in the early mining history of the region.

6) New Denver - 1988 ... While New Denver is now a small quiet community on the shores of Slocan Lake this belies its importance to the region. In the heart of the 'Silvery Slocan' mining still plays an important role in the economy of New Denver with many small mining companies continue to operate in the mountains above New Denver, Silverton and Sandon. These modern mechanized mining operations bear a striking resemblance to the mines of yesterday and maintain the area's link with its historic past. While forestry is now the primary industry in the Slocan Valley the rich history of the area and the romanticism of the mining history of the early 1900's are not far away.

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 PRINT SET - "The Eighties Kootenay Collection", set of 6 prints, Western Canada communities with mining industry roots.

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