Rena Warren

Selected Biography

Born: 1969, Prince George, BC

Education

2009 TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language certificate), Oxford via UBCO, Kelowna, BC

2003 Bachelor in Education, Post-Degree, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

1995 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Victoria via Okanagan University College, Kelowna, BC

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 Rena Warren: Mothers and Lovers at the Easel of Ego and Id, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC
I Mothers and Lovers at the Easel of Ego and Id, Float Space, Kelowna BC

2012 I, Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna, BC
I, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC
It is Written, Rena Warren, Streaming Café, Kelowna, BC
Mandalas by Rena Warren, The Yoga House, Kelowna, BC

2011 Selected paintings by Rena Warren, The Yoga House, Kelowna, BC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Night of 1000 Lights, Artisan House, Kelowna, BC
Art Teachers’ Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Day Job, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC

2013 Mad Hatter, ARTSCO, Kelowna, BC
Art Teachers’ Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC

2012 Art Teachers’ Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Jail Bird Show, Habitat, Kelowna, BC
Okanagan Erotic Art Show, Ex Nihilo Winery, Lake Country, BC

2011 Art Teachers’ Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
The Memory Project, Okanagan Heritage Museum, Kelowna, BC

2010 Art Teachers’ Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC

2000 OPUS, Okanagan University College, Kelowna, BC

Teaching Experience

2003-2009 Art Specialist, Vedanta Academy, Kelowna, B.C

2009-present Adult, teen and pre-school art classes, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC

2010-present Executive Director, Cool Arts Society, Kelowna, BC

2011 Art instructor, Summer Arts School for Youth, (SASFY), Kelowna, BC

2012-14 Instructor, Special Education, Okanagan University College, Kelowna, BC

2014-present School District # 23, professional development workshops for art teachers, Kelowna, BC

2012-14 Art instructor, adult art classes, Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna, BC

Awards

2014 Art Education Award, Okanagan Arts Awards, ARTSCO, Kelowna, BC

Bibliography

Aronovitch, Davida. “On Art From Memory: Q&A with Kelowna-based artist Rena Warren.” #Canadian Heritage Tumblr  undated https://www.tumblr.com/search/davida%20aronovitch

Brennan, Katie. “Okanagan Art Review ARTIST GATHERING #2 with Rena Warren,” Okanagan Art Review (Kelowna, BC), March 23, 2015. http://www.okanaganartreview.com/okanagan-art-review-artist-gathering-2-with-rena-warren/

Gervais, Joanne. “Interview with artist, educator, artisan extraordinaire!,” Oook Magazine (Kelowna, BC), December 15, 2011. http://oook.ca/tag/rena-warren/

_____. “Interview with artist, educator, artisan Rena Warren – part 2,” Oook Magazine (Kelowna, BC), January 5, 2012. http://oook.ca/2012/01/interview-with-artist-educator-artisan-rena-warren-part-2/

Lock, Wanda. “Friday Morning Coffee with Rena Warren,” Okanagan Art Review (Kelowna, BC,) December 19, 2014 http://www.okanaganartreview.com/friday-morning-coffee-with-rena-warren/

Smith, Jennifer. “Rena Warren renders Kelowna Art Gallery students artistic,” Capital News (Kelowna, BC), January 26, 2012.  http://www.bclocalnews.com/okanagan_similkameen/kelownabuzz/entertainment/138165844.html?mobile=true

_____ “Draw the Line: One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure,” Capital News (Kelowna, BC), March 2, 2012. http://www.kelownacapnews.com/entertainment/141219833.html  http://kelownaartgallery.com/media/guest-writers/jennifer-smith/

Publications by the Artist

Warren, Rena. “Everyone is an Artist,” Okanagan Family Magazine (Kelown,a BC), September 21, 2015. http://okanaganfamilymagazine.ca/2015/09/21/everyone-is-an-artist/