Artist’s Biography

Lynden Beesley

Born
1946, England
Moved to Canada, 1975, Canadian citizen since 1988

Education
2001-03
 Advanced courses in print and intaglio, computer imaging, and web page development, Okanagan University College, Kelowna, BC

2001  BFA, honours, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

Workshops and Training
2009
  Enameling course with Patricia R. Musick, Musick Studio, Colorado Springs, Colorado

2007  Stone Carving course with Graham Pettman, Kelowna Sculptors Network Studio, Kelowna, BC

2004-05  Courses in video production and professional development, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, BC

2003  Patination techniques with Geert Maas, Kelowna, BC

2002  Stone sculpture course from Fran Beseau, Kelowna, BC
Bronze casting, patina course with Kip Jones, Pyramid Bronze Works, Kelowna, BC

Selected Solo Exhibition
2013
  Gardens and Gods, Atelier Pom, West Kelowna, BC

2009  Sunflower and Butterfly, Street banner, City of Kelowna Public Art project, Leon Avenue, Kelowna, BC

2006  Pomulations by Lynden Beesley, Summerland Art Gallery, Summerland, BC
A Matter of Taste by Lynden Beesley, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC

2005  Pomulations, Laughing Moon Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Pomulations by Lynden Beesley, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

2004  Pomulations by Lynden Beesley, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
Artscape, Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna, BC

2003  Artscape, Okanagan Public Library, West Kelowna branch, Kelowna, BC

1999  Mythos, Ambrosia Gallery, Campbellford, Ontario

Selected Group Exhibitions
2013  Deifying the Diva, with Alexandra Edmonds, Summerland Art Gallery, Summerland, BC
Past and Present, members’ exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Art in the Garden, Okanagan Lavender Farm invited artists, Kelowna, BC
Exposed, Vernon Public Art Gallery members’ show, Vernon, BC

2012  Women of Substance, with Alexandra Edmunds, Courthouse Gallery, Merritt, BC
On the Path to Abstraction, members’ exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Decimus, Ars Longa show, Roadhouse Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Medal Exhibit, Federation International de Medaille Congress, The Hunter Museum Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Commemorating War and Peace 1812 Show, Medallic Art Society of Canada, Rodman Hall, Brock University, St Catharine’s, Ontario

2011  My Favorite Medal, Medallic Art Society of Canada, Rodman Hall, Brock University, St Catharine’s, Ontario
Imagine, Ars Longa, Roadhouse Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Ninth Annual, North Okanagan Artists Alternative,Juried Members Show, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
Almost Famous, Art Auction, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC

2010  Group Show, Medallic Art Society of Canada, Williams Mill Gallery, Halton Hills, Ontario
Medal Exhibit, Federation International de Medaille Congress, Tampere Art Gallery, Tampere, Finland
Portals, Ars Longa, Roadhouse Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Marking Identity, members’ exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Visual Vernacular, Juried Members’ Show, North Okanagan Artist Alternative, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
Blue Sky: Utopia, open members’ exhibition, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, BC

2009  A Celebration of Anniversaries in Medals, Medallic Art Society of Canada, Gardiner Museum, Toronto
From the Ground Up, Ars Longa, Roadhouse Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Lucky 7, North Okanagan Artist Alternative, Juried Members Show, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
Open Print Show, juried exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver
Cezanne’s Closet, juried exhibition fundraiser, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

2008  Road Show, Ars Longa, Road house Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Spirit of Kelowna, public art commission, City Hall, Kelowna, BC
Interplay, members’ exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
6th Juried Members Show, North Okanagan Artists Alternative, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
Best of the Medallic Art Society of Canada, Geert Maas Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Cezanne’s Closet, juried exhibition fundraiser, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
… not with a Bang but with an SUV, North Okanagan Artists Alternative, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
Blush, Erotic Art Show, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC
Okanagan Art Wall, Regional District of Central Okanagan Offices, Kelowna, BC
Common Magic – The Legacy of Bronwen Williams Exhibition, Faculty Building, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Gallerie Diamante, Evergreen Fundraiser, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC

2007  Passages to Reconstruction, Federation Nationale de Medaille Congress, American Numismatic Association, Money Museum, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Shape and Form, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Ars Longa, Mission Hall, Kelowna, BC
Convergence, Members’ exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Mellow Yellow, North Okanagan Artists Alternative,Juried Members Show, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
Cezanne’s Closet, juried fundraiser exhibition, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

2006  Ars Longa, Kelowna, BC
Beyond the Frame, Members’ exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Green, North Okanagan Artists, Juried Members Show, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
Cezanne’s Closet, juried fundraiser exhibition, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Sculptures in Progress, members’ show, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC

2005  Fete, Ars Longa, Kokopeli, Kelowna, BC
Oasis, Members’ exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Right Here, Juried Members Show, North Okanagan Artists Alternative, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
By the Book, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
Masquerade, Ars Longa, Mission Hall, Kelowna, BC
Cezanne’s Closet, juried fundraiser exhibition, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Wearable Art Show, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, BC

2004  A Show of Hands, Ars Longa, Mission Hall, Kelowna, BC
Close Quarters, with Dr Bill Edmunds, Salmon Arm Art Gallery, Salmon Arm, BC
Ferrago, Juried Members Show, North Okanagan Artists Alternative, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
Cezanne’s Closet, juried fundraiser exhibition, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Women: Persons and Souls, juried show, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Looking Back, Community Art Project, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Wearable Art Show, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Pomulations, Laughing Moon Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Fresh, Art Ark Gallery, Kelowna, BC

2003  Cezanne’s Closet, juried fundraiser exhibition, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Number 5 Orange, Members show, North Okanagan Artist Alternative, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon ,BC
Don’t Sell Out, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Raza Gallery exhibition with Jock Hildebrand, Westbank, BC

2002  Blue, North Okanagan Artists Alternative, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
Cezanne’s Closet, juried fundraiser exhibition, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Gellatly Nut Farm Art Competition, Mission Hill Winery, Kelowna, BC

2001  Cezanne’s Closet, juried fundraiser exhibition, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Rash, Graduation Show, Ontario Hall with a juried show at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

2000  Mutative Process, show with Marilyn King, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Cezanne’s Closet, juried fundraiser exhibition, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

1999  Cezanne’s Closet, juried fundraiser exhibition, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

1998  Scumbling, juried 1st year show, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

Sculpture Symposia
The artist participated in the following symposia by attending and producing a new sculptural work which was exhibited at the end in the show indicated.

2011  Art Rocks in the City, Symposium, Kelowna Sculptors Network Society, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC

2005  Connecting Links, Symposium, Kelowna Sculptors Network Society, Military Museum, Kelowna, BC

2003  Sculpture on Main, Okanagan Thompson International Sculpture Symposium, West Kelowna, BC

Related Professional Activities
2013  Hosted a medallion workshop, Atelier Pom, West Kelowna, BC

2002 to present  Founding member/President/Treasurer / Teacher, Kelowna Sculptors Network Society, Kelowna, BC

2001-13  Docent and class facilitator, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC

2001-2012  Taught Stone carving classes at Art Walk, Winfield, BC

2008 to present  annually, Canadian Delegate to the International Medallion Federation, FIDEM, located in a different city each year

2008  Taught stone carving at Hudson School, West Kelowna, BC
Taught stone carving for Cool Arts at the Kelowna Sculptors Network Studio, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC

2007  Facilitator of print demonstrations at Okanagan University College, Kelowna, BC
Taught mask making at Impressions Summer Day Camp, Kelowna, BC

2006  Organized medallion-making workshop with Geert Maas, Kelowna Sculptors Network Society Studio, Kelowna, BC
Art Starts program in printmaking at Rutland Middle School, Kelowna, BC
Taught classes in woodcut, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC

2005  Gave three-lecture series in art history, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
Facilitator of print demonstration at Okanagan University College, Kelowna, BC
Taught stone carving class, Cool Arts, Kelowna, BC

2004  Gave Brown Bag Lunch series on art history, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
Facilitator of print and sculpture workshops and demonstrations at Okanagan University College, Kelowna, BC
Taught art at the Dandylions and Dragonflies Summer Art Camp, Kelowna, BC

2003  Gallery Assistant, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC

2002  Facilitator, Okanagan Institute for Learning in Retirement, Kelowna, BC

2001  Facilitator, Okanagan Institute for Learning in Retirement, Kelowna, BC

Publications by the Artist
“Three Artist Sons of Manitoba : a Rover’s Personal Review,” Untitled (Union Gallery Newsletter, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario), Volume 6, Issue 1, August, 1999, pp. 3-4.

“In Praise of Works under Glass,” Okanagan Arts, Issue 3, Fall, 2007, pp. 26-7.

“FIDEM XXX11 Art Medal Congress Tampere Finland,” Behind the MASC (newsletter of the Medallic Art Society of Canada), Issue 31, Winter, 2011, p. 5.

“Forging at a Glasgow Sculpture Studio,” MEDAILLE 2012, International Medal Federation bi-annual publication, 2012, pp. 241-242.

“FIDEM XXX11 Congress Glasgow Scotland,”Behind the MASC (newsletter of the Medallic Art Society of Canada), Issue 34, Fall, 2012, p.6.

Bibliography
Brotherton, Dorothy. “New sculpture unveiled in Westbank,” Westside Weekly (West Kelowna, BC), March 17, 2004, p. 15.

Colorado Springs: FIDEM XXX 2007: catalogue of exhibition with 2007 FIDEM congress, 2007, p. 31.

Glasgow, Scotland: FIDEM XXX11 2012: catalogue of exhibition with 2012 FIDEM congress, 2012, p. 27.

Kelowna (Canada): Spirit of Kelowna: A Celebration of Art and Community. Okanagan Institute, 2008, p. 30.

Lightfoot, Pauline. “No Boundaries,” Event (Daily Courier, Kelowna, BC), March 19, 2004, p. 12.

Priegert, Portia. “Passionate about Pomegranates,” Event (Daily Courier, Kelowna, BC), April 6, 2005, p. 10 .

_____. “Chipping, Grinding, Sanding,” Event (Daily Courier, Kelowna, BC), August 10, 2005, p. 1.

Tampere, Finland: FIDEM XXXI 2010: catalogue of exhibition with 2010 FIDEM congress, 2010, p. 60.

Thompson, Rosemary Jean. “Artists Sharing their Work,” The Okanagan Saturday (Kelowna, BC), May 7, 2005, p. A6.

Toronto: MASC, 1812-2012, 200 Years of Peace (catalogue of exhibition of the Medallic Art Society of Canada), 2012, p. 8.

Toth, Andrea. “Lynden Beesley, Pomulations,” Vernon Public Art Gallery Newsletter, July, 2004, Volume 13, no. 5, p. 2.

Turnbull, Glenna. “Set in Stone,” Capital News (Kelowna, BC), June 30, 2005, p. 3.

Public Collections
Queen’s University Print Collection, Kingston, Ontario

University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC

Beesley’s work is represented in private collections in Austria, England, the USA, and Canada.