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Karla Pearce Jewellery

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Kamloops
Kamloops Artist Karla Pearce graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a major in Drawing/Painting. She later attended English studies at the University of Calgary and Computer Technology at The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary Alberta.  Karla Pearce has had her work shown in many commercial and public galleries throughout Western Canada, some of these are; The Edmonton Art Gallery, Alternator Gallery - Kelowna, Truck artist Run Centre - Calgary, Grand Forks Art Gallery, the Nelson Museum and the Castlegar Museum. She received a great deal of public recognition and public grants for her paintings and work with children.  

In 2008 Pearce opened a commercial art gallery in Castlegar called the Creative Edge Gallery. There she sold her own work as well as the work of many local artists. Pearce also opened a teaching studio in the space and taught art classes in conjunction with Selkirk College and the Kootenay Boundry Regional District. Pearce has also done a great deal of volunteer work over the years with children and has completed many public murals. Her mural accomplishments are, Blueberry School Castlegar, Winlaw Elementary School, Trail's Memorial arena, Rosemont Elementary in Nelson, Nelson Civic Centre and Central School. All projects Pearce completed the work with local children.  

Karla Pearce has published three books “Anise and the Magic Fish” which she wrote and illustrated, and Art of the Kootenays, a hardcover coffee table book that features the artwork of 56 Kootenay artists and Kitty Cat Colouring Book.  Pearce started writing an arts column in 2004, The Creative Edge, which was published in The Nelson Daily News, the Trail Daily Times, Kootenay Carnival Magazine, The Castlegar News, Some Kootenay Arts Talk and Kamloops This Week.  

Karla Pearce produced a radio arts feature for BKRadio, for four years as well as a TV feature The Creative Edge on Shaw TV. Pearce also published a magazine called SKAT (Some Kootenay Arts Talk) in the West Kootenays 2003-2011. In 2011 Pearce moved to Kamloops BC with her husband and 3 children and opened up the Karla Pearce Art Gallery where she taught art classes, painting restoration and sold her artwork. Pearce closed her gallery in 2014.

From 2011 to 2014 Karla Pearce produced and hosted a television series called Creating With Karla Pearce which aired on Shaw TV and CFJCTV, in City TV Network. In the series, Pearce engaged local artists and individuals in lively discussions, demonstrations and speaks about creativity. Pearce is currently working on hand enameled jewellery that she sells at the Kamloops Farmer Market, and is painting in her home studio.