First Art Exhibition Opens at Union Street on February 7th

Artists, Badey, Hutson and McKinnon to be featured at the Grotto!


“Bear in the morning, Fort St James BC” by Bert Badey.

We are pleased to announce the opening of our first art exhibition with works from local artists Bert Badey, Barb Hutson, and Bruce McKinnon!  The artists’ paintings and photographs will be on display from February 7th to May 7th.  Come to our opening night party on February 7th at 6:30 PM to meet the artists!  This will also be a fund raiser for the Cumberland Community Forest Society; with 10% of the sale of the artists’ works going to the forest society.  Read more about the artists below.

Bert Badey

Bert has been a Wilderness Guide  in Northern British Columbia for better than 30 years.  Retired from Guiding, he now lives in the  beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island .  His photographic experience reaches back more than 40 years. From Darkroom to Digital  Cameras and  Digital editing.  His Work, large prints on Canvas have been shown in Art Galleries and other Venues and have been sold in Canada and internationally.


Barb Hutson

Comox Valley artist Barb Hutson was born and raised in North Hollywood, California.  Born into a creative family, she knew at a very young age that she was an artist.  Her passion for art lead her to enroll in fine arts at the Chouinard Art School (now CalArts) in Los Angeles, sculpture at the Brooks Institute and more recently, the Fine Arts department at NIC.  She established her own studio in the town of Courtenay, where she has been working for more than five years.  Barb works primarily in acrylics and in mixed media. Her works include paintings and sculptures.


Bruce McKinnon

Bruce McKinnon was born 54 years ago in Powell River where he still resides. He started painting when he was in his 30’s and is completely self taught. He finds painting a great help in coping with his Dyslexia. His talent for painting varies from Birds, Animals, Cartoons as well as Landscapes. He feels great enjoyment when one of his paintings brings a smile to someone’s face.


Are you a local artist interested in featuring your work at the Grotto?  We’d love to hear from you!  Learn more here.