Beach Buddies -
Lambert's Beach Buddies
and an artist's rights to
Group, a Kelowna company specializing in landscaping and
pool designs, asked local artist, Louise
Lambert, to permit their using one of her artworks, Beach
Buddies, as an exterior image to draw attention to
and set the theme for their new design centre at 2589
Benvoulin Road in Kelowna.
Buddies was painted from an actual private home in
West Kelowna, facing the Kelowna side.
The original 16" by 40" was created by actually
using Okanagan beach sand specially adhered to the canvas and then
painted over with multiple layers of acrylic paint to provide real
texture and illumination, a task of many hours duration.
The larger image
has become a definite traffic stopper. Beach
Buddies captures the essence of summer relaxation.
You can just imagine, sitting down with your buddies and
enjoying the ambience of the Okanagan Valley.
Several people have been photographed with the colourful
artwork, depicting the Muskoka Chairs and Okanagan Lake.
Louise has been told by Hampton
Group that passers by have stopped their cars to have
their pictures taken with the chairs, even some promising vocal
singers. She just hopes those vocalists also provide credit to the
artist if they reproduce their images on their CD covers and in any
public relations advertising.
Louise brings up
a moot point and reminds artists that most people don't recognize
that an artist holds the copyright to his/her artwork even after
they sell the original piece of art. Those copyrights are an asset
as well as a form of revenue. Not
only should permission be sought to reproduce the art (in any form)
but compensation should be provided if that work is used for
commercial purposes. This holds true for images of art displayed on
the Internet (Flickr, Picasso or commercial websites, etc.).
Permission to reproduce art of any kind is legally required and many
people overlook that fact. They ignore the amount of hours and
material costs that have gone into creating those works of art. Copyright
resources are very necessary to
supplement and preserve an artist's income.
The response to Beach
Buddies has been overwhelming and so Wine
Country Studios, Louise’s workshop and gallery, has
created limited edition giclees, in 16" by 40" size, as
well as a small tourist size of 9" by 22". Over 80 have
sold to date.
Buddies is available at Alexis
Gallery, The Cove, Lakeside
Resort, Wine Country Studios,
Naramata Inn and Spa,
and Picture Perfect.
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