Immigrating to Kelowna in 2001, Julia Hargreaves was trained in England and received a masters degree in art from Manchester Metropolitan University. Working in watercolour, acrylic and oils, her designs have been used by many publishers and greetings card companies including Royal Doulton, Marks and Spencer, Henry Ling and Aries Design.
Chosen for the 2009, 2010 and 2013 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Birds in Art, and two times Canadian Ducks Unlimited National Art Portfolio winner, British Columbia artist Julia Hargreaves trained in England and graduated with a masters degree in art from Manchester Metropolitan University.
In 2011 she took part in a Wilderness River Expedition Artists Federation, canoe trip to Caribou Woodland Park Ontario, to sketch and record the Boreal Forest, as part of a project to help preserve the largest remaining intact forest on the planet.
Julia illustrated ‘Birdcscapes - a Pop-Up Celebration of bird song,' with text by Cornell University, published by Chronicle in Oct 2008. Her painting of a Great Horned Owl was selected for the first Artists for Conservation exhibition at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in New York Sept 2008. She was also chosen as a Portfolio Artist for 2006 in the Ducks Unlimited National Art Portfolio.
Her art has been published internationally and in 2004 Julia was chosen out of thousands of artists worldwide to appear in the International Artist publication "How Did You Paint That? – 100 Ways to Paint Still Life and Florals, 2004.
Julia’s work is represented locally by the Lloyd Gallery.
The Meadowlark Nature Festival is back May 15 - 19! Over the years the festival has been host to many compelling themes acknowledging the many wonderful natural gifts of the Okanagan Similkameen, it's amazing biodiversity, the need to protect its fresh water supply and wildlife habitats in the face of climate change, population growth, and pressures from poorly planned development. But what it all really boils down to is this: what can we do, on a daily basis as individuals and families, to steward and conserve these critical resources? We have to go beyond mere lip service about protecting the environment, and take concrete steps in our own lives, everyday, to ensure that access to these same wonderful gifts of nature is passed down to our kids, grandkids, and the local flora and fauna of the future.
This then is the theme this year: "What can I do?" The festival planning committee hopes to weave this contemplation and call to personal action into every event and presentation. As part of this initiative, the festival is thrilled to present the fabulous art of the accomplished wildlife and nature artist Julia Hargreaves. Her exquisite original painting features a Western Meadowlark singing lustily, perched on the wheel of an antique grass mower.
Come down to the Penticton Art Gallery on Friday May 16th from 7pm – 9pm for the official grand opening of the Meadowlark Nature Festival's Featured Artist presentation, mingle with the artist herself and purchase one of the limited raffle tickets for a chance to be the new owner of this original painting. Julia has graciously donated the original of this spectacular art as the Grand Prize in the Meadowlark Nature Festival's annual raffle, the lucky name to be drawn at our always fun Festival Banquet, to be held on Saturday evening, May 17th. Don't miss the Festival! For more information, visit www.meadowlarkfestival.bc.ca