Longtime resident and artist Kay Hartnell dies.
Dawson Creek’s arts community lacks color and good company after longtime resident and artist Kay Hartnell passed away last month, an active member of The Exploring Art for over 20 years.
Kay painted almost weekly with the group and expressed herself through paintings of landscapes, old buildings and vehicles, animals, sunsets and more, inspired by her photographs captured around peace. .
Friend and fellow artist Merigene Fuhriman says Hartnell has always been very supportive of those around her and that she was passionate about the outdoors.
“You couldn’t ask for a nicer person. She was a great woman and everyone’s friend, I’m really starting to get used to the idea that she’s not here anymore, ”said Fuhriman. “She was a great artist, she loved to paint, and I think that was one of the highlights of her older years, painting with our group.”
The two had met at the Hartnell health food store, which she ran from 1979 to 2001, with her husband Francis.
“I started working there and we made friends through the store. We started doing things together that we loved and traveled to different places, we camped a lot together, ”said Fuhriman.
She added that Hartnell was a strong supporter of the art gallery with many donations of his work for fundraising each year.
Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative. Email Tom at [email protected]