About Karla Pearce


 Kamloops Artist Karla Pearce graduated from  Alberta College of Art and Design as a drawing major and then later studied English at the University of Calgary and Computer Technology at The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary Alberta. 

Karla Pearce is a painter, teacher, author, publisher, producer, screenwriter and TV Presenter. She is currently the manager of Kamloops Artisan Community Hub.

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 is currently published in  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. Due to family health issues, Pearce closed her gallery in 2014.

From 2011 to 2014 Karla Pearce produced and hosted a telivision series called Creating With Karla Pearce which aired on Shaw TV and CFJCTV, a part of the City TV Network. In the series, Pearce engaged local artists and individuals in lively discussions, demonstrations and speaks about creativity.











Currently, Karla Pearce is the Manager of Kamloops Artisan Market, a community-based Artist Collective. It is open Monday to Friday 9 -4 in the main floor of  Wilson House located 115 Tranquille Rd.

Pearce is currently working on hand enamelled Jewellery that she sells at the Artisan and Farmer Markets, teaching art classes and painting. .


         

Karla Pearce in her home studio
Castlegar BC, 2005

The Creative Edge Gallery and its members, Castlegar BC, 2008

Karla Pearce standing in front of the Winlaw Mural which she completed with children.

Karla Pearce at her Book signing for Anise and the Magic Fish, at the
Kootenay Art Gallery 

Some Kootenay Art Talk Magazine

Karla Pearce stands in front of her Kamloops Art Gallery 2011

Shooting Creating With Karla Pearce on location at Gordon Manson's Farm

After school art class at the Karla Pearce Art Gallery

Karla Pearce stands in front of some of her jewellery line at the KCIBA Info Centre, 2016