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    Made the List! "Must-haves for 2017"

    Made the List!

    PUBLISHED: Kamloops BC Now 
    January 2018

    Article by Dina McLeod

    Live it Now: Must-haves and favourites from 2017
    "Hello Friends!
    2017 has come to a close; Christmas is deconstructed and we get to hit the reset button!
    Things may not have gone as planned in my world, but the much-needed relaxation was only surpassed by the quality family time. I'm feeling pretty damn grateful!
    As we say hello to 2018, I wanted to share a few of my favourite things of 2017. The opportunity to write this little column for KamloopsBCNow is one of them for sure!"

    "Must-have gear:
    Shoes: Saucony Triumph (years of these babies)
    Headphones: Avantree Joggers (wireless and light as a feather)
    Leggings: Kristina Benson Art (Local talent! Amazing quality! LOVE THEM!) ... "

    Read the entire article here: Must-haves of 2017


    Nominated for Mayor's Gala for the Arts Award 2018!

    Nominated for Mayor's Gala for the Arts Award 2018!

    You are invited!

    Mayor's Gala for the Arts Award: Visual Arts

    When: January 20, 2018
    Where: Kamloops, BC (The Coast Hotel & Conference Centre)

    Hey guys!
    I am super thrilled to share with you that I've been nominated for the Mayor's Gala for the Arts - Artist of the Year Award: Visual Arts.

    A selected committee reviews all nominations put forth, and only three of these nominees are selected to go forward to this gala event held once a year. Mayor Ken Christian presents the award to the chosen winner. Each year, a different category of the arts is celebrated, for example, theatre, music, performance, and this year happens to be visual arts!  

    Join me and the 300 plus attendees as we celebrate the importance of the arts and how arts and culture shapes our community and influences our lives.

    I feel I have already won, just by being nominated. I am humbled to be sharing the stage with these two other accomplished artists in the category: 

    David Langevin
    I have known David for a few years and have always been in awe of his work. His distinctive landscape paintings are captivating, to say the least. I admire his techniques on the use of light and gorgeous vibrant colours.  

    Don Lawrence
    I first met Don shortly after the moment when I chose art and design as a career. Don is on faculty and teaches in the visual arts program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. TRU was just the beginning for me, where I first learned the many techniques of drawing, sketching, lithography and photography.

    I am honoured to be called an equal among this amazing talent!

    Join me on January 20, 2018.
    It will be great fun!
    This years theme is 'Copacabana' and how fun is that!!  :)

    Sincerely and with love,
    Kristina Benson

    For more information: www.mayorsgalaforthearts.com
    For tickets: $150 at www.kamloopslive.ca

    Read press article on KamloopsBCNow.com: 


    Mayor's Gala for the Arts 2018 - Nominations include Kristina Benson

    Photo credit: Emily-May Photography.



    LOOK BOOK 2017

    Look Book 2017 - The Ultimate Gift-Giving Guide 

    Looking for ideas for this 2017 Christmas season?
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    Kristina Benson: A Part of Canadian History

    Kristina Benson: A Part of Canadian History

    PUBLISHED: Juniper-Rose Hill Connector   
    July 2017

    Interviewed by Brandi Thring

    "The past year has been a whirlwind for Valleyview artist Kristina Benson. On July 1, 2016 (Canada’s 149th birthday) Kristina launched her line of wearable art, which started with leggings and has expanded to include scarves, hats, dresses and more. One year later, her clothes are part of Canadian history, and excitement over her super-comfy, Canadian-designed and produced apparel is spreading across the country."

    Purchase these amazing Canada 150 Yoga Leggings online at: https://www.kristinabensonart.com/collections/canada150