A Celebration of Prince George Artists

  • Artist: Melanie Desjardines

    Melanie is a  self-taught artist with a very active imagination. She loves experimenting with unique materials and techniques,  and finds her inspiration in some very odd places.  Watercolours are her first love, however owning a sheet metal shop has proven beneficial to her art-making practice.

  • Artist: Crystalynn Tarr

    Crystalynn is an emerging painter and art instructor living in Prince George, British Columbia. In her paintings she seeks to express the wonder of nature, specifically the mountains in which she has spent several years working.

  • Artist: Annerose Georgeson

    Annerose Georgeson makes acrylic paintings and mixed media drawings based on imagery from nature. Georgeson has a BFA in Visual Arts from UVIC and has shown her artwork in many solo shows…

  • Artist: Mark Tworow

    Mark Tworow graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art in the 1990s. Mark paints landscapes, abstracts, and still lifes and his paintings are known for their strong formal structure and lush painterly colors.

  • Artist: Erica Hawkes

    Over the years Erica has worked in a variety of medium including, graphite, oil, watercolor, photography and acrylic. Hawkes strives to paint each picture with a life of its own. “I want my art to be memorable and beautiful. Art that is ,accessible, recognizable and has a very contemporary [...]

Come see us on June 5th for the opening night of “Tenacity,” featuring original artworks by artist Janice Parker!

Back to regular hours at the Groop Gallery!

Fridays  12:00 – 5:00

Saturdays 9:00 – 3:00

Check out the latest and watch for upcoming exhibitions.


Join us at the Groop Galley for extended hours.

Wednesday – Sunday throughout the Games

Open 11:30-7:30 pm

Art, North Roast Coffee, Music, Open Studios, Come on Down!

Join us on November 14th for the opening night of “Just Paint,” featuring original artworks by artist Anne Bogle.

October 10th, Groop Gallery will be hosting “Vestuario,” featuring original artworks by José Delgado-Guevara.

Art Battle Canada returns to Prince George!

Please join us at Groop Gallery on Friday September 19th for an exciting night of live competitive painting. Local artists will compete for the title of Art Battle Champion and spot in the BC Finals at the end of the year.

Erica’s show will be up until the end of September, don’t forget to stop in and see it!

Join us on August 14th for the opening night of “Cubist Impressionism: A Tale of Two Styles,” featuring original artworks by artist Erica Hawkes.

Thursday, July 3rd we will be hosting Benjamin Blanchard’s show “Phantasmagoria.” We’ll see everyone at 7:00pm!

Join us this Friday for Corey Hardeman’s opening night reception of “The Forest!”

On May 30th the Groop Gallery will be hosting Ekphrasis II, join us at 7:00pm!

Join us Friday, April 25th at the Groop Gallery for the Second Annual Best Damn Little Art Auction Ever!

Friday, March 28th the Groop Gallery will be hosting the opening night reception of “Mountain Diaries” Featuring original artworks by Crystalynn Tarr.

Join for the opening night reception of”Into the Deep” on November 8th!

Check out all the events lined up for “GROOPFEST” at the Groop Gallery for Culture Days weekend! See posters below and join the fun!

On June 7th, join us for opening night reception of “The Cowboy Way’” featuring artworks by Lesley White.

Join us for the “Best Damn Little Art Auction Ever” on April 19th and the opening night reception of “Ekphrasis” on April 26th!

Greetings from the Groop Gallery!

Hope you have all enjoyed a safe and Merry Holiday season! We saw many special events, opening nights, and lots of great art come through the Groop Gallery throughout 2012, and ideas are now in the works for the year to come! Many, many thanks to all of you who support these endeavors, and for supporting the gallery. This coming May 1st will mark the third Anniversary for the Groop Gallery- Wow! The Gallery is closed to regular hours now for January and February and will re-open Friday, March 1st. Keep posted for Opening night plans! Open to appointment only during this time by calling Melanie at 250-561-1442.

Happy 2013 Everyone!

Join us for the opening night reception of “Home” November 30.

Claire Kujundzic – featured artist for November!

Artist Perry Rath- featured artist in October.

“HOME” groop exhibition scheduled for December.

Please check back for details and dates for upcoming events.

Ramping up for an exciting fall/winter season at the Groop Gallery!

Join us for the opening night reception of “Undergrowth” June 1st

Join us for the opening night reception of “Fruition” May, 11

New call for submissions for Spring 2012


“SOMETHING OLD; SOMETHING NEW” will be on display until the end of 2011.

Opening night November 4th – Join us!

“DREAMS & FRAGMENTS”                                         Also in November

“BROTHERNESS” September 9th.

Click to enlarge


Click to enlarge

Featured Artist for March


Click to enlarge


Click to enlarge


“Polar Perspectives”

Excursions/work in Canada’s High Arctic (1988, 1991), to the Antarctic Peninsula (1999), and to Nunavut and Greenland (2006) have changed my life. My earlier polar artworks have been exhibited in solo exhibits in Quesnel, Smithers, Vancouver and Wells, B.C. as well as in Antofagasta, Chile. Selected works from “Polar Perspectives” will be exhibited at the Groop Gallery in Prince George, B.C. commencing October 15, 2010. Please see Studio notes for details.

Following a 2006 polar journey I began developing the series,

“Polar Perspectives”. The works are created using acrylic and oil paints to convey impressionistic images of Arctic shifting light and form. Often superimposed on the canvas is a kayak: an indicator of the change inherent in Inuit life. Images swirl of light and life-filled landscape, of animal and human populations in the face of ongoing challenges.

“FROM HERE TO THERE: and back again”

LeEtta LaFontaine

I have been painting since 1982 and received a Fine Arts Diploma in 2002. I have experienced success in many mediums; painting, photography, printmaking, digital art, and drawing.LeEtta LaFontaine
I started out doing extreme realism with no desire to understand or venture into abstraction. It wasn’t until I was in university with professors pushing me into being looser in my work and the frustration I felt at not being able to be ‘loose’ that I started to gain a respect for the world of abstraction. After finishing university I thought the desire to connect with abstraction would leave…instead it became stronger compelling me to keep pushing through to understand how to do abstraction. Finally I came to recognize how ‘understanding’ wasn’t the answer…it was emotion.
My work now takes me from the realm of realism to abstraction; abstraction to realism; revolutions of two separate worlds which sometimes meet on canvas as one. The two techniques satisfy me in different ways. The world of realism feeds my linear, logical, analytical side through control and precision; the world of abstraction is helping feed my soul and unearth my emotions through intuitive expression and freedom of movement. My realistic paintings or drawings have clear end results from the beginning; abstract paintings are done one step at a time with no idea what the end result will be until I’m there.
My realism work is now done mostly in charcoal on canvas with an acrylic finish; a technique I stumbled upon and perfected; whereas my abstracts, done in acrylic, are vibrant and sometimes wild variations of texture and colour.
To help me further discover who I am as an artist I started a year long commitment this last January (2010) of doing an abstract painting a day, with my non-dominant left hand, and writing a short blog about each day’s experience.

Milan Basic

Milan Basic

Milan Basic

Seeing Milan Basic’s work on the wall at Groop Gallery makes one of his first comments self-evident.

“I prefer working big,” he says at the opening of A Perfect Wurld on Friday evening. “I was, and still am, a mural painter, so I’m used to working on a large scale.”

Many of the works are mixed-media, having a three-D look that stretches around the sides of the canvas.

“I don’t like framing,” Basic says. “I like to let the work flow.”

And while none of his paintings flow all the way around to the back of the canvas for a full three-D experience, he does work in three dimensions at times.

“The first painting I turned into a sculpture is that one,” he says, indicating The World is Flat. “It shows the world, with the corruption eating it from the inside.” Read More…

1127 – 3rd Avenue is home to Prince George’s newest commercial Art Gallery specializing in Modern and Contemporary original artworks by some of our most talented local and regional artists.

Hours of operation will be Thursday and Friday from noon to 5pm and Saturdays from 9am to 3pm.  Private viewings outside of regular hours of operation may be arranged to fit your schedule.  You’ll find us right next door to the indoor space of the Farmers Market on 3rd Avenue.

Currently on Display is “Celebration” showcasing 23 artists.  Please watch for future events, and stop by regularly to view an everchanging display of new works by some of your favorite artists.

There was lots of interest shown from the first time visitors to our Gallery.  Our opening show “Celebration” a showcase of 23 Prince George Artists will be running until the end of May.  New works are always coming in and will be displayed as space comes available.  We are open Thursday, Friday and  Saturday.