Janice Nowrly likes the comforts of home and rural life. Her rustic country crafts reflect that.
The artist enjoys painting as well as putting together old pieces of barn board to create new works of art.
She moved to Prince George from Timmins, Ontario last summer when her husband got a job with Canfor.
“We used to work at the same sawmill near Timmins. I had a store selling crafts but about a year before we left, when they brought in big box stores, I decided to get out of the [retail] business and go back to making crafts,” she said. “Then my husband got a new job so we moved out to B.C. and I’m finding I like it here.”
One of the drawing cards was hockey.
“Both my sons aged 16 and 13 play competitive hockey, so that keeps us all busy. One son is with the Midget Triple A, and the younger one is in Bantam hockey.”
The younger boy has picked up his Mom’s artistic flair, she said.
“He’s pretty good at drawing.”
Most of Nowrly’s handmade works have wood in them. Some she paints and decorates in what she calls a “rustic cottage look.” Other country art pieces she leaves in their natural state.
For the Christmas season, she made big stars from nailing together narrow strips of old barn wood. Most of the found wood she has collected herself.
“My husband is from a farm so when we go for visits I find old pieces of wood for my crafts. It’s already been weathered and looks very natural.”
One of her favourite pieces on display at Prince George Crafters’ Corner is a whimsical, waist-high outdoor garden ashtray. Made mostly of old wood, there is a box on top filled with sand and mounted on a wooden post.
“I like this idea because that way people don’t have to put their butts on the ground,” she said.
Prince George Crafters’ Corner is located at 331 George St. Open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Phone 250-562-0240 for more information.