Artist Profile, Una Polenova

Una Polenova’s work is inspired by the European Impressionists and the Canadian Group of Seven’s paintings of places and subjects that express the beauty and community in which we live. Integrating the art communities of White Rock, Surrey, North Vancouver, New Westminster and Squamish, Una has developed a greater sense of appreciation for the diversity and creative talent that undoubtedly enriches our lives and our environments.


EXHIBITIONS

NORTH SHORE Commemorative 1989-91

 A 20-piece exhibition of mixed medium commemorating places and scenery contiguous of the North Shore.  
  •  PASTAMELI OF NEW YORK, West Vancouver, BC   Nov - Dec 1991
  •  NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL, North Vancouver, BC   Dec 1991   
  • CITY HALL, North Vancouver, BC    Sept - Oct 1990
  • DISTRICT HALL, North Vancouver, BC    Nov - Dec 1990   
  • SEYMOUR GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, North Vancouver, BC  Mar - Apr 1988 
  • SEYMOUR ART GALLERY, North Vancouver, BC 1989    
    Exhibited 15-piece collection. Fundraising event, ticket-raffling, donation of private collection. 
  • ATELIER ACADEMY (Alex Fong, Brent Heighton…) White Rock,  BC Watercolour  Exhibition - June 26 & 27th, 1983   
     
EDUCATION 

As an active volunteer and member of the community, I have participated in the planning and execution of events for various community organizations and cultural commissions throughout the Vancouver Lower Mainland. Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented throughout her career, while earning pay for services teaching or in graphic design. The following is a list of organizations and cultural groups in which she has contributed to. 
  • Associate in Graphic Arts & Visual Design - Kwantlen College - January 23, 1986      
  • Certified in Digital Production for Print and Web - Corporate Communications College -June 06, 2001 
  • Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions - SFU Writing & Publishing - February 7, 2001

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

As an active volunteer and member of the community, I have participated in the planning and execution of events for various community organizations and cultural commissions throughout the Vancouver Lower Mainland. Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented throughout her career, while earning pay for services teaching or in graphic design. The following is a list of organizations and cultural groups in which she has contributed to. 

  • Member of Squamish Arts Council, Squamish BC   2020-2021 
  • Member of NEW WEST ARTS COUNCIL. New Westminster BC  2017-2019 
  • ANVIL CULTURAL CENTRE, New Westminster, BC  2016 -2019
    Arts Assisting Arts and Music programs for youth
  • KIWANIS CARE CENTRE, New Westminster, BC  2014 -2015
    Teaching arts & craft classes to seniors bi-weekly for cognitive and physical therapy 
  • ALLIANCE FOR ARTS & CULTURE 2006 
    Vancouver Arts Awards Volunteer set-design assistant 
  • BC CHAPTER, GRAPHIC DESIGNERS OF CANADA      1999 – 2001  
    Past Member (MGDC) and Secretary of the BC Chapter;
    Participated in volunteer event coordination of the: Strategic Connections, and the GDC Graphex Exhibitions.        
  • WESTVANCOUVER ARTS COMMISSION ‘Harmony Arts Festival – Art Beat’ -- 1991
    Juror for Selection Committee, established donor relations of over 30 corporate sponsors,
    100 volunteers and 150 participating artists 
  • DEEP COVE CULTURAL SOCIETY & CENTRE – Member  of   1988
    Proposal writing, conceptual event planning, and fundraising for the Cultural Centre building ·  
  • BURNABY VILLAGE HERITAGE MUSEUM,  1985 Designed a ‘Birds-Eye-View Plan of the Village,
    illustration for internal and external marketing promotions.
  •  WHITE ROCK CHRISTIAN ACADEMY   1983   Darl Fast and Senior Pastor Vern Wilson
    Residing Arts Teacher –Provincial curriculum for Grades 4 and 5. Coordinated project supplies prior to class;
    presented projects, instructed and assisted students in the execution thereof.  

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