Art Rush Gallery hasn’t been in Golden long, but the owners, Ting Yeun and Paul Morel say it has grown roots and flourished in the community.
Established in 2007 in Nelson, Art Rush Gallery features the Whimsical Dreamscape paintings of Yuen, wildlife photography from Morel, a jewelry and gift life created by the couple, and a wide selection of fair trade accessories and gifts from Canadian and international artisans.
“Paul and I started selling our art and crafts in the Cayman Islands, at that time we were working in the restaurant industry and in our spare time we were developing our passions into our business, we sold through galleries, art and craft shows,” said Yuen. “As we get older, traveling gets harder, driving in the snow gets more difficult hence the reason we decided to make Art Rush Gallery into a full time brick and mortar business.”
Coming to Golden may have been a risk, but the two say they couldn’t be happier with the way things are turning out.
“Golden is a great town. We love how self sufficient this little town is, it’s easy to adapt to and the people are lovely,” said Yuen. “Paul and I think that Golden is developing into a great tourist destination and the arts and culture is blossoming with so much more potential to grow. We are so grateful for Tourism Golden and the Chamber of Commerce for all the help that they have provided us with when we were in the throes of deciding which town we were going to move our business to and so far we have had no regrets.”
Not only has the gallery received a Platinum award for Best Gallery in the East Kootenays, but Yuen’s work was also chosen for the poster in the recent Golden production of the opera Rusalka.
As artists, living in the Kootenays has provided an endless level of inspiration for their work.
“Out of the entire Kootenay region, my favourite place to frequent is the Columbia Valley,” said Morel. “It is such a vast area with such different topography waterways, trails and untouched nature that it is easier to find remote areas where animals can still be found in their natural environment.”
“The beauty of nature is inspiring, it never fails to mesmerize Paul and I,” said Yuen.
The couple have felt very welcomed since locating to Golden, and are thrilled to offer their work, positive energy and values to their customers.