Executive Director, Rachael Jones (She/Her)
Rachael Jones is a recent transplant from Winnipeg (2017) to the Okanagan and the business owner of Tigerlily Clothing, a women’s clothing boutique in downtown Kelowna.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Rachael spent over a decade working as a marketing and events expert. She spent over six years working in Community Relations at Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, refining her skills in marketing, sponsorships, charitable programs, and public relations. It was during her time working in Community Relations that lead to a passion of helping charitable and not for profit organizations with their events and fund-raising initiatives.
An avid learner, Rachael has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Winnipeg. Rachael is happily married to her husband Glen and has three children: Austin, Cody and Joshua. When not spending time with her family, Rachael enjoys curling up with a good book and happily discarding her potato chips for her new found love of organic spelt sticks and of course, a glass of Okanagan red wine.
Administrator, Jessica Isaac (She/Her)
Cool Arts Society’s Administrator, Jessica, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Human Services Certificate. She completed one of her required practicums with Cool Arts and ended up falling in love with the community. She has been a Cool Arts volunteer turned employee for more than a year and is passionate about the work she does. She has several years of experience in administration for non-profits and is currently using her expertise to promote Cool Arts, arrange events and volunteers, and keep the studio (mostly) organized. She has begun an artistic journey in the fibre arts as her first Cool Arts volunteer opportunity was facilitating the 2022 ‘Weaving Together’ project at the Kelowna Art Gallery. Now she has a mountain of yarn in her home. If she is not spending her free time with her husband and their two bunnies, she is weaving, knitting, or reading.
Art Educator, Amy Bradshaw (She/Her)
Amy has dedicated herself to a life full of art since graduating from Emily Carr University of Art + Design 18 years ago, and is now living in Kelowna, BC. Having worked originally with clay, she has transitioned to using fibre as an active felter. Amy’s artistic practice involves layering colourful raw wool, silk, and yarn together to create tactile, three-dimensional tapestries and wall hangings. The inspiration she draws from her relationship to her body as well as her passion for the outdoors can be seen in her designs. She has extensive experience exhibiting and teaching throughout the Okanagan and enjoys working with Cool Arts Artists and learning from them. Amy exhibits each year at the Lake Country Art Walk, and has shown in exhibitions at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery, Lake Country Art Gallery, Penticton Art Gallery, Vernon Art Gallery, and Arte Funktional.
Art Educator, Sarah Parsons (She/Her)
Sarah Parsons lives in Kelowna, British Columbia. Her recent painting style involves a love affair with acrylic and mixed media on wood. The beautiful swirling landscapes of the Okanagan Valley, are a great inspiration for Sarah’s paintings and drawings.
Many of her paintings depict animal characters with a special fondness for Pigs. Sarah loves fresh air and quiet moments with nature, enjoying snowshoeing and kayaking. We’d love for you to check out Sarah’s work here: http://www.sarahparsons.ca/