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Laila Campbell grew up in Vancouver, BC, guided in visual arts by her mother, the late Minn Sjolseth. Laila was mentored in her early works by the late Al Colton, and had 5 works juried into a two year exhibition sponsored by Hallmark Canada. She attended Vancouver School of Art, precursor to Emily Carr University of Art & Design, and exhibited at the Georgia Gallery, Eaton’s Gallery, and the English Bay Gallery.
Prior to coming to Penticton, Laila exhibited with various art groups in southern B.C., including the Saanich Peninsula Arts Society, the Mission Arts Council, the Langley Arts Council, and the Kamloops Art Gallery. She also sold works through her home studio and Manning Park Lodge.
Since 1993, Laila has lived and painted in British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Valley. Her works have taken on a colorful vibrancy that celebrates the natural glory of our rolling Okanagan vistas. Often Laila incorporates dancing figures and whimsical quail in her works. Pierre Belvédère Inc. selected her works for Canadian distribution, and her works have been featured in the Spring and Fall Wine Festivals. Laila is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Laila has actively supported charitable projects in the Valley such as the Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society, Kelowna Boys and Girls Clubs, South Okanagan Women in Need Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Good Samaritan Canada, and of course the Penticton Art Gallery annual fund development activities.
Currently Laila’s works are represented by The Lloyd Gallery in Penticton. Laila also was feature artist for the Meadowlark Festival, and has exhibited at the BC Festival of the Arts, Kamloops Art Gallery, Vernon Art Gallery, Art Walk in Winfield, the UBC Student Union, Chemainus Art Gallery, Gallery Rufus, Summerland Art Gallery, Osoyoos Art Gallery, Kelowna’s Gallery 421, the former Evans Gallery, and last but not least, the Penticton Art Gallery. There Laila presented her signature retrospective “Dream Passages”.
Laila’s works are held in public and private collections in Canada, the United States, Norway, Sweden, and Australia.