Award of Excellence received by West Kootenay artist in International “New Beginnings” art competition.

Frantisek Strouhal, a West Kootenay artist who is well known for his powerful expressions about the human spirit and body, received an Award of Excellence after being juried into the International Show “New Beginnings” from Manhattan Arts International with his artwork titled RIO.

Renée Phillips, Director of Manhattan Arts International stated “As the curator of “New Beginnings” …. I selected those artists with the highest average scores and who demonstrate cohesive individual styles, superior creative and technical skills, and how well their art reflected the theme.”  ~ The show will take place from Dec 27th, 2016 till Feb 27th, 2017

Concerning the theme “New Beginnings” Strouhal explained “On many occasions I’ve wanted to start over again. But I thought it was nearly impossible, until I embraced the artist in me. Now I’m aware, it is not the past that needs changing, or what has happened that needs to be undone. Only the perspective needs expansion, and a new world emerges of its own accord, like the phoenix out of the ashes.

Frantisek’s surrealistic approach can only be described as psychologically engaging. In other words, his work forces one to ponder about the deeper meaning of life.

Frantisek lives and creates his art in Passmore for the last fourteen years. Regarding his award he mentioned “I am very pleased and grateful to have received an Award of Excellence and be included in the International “New Beginnings” show. It is gratifying to be recognized for the work I love to do.” You can view his art on his website and the “New Beginnings” art show at