Artist Jenna Burton-Cole Lee has been commissioned to render the vision for SookeSpace, a mixed incubator under planning in Sooke, British Columbia. The founder of SookeSpace has a vision for a start-up incubator that assists new companies or organizations in the arts, technology and food sectors hatch and grow in the community. It will be offer space for a community of artists, makers, investors and entrepreneurs, and offer its service externally as well as a farm incubator is planned, as is a senior outreach program and technology education for junior and high school students. SookeSpace will be a place where local residents can walk or bike to work. Funding- and zoning-dependent, SookeSpace might be connected or within short walking distance of a curling centre and art gallery complex which would become the focal point for Sooke’s community and bring people of all ages and backgrounds together.
Now at the stage of development where fundraising and partnership building will begin, the founder of SookeSpace, Michael Clouser remarked, “I’ve had the vision in my head now for two years: a mixed use incubator as a centre of the future community of Sooke Its is time to get it down on paper so that others can see it with their own eyes. Reading the description is one thing, but seeing it is another. Artist Jenna Burton-Cole Lee is fantastically talented as an illustrator of buildings, cityscapes, and even science fiction characters, and as a painter of landscapes and concepts. She will help interpret the concept and present it in an appealing, artistic way as SookeSpace is about art — it’s about imagination, creation, invention, technology, food, farming and community and the may intersections between these concepts. Her recent interpretation of the Scottish Referendum helped seal my decision”
The Artist is well known in Britain. Ms. Lee unveiled her latest work entitled “The Kaleidoscope of the Scottish Referendum” this month. The mixed media piece captures the artist’s interpretation of the activities and feelings in the Scotland during the months leading up to the Referendum on Independence in the country which was held on the 18th of September 2014. This eloquently mathematical painting was experimental in terms of method and mixed acrylic, oil and gesso. Jenna Burton-Cole Lee has categorized it as pop art, one of her latest in a series following such works as “The Heels.” The Artist is proposing a “Referendum Remembrance” art series and exhibition to the Scottish Parliament, Creative Scotland, and Scottish Government and plans to paint more around this historical “once in a generation” political event that some see as a pinnacle of peaceful democratic process.
A British citizen and resident of Edinburgh, Jenna Burton-Cole Lee is an artist and illustrator. She paints impressionistic works and illustrates science fiction characters. Her Google+ science fiction illustration account has over 144,000 followers. She graduated with honors from St. Clare’s Oxford College and earned the MFA from Central St. Martins University in London.