let's talk art

The Appy Cafe is proud to support the West Kootenays thriving art scene! Come in to check out what we have on display or stop by to pick up that one-of-a-kind gift for a special friend.  We currently have the work of over 20 local artisans and we're always discovering more.


Our Featured Artists


Whitelight Photography

Tammy White and Terry Peterson have been working together as photographers for almost twenty years. Our images encompass our desire to capture the moments of beauty around us. We rarely travel anywhere without being inspired by something we see. Even the bleakest environments have moments of glory. Light is always foremost in our thoughts. We prefer to photograph our subjects in quiet light, the light that occurs at dusk and dawn. Our mission is to try to recreate the moment we experienced as accurately and precisely as we can to share it with others. We try to honour the colour and intensity of the light we capture and the visual and emotional impact created by it. Photography, after all, is painting with light.

We do all of our image processing now on site in our digital darkroom where we have complete control of our work from start to finish - the processing, the printing and the framing. We use a variety of print mediums including fine art papers and canvas. Every image we sell is a combination of capturing that moment and bringing it to life in print. We use only archival materials in our print process and in our framing so our finished work has extraordinary longevity

We are hoping to continue our collection of local images and to create moments for the people who view them.


John Richards

John Richards was born in regina, Saskatchewan. He studied art and education at the University of Saskatchewan and Victoria, earning a B.Ed. John taught primary school for four years, then spent eight years teaching art at a high school in northern Manitoba before moving to Nelson, BC in 1988. He presently resides near Balfour, on Kootenay Lake.

"Upon examining some local soapstone from the Duncan Valley, I discovered that within each piece of stone there were many exciting and beautiful forms. My role as an artist is to reveal a few of these forms."

John also works with pen and ink coloured pencils. His 15 years in northern Canada working with Native Canadians is a major influence on his work.

"Being curious, exploring this universe, investigating my role... These are the things I want to do. On my journey through this life I find that art is a useful tool in my search for awareness and understanding."


More bios coming soon...