Rimbey entrepreneur takes part in Winter Games

Local artist recognzed

Becky Villeneuve with artwork she has donated to the City of Red Deer in recognition of the Winter Games. Photo submitted

The Winter Games held in Red Deer has significant meaning for a Rimbey entrepreneur.

Becky Villeneuve had the opportunity to take part in the Games and, for the local artist it was a wonderful experience and one she will always remember.

“I was invited by Eco Trees Ltd. to join other artists inside a tent set up on Gaetz Ave. in Red Deer during the Games and also had the chance to demonstrate how I put my art pieces together.

In honor of the Games she donated a large piece of her art to the City of Red Deer and it will be on display in one of the buildings.

She said many people stopped by to admire the artwork, although it was very cold.

“I did luck out, though,” she said. “It was the warmest day they had and the tent was full. Lots of people asking questions. It was a good opportunity for me and I felt so thankful to be part of it (the Games).”

She was especially pleased to bring her children, Abby, eight and Nathan, 11 to the tent where her work was displayed.

The Rimbey entrepreneur very much enjoys creating unusual and interesting pieces of art using different kinds of wood.

She has always enjoyed the challenge of creating and since she her husband, Brandon moved to an acreage outside of Rimbey three years ago she has been able to pursue her passion wholeheartedly.

Villeneuve, originally from Armstrong, B.C. lived in Calgary before moving to Rimbey. While living in the city she worked as an accountant.

However, after their children were born, the couple made which was to be a life changing decision. They knew they didn’t want their children to be raised in the city and so they decided to pick up stakes and move to the country.

Their move took them to an acreage out of Rimbey where they built their own home and shop.

They have never looked back!

The change in residence also meant a chance in lifestyle and finally Villeneuve was afforded the time to pursue her passion of working with wood to create unique and beautiful artwork.

She started out making clocks from wooden patterns and then decided to use different pieces of wood to create wooden quilt designs.

Her designs have proven to be popular and she is pleased to note that one of her largest pieces is hanging in Hawktail Brewery.

“It’s just kind of snowballed,” she said.

For more information about Becky Villeneuve’s artwork check her out on Facebook at little Honey Hill or email her at beckyvilleneuve@gmail.com

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