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Posted: September 29, 2021 

Youth, biking and Joseph and Sharon Cross celebrated

As we move through this pandemic and witness mental health and other challenges, our community continues to come together with connection, care and contribution.

On a beautiful sunny afternoon Saturday, September 25, members and guests of the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise gathered at Rotary Park.

President David Savage (above) facilitated the outdoor (physically distanced) afternoon with a focus on youth, healthy families and The Foundry.

Local comedian Berny Klassen had people laughing as he shared stories about challenges.

Then Dr. Andrea Ingram spoke, and another health care professional who wrote to Sunrise, about the daily risks and real-life challenges that health care professionals have faced for eighteen months and continue to face in our community.

Dr. Ingram and the anonymous contributor encouraged our continued friendship, outreach, volunteering, and an active lifestyle.

A key highlight for the gathering was former Sunrise Presidents Al Dyck and Ursula Brigl presenting Joseph and Sharon Cross with the Paul Harris Award for their support of Sunrise Rotary, The Foundry, the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo, our Community Forest and much more.

Frank Vanden Broek, another past President, highlighted the success of the Raffle in support of The Foundry and presented the East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) with the funds raised to date from the raffle (over $16,000).

As the Gran Fondo could not be held this year, the raffle for The Foundry was yet another way Sunrise Rotary is contributing to the wellbeing of the people of Cranbrook area.

EKFH Chair Mike Calder accepted the cheque and spoke about the critical need for The Foundry.

The afternoon continued with Dr. Andrea Ingram sharing how our two Cranbrook Rotary Clubs have opened an Interact Club for students (middle and high school level) to engage, support, challenge and activate our next generation of leaders. Currently, students at Baker, Laurie and Parkland are starting their Interact groups.

GoByBike Cranbrook was highlighted by Sunrise President Elect Mel McFarlane. Her Sunrise Committee has taken Cranbrook to third highest participation in British Columbia (based on the spring ride results). GoByBike Fall edition is two weeks starting September 27 with a Spot the Sign Fun Challenge.

The conclusion of the afternoon in the park was individual Sunrise Rotarians contributing several hundred more dollars for local and international causes.

David Savage’s concluding comment was “Change one life and we change our shared future.”

Joseph Cross’ stunning work.

Learn more about Sunrise Rotary and how you may add your energy to our area.

Lead image: Rotary club members present $16,511 to EKHF’s East Kootenay Foundry project. The funds were raised from a raffle of a Joseph Cross original. The lucky winner donated the painting back to Rotary for it to continue to raise funds with.  Photos by Ian Cobb/e-KNOW


Spring Training for the Fondo

“Spring Training for the Fondo”, oil painting, 18” x 48”.  It’s a winner!

Each year the Sunrise Rotary Club of Cranbrook holds a Gran Fondo bicycling event.  The profits of the event go to support a local project.  In 2020 Joseph was asked to donate a painting in order to raise funds for The Foundry ( youth recovery centre), which he was pleased to do.  While the Fondo had to be cancelled in 2020 and again in 2021 due to the pandemic, Joseph created this painting and donated it to Rotary, who are raffling it off, selling art reproductions of the original, on canvas and art cards to support The Foundry project.  

In the spring of 2021, Joseph entered this painting in the International Artist Magazine, Landscape challenge 124.  His painting was a winner and will be featured in International ARtist magazine #140, Aug/Sept. issue with a section of the magazine devoted to his work.

“Carla Erichsen & the Girls”, oil painting, 30” x 24"

 In 2020 Sumus Property Group held a community-wide design competition for a mural project on the rear wall of their Mission Thrift Store building in Cranbrook.  Shyre Cupples-Pinchak was the winning designer.  Sumus hired Joseph to paint the mural with some alterations for scaling the design to fit the wall.  The mural was completed in September 2020.

“Rick Jensen”, pastel on board, 24” x 18”. This portrait was commissioned by the Columbia Basin Trust to commemorate the contribution of Rick Jensen to the Board of Directors. Joseph was commissioned to do this portrait in 2019. It was presented to Rick upon his retirement from the board.

The Village of Canal Flats received funding from the Columbia Basin Trust for the creation of a mural on the north side of the Discovery Centre.  The Village hired Joseph to develop an historical timeline depicting major events and persons.  Joseph completed this mural in Canal Flats at the end of August.   

Headed to the Woodshed website

“Headed to the Woodshed”, oil painting, 24” x 12,  $1,670.

Joseph won the juried exhibition in 2022 and prize money for “The Captain is Still Aboard”, pastel painting, 36” x 24”,  framed $5,300.  NOW available in a limited edition (10) giclee print on canvas 16” x 24”, $400.00.

“September Snow”, oil painting, 24” x 36”,  $5,011


Joseph Cross is very pleased to present the third in a series of paintings and limited edition reproductions on Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park as part of the Park Enhancement Fund.  To read more click here.

“Wish I was Sitting on that Deck Right Now”, 18” x 24”, pastel painting, framed (sold).  This is the third painting in a series of four being created for Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park in BC, in support of the Park Enhancement Fund.  Also available in limited edition glicée.

“Swimmers at Rose Canyon”, 24” x 30”, pastel painting, framed $4,400.  This painting is currently on travelling exhibition with Wildsight in order to raise awareness of the beauty of the Flathead Valley in B.C.


© Sharon Cross 2014