This has been an atypical year for Shavasana Gallery & Café. Whereas most years would see artists set up and take down within a month – with the joy of Opening Night parties – in 2022, because of the lingering uncertainties surrounding Covid/Omicron I decided it best to keep a good stable of resident artists on the walls, supplying café guests with a safe visual treat of their creative talents while focusing on a very busy café season.
Just some of Bill Maylone’s, Famous Empty Sky’s and Wayne Thomas’s new works
But as the season is winding down, my good friend and Figurative Abstract Collage artist extraordinaire – Famous Empty Sky, who always loves a good social event – proposed to myself and the other artists that we completely refresh the show which had been up for some months, by bringing in all-new material, and having a “Final Show of 2022” event. Structured Abstract Painter Bill Maylone, and renowned First Nations carver Wayne Thomas and I loved the idea, so, new pieces have arrived and found new homes on the Gallery walls and now, we are planning a Closing Party!
We hung the show several days ago (Sept 15) and it always goes smoothly when assisted by the calm hand and careful measurements of Empty Sky’s personal hanger – her husband Jim Heshedahl! As well as being an accomplished art hanger Jim is also a fabulous musician and will be providing background music the night of the show with “The Rambling Truths” (which includes Gail Noonan and myself – see poster above). *Rumour has it that Jim may also be celebrating a “Special Birthday” on the night of the party – Sept 30th….shhh!😆
Just a few pics of the varied talents of these 3 brilliant island artists – I feel blessed to have their art on Shavasana Gallery’s walls
So please set aside Friday September 30, 6pm – 8pm to come on down to Shavasana Gallery & Café (457 Village Bay Road, Mayne Island) for a great evening of art, conversation, food, drinks, music and fun!
*Prospector is flying in from Colorado a few days prior to the party and will be in attendance and able to answer any questions you may have about his art which will also be on display🙏😊
I recently had the good fortune of meeting artist Joseph Loh (Synn Kune Loh) and his lovely partner Esnie Shum when they came by Shavasana Gallery & Café several weeks ago. Joseph & Esnie and their family are new arrivals to Mayne Island, and had dropped in to have a look at the art and sit for a visit and a coffee – exploring, as one does, all that Mayne Island has to offer, and familiarizing with their new community.
I was delighted when they invited me to visit Joseph’s Art Studio on their rambling forested acreage on Mayne. A large, bright and airy building on the property now houses many of Joseph’s work from a long and illustrious career as a painter. I managed to take several shots of his various styles, including the larger pieces seen here…
Joseph’s Studio contains an interesting and varied selection of his work from a long career as an artist which includes the above framed drawings (left), and “Whispers of Immortality” (right) inspired by his many travels and studies in consciousness
For a brief bio on Jospeh (Synn Kune’s) life, I borrowed the following from his website: http://www.synnkuneloh.com/ …. “Synn Kune Loh has been an exhibiting visual artist, design consultant, author, and international speaker on the evolution of consciousness. For over a decade he travelled extensively in Mexico, leading explorations to twenty pyramids, including the special sacred site known as The Luminerias. Synn Kune was also an active speaker with the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California. Born in China, Synn Kune grew up in Hong Kong. He completed a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Bridgeport in the USA, before his graduate study in Cultural Psychology at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario. An accomplished painter, he studied experimental art at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. In addition, Synn Kune holds a Master’s Degree in Therapeutic Counselling from the International College of Spiritual and Psychic Science in Montreal, Quebec.”
Mayne Island and her citizens are fortunate to receive Synn Kune Loh’s artistic and spiritual contributions to the fabric of our creative culture.
Although the two Norse Gods of weather – Freyr and Thor – couldn’t seem to agree upon rising, which way the day was going to turn out, by noon, Freyr – the God of fair weather and sunshine -got the upper hand and we were gifted with enough warmth and sunshine to stage a lovely outdoor musical event at Shavasana Gallery & Café.
Hrothgar is an impressive lyricist, guitar, and harmonica player and backed up by Jim Heshedahl’s solid bass, the duo did a fabulous job belting out 20+ songs from Hrothgar’s new songbook, “Hrothgar Jackson’s Songbook Volume 1” …which contains 52 original songs by Hrothgar (aka Roger Cove).
Stay tuned for future afternoon performances and jam sessions at Shavasana Gallery!
Happy to announce that Hrothgar Jackson (guitar, vocals) and Jim Heshedahl (Bass, vocals) will be playing original songs from Hrothgar’s new Songbook on Sunday July 17 from 1:30 – 3. Because we anticipate the weather to be warm & sunny, Hrothgar and Jim will be playing outside on the front porch of Shavasana Gallery & Café.
Bring a sun hat and some shades and grab a seat on the front lawn to enjoy some music from this entertaining duo!
We are pleased to offer Bill Maylone’s new collection of vibrant acrylics at Shavasana Gallery. The show is titled “Bleeding Colours” and is a colourful display of 15 pieces of Bill’s talent for abstract expressionism. The show commences July 1st and will be available – Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of July – come down for a coffee and a chance to see these stunning works in person!
As an added bonus, we have decided to extend Famous Empty Sky’s gorgeous collection of Multi-Media Collage work for another month. Her thoughtful blend of paint, collage, and 3-dimensional items are quite popular so the decision was made to run the show until the end of July. There is also an extensive selection of cards bearing images of her beautiful collage work from over 40 years of artistry…again, please come by if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to view her new “In Isolation” Series.
As many of you who frequent Shavasana Gallery on Mayne Island are likely aware, when I am coming to open up, usually Thursday thru Sunday, I commute from Vancouver to get there, and most often as a foot passenger, taking a series of buses, subways, more buses, the ferry (of course) and my trusty ’97 GMC Safari, waiting for me patiently at overflow parking on Mayne. It’s generally a pleasant trip and over the years I have come to appreciate public transit as a place of stress-free travel (no white-knuckling on the freeway), where I can “veg out” with my cell phone, do a little work, communicate with friends, maybe learn something, stare out the window or observe the other commuters who share this journey with me.
For years, this trip would plop me onto the Broadway B-Line Bus from Alma to Cambie so I could catch the Canada Line at Broadway/City Hall Station for the zippy short trip to Bridgeport….no longer. The construction which has descended on Broadway in preparation for the new Subway corridor has made that portion of the trip unpredictable, unsightly and unpleasant – hence, Downtown.
It occurred to me recently that I could avoid all the noises, chaos and delays of Broadway by easily going downtown and catching the Subway at the corner of Georgia and Granville, with no time lost – problem solved – here are a few pics of what I now see on my trip to Mayne Island.
And incidentally, I will be open this coming Victoria Day Long Weekend, as follows: Fri. 9 – 4, Sat. 9 – 4, Sun. 10:30 – 4, Mon. 9 – 4 – hope to see you then!
Spring definitely seems to be taking its time to kick-in this year. Lots of false starts, with days that feel warm, sunny & encouraging only to be squelched by new rounds of grey skies, rain and cold – which is exactly where we are at as I write this entry on May 2, from my home office in Kitsilano. Maybe I should just lose my expectations and anticipations of “gardening weather”, and let nature do its thing to avoid disappointment.
The “Made on Mayne” event, which ran Easter Weekend was fabulous and one of my busiest weekends ever. We opened a show for Famous Empty Sky, called her “In Isolation Series”, which showcased her beautiful array of new collage-works – this exhibit should be up and running throughout May & possibly longer (except for the pieces we sold! 😆) I’m not sure where she gets her energy but Famous Empty Sky also baked 8 dozen cupcakes (as shown) to be handed out to grateful guests. We were also treated to some lovely jamming by her husband Jim Heshedahl and friends (Rodger Cove (Hrothgar Jackson), Kurt Dahl, & Brendan Brown)…here are our hours for May:
Just getting ready to re-open the Gallery Café for the Easter Weekend, which happens to coincide with the “Made on Mayne” (image attached) event sponsored by the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council. This will be similar to the Fall Studio Tour which ran last November and was a great success, but has now grown to include all things “Made on Mayne”. I am also the lucky recipient of a new show by Famous Empty Sky and her beautiful collage work. We’ll be hanging her new – hitherto unseen – show on Thursday in preparation for our Friday to Monday showings.
I feel quite fortunate to be welcoming back Famous Empty Sky as my first art show after two years of pandemic event precautions. As I’m sure you are all aware “Group Events”, like Art Openings have not only been discouraged, they have been banned. So, getting together with her and her husband Jim to hang the show on April 14th for an Easter Weekend Opening was a real treat. To illustrate how “rusty” I have become during this time, I am only now (May 2) editing my “Current Exhibits” page to reflect this new show that we have – something I would normally do prior to each new opening. And, in fact, we did not put together a big evening soirée as we would normally do, but chose to promote the show over the course of the first 4 days of its run, to avoid big crowds out of respect for attendees lingering precautions – but things are improving.🙏 I think the 8 dozen cupcakes that Famous Empty Sky baked to hand out to guests may have helped people to overcome their anxieties about public places😆
Famous Empty Sky’s , new exhibit is called her “In Isolation Series”, which showcased her beautiful array of new collage-works – this show should be up and running throughout May & possibly longer (except for the pieces we sold! 😆) I’m not sure where she gets her energy but the 8 dozen cupcakes (as shown) which she baked were a big hit with our grateful guests. We were also treated to some lovely jamming by her husband Jim Heshedahl and friends (Rodger Cove (Hrothgar Jackson), Kurt Dahl, & Brendan Brown).
Please drop by during our hours of operation to enjoy these gorgeous collages…(sorry, cupcakes are all gone, I ate the last one!😆)
Hours of Operation:
Friday & Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 10:30 – 4pm
Monday: 9am – 4pm
It’s promising to be a fabulous event, please come on by!
Just a quick note to let you all know that I’m switching up my hours for this weeks opening. I have an event to attend on Sunday so I’ll remain open for Monday April 4 to Thursday April 6.
Hope to see you then!…………..Cheers! George
(ps*the featured image in this post is from one of those rare, warm, sunny moments mid-February when I was able to hit my favourite little beach on Navy Channel …hopefully we’ll all have more moments like this as our days start to warm up👍)
(**pps – WordPress has sent a few instructions of how to install “donation buttons” on my website that connect to my Stripe account – as business has been a bit “thin” these past two years due to the pandemic, I’m not averse to any largesse you’d like to send my way to help offset expenses – try it, it’s fun! 😆 )