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Hrothgar & Heshedahl at Shavasana Gallery

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).

Hrothgar’s new Songbook will be available for purchase at Shavasana Gallery & Café. (Suggested retail price is $20.00 Canadian)

Stay tuned for future afternoon performances and jam sessions at Shavasana Gallery!

Music at Shavasana Café Sunday July 17

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!

New Exhibit! Bill Maylone’s new show “Bleeding Colours” (Acrylics) is now at Shavasana Gallery

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.

Hope to see you in July!

If you want to go to Mayne Island, you have to go Downtown

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!

Shavasana Gallery & Café – Hours of Operation for May

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:

Friday 6 – 9am-4pm

Saturday 7 – 9am – 4pm

Sunday 8 – 10:30pm – 4pm

Friday 20 – 9am – 4pm

Saturday 21 – 9am – 4pm

Sunday 22 – 10:30am – 4pm

Monday 23 – 9am – 4pm

Hope to see you all then 🙏❤️

Shavasana Gallery & Café – Famous Empty Sky Opening Weekend (Easter Weekend Hours)

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!

Shavasana Gallery & Café Opening Mon. April 4 – 6th

Hi All,

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👍)

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Shavasana Gallery & Café Re-Opening

Hi – I’m just posting this message to let all of you know that I shall be re-opening for business this coming weekend. It seems that the Omicron spike has subsided, the cases & hospitalizations are back down to their pre-Omicron level, and heck, I just feel like opening up because I miss you all so much! 🙂

So many of my posts of the past two years have reflected on the worrisome nature of the pandemic and the strangeness of our collective experience. Sadly, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine things are no less worrisome and we seem to be embarking on another journey into unknown territory. My heart goes out to the Ukrainian people at this time.😢

If all goes as planned I shall be following my winter/spring hours and opening Shavasana Gallery & Café one or two weekends/weekdays per month until my summer schedule kicks in. Here are this weekends Days/Hours:

Friday: 9am – 4pm, Saturday: 9am – 4pm, Sunday: 10:15am – 4pm (I may also be open Monday TBA)

(**Thank you to Setsiri Silapasuwanchai for providing this lovely Ukraine flag Art Print)

Shavasana Gallery & Café – Temporary Closure

Today, January 4, I will wander up to Dunbar to receive my 3rd vaccine shot – my Booster – thus, hopefully, completing the Trifecta of Protection that the system is telling us we need for personal and collective safety. We’ll see.

When I closed the Gallery/Café on December 16 – for my annual Xmas break – my intention was to open a couple of weekends per month throughout the winter season in 2022. Although we’d heard about the new Omicron variant at that time, most of the spike in cases was happening in South Africa – where it originated – and Europe, where it appears to have spread. On December 16, new cases in Canada stood at 6,942…rising but not as bad as waves # 2, 3, or 4 (see chart below)

This chart is from Worldometer, a site I follow daily just to witness what’s happening in Canada and around the world. For the interactive chart, go here: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/canada/

Within a few days of closing it became apparent that Canada was going to follow on the same trajectory that we’d witnessed in Europe, and where we are in fact – now. Numbers/Cases have pretty much gone “off the chart” and we are all left wondering how to navigate this new situation. Luckily, it seems that Omicron – although terribly virulent – may not be as life-threatening as its predecessor – the Delta variant – and, there may be early indicators that this dramatic rise in cases may be short lived.

In any event, my responsibility as a Gallery/Café owner, is to ensure the safety and well-being of my customers, and of course, myself and my partner Cathy. Given this uncertain moment we are experiencing, I have decided to remain closed until we have a better understanding of the severity of the Omicron variant, and we see the numbers start to decline dramatically. I will also feel somewhat more secure when I have allowed my new booster to work its magic, which apparently takes about two weeks.

All that being said, my feeling is that we’ll start to see a decline mid January, and should have a better idea about Booster efficacy and the severity of the variant (Of course, my friend Jordy had to point out to me this morning that Jimmy Fallon has been vaxxed and boosted and has just tested positive for Covid-19 😆)It’s been a weird ride…

In a perfect world, I shall be opening the Gallery/Café sometime in late January or early February – hope to see you then! Stay Safe🙏❤️