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Current Exhibit: Donna Williams & Kriss Boggild, “Surface & Strata” runs until Sept. 30

Donna Williams & Kriss Boggild have both returned to Shavasana Gallery with an exciting new collection of photographs and paintings for their second show here in the past year, and I’m delighted to – once again – enjoy their creative expression on the walls of my Gallery.

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The opening – last Saturday September the 8th, 7 – 9 was well attended and fun. Both artists have an established community of friends and interested admirers of their work so it wasn’t hard to fill the room with art buzz.

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(the two images above show Donna’s photographic image enlargement of Leaves on Stone, #XIII on Stonehenge Archival Paper – and Kriss’s Triptych: “Train South” Acrylic Paint & Letraset on Canvas Board)

Shavasana has now been operating as a Gallery since April 2016 and, thus far, seems to be a well-received idea. The rewards are often intangible, yet must include the pleasure of working with talented creative types such as Donna & Kriss & the visual rewards of having exposure to their beautiful art for the four week duration of the show.

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(an image of faded Arabic Script from one of Donna’s trips to Greece, #II – on Stonehenge Archival Paper)

If you were unable to attend the opening or have been too busy to drop by the Gallery to see the current show – here is a brief walkthrough video of what you’ll encounter when you come by – the show runs until September 30! 🙂

New Art Show! Donna Williams & Kriss Boggild “Surface & Strata” Opening Sept. 8, 7 – 9pm

I’m happy to be welcoming Donna Williams & Kris Boggild back for their second art exhibit at Shavasana Gallery & Café. Their show is titled, “Surface and Strata” and will display both of their talents with a new array of mixed media works.

I haven’t had an opportunity to see their new material so I am looking forward to hanging the show with them next Friday September 7th and participating in the reception which will be held the following day – Saturday September 8 between 7 and 9 pm. There will be nibblies and refreshments, so please come by for a chance to meet with the artists and see their new creative work. Hope to see you there! 🙂

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The show runs until September 30th

Art Opening! Tina Farmilo’s “Stories & Dreams” August 11, 7 – 9 pm

I’m just getting ready to host Tina Farmilo’s new show “Stories and Dreams” this evening. There is a long-overdue and very welcome sprinkling of rain falling on our parched little island – I think we’ve been without rain of any consequence for at least 3 months.

It’s been two years since Tina exhibited at Shavasana Gallery, and I’m very pleased to be welcoming her back, and enjoying her display of colour, whimsy and story. They say every picture tells a story and this is most true for Tina’s work.

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Tina has been producing art for over 40 years and practices the concept of “beginners mind”…with “openness to possibility, eagerness and a lack of preconception – always at the beginning, free with her material and tools, with inspiration, imagery and expression.”

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“Two of the big pastels are part of an earlier series of rarely shown works which explore Tina’s fascination with the House as metaphor for the Self and the Body.” She has included these images as they fit so nicely with the exhibit theme “Stories & Dreams”

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If you are unable to attend the show (or would like a little preview of the show before you are able to come by) here is a walkthrough of Tina’s show with some of my rambling commentary 🙂

This show runs from August 9 until September 3 – hope to see you soon!

A fabulous evening of Bluegrass with “5 on a String”

Bluegrass Band 5 on a String put on a great show for Mayne Islanders last Wednesday evening August 1st, at Shavasana Gallery. With ferries plying Active Pass as a scenic backdrop, the boys entertained a crowd of 75 for over 2 hours with a great selection of original and traditional bluegrass tunes. We have a very inviting grassy area behind the Gallery which makes for lovely outdoor concert seating, and the weather, which has been quite hot recently, shed a few degrees to make the evening comfortable for all.

 

Band members Hugh Ellenwood (Fiddle, lead and bass vocals), Garry Stevenson (Guitar, lead and baritone vocals), Gordie Sadler (Banjo, lead and tenor vocals), Dan Mornar (Upright Bass, lead and tenor vocals), and Tim Eccles (Mandolin, lead and tenor vocals), have been playing together for nearly 30 years http://5onastring.com/ , and their on-stage humour and camaraderie reflects this lengthy bond – as does their music!

The Band also quite generously donated 50% of the door to a worthy local cause – “Arts on Mayne”, which, along with the proceeds from some delicious baked goods donated by local bakers – Astrid Bellem & Brenda Webster – brought in over $650 for the organization.

Here’s a video from the evening which gives a nice feel for the mood and the music of     5 on a String:

Art Opening! Tina Farmilo – “Stories & Dreams”, Saturday August 11, 7 – 9pm

Tina Farmilo returns to Shavasana Gallery & Café, after a 2 year hiatus, with brand new Paintings and Drawings. Her show is called: “Stories and Dreams” and we are preparing  an Opening Celebration on Saturday August 11th from 7 – 9pm – come on down for a chance to meet the artist, and to partake of the refreshments & conviviality – hope to see you there! 

Outdoor Bluegrass Concert at Shavasana – Aug. 1, 7:30pm

Bluegrass Band “5 on a String” returns to Mayne Island for an outdoor* concert which will be held at Shavasana Gallery & Café on Wednesday August 1 at 7:30pm. Last year they gave a fabulously entertaining show when they performed at the Groove as part of M.I. fundraising activities in support of saving St. John Point – thanks Guys! This year they are once again – quite generously – donating 50% of all ticket sales to “Arts on Mayne” (formerly known as the Mayne chapter of the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council) before they continue on their way to a gig on Saltspring and then onwards to the annual Bluegrass Festival in Coombs.

This years concert will be staged on the outdoor grassy area behind Shavasana Gallery (457 Village Bay Road) which has a stunning view overlooking Active Pass. Weather permitting, we will be able to enjoy their music while ferries ply the waters and the sun slowly sets over Galiano. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Shavasana Gallery, Thursday thru Sunday, or at the door. A limited number of chairs, blankets and pillows will be available, but please bring a folding chair or blanket in case we run out 🙂

As an aside, I’ve known Gordie Sadler the banjo player for 5 on a String for over 40 years. We used to jam together and it’s so great to see him remaining true to his Bluegrass roots after all these years. Here is a little bio from their website:

“We began playing as 5 on a String back in 1989, when Gordie, Garry, and Dan got together with other musicians to play together informally.  One thing lead to another and before long the band was invited to play at some of the regions most prominent Bluegrass Festivals including; Darrington, Wintergrass, and Chilliwack.  About 10 years ago founding member Carrol Oldenburg (mandolin) left the band and we were pleased to add multi-instrumentalist and lead singer Tim Eccles in his spot. Another year later Vancouver fiddle player Hugh Ellenwood agreed to enlist after the retirement of our original fiddler, Val Dean.   It’s been wonderful to perform all across B.C., Alberta, and Washington state over the years and the friends, fans, and relationships we have shared are priceless to us.   We hope that we can bring our brand of mountain music to your venue someday soon.”

Here is a wee taste of what you’ll be hearing on August 1 …..

If you’re interested in booking them for an event or have any questions, you can reach them through their website: http://5onastring.com/

See you at the show!

*weather permitting…if it rains we’ll move inside 🙂

 

Previous Exhibit: Anita Edwards “My Landscapes” July 12 – August 6

Anita Edwards has returned to Shavasana Gallery with a fabulous collection of new Oil Paintings, and Pen & Ink drawings. Her current show is titled, “My Landscapes” and includes paintings that reflect her time spent on Mayne Island and on her property near 100 Mile House in the Cariboo.

Anita has a deft brush stroke and a palette that ranges from her compelling treatment of colourful gardens and glades to the depths of forests and swamps across our varied landscapes here in British Columbia.

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Anita also turns her creative eye to splashes of colourful whimsy through collage (here is a detail of “The Garden Shed”)….

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…and here is a sample of Anita’s work with Pen & Ink – these are a steal @ $15! 🙂

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Our Opening for this show was held on Friday July 13, 5 – 7pm,  to an appreciative audience…if you have been, as yet, unable to attend Anita’s exhibit please come by the Gallery Thursday 12 – 5, or Friday thru Sunday 10 – 5. For those of you who might be unable to attend in person, here is a little walkthrough of the show:

Previous Exhibit: “Breathe” with Joanne Thomson, Frances Beckow & Carmen Segger – June 14 – July 8

Our second show of 2018 is titled “Breathe” and brings together the combined talents of three Victoria-based artists – Joanne Thomson, Frances Beckow & Carmen Segger. Joanne is an accomplished watercolour artist with a deft mastery of her craft, she has brought two beautiful seascapes, four small ink & watercolour mandalas and five acrylic drawings of native wildflowers.

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Frances Beckow shows her optimism in four large colourful acrylic paintings about the sea. She also has one smaller watercolour called “Octopus’s Garden”.

…and another compelling canvas from her Salish Sea series…

Carmen has a selection from her diverse practice with textured acrylic works and lovely hanging wood, bead and bauble works for gardens and patios.

Here’s a brief walkthrough of the Gallery where you can see all of the artist’s work close-up.

The show runs until July 8 – don’t miss it!

Art Opening! “Breathe” Joanne Thomson, Carmen Segger, Frances Beckow – June 16, 2 – 4 pm

Shavasana Gallery & Café is pleased to announce that Frances Beckow, Carmen Segger and Joanne Thomson of Victoria are bringing their show “Breathe” to the Gallery & Mayne Island on June 14, with an Opening Celebration to be held on Saturday June 16 from 2 to 4 pm.

Joanne will be showcasing her talents as a Watercolour Artist, while Francis will be displaying her beautiful Acrylic works and Carmen will exhibit her skill as a fabulous Mixed Media Sculpturist and Painter. This promises to be a beautiful display of these three artists collective talents. Please come down to the Opening for a chance to meet the Artists and to view their works.

Refreshments will be served…the show runs from June 14 until July 8, 2018.

Previous Exhibit – May 10 – June 10, Glenda King, Jody Waldie & Katherine Cox Stevenson

Shavasana Art Gallery & Café has just re-opened after a five month hiatus with a brand new exhibit titled, “Putting on the Pearls”. The show features the combined talents of three Mayne Island artists: Katherine Cox Stevenson, Jody Waldie & Glenda King. All three women share a love of nature which is reflected in the beautiful landscape & seascape oil paintings which they have recently created – some of which were created in “plein air”.

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The hanging went quite smoothly, and their styles & techniques compliment each other very nicely – it’s a beautiful display and well worth a visit to the Gallery. We had an opening on May 11 from 7 – 9 which was very well received – I think there were between 60 and 70 people in attendance, the catering was done by Astrid and the food and fruit punch were delicious! (Very little remained at the end of our show!)

Here’s a little walkthrough of the exhibit which I made the day after the show:

– I always love the energy and joy that a new show brings to the Gallery – it’s great to be back in business on Mayne Island! See you soon 🙂