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Final Weekend! “Images & Icons” with Famous Empty Sky & Angie Carson

It’s October 2nd and I am sitting in the bakery/café in the Co-op on Cortes Island. There are many toddlers running around  – several in full emotional meltdown – while their mothers drink coffee and visit. My partner Cathy is here on a retreat at Hollyhock Learning Centre and I’ve tagged along to have a little road trip vacation before I head back to Mayne to close Shavasana Gallery for the season.

This is the final weekend to drop in and see the lovely creations of island artists Famous Empty Sky & Angie Carson, and their show: “Images & Icons” – and to pay a visit to the café which will be closing on October 6th for the winter – reopening mid-spring.

The show has been great – lots of visitors to the exhibit and many happy owners of new pieces of art to adorn special places in their homes and hearts.

 

We are also having a Final Weekend closing celebration on Saturday October 5th between 3 and 5. There will be free coffee & tea & yummy cake made by Famous Empty Sky, who will also be in attendance. Artist Angie Carson will also likely be here to participate in the fun – hope to see you there!

**As mentioned in my last post, this is also your last opportunity to purchase arts and crafts made by talented local creatives: jewellery, rugs, carvings, cards, prints, drawings, quilts, dryer balls and an assortment of icons, artifacts, curios & carvings from India, Africa & the Northwest Territories (Innu)…come down and have a look!

 

 

Closing for the Season – October 6th!

Hard to believe that summer is behind us already! I’m writing this on the morning of September 27 – just preparing to wind down Shavasana Gallery & Café for the slower Fall & Winter months. We’ve had a very busy open season (which currently extends from May through October) with 4 great Art Shows exhibiting the creative talents of 6 local artists, (Deborah Strong, Famous Empty Sky & Angie Carson, Pam Carr, and Linda Dzus & Nicole Rittemann) and a steady stream of wonderful visitors. I love my job!

But, before we close for the season I wanted to remind islanders that Shavasana also carries a fabulous selection of crafts made by locals and off-islanders alike – incredibly talented artists in their own right who remain largely unheralded throughout the year. Although it may be a little early to start thinking of Christmas, the next two weekends will be your last chance to obtain arts & crafts at the Gallery before we close on October 6th.

We have beautiful jewellery & pendants from jewellers such as Cheryl Funk, Bill Maylone, Nekita Garcia, Hayley Rose Kershaw (Australia) & Laura Meza (Mexico)

 

 

Hand-Woven Rugs (Doreen Bennett) and gorgeous quilts (Genise Gill…now reduced from $150 to $95!)

 

Icons, artifacts, curios & carvings from India, Africa & the Northwest Territories (Innu)

 

 

From elegant & zen-like Suiseki rock displays (Bill Maylone) to functional hand-made dryer balls (Pam Carr)

 

And a great selection of cards (Famous Empty Sky, Deborah Strong, Toby Snelgrove, Stephan Cropper, Linda Dzus & Judie Hancock), photographic prints (Toby Snelgrove, Deborah Strong & Stephen Cropper) and sketches (Leonard Winchester)

We are also having a little Final Weekend closing celebration on Saturday October 5th between 3 and 5. There will be free coffee & yummy cake made by Famous Empty Sky, who will also be in attendance. Artist Angie Carson will also likely be here to participate in the fun – hope to see you there!

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New Art Show! Famous Empty Sky & Angie Carson, “Images & Icons”, Sept. 5 – Oct. 6

I’m just on the ferry heading to Tsawassen and have an hour, or so, to devote some words and attention to our new Art Show at Shavasana Gallery. Famous Empty Sky has returned to Shavasana for her third exhibit in as many years and she is sharing the stage with good friend and fellow artist, Angie Carson, who is back with her second show.

We had a fabulous opening on the evening of Friday September 6…the weather was cooperating, there was a great turnout of friends and art appreciators, Empty Sky had baked two delicious cakes & Angie brought a multitude of fruit & custard tarts. Guests were serenaded by the gentle guitar of Jim Heshedahl, and Rosalie Ripley even stepped in to contribute her beautiful voice to some of the arrangements.

And the Art! Empty Sky is a renowned Collage & MultiMedia artist and she has created a new series of pieces that reflect the title of the show “Images & Icons”. The majority of her new pieces are beautiful collages which include images of spiritual leaders from the various spiritual traditions – Buddha figures prominently; the Virgin of Guadalupe; Ganesh; Goddess of Mercy; Lohan and others. Her collages are vibrant and playful and draw the viewer in for deeper more reflective viewing. One young purchaser was moved to tears by her purchase! (she said that purchasing art has this effect on her as a very personal experience…perhaps it was the Blue Buddha effect!)…when asked how long it took her to produce a piece of art Empty Sky replied, “A lifetime”…so true.

Angie Carson never fails to amaze with her range of ability and talent. She is able to move comfortably between impressionistic landscapes (this piece is just gorgeous)

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to expressionism, whimsy, cubist abstracts & collage (here are but a few examples):

Did I mention that she also won a Blue Ribbon at this year’s Fall Fair for growing the tallest Sunflower on Mayne Island? Her talents know no bounds! 🙂

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(here is her prize entry being proudly displayed at Shavasana Gallery for public viewing)

I always like to do a walkthrough video of each new art exhibition at Shavasana Gallery when I find a quiet moment. A great way to participate in the beauty of Empty Sky’s and Angie’s art if you are unable to attend in person.  The show runs until October 6 and is the last show of our season, so please drop in! – cheers!

Next Art Show! Famous Empty Sky & Angie Carson, “Images & Icons”, runs September 6 – October 6

We are just preparing for our final art exhibit of the season, Famous Empty Sky is returning to Shavasana Gallery with her friend Angie Carson (nee Liudzius) with a brand new show called, “Images and Icons”. I know that the artists have been busy creating new and exciting pieces for this show which is self-described as “quirky mixed media art”. I’m pleased to be welcoming F.E.S. back for her third exhibit at the  Gallery which will also be Angie’s second show here. Although I’ve seen glimpses of Empty Sky’s colourful & thought-provoking new work, the talents of both women will arrive as a delightful surprise when we hang the new show next Thursday September the 5th.

We are having an opening reception on the evening of Friday September 6th between 6 and 8 pm. Please come by for a chance to meet the artists and to hear the Gentle Guitar of Jim Heshedahl. Refreshments and merriment will also be on hand – so don’t miss it! 🙂

Shavasana Gallery is located at 457 Village Bay Road, Mayne Island – Hope to see you there!
(The show runs from September 6 to October 6)

 

New Exhibit! Pam Carr’s “Mixing it Up” runs until September 2

It’s the afternoon of August 10th, the day after our opening party, and I’m taking a brief moment to post some details of our latest Art Show, featuring new Abstracts, Fluid & Resin art by noted Mayne Island artist, Pam Carr.

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We had a lovely reception last night – August 9, 6-8 pm – a gorgeous warm evening which brought the happy guests out for a little socializing, snacks & punch, and a chance to meet Pam Carr and appreciate the beautiful new abstracts which she has brought to the walls of Shavasana Gallery.

Pam brings a lot of life to her canvases – bold use of colour, shape & movement create intriguing variety and mood. She has a wonderful ability to dance between different forms of expression within the field of Abstract Art and uses acrylics, & resins and various tools to create her desired effects.

The show runs until September 2 – please drop in to have a look!

 

 

 

New Show! Pam Carr’s “Mixing it Up” runs August 8 til September 2

Shavasana Gallery & café is pleased to welcome Pam Carr back for her second show at the Gallery. Her new show is called “Mixing it Up” and will showcase Pam’s talents as an artist using varied media. Those who are fortunate enough to attend will be treated to a beautiful exhibit of New Abstracts & Fluid and Resin art – a bold collection of colour, shape and movement.

Join us for the Opening Reception, Friday August 9, 6 – 8pm, please drop by for a chance to meet the artist and see Pam’s newest works! Refreshments will be served!

Shavasana Gallery is located at 457 Village Bay Road, Mayne Island – Hope to see you there!

Sketches of Shavasana Gallery – by Mary Jack

A dear friend of mine – Mary Jack – who is a member of our Saturday morning meditation group and also a wonderful asset at our jam sessions (vocals & guitar), surprised me recently with a hitherto unknown (to me) artistic talent. Mary is a painter who also keeps a journal – written and illustrated – of people, places and events that bring her inspiration.

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I was absolutely delighted recently when she showed me three entries in her journal that involved Shavasana Gallery & Café – two fabulous coloured sketches and a page of appreciative, inspirational thoughts that Shavasana Gallery sparked in her.

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…For me, this is pure gold – these words and images are a large part of what makes this whole journey on Mayne Island worthwhile…thanks Mary!

Deborah Strong’s new art exhibit, “A Bird in the Hand” …runs til August 5

It’s Saturday evening, the day after our July 5th reception for Deborah Strong’s new art show, “A Bird in the Hand”. Deborah has brought a beautiful display of her detailed & intricate new coloured-pencil drawings of regional birds to the walls of Shavasana Gallery, and I’m honoured to be her Gallerist of choice for this exhibit.

With over 50 people in attendance over the course of two hours, Deborah’s new creative exhibit was very well received & admired – the ambience of the show was lively and fun, refreshments were served, and art was purchased. From my own perspective, as the Gallery owner and curator, it was a fabulous event!

I like to take a moment before each Art Opening and do a little video walkthrough for posterity, and for those that may have been unable to attend…here’s a glimpse of Deborah’s new show:

Deborah has had a lifelong interest in and facility with coloured pencil drawings. Her attention to detail and patience practicing her craft is truly awe-inspiring. Here are a few comments I’ve pulled from her Bio on her website:

“Fur or feathers, hooves or paws, from her own four-legged companions to the wild creatures she encounters, the animal world in all its wonder and variety fascinates this life-long British Columbia artist and fuels her creative passion. She has been making art since she could first hold a pencil and is known for realistic coloured pencil drawings and lively paintings on silk.

Deborah has a Fine Arts diploma from the University of the Fraser Valley, is a senior signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA), and has an extensive exhibition record in southwestern British Columbia and beyond. Committed to community involvement, her roles have ranged from organizing art tours to serving on the board of directors of arts organizations. She is currently president of the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council.”

Recently, Deborah was one of 121 artists selected out of 1,100 juried entries  – worldwide – for inclusion in “Coloured Pencil Treasures – Volume 6”, honouring master coloured pencil artists from every corner of the globe.

Deborah’s show will be available for viewing weekly at Shavasana Gallery until August 5th – hope you can make it!

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New Show! Deborah Strong, “A Bird in the Hand…”, July 4 – August 5

We are just gearing up for our first show of the summer season and are very pleased to welcome the beautiful work of Deborah Strong to the walls of Shavasana Gallery and Café. Deborah has created a collection of new coloured pencil drawings of birds which stems from her passion for the animals  which populate this region of the world.
There will be an Opening/Reception on Friday July 5 from 7 until 9pm, please drop by for a chance to meet the artist and see Deborah’s newest works! Refreshments will be served!
Shavasana Gallery is located at 457 Village Bay Road, Mayne Island – Hope to see you there!
(The show runs from July 4 to August 5
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Artist’s Yard Sale! Sat. June 15, 10 – 3

Shavasana Gallery & Café is hosting an Artist’s Yard Sale on Saturday June 15, from 10am to 3pm. Generous donations* from Sally Sexmith’s Studio (and others) will be on offer. Sally is an internationally acclaimed illustrator who has gone into retirement and her husband Fred Sexsmith has graciously offered the contents of her Art Studio for sale this weekend. Art supplies, Studio Furnishings and Live Music will be on hand.

(*all proceeds benefit Arts on Mayne to support Mayne Islands creative community)