Art Opening! – Featuring the Art of Joseph Synn Kune Loh “Unlocking the Code” Friday May 12, 7pm – 9pm

Shavasana Gallery & Café is pleased to be hosting a beautiful selection of artist – Joseph Synn Kune Loh’s – paintings, which will go on exhibit at the Gallery May 12 and run through til June 11.

“Molecular Language” a 24″ x 24″ Acrylic on canvas, and “The Wall” a 16″ x 20″ Acrylic on Canvas

Joseph and his lovely partner Esnie Shum moved to Mayne Island just over a year ago and have become immersed in all that Mayne Island has to offer. This show exhibits 13 of Joseph’s paintings and gives a good indication of his talent and range of expression.

“Entering Mind Field” a 24″ x 36″ Acrylic on Canvas (sacred site activation, inspired by going to15 pyramids in Mexico), “Remove dagger be a compassionate vessel” a 12″ x 12″Acrylic on Canvas, “Celebration” a 30″ x 30″ Acrylic on Canvas (Beings from hidden dimensions reveal their form), “Changing Dimensions (1 & 2)” a 26″ x 41″ acrylic on paper, framed (the other page of reality), “The Golden Vision Reappears” a 36″ x 48″ Acrylic on Canvas (about a seeker’s journey going up the mountain meeting masters along the way)

Due to size restrictions at the Gallery we were unable to exhibit some of his larger pieces (see photos below) but I’m sure if you ask, he’d be happy to take you to his studio for a private viewing.

“The childhood dreams of mountains and streams a permanent possession“… 3″ x 5″ acrylic painting, and, Joseph and I standing in front of “Childhood Dreams of Mountains and Streams”, a 6″ x 12″ Acrylic Diptych

Here is a brief Bio about Joseph and his spiritual, creative & artistic journey:

“Joseph Loh was born in China in 1947. He grew up in Hong Kong and went to the United States to study in 1965. He graduated in 1969 with a BA in Psychology from  the  University of  Bridgeport in Connecticut. While studying for a MA degree in Cultural Psychology at Queen’s University, he went to Paris, fell in love with the art world and decided to become an artist. Returning to Toronto, he joined the Ontario College of Art and began life as a visual artist. His first solo exhibition was in 1978 with Merten Gallery in Toronto. His first public collection was with Norcen Energy Resource. What followed was forty years of dedicated pursuit of creative adventure. Along the way he had published a book of poetry, Journey to Camatkara, and a journal, Ping Pong, Parkinson’s and the Art of staying in the game. While travelling in Mexico around the millenium, he also composed and performed his own music and poetry.”

We are having an Opening Night Celebration of Joseph’s art on Friday May 12 from 7pm til 9pm. Please drop by for a chance to meet the artist and to see Joseph’s work up close. Refreshments will be served!😊

Shavasana Gallery & Café opening April 7, 8, 9, 10

Hey 👋 – just preparing to re-open the Gallery/Café this coming weekend to participate in the Made on Mayne Spring Tour 2023 Event. The Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council has created this popular event and it’s a nice kick-off for the beginning of the busy season. Usually lots of happy people milling around looking at arts & crafts – what could be better! 😆

I will also be open holiday Monday…here are my hours for the weekend:

Friday 9 – 4

Saturday 9 – 4

Sunday 10:15 – 4

Monday 9 – 4

Hope to see you then – Cheers!


The Accidental Curator – Episode 15 – The Astrologer by Joseph Synn Kune Loh & Transient Epileptic Amnesia by G. Bathgate

Two stories, or memoirs, today – Joseph Synn Kune Loh’s short story “The Astrologer”, and Transient Epileptic Amnesia by – G. Bathgate…one is a young man’s encounter at a New Age Conference in Montreal, and the other is one more good reason why you should avoid a life of excess😊

To listen to the Podcast, follow the link:

Shavasana Gallery & Café – Opening Dec. 2, 3, & 4

I’m intending to re-open Shavasana Gallery/Café for a few days this coming weekend – Dec. 2, 3, & 4 with my usual hours of 9 – 4 Friday & Saturday and 10:15 – 4 Sunday….there’s a possibility of staying open an extra day – Monday – if weather permits.

As I write this it is snowing in Kitsilano and the forecast seems to be changing hourly with regards to the amount and timing of the coming snowfalls. Because I divide my time between here and Mayne, my plans can change with where and when and how much snow is in the forecast – but I’ll do my best….because I’m jonesing for a little MI time😊

….although, my little menagerie of neighbourhood birds will miss their daily supply of seeds & sugar water!

Hope to see you all soon!



Re-Opening Remembrance Day Weekend

Shavasana Gallery & Café is participating in the annual November Art/Studio Tour which this year has expanded to include all things “Made on Mayne”. The show is running from Friday November 11th until Saturday the 13th 12 – 4. Gallery hours will be slightly expanded as follows: Friday 9 – 4, Saturday 9 – 4, Sunday 10:15 – 4, and Monday 9 – 4. Made on Mayne is a fabulous way to check out all the local talent that Mayne has to offer, and have a peek into various studios that may not be open otherwise.

Shavasana Gallery will be showcasing art by local artists Famous Empty Sky, Bill Maylone and Wayne Thomas as well as Art Prints & Cards by Stephen Cropper, Deborah Strong, Toby Snelgrove, Linda Dzus and a collection of ceramic masks by…yours truly.😊We also have a number of antiques and curios and a beautiful selection of regionally made jewellery by various artisans.

Please come on by to check out the art or to stop in for a coffee or tea and say hello – it would be great to see you! 🙏😊

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!

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👍)

(**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! 😆 )


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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)