New Show! Bill Maylone’s “Landscapes” runs until December 16 -don’t miss it!

It’s currently Nov. 26 and I am sitting in a café in Kitsilano. We are experiencing our first strong autumn storm, which has arrived – not unexpectedly – to the Pacific Rain Forest in which we live.
Our last art exhibit of the year showcases the talents of island artist Bill Maylone who has adorned the walls of Shavasana Gallery with a beautiful display of oil and acrylic paintings. Bill’s show is titled “Landscapes”, which he explains thusly…“Everyday through life we navigate landscapes, geographical, political, mental, emotional, and metaphorical” , and indeed, his paintings reflect these varied landscapes through which we all must tread. From bold mountain vistas, ominous skies and quiet glades Bill juxtaposes these
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appealing images of the natural world with a darker glimpse of human nature. Bill has also created a collection of six paintings graphically illustrating his deep concern for the troubling political shifts toward fascism that we are witnessing around the world right now…
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Angry men and women bringing their message of Hate, Lies and Ignorance – depicted as temples of intolerance in Bill’s provocative work.
The Opening Reception was held on November 24 and was a well-attended and fun event. Great food and conversation and a chance for many Mayne Islanders to get out and see Bill’s newest work. He also brought a gorgeous and Zen-like collection of Suiseki rock displays which were garnering a lot of admiration by the crowds. Here’s a little walk-through video which shows all of Bill’s work:
As well, I have a little bio of Bill, which will give you an understanding of the landscapes through which he has journeyed …
“Bill Maylone developed skills as an artist through an eclectic thirty-year career planning and creating animated films, CD-ROMs, websites, and other visual media. His work has been seen on television, in feature films, planetarium shows, museum installations, and magazines. Self-taught as an artist, he sharpened his skills in painting, design, animation, and 3-D fabrication through work in professional productions. 

He made his first animated movies as a kid in the late 1950s, and in 1975, the National Film Board spotted his work and helped launch his professional career.

His 1981 NFB animated short, “64 Million Years Ago”, featured naturalistic stop-motion models of dinosaurs that helped define the vision of prehistoric life for a generation of Canadian school kids. Over the last two years, this film has tallied over 600,000 views on YouTube. “Look Again”, the six-film live-action series he created to promote critical thinking in primary school students, won more than a dozen international awards and was the NFB’s most successful educational title in 1991/92. Footage from his first 16mm production, “The Gift”, has just been featured in the latest music video by the Canadian rock band, “Mounties”.

His work is often topical. “Autosaurus” and “American Excess”, two animated productions he directed for Adbusters Magazine, gained international attention in efforts to discourage automobile pollution and consumer waste. His approach to graphic and educational design resulted in several awards and top-selling multimedia programs including, “Defining Canada: Active Citizenship for the 21st Century”, and “Making History: Louis Riel and the 1885 Rebellion”.

In the five years before moving to Mayne Island in 2003, he was an animator on “Gary and Mike” (a raunchy half-hour TV series aimed at teenagers); an artistic consultant working with artists from the ‘Namgis (Nimpkish) First Nation on a project to teach Native language; and the co-director/animator of an interactive dinosaur installation at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences. On Mayne, he edited and laid out the local magazine for over four years.

In the 1980s and ‘90s, he instructed animation, film, and media courses at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, the University of British Columbia, and Capilano College. 

He now develops his property on Mayne Island, and paints, carves, and practices Suiseki, the ancient Japanese art of stone display. His art demonstrates an appreciation for the natural world, and much of it continues to have a strong political bent. His exhibition at Shavasana examines different kinds of landscapes in oil and acrylic paintings, small carvings and other woodwork, and Suiseki. 

Bill loves his pet rabbit, but wisely, he doesn’t go in for rock climbing like he used to.”

“Landscapes” runs until December 16 – please drop in for a chance to enjoy Bill’s show!

New Art Show: Bill Maylone’s “Landscapes”, Nov. 22 – Dec. 16

I’m just sitting at TJ Beans coffee shop in Ganges, Saltspring – -killing a bit of time before I make my way to the ferry back to Vancouver. I’ve got a quick turnaround in Vancouver before I head back to Mayne Island to set up the last show of 2018 – Bill Maylone’s “Landscapes”. I’m looking forward to Bill’s show because I managed to preview his newest work and I gotta say, he’s got some beautiful & provocative pieces coming to the walls of Shavasana. As Bill says on his poster, “Everyday through life we navigate landscapes, geographical, political, mental, emotional, and metaphorical”, his work reflects this varied landscape and I am pleased that he has chosen to exhibit at Shavasana Gallery. Here’s a little blurb about the opening:

“Art Opening! it’s a new season and Shavasana Gallery is gearing up for it’s pre-winter show! Bill Maylone has created a stunning new collection of oil and acrylic paintings* which will be on display from Nov. 22 thru Dec. 16 – we are having an Opening on Saturday Nov. 24 from 3:30 – 6:30, please drop by then for a chance to meet the artist! Refreshments will be served!

*(Bill is also exhibiting some of his furniture creations, carved pendants, and Suiseki rock displays)”

Hope you can come by and see the show!

Cheers!

George

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!

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! 

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 🙂