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!

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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NEW SHOW! Nicole Rittemann & Linda Dzus, “A Collaborative Art Show”, Opening Sat. June 8, 12 – 3

Shavasana Art Gallery & Café is pleased to welcome artists Nicole Rittemann & Linda Dzus as the first exhibitors of our 2019 season which just opened on May 16. The title of Nicole’s show is “Shapes of Life” and Linda’s show is called “Deja Vu”. These creative and talented women are bringing a wide variety of their work to adorn the walls and shelves of the Gallery – works include Paintings, Photos on Canvas, Art Cards & Painted Rocks.

An Opening reception is being held on Saturday June 8 from noon til 3 pm. Please come by for a chance to meet the artists. Refreshments will be served.

The show runs from June 7th until July 1st 2019.

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

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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