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 – 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.

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 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)

Shavasana Gallery & Café – Temporary Closure

Today, January 4, I will wander up to Dunbar to receive my 3rd vaccine shot – my Booster – thus, hopefully, completing the Trifecta of Protection that the system is telling us we need for personal and collective safety. We’ll see.

When I closed the Gallery/Café on December 16 – for my annual Xmas break – my intention was to open a couple of weekends per month throughout the winter season in 2022. Although we’d heard about the new Omicron variant at that time, most of the spike in cases was happening in South Africa – where it originated – and Europe, where it appears to have spread. On December 16, new cases in Canada stood at 6,942…rising but not as bad as waves # 2, 3, or 4 (see chart below)

This chart is from Worldometer, a site I follow daily just to witness what’s happening in Canada and around the world. For the interactive chart, go here: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/canada/

Within a few days of closing it became apparent that Canada was going to follow on the same trajectory that we’d witnessed in Europe, and where we are in fact – now. Numbers/Cases have pretty much gone “off the chart” and we are all left wondering how to navigate this new situation. Luckily, it seems that Omicron – although terribly virulent – may not be as life-threatening as its predecessor – the Delta variant – and, there may be early indicators that this dramatic rise in cases may be short lived.

In any event, my responsibility as a Gallery/Café owner, is to ensure the safety and well-being of my customers, and of course, myself and my partner Cathy. Given this uncertain moment we are experiencing, I have decided to remain closed until we have a better understanding of the severity of the Omicron variant, and we see the numbers start to decline dramatically. I will also feel somewhat more secure when I have allowed my new booster to work its magic, which apparently takes about two weeks.

All that being said, my feeling is that we’ll start to see a decline mid January, and should have a better idea about Booster efficacy and the severity of the variant (Of course, my friend Jordy had to point out to me this morning that Jimmy Fallon has been vaxxed and boosted and has just tested positive for Covid-19 😆)It’s been a weird ride…

In a perfect world, I shall be opening the Gallery/Café sometime in late January or early February – hope to see you then! Stay Safe🙏❤️

Shavasana Gallery & Café – last days of operation before Xmas

It’s a rainy Friday afternoon and I’m sitting having a coffee at the Starbucks at the corner of 49th and Fraser. I like this Bucks for its international clientele, perhaps one of the most ethnically diverse areas of town. Although I’ve lived all over Vancouver, I have a fondness for this area as I spent the first 8 years of my childhood just a kilometre from here.

From the Brilliant mind of Bill Maylone – Maelstrom – available at the Gallery until 2020, for only $795

Just gearing up for my final days of operation before I close for the season on the 16th. This next period of opening is atypical for me as I’m planning on being open Weekdays rather than on a weekend – we’ll see how this experiment plays out, here are my upcoming hours of operation:

Monday December 13, noon til 4pm, Tuesday December 14, 9am til 4pm, Wednesday December 15, 9am til 4pm and Thursday December 16 9am til 4pm

“Somewhere Nearby Soon” Framed Acrylic, a Bathgate original , at the Gallery only $225

And, there’s still time to drop in and enjoy some of the lovely collage work that Famous Empty Sky has produced during the pandemic, “In Isolation Series” with a couple of new pieces added since last week!

These are also the last few days to pop in and grab a coffee and a delicious Christmas Baked Good – lovingly crafted by MJ Tiller…here are some of her creations:

The featured image for this post (above) was made by island (and National) artist Cedar Christie, who sadly passed away last year. It is on loan to the Gallery until her estate sorts out its final destination. If you are interested in purchasing this piece by Cedar, let me know and I’ll make inquiries with her executor.

Shavasana Gallery & Café – Fall/Winter Hours

As I write this, I am sitting at my desk in Kitsilano. The sun is out and there’s not a cloud in the sky, and my early morning guest – a crow which I have been trained to feed – is sitting on the ledge outside my window waiting for his (or her) daily pumpkin seeds.

Did you know that crows can control your thoughts and actions just by staring at you intently? 🙂

I have been somewhat negligent maintaining my Shavasana Gallery & Café website, my Clay and Bone website* ( www.clayandbone.com ), and completely AWOL with new episodes for my Podcast – The Accidental Curator** – ( https://www.theaccidentalcurator.ca/ ) which hit a brick wall in June as I prepared to re-open my Gallery/Café after a 21 month pandemic hiatus (if you are not familiar with Clay and Bone or The Accidental Curator please visit the websites…I’ll be adding new Episodes and updating Posts shortly)

There’s really no good excuse for not maintaining the Shavasana site because – as a business – my posts can be short, informative and to the point. Occasionally, I will have content for a story or an art show which takes more time and effort to write up, but in general, something like a change in my hours should be available quite promptly. My apologies, therefore, to anyone who follows this site for information about Shavasana Gallery activities, and before I go on much further here’s the situation regarding my Fall/Winter hours:

Fall/Winter Hours:

During this period – roughly October through March – I will not have regular weekly hours of operation as I do during my Spring/Summer Hours, however, my intention is to be open at least one weekend per month…usually coinciding with some kind of pertinent event/activity planned for the Mayne Island Community. As of this writing I plan on opening for the Mayne Island Studio Tour (of which I am a part)…and the hours for this will be Friday November 12th 10am -4pm, Saturday the 13th 10 – 4, and Sunday the 14th 10 – 4.

I also plan on being open in December for at least one or two of the weekend periods…dates yet to be determined. And beyond that in 2022? Stay tuned!👍

Here’s a little video I made of Shavasana Gallery on my last weekend in early October – as a momento of what had been my busiest summer in 8 years of business. I hit the ground running when I re-opened in mid-July and stayed busy throughout the season…it was hectic yet fabulous!🙏

This was my last day of Summer hours – October 3, 2021 -and I had a quiet moment to do a walkthrough to capture the Shavasana vibe, a little momento of a fabulous summer – despite the pandemic👍

(*, ** The other two sites are where I devote my energies to what I call “my creative process”, Clay and Bone is where I write up my Ceramic Mask-Making activity and also do a fair bit of short story creative writing. During the pandemic – when Shavasana Gallery & Café was closed – I created The Accidental Curator podcast as a place/project to do stories and interviews. When I recommence recording, the focus will be primarily on short story readings and a narrative that I am pondering/working on which will be a semi-fictional reverie.

The Accidental Curator (Episode 1 – Introduction)

This introduction gives – as you’d expect – a rough outline of the content of The Accidental Curator as I see future Episodes evolving. Getting Episode 1 “out the door” felt like a necessary step to help me understand the process of working with GarageBand, hosting on WordPress, and publishing on the various Directories. Podcasts – like life it seems – are a work in progress…not perfection 🙂

Shavasana Gallery & Café Update

I thought it was time to do a little “shout out” to friends of Shavasana Gallery & Café and anyone else who follows my website or Facebook link to let you all know what’s happening with our 2020 season, which was scheduled to begin in early April.

Wow…what a difference a few short weeks and months can make in all of our lives. First, I just want to send all of you some good wishes for personal well-being during this unprecedented time. The pandemic has been creeping up on us but now it has arrived and I’m sure that you and your loved ones, like me and mine, are doing their best to follow these new strict rules for self-isolation and social distancing that will – hopefully – keep us all safe.

A few photos from previous art shows we’ve had at the Gallery – from our non-socially distant recent past 🙂

With regards to Shavasana Gallery & Café, I am following Federal & Provincial guidelines as long as they remain in place, and am respecting the requests of full-time residents of Mayne Island that anyone with a second home – like myself – remain in place until this crisis has passed. With all of this being said – I really do not have a clear picture of when I will, safely, be able to re-open. As of this writing (April 4), May is looking more and more unlikely so I’m hoping for a June opening…if conditions allow 🙂

I’m missing Mayne and all the terrific friends I’ve made there over the last 7 years! I look forward to this storm blowing over so we can all return to some semblance of normalcy, and sit together over a cup of coffee, surrounded by beautiful & clever art. Til then…here are a few more photos from happier times. 🙂

Weekly jam sessions, Saturday meditation group and various events and visits…

I miss you all!