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 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)

Previous Show: Nicole Rittemann “Shapes of Life” and Linda Dzus “Deja Vu” June 7 – July 1

It’s Sunday June the 9th – a day after we launched our first show of the 2019 season – and I’m taking a quiet moment to do a little Website (and F’Book) update. The new show is a collaboration between artist Nicole Rittemann and her mother Linda Dzus. These two women bring a variety of talents to the walls of Shavasana Gallery. Their art exhibit includes photos on canvas, acrylic and oil paintings on canvas and canvas panel, art cards and paintings on rocks – an eclectic mix!

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Here’s a picture of Linda and Nicole working tirelessly (with me) to hang and arrange the art the day before the show – it was fun working with these two. It’s always at least a 3 or 4 hour job depending on the number of pieces, but I always find it enjoyable to see the new work that will reside on the walls of the Gallery for the next month – Galleries are, by their nature, constantly changing 

The Opening Reception ran from noon til 3 on Saturday and was quite well-attended – despite the many things that were occurring on Mayne Island at the same time. The island has a small population of 1,000 people but it’s a busy little place. While our show was humming along with happy guests, the farmers market, the ladies church auxiliary clothing sale, a celebration of life, and a conservancy demonstration were all taking place at the same time. Clever islanders are usually able to strategically plan their days to weave multiple events into their – surprisingly – busy schedules.

 

Here are Linda and Nicole (and I) shortly before the opening reception, standing in front of the kitchen island laden with snacks and a generous bowl of fruit punch. The fifty to sixty guests ensured that there was very little left to pack up at the end of the 3-hour show.

I always like to do a walkthrough video of the show after the crowds have gone home so I can keep a record of the exhibit and include a wee commentary on individual pieces – here it is below, have a look:

The show runs until July 1st, come on by and have a look at Linda & Nicole’s art if you have a chance – cheers!

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!

Previous Show: Donna Williams & Kriss Boggild, “Surface & Strata” Sept. 8 – 30, 2018

Donna Williams & Kriss Boggild have both returned to Shavasana Gallery with an exciting new collection of photographs and paintings for their second show here in the past year, and I’m delighted to – once again – enjoy their creative expression on the walls of my Gallery.

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The opening – last Saturday September the 8th, 7 – 9 was well attended and fun. Both artists have an established community of friends and interested admirers of their work so it wasn’t hard to fill the room with art buzz.

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(the two images above show Donna’s photographic image enlargement of Leaves on Stone, #XIII on Stonehenge Archival Paper – and Kriss’s Triptych: “Train South” Acrylic Paint & Letraset on Canvas Board)

Shavasana has now been operating as a Gallery since April 2016 and, thus far, seems to be a well-received idea. The rewards are often intangible, yet must include the pleasure of working with talented creative types such as Donna & Kriss & the visual rewards of having exposure to their beautiful art for the four week duration of the show.

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(an image of faded Arabic Script from one of Donna’s trips to Greece, #II – on Stonehenge Archival Paper)

If you were unable to attend the opening or have been too busy to drop by the Gallery to see the current show – here is a brief walkthrough video of what you’ll encounter when you come by – the show runs until September 30! 🙂

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!

A fabulous evening of Bluegrass with “5 on a String”

Bluegrass Band 5 on a String put on a great show for Mayne Islanders last Wednesday evening August 1st, at Shavasana Gallery. With ferries plying Active Pass as a scenic backdrop, the boys entertained a crowd of 75 for over 2 hours with a great selection of original and traditional bluegrass tunes. We have a very inviting grassy area behind the Gallery which makes for lovely outdoor concert seating, and the weather, which has been quite hot recently, shed a few degrees to make the evening comfortable for all.

 

Band members Hugh Ellenwood (Fiddle, lead and bass vocals), Garry Stevenson (Guitar, lead and baritone vocals), Gordie Sadler (Banjo, lead and tenor vocals), Dan Mornar (Upright Bass, lead and tenor vocals), and Tim Eccles (Mandolin, lead and tenor vocals), have been playing together for nearly 30 years http://5onastring.com/ , and their on-stage humour and camaraderie reflects this lengthy bond – as does their music!

The Band also quite generously donated 50% of the door to a worthy local cause – “Arts on Mayne”, which, along with the proceeds from some delicious baked goods donated by local bakers – Astrid Bellem & Brenda Webster – brought in over $650 for the organization.

Here’s a video from the evening which gives a nice feel for the mood and the music of     5 on a String:

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!