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)
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
(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.
(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! 🙂
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.
Persephone in Summer (in her mother’s house)
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.”
“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”
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!
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:
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!
Bluegrass Band “5 on a String” returns to Mayne Island for an outdoor* concert which will be held at Shavasana Gallery & Café on Wednesday August 1 at 7:30pm. Last year they gave a fabulously entertaining show when they performed at the Groove as part of M.I. fundraising activities in support of saving St. John Point – thanks Guys! This year they are once again – quite generously – donating 50% of all ticket sales to “Arts on Mayne” (formerly known as the Mayne chapter of the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council) before they continue on their way to a gig on Saltspring and then onwards to the annual Bluegrass Festival in Coombs.
This years concert will be staged on the outdoor grassy area behind Shavasana Gallery (457 Village Bay Road) which has a stunning view overlooking Active Pass. Weather permitting, we will be able to enjoy their music while ferries ply the waters and the sun slowly sets over Galiano. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Shavasana Gallery, Thursday thru Sunday, or at the door. A limited number of chairs, blankets and pillows will be available, but please bring a folding chair or blanket in case we run out 🙂
As an aside, I’ve known Gordie Sadler the banjo player for 5 on a String for over 40 years. We used to jam together and it’s so great to see him remaining true to his Bluegrass roots after all these years. Here is a little bio from their website:
“We began playing as 5 on a String back in 1989, when Gordie, Garry, and Dan got together with other musicians to play together informally. One thing lead to another and before long the band was invited to play at some of the regions most prominent Bluegrass Festivals including; Darrington, Wintergrass, and Chilliwack. About 10 years ago founding member Carrol Oldenburg (mandolin) left the band and we were pleased to add multi-instrumentalist and lead singer Tim Eccles in his spot. Another year later Vancouver fiddle player Hugh Ellenwood agreed to enlist after the retirement of our original fiddler, Val Dean. It’s been wonderful to perform all across B.C., Alberta, and Washington state over the years and the friends, fans, and relationships we have shared are priceless to us. We hope that we can bring our brand of mountain music to your venue someday soon.”
Here is a wee taste of what you’ll be hearing on August 1 …..
If you’re interested in booking them for an event or have any questions, you can reach them through their website: http://5onastring.com/
See you at the show!
*weather permitting…if it rains we’ll move inside 🙂
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”.
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 🙂