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dec04gallery (17K)From November 26th through to December 30th the Gallery hosted its annual "Gifted" community art show and sale. This popular exhibit opened a week earlier this year to allow extra time for Christmas shopping!
The 2004 Gifted show featured works in all media from over 3 dozen Bowen Island visual artists, many of whom were in attendance at the opening reception Sunday November 28th.

"Coastal Impressions - featuring Bowen Island".
Photography by Rebecca Salmon & Claudia Schaefer
Opening Reception was on Saturday, October 30, 2004.
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by Sara Baker Wansbrough
I'm always amazed whenever I meet someone here on our remote little rock, so seemingly far removed from the rest of the world, and discover that they arrived here from the same distant place I did... yet somehow, with all that shared history and geography, our individual views and perspectives are distinctly different.
This curious phenomenon was illustrated beautifully in the diverse works of two Bowen Island photographers at 'The Gallery' at Artisan Square from Oct. 29 to Nov 21st in their exhibit "COASTAL IMPRESSIONS".
Rebecca Salmon and Claudia Schaefer are both young mothers of 2 small children, originally raised and educated in the Toronto area, well traveled, with a love for the coastal environs that drew them out to British Columbia, and who both developed a passion for documenting that environment through their photographic gifts.
But the internal imprint left by those shared external similarities is expressed in ways unique to each artist.
Captured in black and white, the images of Bowen as seen through the lens of Rebecca Salmon are influenced by her fascination with how to translate the simplicity of light through the complexity of photography. Her pieces, sometimes almost abstract and industrial in nature are softened by her eye for the mystery and beauty of everyday objects and places. By her own admission, each encounter with her camera 'comes with a moment of fear', giving her work a compelling and seductive edginess.
Juxtaposed to that are the rich and lushly coloured photographic works of Claudia Schaefer. A published nature writer with a background as a scientist in the fields of botany and ecology, Claudia creates montages of images and impressionistic effects, drawing the viewer in for closer examination. Through her creative use of layering traditional transparency film, Claudia succeeds in adding an artistic, almost painted perspective to her scientific viewpoint. Seeing our world through a fresh set of eyes is certainly an apt expression here.

Claudia Schaefer: I have loved and studied nature most of my life. Seeing a palette of colours in a wildflower meadow or fog creeping through the landscape, made me ache if I did not have a camera in hand. I wanted to have that image forever.
InfraredGenlStore (12K)Having grown up in a house where the walls were covered with paintings and art was greatly appreciated, I recently made a conscious decision to add a further artistic layer to many of my photographs.Vinereversal (21K)Using traditional transparency film rather than digital effects on the computer, I often create montages of images or impressionistic effects in my photographs. I particularly enjoy the almost dreamlike, painted appearance that can be achieved using multiple pieces of film for one image, and am ultimately pleased when the viewer is drawn in for closer examination.

Bowen Island Historians new book, "Bowen Island Reflections" is a magnificent collection of historic photographs of Bowen Island as seen through the lenses of amateur and professional photographers who loved the Island, and was launched on October 10 at the Gallery @ Artisan Square, in conjunction with Ross Carter's show, Looking at Bowen Past & Present.Preview (15K)
Since their emergence in 1967, the Bowen Island Historians have laboured heroically under the conviction that there is no detail of Bowen's past that anyone would want to forget - and with the triumphant publication of the new book Bowen Island Reflections, they have made their most compelling case, yet.
The book is a treasure. Or, perhaps more accurately, the historians recognized that they were already sitting on a treasure - hundreds of photographs that recorded all that is wonderful in Bowen's black-and-white past. Now, with this elegant coffee-table publication, they have found a way to share that treasure around.

"Sumptuous Seasons" official opening and reception was held on Sept.12th and both artists were present to meet and talk.
Kerri Brueckner and Mary Farris exhibited together at The Gallery at Artisan Square for the month of September. They collaborated to show works pertaining to the seasons, with a strong component being the bounty of the earth; be it fruits, flowers, vegetables, gardens or forests. The exhibit was called "Sumptuous Seasons" and proved to be a feast for the eyes!
Kerri works in watercolours, pastels, and acrylics; Mary's mediums are watercolours, w/c and image transfer,(mixed media) and pastels.

10thFoxglove.jpg (23K)Fibre Legacy: Celebrating 10 Years of Fibre Arts on Bowen Island
The Bowen Island Fibre Arts Guild celebrated its tenth anniversary this year and hosted an exhibition, Fibre Legacy, at the Bowen Island Arts Council Gallery in Artisan Square. The exhibition featured work from current and past members of the Bowen Island Fibre Arts Guild.
The Guild had its beginnings in June, 1994, when Jane Kenyon and Mary Bentley started an informal fibre arts group by putting an ad in the Undercurrent (how else?). The first meeting was held at Jane's house. There were about six or eight people there and they agreed to meet monthly. At that time, they were all weavers and spinners but the quilters soon heard about it and asked if they could join. The more the merrier! The Bowen Island Fibre Arts Guild was born (around June 1995).
Meetings continued monthly from September to June, and the Christmas and June pot-luck idea took hold. Jane sent out a monthly newsletter for the first 2 or 3 years, and that has continued with different people taking over the responsibility for the newsletter once an executive was formed. The meetings mostly consisted of Show and Tell, but soon the group started to have a small program to attract members and to keep the meetings from becoming too chaotic. Programs have included: making paper beads and woven paper stars, a slide show presentation of Mary Bentley's trip to Guatemala, hosting guest speakers from the various fibre arts fields, embarking on a group project to investigate their personal creativity (working wonders!!?? on a one- metre length of white cotton), videos of fashion shows from Convergences past, and who could forget the gilded boxes that Mariana taught members to make for Christmas a few years back. Meeting in the two Arts Council spaces in Snug Cove was quite an adventure so the group inevitably ended up returning to each other's homes for the meetings.
Today, the Guild has 30 members of varied interests and backgrounds. There have been several group projects, such as the Houses and Homes quilt and the Piano Cozy. Other smaller projects, sharing information and ideas, ( such as the idea for this 10 year Legacy exhibition), Show and Tell and great desserts are still part of the monthly meetings. And of course, new members are always welcome.

Textile artist and fashion designer Ines Ortner Gigling has always seen herself as a woman of the earth, and one inspired by the richness, reassurance and groundednesss that working with that element has brought to her work. And so, even she was a bit surprised at what began to emerge in her latest works, exhibited in her show - "Layers: The Architecture of the Rainbow"
Ines Ortner Gigling:designerThis exciting multi-dimensional, multi-media show, which brought together the artist's clothing and accessories, photography, watercolour paintings and textile pieces, created a portrait about the play between the elements, whose interactions create vivid colours, textures and moods.
Ortner-Gigling's background in theatrical costuming enhances her gift for understanding the power of light and shadow when played through layers of fabric, creating myriad new colours and textures. And these change as the viewer changes his vantage point.
"Although venturing into the element of air at times made me feel like a bird with a broken wing", confesses Ines, "I learned so much through the process of putting together this show. It marks the beginning of a new journey for me, where I feel as though I am emerging from under the earth, getting glimpses of the possibilities of light and air. Although the connection to the earth is still very much evident, opening myself up to the element of air has been inspirational, and I hope others are inspired too."
"Layers: The Architecture of the Rainbow" was on view at The Gallery @Artisan Square from July 14- August 1st 2004 and the Reception on Sunday July 18th from 2-4pm., where Ines Ortner Gigling was in attendance.

Snippets of the natural world float by in oceans of mist, air and water....
Kim KasasianIn contrast to the almost monochromatic pieces artist Kim Kasasian exhibited at The Gallery some six years ago, new works viewed in her latest show titled 'Floating By', are full of colour, light and space and are richly textured using a mixture of acrylic paint and collage.
Each piece was reminiscent of a dream, only a glimpse of which we manage to tenuously hold on to, but which soon slips from our grasp with the morning light - the place where unconscious and conscious worlds meet.
As a young child, this illusive, intuitive place was opened up for Kasasian during her recovery from a near life threatening high fever following her family's move from England to Trinidad. Sitting next to her mother on the steps overlooking their overgrown back garden, she realized she was able to see 'directly' what was there, without the filters of old ideas of what was ugly, good or bad.
Says Kasaian; "With it came an overwhelming sense of powerful rightness and beauty - not just a beauty I saw with my eyes - but that came in through the ground air and light..."

Jilly Watson
The Bowen Art Workshop was established over 30 years ago and continues to boast a healthy membership of local artists at all levels of development working in a variety of media. Come and admire the wealth of talent that this group of 18 artists has to offer.
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"PRIMAL ELEMENTS"…found object assemblages by Sunshine Coast artist DION LE ROUX
Dion Le Roux - Artist's Statement

I often refer to my work as Modern Alchemy.
Primal ElementsJust as the alchemists of long ago attempted to create something precious from the base metals, my work attempts to conjure something uniquely beautiful by combining basic images and icons. While alchemists of old bordered on the mystic, Modern Alchemy uses powerful archetypal images that awaken the viewer's genetic memories and evoke a deep sense of primal spirituality. The use of found objects plays right into the hand of Modern Alchemy. Beach rock, rust, bones and broken pieces of pottery are all featured prominently.
My latest work uses these themes, however I have begun to add a new dimension. By using images printed on acetate, as well as extensive use of mirrors, the works now incorporate their surroundings as part of the piece. Hanging these works in a window or on a coloured wall will give the piece a whole new feel. As a further exploration I am also experimenting with grains embedded in fiberglass resin. This adds a tactile dimension to the piece while staying true to the primal themes.
The messages are simple and yet flexible. Art is in the eye of the beholder. Behold. Think. Feel…

Bowen Island celebrated the Dalai Lama's visit! Click here to see how. April is the month of spring, of rebirth and renewal and it is also the month when His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited our West Coast.
CarolFancy.jpgThe Bowen Island Arts Council joined with arts and culture organizations all over the Lower Mainland and beyond in celebrating this visit with visual art, musical, literary, film and community gathering events, designed to bring us together in the spirit of peace, compassion and universal responsibility, and to contemplate ways in which we as individuals and as a community can, in the Dalai Lama's words "balance educating the mind with educating the heart".
The Gallery @ Artisan Square opened with a spectacular and inspiring new exhibit entitled "The Sights and Sounds of Peace, Compassion and Universal Responsibility" featuring the interpretive works of 10 island visual artists as well as poems, journals, scrap books and newspaper articles about the work of peace that some of the artists have been involved in around the world.
Picture41.jpg (20K)Another dimension of the exhibit was a unique and fascinating Bowen Island 'soundscape' by SFU student Darwin Jones. We came and sat at any of the 3 listening stations and immersed ourselves in the familiar peaceful sounds of our home...the sounds of the birds at the marsh at Killarney Lake, the sounds of the winds and rains on a stormy Bowen winter night or the rushing waters of Bridal Falls. Very enjoyable listening to a composition using nature's symphony, while your eyes take in the visual images of on the gallery walls.
JosephineHarrison.jpg (13K)Participating visual artists included: Diane Buchanan, Melissa Crenshaw, Carol Fancy, William Gracie, Josephine Harrison, Roberta Nadeau, Janet Pearson Orletsky, Robert Semeniuk, the Skylight Students and Imke Zimmerman. Bowen Island 'soundscape' was composed and recorded by sound artist Darvin Jones.

March 5 to March 28, "Monochromocity" was the quirky and whimsical work of gifted commercial artist Clancy Gibson presented at the Gallery.
Clancy Gibson  'MONOCHROMOCITY' Explained:
Monochromocity is a series of small black and white illustrations which tend to meander in an odd landscape. If there is any theme or underpinning to the work, it's in the quirkiness of it. Artist Clancy Gibson describes this work as a parallel universe not knowing what it's parallel to...a ghosted channel not quite tuned in...a metaphysical film noir with no beginning and no end.
After spending the last 30 years pushing an assortment of pens, pencils and paint brushes over various drawing boards in numerous locations Gibson says " I have come to appreciate a few expressions with shopworn gratitude: 'measure twice, cut once', 'the harder you work, the luckier you get' and 'no matter which way you turn, your ass is always behind you'. These seem to be sustaining pearls of wisdom that see me through most predicaments."
Clancy GibsonGibson's slightly bent take on life and landscape translates onto the page in a way that at once draws you in and makes you step back, only to go in for a closer look. His formal training in fine art at the Vancouver School of Art (later Emily Carr) and years of success in the commercial art world both here and in Toronto where he was represented by the prestigious 'Reactor' artist's studio gallery, have made Clancy Gibson a master of his craft.

From Feb.6 - Feb. 29th, the Gallery was privileged to present an exhibit of painted images of the Vancouver downtown eastside by the late artist SAM RODDAN.
Sam RoddanThere was a reception on Sunday Feb. 8 from 2-4pm, where Sam's wife Huddy was be in attendance to share stories of Sam's life and work as not only a painter, but as a teacher, actor and writer.
A limited number of copies of Sam's story "The Bell Ringers", which was made into a film by the CBC, was available for sale at The Gallery.
In 1994, after his retirement from a 25 year career as a high school English teacher, Sam started to paint images of the downtown eastside community where his father was minister at First United Church for many years.
His trademark primitive folk arty style of the sometimes dark and stark everyday life in that community portrayed scenes both current and from his childhood memories.
Sam Roddan's work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and is held in many private collections.
Admission to the reception was made by donation to the Bowen Island Food Bank and all Gallery sale proceeds went back into programs at First Church and the Carnegie Centre in the downtown eastside where Sam and Huddy have contributed so much of their time and energy. All are welcome.

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bestrocker1.jpg (3K)The Annual Christmas Fair was held Sunday December 7, from 10-3pm at BICS. The annual craft fair provided an enjoyable exposure to the breadth of Island-made handcrafts. Jewelry, wood bowls and birdhouses, furniture and sculpture; calendars, quilts, decorative art; soap, pottery, seasonings, vinegar and chutney were some of the products sold last year.RakuMaskIanK.jpg (5K)
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