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Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2006

The annual GIFTED Show is a celebration of visual art works of in all media by Bowen Island artists of all levels of experience. This year the show showcased 135 beautiful works by nearly 50 artists. Artworks shown here are by painters Ian Fry, Amrita Sondhi, Dolores Capdevila and fibre artist Heidi Hudspith.



Meltdown: artwork in chocolate
Friday, Oct 27 - Sunday, Nov 19, 2006

"Meltdown: artwork in chocolate", is a showcase of work made (almost) completely in chocolate by local Bowen Island artists. Producing edible art that includes installation, silk screen, carving, wearable chocolate, sculpture and video, almost half of the artists involved have never previously used chocolate as a medium. They've had a crash course in working with chocolate from local chocolatier Joanne Mogridge of Cocoa West. Will the work melt over the course of the exhibition? Will someone try to sneak a taste while no-one's looking? Is this a risky show? You bet!

So why would we do such a thing? Back when Cocoa West was just a business plan, Joanne wanted to draw on her art background and host an exhibition that demonstrates a broader range of creativity that chocolate inspires. It's such an incredible medium: chocolate can be cast in a mold, turned into 'clay' for hand-forming, coloured with food colourings, carved, poured and 'glued' with liquid chocolate. And of course how many art-forms can you eat?

But chocolate is also a very technically challenging medium. It's not like wax, that can be melted and when it cools it's finished - solid chocolate is really a crystal, and it has to be 'tempered', to encourage the correct growth of a single particular crystalline structure (and there are six possibilities!). Proper temper is achieved with a method of heating, cooling, and then heating slightly less to specific temperatures, for different lengths of time, all while keeping the chocolate moving. Solid chocolate that's properly tempered is stronger and stiffer, has a good 'snap' when broken and also shrinks slightly, enabling it to pop out of a mold easily and has a silky mouthfeel. Handling finished chocolate is made more difficult as the oil on our skin can bring the cocoa butter out to the surface causing it to 'bloom'....Oh, and mostly it's really hard not to lick your fingers and not eat the thing you just made!

Participating artists had just a few workshops, giving them the basic chocolate making skills to realize their artistic vision in chocolate. Joanne Mogridge and Heidi Hudspith have provided the knowledge and technical assistance to the artists, who are: Peg Campbell, Ian Fry, Saffron Gurney & Amy Ransom, Sarah Haxby, Heidi Hudspith, Kari Killy, Kelly Miller, Joanne Mogridge, Tiffanee Scorer, Calder Stewart and Carlos Vela-Martinez. The results? Expect to see beautiful, surprising and delicious work that will change the way you think of one of the world's favourite foods, chocolate.

The show is sponsored by Cocoa West. With special thanks to the Bowen Island Arts Council, Qzina Specialty Foods for providing Belgian chocolate and to the Ruddy Potato for enhancing the opening reception with some beautiful cheeses.

The show will be at the Gallery at Artisan Square (604-947-2454) on Bowen Island Oct. 27 through Nov. 19. The opening reception will be at 1pm on Sunday Oct. 29. Hope to see you there (but don't lick the art!).

RON WOODALL ~ Watercolours
Friday, Sept 29 - Sunday, Oct 22, 2006

Now retired at 71, Ron has had a diverse career. Two years ago, in Toronto, he received a lifetime achievement award for his creative work and his mentoring of young creative talent which became his focus in his later working years. For example, Ron Woodall was the Creative Director of Expo 86 . His mandate read "Responsibility for the look, feel, theme and content of the exposition." He was also the writer and producer of Expo's Omnimax theme film "A Freedom To Move."

After 1986 he worked on five other world's fairs in such places as Brisbane, Vienna and Budapest. He was the Creative Director for the planning phase of Science World. He has worked as a conceptual planner for theme parks, music festivals, motivational seminars, the launch of a major league baseball team, and even a Las Vegas casino. Ron's earlier years were spent making television commercials for clients like Toyota, Labatts, Scott paper, Coca Cola, Hudson's Bay Company and the Government of Canada. As both writer and director, he was acknowledged for his entertaining and offbeat creative style. His early work for A&W was recently named Canada's all time best tv campaign.

Ron did not begin painting until moving from Montreal to Vancouver in the late 1960s. In exploring the backroads of the west, he discovered the abandoned mines and canneries and ranches. Ghost towns became an obsession. He and his family zigzagged the continent from Arizona to Yukon to the Dakotas. He began to record his discoveries in watercolour.

His work soon led to both large format book, Magnificent Derelicts, A Celebration of Older Buildings, and a show at the prestigious Equinox Gallery in Vancouver. Both the book and the show were sell-outs. Another book soon followed, Taken By the Wind: The Vanishing Architecture of the North American West contained almost 500 colour plates. Despite these successes, the opportunity at Expo 86 drew Ron out of the studio and he never really returned.

Three years ago, Ron retired to Deep Bay on Bowen. He now travels less and doesn't paint but instead googles ghost towns and the people who paint them. His winters are spend in Mexico where he admits not painting either. He Blames the margaritas.

On Bowen, Ron is best known as Adam Woodall's father. Adam is which often plays the Pub and did this year's Canada Day. Also he is Jamie's father. She teaches at IPS and is married to Ben Tamblyn, of the youth center They all live at the family compound in Deep Bay. He insists wife Heather is the better artist, her book illustrations having won international awards. She just doesn't talk about it.

Scrounging enough work for the little show at Artisan Square required the baring of the walls of his house and an archaeological dig down in the basement.

Stuart Slind and Bill Hoopes

Bill Hoopes and Stuart Slind at The Artisan Gallery

Bowen painters Bill Hoopes and Stuart Slind have a new show of oil paintings at the Artisan Gallery in Artisan Square. The exhibition called "Alternate Perspectives" runs from September 1 to 24. Gallery hours are Gallery hours are Fri-Sun noon to 4pm. Bill's paintings have been shown at galleries across Canada and in 2003 he participated in the Biennale International Exhibition in Florence, Italy. The Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto represents Stuart. This is the third time Bill and Stuart have hung paintings together. "We're two artists on a small island with similar interests" says Bill, "and we like to share with our community. My paintings are all about Bowen - views seen either going or coming back". Stuart's work, while less rooted in a recognizable place and time, depend for their inspiration upon Bowen's tranquility: "I don't think I could work in town anymore."

"Alternate Perspectives" is aptly named. Bill, well known for his magical figures studies, is presenting a group of finely textured landscapes. Stuart often paints still life studies and landscapes but has spent this year working with the human form. The paintings also represent alternate perspectives employing similar technique. They share a particular way of organizing the picture space that Bill calls "not straight representational, more of a psychological approach."

These are good- sized canvases composed on a broad, landscape format. Bill and Stuart have a deft way of presenting the way light falls upon their subjects, illuminating the passing moment. The subjects of their paintings range from clearly recognizable Bowen views to portraits both modern (there is a wonderful painting of our Yoga teacher Saskia) and homages inspired by 17th Century masters.

"I like Stuart's landscapes" says Bill, "they have that old, Dutch, antique feeling. The colours are from the Rennaissance palette. The way he lays on the paint is so thick and textured - there is a whole mosquito that became stuck in one of them!" The two painting buddies can be found most Tuesday evenings at The Pub trading tips and talking shop. Stuart admires the way Bill handles textured subjects such as the grass in a painting of the horse meadows. He also gets ideas about composition from Bill and gets pointers "on technical stuff like how many vertebrates there are in the human body".

Bill and Stuart will have a reception at the Artisan Gallery on Sunday September 10 from 1 - 3. Look closely and you may find that Bowen mosquito immortalized in Stuart's painting.

Sept 1-24, 2006

Sept 10, 2006 1-3pm
(artist in Attendance)

Gallery Hours
Friday - Sunday 12-4pm

Nicolette Cross and Anne Spindler

NICOLETTE CROSS, better known to Bowen Island's residents as "Mrs. Mac," was born in England, and her earliest memories are of painting and riding. When she finished school, she went to London and had five years of a classical art training, concentrating on draughtsmanship and tone values. She exhibited regularly from her earliest student days, and was elected a full member of the United Society of Artists, without the customary probationary period, becoming the society's youngest member. She was hoping to continue her training with the man she thought of as her most influential instructor when she met, married, and was brought to Vancouver by her Canadian husband.

During the ensuing distractions of parenthood and the social life of marriage, she concentrated on portrait commissions. She was lucky enough to have a lot of success with these, and two of them are hanging in Government House in Victoria, along with many in private residences.

Now that these family duties are completed, she is able to enjoy herself, trying to paint sunlight falling through Bowen's tree, clouds and the fascinating scenes and still-lifes that materialize from the objects we see and use every day.

She has exhibited and has work in collections in the British Isles, Europe, the United States, The Far East, and here at home.

ANNE SPINDLER's interest in art began at the age of two when in Germany she was fascinated by billboards, photographs and artistic displays. When she attended high school, she had a wonderful teacher in art class who thought she had some talent, and under her tutelage, she produced very good paintings, architectural drawings, and three-dimensional models In 1954 she came to Canada, got married to her childhood sweetheart, had three children, and worked full time in their construction business. As she approached her fifties she tried her hand at several different art forms and finally settled on clay. It was love at first sight with this wonderful material, so cool to the touch, so malleable, but also unforgiving at times and requiring her full attention.

In 1989 she enrolled in the ceramic arts program at Capilano College for two years and one year in ceramic sculpture. She has attended numerous workshops around the country and in the United States. Laura Wee Lay Laq was giving a workshop in coiled, burnished and sawdust fired ceramics at Malaspina College in Nanaimo. Laura's help, expertise, and kindness made it possible for her to develop her skills and create her beautiful vessels.

Though the two have very different backgrounds, their work combines seamlessly to create the beautiful show at The Gallery at Artisan Square. The exhibit runs from August 9 to August 27, with a reception from 1 p.m to 3 p.m on August 13.

Ron Tribe and Ursel Aman-Tribe

Two deeply original and accomplished island artists will soon be showing their work at the art gallery.

Ron Tribe is a ceramist who has achieved international recognition for the variety and expressive power of his work. His medium is clay. He acknowledges the deep aesthetic influence of Japan and Scandinavia in his work and that Lawren Harris and Arthur Erickson have been his icons. What these two great Canadian artists attain in their art is what Ron achieves in his purity of form, not simply by proportion and balance, but by the rhythmical interplay of volumes, surfaces and edges. Ron Tribe manages to express in his art a magical fusion of colour, texture, and often uniquely striking design combinations. Some of the standing pieces presented in this show would lend enchantment to a garden or an entranceway.

Do come and see for yourselves if you experience the special delight that seizes me in the presence of his ceramic work.

The story behind Ursel Aman-Tribe's work is fascinating. She started painting about 20 years ago during a six-month vacation in Greece trying to render landscapes which did not work out for her. So, having had no training except in a short course by a Chinese artist, she attempted to paint flowers and showed surprising command of form and composition and yet felt that she had not achieved the self expression she desired. On her way back t Canada she stayed in Munich, her native city, and encountered the works of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Emil Nolde. Taking her cue from these painters she discovered she own style.

You can see the result at the Gallery - paintings of flowers and people (especially women) which re totally original, with striking colouration and with sensitive yet powerful renderings of the human face. I was bowled over by them. They are truly unique paintings.

It's wonderful that these two superb and gifted artists, so different in the nature of their art, live together as husband and wife, a loving one another's creative output. It's a delight to witness.

Their work will be shown at The Gallery at Artisan Square, from July 19 to August 6 wit an artists' reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 23.

Exhibition runs from July 19 to August 6 with an artists' reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 23.

Art Workshop "Watery Visions of the Sound"

Past and present members of the Art Workshop, Bowen's longest running art interest group, have been invited to exhibit paintings based on this year's "Voices in the Sound" Festival theme of 'water'.

Exhibition runs from June 28 to July 16 with the opening on July 2 from 2-4.


The Gallery at Artisan Square on Bowen Island is honored to present an exhibition of the works of Canadian artist Faye Dietrich, from May 28 to June 18, 2006.

Entitled "Journeys", the exhibition features paintings in oils and acrylics inspired by Faye's travels.

An Opening Reception will be held at The Gallery at Artisan Square on Bowen Island from 1pm to 3pm on May 28, 2006. The public is warmly invited to attend and enjoy the exhibition.

The Gallery at Artisan Square open hours are Friday to Sunday, noon to 4pm. Admission to the Gallery at Artisan Square is free.

"I never wanted to paint from the time I was a little girl. I was not raised in an artistic home, neither my mother nor my father are artists. I did not study art at college or attend an accredited art school. I do not have any initials after my name. I am, however, very connected to the feminine side of Creation ... Mother Earth.

My intense focus on the mysteries and beauty of the living earth, from which life itself springs, has rewarded me with unexpected insights and opportunity. It is in the still and silence of her nurturing peace that my artistic gift has evolved from my desire to create and express. At The Gallery at Artisan Square on Bowen Island from May 28 to June 18, I offer to share with you some of what I have seen during my 'Journeys'." - Faye Dietrich

Parallel Worlds

Although we share the same incidents that happen in our daily lives everyone lives them in his own reality. This reality grows with us and is a collection of our experience, our singular history and the world which surrounds us. Hence we are bound into our own view, this reality of ourselves which grows with us over the years. The only time when we can escape our reality is in our dreams, when our creative imagination produces new realities within the change of minutes. This possibility is closed to us when awake. It is different with children. Due to a lack of experience, children are governed by imagination, which helps them to make sense of their worlds. Children posses this powerful imagination that changes reality, that produces a different world before and behind a curtain, outside and inside furniture or before and beyond the fence of a garden.

Painter Dolores Capdevila, Argentinian born mother of two children herself, wants you to experience in her show these powerful worlds of childhood, to step back to this time when a closed door possessed all the power to divide your live into different realities.

Dolores moved from Berlin / Germany to Bowen Island in 2004. This will be her first exhibition in Canada. Prior to that she exhibited in the last 10 years in various places in Germany. Dolores studied "arts" at the University of Cordoba / Argentina where she was born, grew up and was influenced by Latin American's magic realism.

Artist Mahara Sinclaire, who shares the exhibition with Capdeveila, is a Montreal born painter who moved to BC in 1976 and ended up on Bowen studying under Bowen artist Patrician Reid-Grohne, an artist of the German expressionist discipline. Reid Grohne was Sinclaire's artistic mentor for 3 years before Mahara moved to Edmonton. There she found success and recognition and was the recipeint of many awards and honours drawing the attention of both media and gallery owners.

Now back in Vancouver Mahara happy to be breaking out of her studio and back into public exhibition with this show of her most recent figurative works.

The opening reception of the exhibition is on April 30 from 1 to 3 pm, the normal exhibition hours are Friday to Sunday, noon - 4 pm, April 28 - May 21, Bowen Island Art Gallery, Artisan's Square.

Impressions of Cape Roger Curtis - Watercolours by Ann

March 31st to April 23rd 2006, at The Gallery at Artisan Square, Bowen Island.
Everyone is welcome to meet the artist on Sunday April 9th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

"Soon after I moved to Bowen Island," Ann Beatty says, "friends took me to visit Cape Roger Curtis. We spent a day, wandering the trails, looking from Arbutus-crested hills over the ocean and stopping to picnic on the beach. I soon discovered that Cape Roger Curtis is an area of great debate in the community, with different visions for its development along with wishes for it to be left as it is."

"As a subject for painting, it seemed to fit in with a general theme I had explored in Hong Kong and Beijing: disappearing landscapes. But here, instead of donkey carts being eased out by delivery trucks and crumbling colonial buildings being torn down to make way for skyscrapers, I heard of concerns that access to a splendid slice of nature might disappear amidst a housing development."

"The discussions about the fate of Cape Roger Curtis continue but I wanted to document, in my own way, part of the quiet joy of the place. Hopefully, that is what people will find in my paintings regardless of what happens."

Ann moved to Bowen in October 2005 from Hong Kong, where she lived for 12 years. Prior to that, she spent three years in Beijing, where she studied traditional Chinese painting.

Watercolours from Ann's solo and group shows and are found in private and public collections in nine countries. Her published work includes one book for children and two on Chinese culture.

From March 3 through 26th The Gallery at Artisan Square is privileged to host an exhibition of past and recent works entitled "Island Passages" by Canadian art treasure and Bowen Islander, Gregg Simpson.

Simpson is an internationally recognized abstract surrealist artist and noted jazz drummer, who began his work during the west coast creative renaissance of the 1960's. By the early 1970's, this gifted son of Vancouver pioneering modernist architect D. C.Simpson was, through a letter of introduction from William Rubin of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, on his way to London and Paris to organize the first group exhibition of west coast Canadian art to tour Europe. It was there that his work was seen by French surrealist art historian and writer Jose Pierre, who later included Simpson's work in his landmark book 'L'Univers Surrealiste'. Gregg Simpson's work has also been written about in other noted European art publications and in 1996 was the subject of a PhD thesis, 'Surrealism in Canada' by Yves M.Laroque, presented at the Sorbonne in Paris.

In his own words, Simpson says: "My work has evolved from investigations into the links between various techniques of abstraction and surrealism….and begin as spontaneous invocations of real or imagined places. I often synthesize landscape elements into abstract compositions…to try to achieve a juxtaposition of lyrical atmosphere and formalist structure."

Gregg Simpson's work has been collected by public galleries and universities, and in corporate collections in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and South America. In 2001,his solo exhibition, A New Arcadia toured Europe, and was the subject of a Bravo! television documentary by the same name.

The Bowen Island Arts Council Gallery is most fortunate to be able to offer Bowen Islanders an exclusive opportunity to view this documentary film, and hear artist Gregg Simpson discuss his life and career, when it presents: An Evening with Gregg Simpson, Saturday March 25th 8pm.Admission is just $5.00

Everyone is also invited to attend the opening reception for Gregg's show "Island Passages" Sunday March 5th 1-3pm at the Gallery. For more information about the event call 2454, or for more about the artist, go to

In an encore presentation of last year's successful art sale/auction fundraiser, the committee for The Gallery at Artisan Square presented "OOLALA!", a gala evening with a French twist, at The Gallery on Sat. Feb. 4th, 8pm.

Well over 100 artists and art lovers came to enjoy French wines, cheeses and, oolala!… les patisseries delicieux! Also making a cameo appearance was chanteuse extraordinaire Pauline Le Bel, who captured our Valentine hearts with a few French chansons d'amour.

This year, the event featured a total of 54 unsigned original miniature paintings, generously donated by 41 of our talented local artists. Bien sur et naturellement... these made an ideal gifts for many lucky Valentines.

Trish Chinnery generously donated the prize for the most correctly matched paintings to artists, which was won by thrilled good guesser Gini Grey.

Returning again, to share his gift as our entertaining auctioneer, was the magnifique Mon. Dan Carriere who made spending money fun for the many people who opened their hearts and wallets wide enough to reach our financial goal of funding LTTA programming for 2 BICS classes this coming fall. What a great accomplishment and fantastic learning opportunity for Bowen's children!

Thank you to everyone who once again made this evening such a huge success!

Sara Baker
Gallery/Cultural Development coordinator
Bowen Island Arts Council

January 13-29, 2006

Featuring the works of:
Ted Darling
Tish Townsend and
Roger Willoughby-Price

Three artists, three unique visions, one celebration of colour.

Roger Willoughby-Price, originally trained as an architect in England is now creating fine art photography using a backdrop of architecture as inspiration. The forms, textures and lush rich colours of Mexico's architecture discovered during a recent sojourn there, inspired the images found in this exhibit, and evoke feelings of the warmth and happiness Roger experienced not only through her buildings, but also her people. He captures the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Tish Townsend spent seven years operating a dive charter yacht in the Indian Ocean, which introduced her to the exotic and beautiful underwater world of coral reefs and deep sea ravines surrounding the remote island of Mayotte. These brilliant underwater landscapes served as Tish's artistic inspiration, and engage the viewer in a largely unexplored world. Although she is also an accomplished print maker and ceramic sculptor, Tish finds the versatility and luminosity of oils has made them her medium of choice for expressing her passion for the underwater realm.

Ted Darling was trained as a fine artist and has explored many media, including acrylic painting, pencil drawing and fine woodworking. In this show, through the use of computer generated printmaking, Ted expresses the inspiration he's found in the beauty and colour of the natural world. By taking little pieces of the natural environment out of their normal context, the viewer can see the jewel like qualities of everyday things, beetles, flowers, fungus.

The show promises to bring some warmth and colour to The Gallery at Artisan Square during the dark cold days of January.

The Gallery @ Artisan Square opened its doors in October, 1997. The Gallery is a multi-use arts facility and is operated by the Bowen Island Arts Council. It serves and promotes the Bowen Island visual arts community as well as providing venue for many other cultural activities.

The Gallery organizes about 14 visual art shows a year, featuring a majority of Bowen Island artists. The Gallery showcases photography, three dimensional shows, children's and youth art, community group shows, fibre arts shows and solo artist exhibitions.

For more information about planned shows or arranging new showings, call Sara Baker Wansbrough, The Gallery Coordinator at 604-947-2454

Gallery hours:
Winter hours: Friday - Sunday, Noon - 4 p.m.
Summer Hours: July and August, Wednesday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Lagoon
For Sale:
Bowen Island Arts Festival poster 2002:
"The Lagoon" by Lori Griffiths
Only $10.00 each for this collector's poster.
Approx. 29 by 44 cm/ or 11+ by 18 inches.
All proceeds go to the Building Fund.
Info:    604-947-2454