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Currently showing over 120 wonderful pieces of art by 40 Bowen artists including oil paintings, acrylics, watercolours, photographs, sculpture, stoneware etc. All reasonably priced and perfect for gift giving!! Gift certificates are available for any denomination and may be used any time at any exhibition (no time limit!)

Show and Sale: Nov 21 to Dec 28th

Gallery hours: Friday - Sunday : Noon-4 p.m.

Left: Ron Tribe Top Right: Alan Blair Middle Right: Shane Tweeten Bottom Right: Janet Esseiva

West Coast Mediterranean
Oct 24-Nov 16, 2008

As the days shorten, there's one place where light and color combine to lift spirits out of the autumn gloom. Entitled West Coast Mediterranean, the exhibition of Gregg Simpson's new work at the Gallery @ Artisan Square runs from October 24 to November 16. The exhibition of stylized landscapes and shaped wall pieces brings together Simpson's two major influences-the west coast landscape and the Mediterranean school represented by artists such as Matisse, Picasso, and Miro.


This exhibition is Simpson's second at the Gallery since moving to Bowen Island in 2005. The works combine the influence of our wonderful island landscape with the tradition of Modernist painting that Simpson has been exploring for years in the Mediterranean region. He merges shapes that are part landscape and part figurative in a way that celebrates these two influences.

A prolific and critically recognized artist and musician, Gregg Simpson has exhibited his paintings, drawings, and works on paper throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. His work is included in several academic studies, art history books and journals published in Canada, Europe, and Australia and has been included in numerous historical surveys on surrealism and abstraction. Simpson is also the subject of a BRAVO TV Documentary: A New Arcadia: The Art of Gregg Simpson. He has received numerous grants and awards and is represented in both museum and private collections across Canada, Asia and Europe.

Nicole Donnely, a curator in Mexico City states that "Simpson's paintings flux between the solid, rooted world and the ethereal." The late Parisian art critic José Pierre stated that "Simpson knows how to add pyramids and clouds, geometry and the breeze, the palpable and the impalpable, the visible and the invisible."

The opening reception on November 2 from 1 to 4 pm at the Gallery will feature a tasty selection of Mediterranean foods in keeping with the theme of the exhibition. For future information, call the Gallery at 604 947 2454.

Class Act
Sept 27-Oct 19, 2008

This current salon-stye group show, 'Class Act', features over 20 of Stuart Slind's painting workshop participant's pieces of art created in his classes. Slind's own work stems from his passion for the Northern Renaissance artists, with whom he shares a natural affinity. The curator of Vancouver's Bau-Xi Gallery, where Slind has shown for 10 years, recently observed that Slind's oil paintings are 'all about harmony and peacefulness' - a tangible expression of his own nature attributed to his practising meditation since l998. He states that his work in still life, portraiture and landscape is 'constantly evolving'. The classes offer the opportunity to share painting ideas and challenges in a welcoming and highly supportive environment.


Vikki Armour Fuller, Aug 25-Sept 21, 2008

'Still.......Life', a new exhibition of oil paintings by Vikki Armour Fuller, opened this week at the Gallery at Artisan Square and continues until September 21st. The artist's reception will be held on Sunday August 31st from 1-4 p.m.

This collection of paintings represents landscapes and images from the last year of Vikki's mother's life which she spent with Vikki and her family on Bowen. 'The familiar landscapes during our countless drives along every island road are all remembered in my paintings. Days became enriched just by sharing and fully appreciating the simple pleasures. Painting became my respite as I had the time to be still and really look at things. I have tried to set down this feeling in my paintings'.

Vikki grew up surrounded by fine art at home. Her first artistic memory is of painting watercolours in her grandmother's sunroom surrounded by windows, flowers and light. She studied art in high school and also developed a strong interest in photography. Following this, she continued to further her interest by taking watercolour classes. She has had a creative career working in the fields of interior design and merchandising. After studying privately with Stuart Slind in 2003 she has continued to learn from and been inspired by him in many workshops. Vikki also shows her work, of local scenes done in a Caribbean colour palette, at the Gallery of Caribbean Art in Barbados, where she has a family home. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy Vikki's beautiful landscape and still life paintings.


The Paintings of Ione Betty McIntyre
Collins Farm, Bowen Island, B.C.
August 16th and 17th, 2008

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E.A. Klann, August 6-24, 2008

New work in acrylic by IAN FRY, July 16 - August 3, 2008


GLIMPSES OF A JEWEL: Killarney Lake Views
Recent works by LEANNE MASON, May 23- June 15, 2008

"Glimpses of a Jewel: Killarney Lake Views" by Lower Mainland artist, , is now showing at "The Gallery" @ Artisan Square. The 26 paintings catch the essence of the lake walk with its contrasts between lake, sky, and forest in acrylic on canvas and range in size from 10" x 10" to 48" x 72".

"The idea for these paintings," writes Leanne, "occurred on a walk around Killarney Lake. I was only planning to go a short distance, but became intrigued by the stunning colours and the high contrast of the cedar branches against the sky and water. The branches only allowed peek-a-boo glimpses of the lake and needless to say, encouraged me to keep going on my quest." Visitors coming to the gallery can take their visual journey recognizing familiar landmarks and being delighted by trailside pools.

Leanne was born in Vancouver where she grew up and attended U.B.C. attaining a degree in Education with a double major in art. While pursuing her career as a teacher she continued to follow her passion to paint by being involved in seven duo and group exhibitions. Her work is found in private collections around the Lower Mainland. The artist reception is set for Sunday, May 25th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and continues to June 15th.



To mark this momentous occasion, celebrating the accomplishments of the Bowen Island Arts Council over its first 2 decades, The BIAC Gallery will exhibit: "Bowen Art: Past and Future" featuring the works of BIAC's first board chair, Hans Behm and emerging local youth artists Andrew Cameron and Jake Bagshaw.

The show which runs until May 18th and will culminate with a lecture by Behm on his 'squiggles style", and will also be the backdrop for a combined artist's reception and 20th anniversary party at The Gallery April .

An expanded, robust Board is shepherding the Bowen Island Arts Council (BIAC) into a new and exciting era. From its early beginnings, as hosts to classical concerts, the arts umbrella organization has endeavored to represent and forward the interests of the artists of Bowen and enhance the cultural life of the island. From meagre beginnings, BIAC has built a strong foundation and developed numerous programs to help promote the work of local writers, visual artists, sculptors, singers, musicians, actors, film producers, crafts people, and other creative entrepreneurs who add to the richness of our island home.

Everyone is warmly invited to join us for what is sure to be a wonderful community celebration.

The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers by Bowen Island painter Ann Beatty is now showing at the Gallery @ Artisan Square. The 23 paintings of flowers and gardens are presented in vibrant acrylic on canvas and paper and range in size from 4 3/4 inches square to 30 by 40 inches.

"For this show," writes Ann, "I became fascinated with the flowers and gardens around Bowen Island, as well as the often-whimsical language of flowers. These meanings made the giving of flowers a minefield for Victorian suitors." Gallery visitors can try to match flowers with their meanings while viewing her work.

Ann was born in Canada, grew up in Quebec and lived in Beijing and Hong Kong for 15 years. She has participated in 29 solo and group exhibitions and her work is found in private and public collections in 13 countries. Her work is also available for viewing online at The artist's reception is set for Sunday, April 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome! The show continues to April 20.


For the Love of Art

The Bowen Island Tuesday Art Workshop Group is Bowen's longest running art interest group. The group started 41 years ago as an adult education initiative of late Bowen Islander Katie Carter.

Today its members still gather every Tuesday at Bowen Court, to learn from and teach each other, to talk about their work and encourage one another to make painting a regular habit. They are open to comments, suggestions and critiques in a safe and supportive environment.

The Gallery and will feature their works in a show running from Feb 29th until March 23rd. The show features nearly 70 pieces by 15 artists, exhibiting a wide variety of styles, approaches and media, by artists at all levels of competency. Also on display at the Gallery are several photo albums providing glimpses into the Bowen art scene, and specifically the Tuesday Art Workshop's evolution over the past 4 decades.

Gallery winter hours are Fridays-Sundays, noon -4pm.

To view a video by BowenTV on For the Love of Art, click here.


To view a video by BowenTV on the Ooh-La-La show, click here.

"Summer Travels" and "Bowen and Beyond"

Local residents Claire Stewart and Roger Willoughby-Price are pleased to present a selection of recent works in a joint exhibition at The Gallery at Artisan Square. The show runs from January 11 through 27, 2008.

Claire's watercolours, familiar to many local art lovers, have been exhibited previously at the Gallery as well as at the Plum Tree. In addition, she has displayed her work at the West Vancouver Memorial Library, West Vancouver's Harmony Arts Festival, Visual Edge in North Vancouver, the Surrey Arts Centre, the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery at the Jewish Community Centre and Tuscan Farm Gardens in Langley.

Current works chosen for this show include paintings inspired from recent travels through France and England as well as the ever changing scenery in her own garden, and many other local gardens.

Local photographer, Roger Willoughby-Price, has exhibited his work before on Bowen Island, and also at galleries in Vancouver, West Vancouver and the Delta Arts Center. His work has been published in England, Canada and USA. Roger is showing his most recent work at this show, which includes images of Bowen Island and colourful imagery from his travels through Mexico.

Come and meet the artists at the opening reception Sunday, January 13, 2008 from 1 - 3 p.m. The Gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

To view a video by BowenTV on Claire Stewart's Summer Travels show, click here.

To view a video by BowenTV on Roger Willoughby-Price's Bowen and Beyond show, click here.


It Takes a Child to Teach a Village: Photographic display of Bowen Island through the Eyes of its Children

Jan 2-6, 2008 with the reception on Sunday the 6th. Everyone is welcome.

Part of the
Bowen Island Child and Youth Well-being Study
Dr. Jayne Pivik

Photographs are very powerful. They evoke emotions, memories and thoughts. This exhibit provides the residents of Bowen Island, the opportunity to understand how its children see the island and what is important to them. It also celebrates their perspective and shows we value their voice.

Included in the exhibit are cognitive maps and the results of the community asset mapping. The individual maps describe how each child sees his/her home. You will see that an understanding of ‘where they live’ enlarge as the child ages. As well, elements of importance to the child are clearly depicted such as the natural environment, resources and community connections. Note how many maps include the ferry or terminal as you look at their ages.

The large map was part of a community asset mapping exercise. Children aged 4-15 years took part in describing: 1) Their favorite place on the island (green sticker); 2) Place where they spend most time with friends (blue sticker); 3) Place where they most often do after school activities (red sticker); and 4) Place where they would go in an emergency if their family wasn’t home (yellow sticker).

A community meeting is scheduled for Wednesday January 9th, 6:30 pm at BICS to explain these results and more. Find out what Bowen Island children and youth think are important to their well-being. Their insight provides valuable information on the effects of the natural and built environment, the impact of community networks and cohesion, the resources, programs and services and the result of commuting by ferry.

Exhibit supported by: The Bowen Island Community Foundation, Bowen Island Arts Council, Phoenix on Bowen, Human Early Learning Partnership, UBC

Kai's submission (and photo:Waterfall at Tunstall Bay) for why Bowen Island is important is: "The best place to live is Bowen Island! And I bet you will think so too after I explain it to you! Bowen Island is a great place to explore nature. Kayaking is a great way to do so. On Bowen, everyone is free to live their life how they want to live it! And if you’re looking for a great place to live, come to Bowen! The view is amazing! There is a great pizza place and chocolate store which I know you will like! The beaches are amazing! You will love Bowen Island--it is a great place for nature lovers and I know you will love all the stuff on Bowen!"

Kai Tubinshlak, BICS, age 8