Monthly Archives: July 2009
Ellen was born and raised in the small coastal community of Campbell River BC, on Vancouver Island. She is the daughter of a commercial fisherman and has a long and direct connection with the sea and with nature which inspires her whimsical forms and designs.
Wild Elderberry Plate
Ellen discovered clay in 1984 while enrolled in the Fine Arts Diploma Program at Malapsina College in Nanaimo, BC. She continued here art education and work in Raku at North island College.
“My greatest pleasures come from allowing the clay to take me places I would not venture into on my own. The unpredictable and spontaneous nature of Raku produces positive feedback which shows no sign of abating”. Ellen’s work has moved through a number of themes ranging from a fixation with alligators to her current interest in botanical textures and impressions.
She currently lives and works in Campbell River where she makes Raku pottery and teaches classes in her home studio. Ellen’s work is held in collections throughout the world and she enjoys an enthusiastic local following.
The Raku Process….
After a rapid firing of about 30 minutes glowing hot pots are quickly removed from the kiln and placed into metal containers lined with combustible materials (like shredded paper) . A lid cuts off the oxygen creating a “reducing” atmosphere. In this reducing atmosphere, smoke and fire work their magic, making each piece “one of a kind”
Handle your Raku with care—after all, it has had a difficult birth!
Raku is not watertight or food safe. Over time, direct sunlight may affect colours. Clean with a soft cloth.
Desiree was born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory and has called various places home, including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and finally Victoria.
In 1989, she became an active member of the Calgary chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Desiree enrolled in the Alberta College of Art in 1992, where she studied until getting married and starting a family. Now that her children are more independent, she is able to paint full time.
Desiree’s focus is to achieve a fresh and effortless feel to her paintings. Confident brush strokes and strong colors characterize her work. Desiree paints predominantly in liquid acrylics and enjoys working on both large and small canvases. The west coast of Vancouver Island provides endless inspiration for her landscapes and floral.
Desiree has participated in many Federation art shows in Calgary, Victoria, and Vancouver. Other juried shows include the Summer Exhibition and Winter Small Works Shows at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Sooke Fine Art Show and the Sidney Fine Art Show. Desiree has also participated in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s annual Moss Street paint-in.
“West Coast Path” $650.00
“Gold Stream” $2,500.00
In the last year, Desiree has been honored with three awards at the Federation Gallery, including first prize in the Small, Smaller, Smallest show in November 2008.
He was born in Ontario, where he lived in Lake Huron. He studied leather work and became a leather carver.
At the age of 23, Jason moved to Victoria, B.C. to study and learn the art of native wood carving. With the help and guidance of a Haida carver by the name of Randy Reid, he has achieved renowned success. He now carves in mediums of Red and Yellow Cedar, Alder and bone.
He is the sign of the Raven, hence his favourite carving.
Isabelle Groc is a Vancouver-based writer and photographer. She covers environmental issues, urban affairs, conservation, wildlife, and the relationships between people and their environments.
In her nature photography, Isabelle is interested in conveying a sense of intimacy and connection with the animals. She often focuses on unusual details of species or offers extreme close-ups.
In her writing, Isabelle reports on human activities that either endanger ecosystems or contribute to protecting them. She believes that photography and reporting are equally important in telling stories about our complex relationship to nature.
Originally from the South of France, Isabelle has lived in New York and Boston before settling down in Vancouver, Canada. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her photos and articles have appeared in various publications in Canada, the United States, and France.
Isabelle has won several photography competitions including the CBC David Suzuki 2005 Nature in Focus Environmental Photography contest. She is the recipient of the Great Waters Institute fellowship from the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources, and the Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment fellowship. She is a finalist of the 2007 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.
She volunteers for several environmental organizations in British Columbia, including the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and the Stanley Park Ecological Society.
Allan Blyth educated his eye in the techniques and craftsmanship of carving at a very early age. Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, he spent hours as a child watching master carvers restore ancient totem poles and house-posts destined for the Victoria Museum. In his 20s, Al was introduced to a master carver who became his teacher in the Kwagiulth style. He carved and painted as a hobby for many years, earning his living in the shipyards and the family business. When an industrial accident cut his career short, Al began carving full-time. He creates ceremonial masks, as well as bowls, boxes, walking sticks and feast dishes. Soon he will be incorporating metal casting, stone, bone, and other natural materials, in his works.
John was born in Masset on haida Gwaii of Haida origin. He is the grandson of “Captain Andrew Brown” well known Argillite Carver from the Islands. About 10 years ago he started working with wood and continues to do so at his home in Sooke, B.C. where he now resides.
The Brentwood Box
The side of a single piece of Red Cedar which has been kerfed in three places, then steamed and bent into the box shape. When dry, the kerfs are glued and the join is drilled and pegged. The bottom is carefully fitted then glued, drilled and pegged.
Malcolm Barker originally from Blackpool, England grew up in central Ontario and now resides in Victoria BC with his wife Carol. He is an artist and musician with an eye for “that something just a little different”.
Malcolm has been a working in graphic design for 15 years and for the last four years has owned and operated his own graphic design company – em-barker graphics. With a focus primarily on print advertising, posters and brochures, em-barker graphics has done work for several Victoria businesses and non-profit societies.
While Malcolm has had no formal training, he has a passion for the arts in all its forms. Over the years he has worked in several mediums including sculpture, digital art, acrylic, collage, and currently mixed media. His artistic processes are primarily experimental and he continually pushes himself out of his comfort zone often with unique, inspiring results.
Linda Danielson has worked in the dining room of Sooke Harbour House since 1980, where she is much nourished by the creative environment. She has also long been involved in textile arts but only lately discovered that her true passion is making art doll figures. Her studio resembles an archeological dig comprised of fabrics, beads, paints, bones, shells, stones, dried foliage and all kinds of wonderful thrift store finds. Using Celtic studies, shamanism and folklore as inspiration, each piece is needle-sculpted, lightly painted and masked. Her work has been included in many local exhibitions and can be found in private collections in Great Britain, Australia, the U.S. and Canada.
Fabric DollFabric Doll
Hello, my name is Randy Kerr. Thank you for your interest in my carvings. I initially began woodcarving 5 years ago when I moved to Victoria, with my wife Shauna to join our two daughters who were attending universtiy here. I was a chiropractor and had been in practice for 27 years in Belleville, Ontario.
Yellow Cedar Star Table $2025.00 CAD
Yellow Cedar Spawning Salmon Table $2025.00 CAD
Raven Catching the Sun (stained yellow cedar) $675.00 CAD
When we arrived in Victoria, I set up a chiropractic office downtown in Market Square. One of my neighbours in the area was Jack Kerr, “the Lone Wolf” who had a boutique storefront to market his carvings. I greatly admired his work, which consisted of cedar carvings of Native design. He agreed to accept me as his student. I was deeply drawn to this creative work and eventually my calling changed from chiropractic to carving. I left my practice in 2007 to spend more time carving.
I love working with our native woods, and in particular both red and yellow cedar. The texture, the smell and the beauty of the wood inspire me. Most of my carvings are inspired by native designs, which seem to connect with a deep inner part of me. Presently my focus and interest is in carving “coffe” tables, although I still enjoy large animal wall plaques and full dining tables
Yellow Cedar Salmon Table
Thank you again for your interest, and I would love to carve something just for you!!