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Gary Nylander

Gary was born and raised on Vancouver Island and began his interest in photography at 15 years of age and started as a photographer soon after graduating in 1976 from high school at the weekly newspaper, the Goldstream Gazette on Vancouver Island, from there he moved to Ontario where he worked for The Brampton Daily Times for 4 1/2 years.

"Botanical Beach" $475.00 CAD

“Botanical Beach” $475.00 CAD


“Near Sooke” $475.00 CAD

Missing the quiet environment and scenery of British Columbia Gary returned to B.C. after being hired at the Kelowna Daily Courier in October of 1983 where he is currently employed. During the past 25 years as a photojournalist Gary has received numerous awards and special recognitions which include 7 picture of the month awards and the 2003 news picture of the year  from Canadian Press , his work is also in the collection of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.

Gary’ work also includes a body of black and white  landscape images and other subjects  from around Western Canada, the images are made with a traditional large format cameras  but scanned and printed using the latest injet printer technology. His work has been the subject of various one-man and group exhibits  and is currently showing at the Art Ark Gallery in Kelowna, B.C., and  Sooke Harbour House on Vancouver Island.

Lyn Stoffels

Lyn has been working with clay for over 20 years and uses handbuilt, wheel-thrown and altered form techniques. She makes a wide range of pottery from pendants to bowls and platters to wall art. The common theme in all her pieces is a touch of the coast. She uses stamped and rolled impressions of shells and seaweed and carvings of herons, salmon and dolphins. She combines her glazes to depict colors of the sea, sand and sky. All of her stoneware pottery is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Lyn lives and works out of her home studio in Powell River, B.C. “Living on the coast and being in nature provides me with a wealth of ideas and inspiration. I take these ideas back to my studio and work and play with them.”



In the past couple of years Lyn has been drawn to work with the technique of smoke-fired pottery.  “The rich red tones of the clay contrasted with black slip designs are burnished to a natural shine. I love the warmth and beauty of the bare clay with all its subtle impressions and the unpredictable patterns from the fire.”  Smoke-fired pottery is food-safe but because it is fired to a lower temperature it is more fragile and not intended for general use.

Many people and life experiences have contributed to and influenced my work. It is constantly changing as one idea grows into another.

Patrice Plank

 Patrice Plank, who calls Victoria, B.C., Canada her home, has been an artist most of her life.  Inspired by nature, Parice tries to capture the beauty surrounding her.  Her favorite subjects include birds, butterflies, dragonflies, animals, marine life and flowers.
Orange Glow

Orange Glow

In the past her primary media was traditionally oils and acrylics.  She has since fallen in love with clayboard scratch art and has been dedicated to this medium for the past seven years.  Patrice scratches her original art into the surface of the clayboard with very delicate tools and using a magnifier, reveals the design in exquisite detail in shades of black and white. She then paints her art with special watercolors or acrylics.

Her scratch art has won numerous awards and her art is included in private collections throughout the world.




Little Jewels

Little Jewels

Jennifer Kivari

My mosaic art can inspire, expand perspectives, or perhaps remind us of our spirit and truth we already know. By creating art subjects rich with feeling, memories, humor, and meaningful messages along with combining and weaving layer upon layer under and above the glass results in a powerful medium full of clarity and depth. I whole-heartedly believe we all have a purpose on this earth, something of value and significance we can share with others.  We are led through our life time by our inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is our real self. I want to share a part of myself and my ability and give back to the world; one art piece at a time…


This award-winning artwork reflects and highlights the beauty in the world around us, and has been featured throughout Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Canada; and the United States of America.

Joanna Asha Roznowski

I am a painter and photographer. With colour, contrast, texture, and shape I bring out vivid and dynamic compositions that echo my emotions about the environment. The technique I use of pouring and moving the paint across a canvas makes it possible to easily follow the direction of spilt acrylic paint.


For the last few months I traveled with my digital camera documenting the natural environment on Vancouver Island. Each of the unique organic forms I found, juxtapositions of colours and contrasts was in the constant growth and revival. I tried to imagine what is beneath the ocean floor, what is the particularly the nature of landforms in the area, what can be discover, what kind of plants

inhabited the space, what is the history of the place, what is abstract and what is real? My current work reflects fascination with the plants’ unique structures including their forms and tissues from the microscopic to the macroscopic visions. On my paintings representational images of various plants and abstract shapes are filled with energy, which, as in nature, balances between the concentration of a form and its synthetic partition. The embryophytes and hydrophytic plants blend and permeate each other forming multi-layered compositions.

Joanna Asha Roznowski holds an MFA from the University of  Waterloo, a BFA from NSCAD University, and Diploma in Fine Arts from the Vancouver Island University.

John Bellis

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.

Randy Kerr

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 Star Table $2025.00 CAD

Yellow Cedar Spawning Salmon Table $2025.00 CAD

Yellow Cedar Spawning Salmon Table $2025.00 CAD

Raven Catching the Sun (stained yellow cedar) $675.00 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 tablesYellow Cedar Salmon Table

Yellow Cedar Salmon Table



Thank you again for your interest, and I would love to carve something just for you!!

Randy Kerr

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