Wayne Alsop

Creating art gives me time to step away from the mundane and commune with my inner spirit. I work spontaneously, creating shapes and patterns, seemingly at random, but as I work I sense a story evolving within the painting. Though the stories I paint are deeply personal, it is my hope that others will see their own stories reflected within my work.

Since moving to the Pacific Coast my work combines images based on local birds and whales set within ocean views. Intense colors inspire emotional responses in the viewer.


Timothy Atwood

I often incorporate my art into functional objects or architecture so it will be frequently encountered. I strive for art which changes throughout the day, lighting conditions and use. In this way I work to create art which continues to surprise and inspire long after the basic function of the object has become habit.

I take much of my inspiration from the nature. One of my specialties, the Prairie School style as typified by Frank Lloyd Wright draws much of it's original imagery from surroundings and nature. Even the symbols I work with, such as Yin & Yang, contain ideas drawn from the world around me: moon & sun - female & male - water & fire - earth & air - curved nature & angular geometries.


Cindy Babyn

When you're looking for beautiful landscapes, Cindy Babyn's works offer you a truly Canadian feel with a contemporary atmosphere. Bring the outdoors in, with works in this collection from Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia. Cindy likes to paint places she's been to, primarily on nature walks. She photographs locations and then transforms them into bold and colourful works, using oil paint, soft and oil pastels. She has a range of sizes available, both framed and unframed originals, as well as prints. Cindy Babyn's works are available for sale at Gallery on Dogwood in Gillies Bay.


O.C. (Doby) Dobrostanski

Meet gallery owner Doby Dobrostanski. Are you looking for commissioned works, originals or fine art prints? Doby specializes in aviation, automotive, marine, wildlife, murals and landscapes. With over 30 years' experience he delivers high-quality artwork that matches the client's needs. Delivering art under tight timelines, when commissioned, can be negotiated. Doby's motto is: Real art for real people, which ties in nicely with our Gallery on Dogwood's motto: Art for You. Whether large or small, please don't hesitate to speak with Doby about your ideas for commissioned work.


Deb Dumka

Deborah Dumka draws on the physical and emotional landscape of her rural life to create contemporary felted textile work that asks the viewer to examine the importance of nature in our health and well being. Born in Northern British Columbia in 1954, she has lived three quarters of her life in rural communities across Canada, mostly on the shore of an ocean.

Some of her current work integrates digital technology, conductive materials and components of wearable electronics into her functional floor carpets to construct immersive interactive experiences with image, texture and sound.

Deborah holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from MUN (1978) and a diploma from the Textile Studies Program of the Anna Templeton Centre (1994), St. John's NL. She advocates for the Canadian craft community by serving on the board of the Craft Council of British Columbia and as a past president the Canadian Crafts Federation.

She works from her home studio on Texada Island in the Strait of Georgia.

Her work has been shown in solo and group shows in Canada and Korea.


Joy Garnett

"Joy of Felting"

Creating with fibre and fabric has been a passion since Joy learned to thread a needle at the age of eight.

First a seamstress, then a weaver, Joy now combines both of those skills with the art of wet felting and the popular surface embellishment technique of needle felting. She creates garments, accessories and decorative art combining silk and wool for beautiful and unique textures and designs.

As a trained teacher, Joy enjoys giving workshops in her local area, teaching wet felting, nuno felting and needle felting techniques.

Joy is largely self and peer taught, and have taken advantage of many workshop and short course opportunities to enhance her skills over the years. She have been fortunate to have lived in several diverse areas of Canada, and to have travelled in many other locations in Canada and abroad. Now, living beside the ocean on beautiful Texada Island, the ever-changing designs and colours in nature around her are of great influence. Her art has a distinctive West Coast flavour.

Joy shows and sells her work locally in her own studio, Felt Forest Studio, in the Gallery on Dogwood, both on Texada Island and in Powell River at Fits to a T. She also sells at the Royal British Columbia Museum Gift Shop in Victoria, and South Shore Gallery in Sooke, BC.

Photos Credit: Roger Hort

George Griffiths

Fragments
My interest in archeology has me thinking of how someone extrapolates their interpretation of a culture by observing and understanding a fragment, be it pottery or any artifact. The fragments that I create are intended to give the viewer pause for reflection.

Genre of work
Painting, trompe l'oeil (fool the eye), sculpture and low relief sculpture. The paintings are inspired by the landscape. The sculptures subject, is in the wood or stone already and I try to bring it out. The low relief work is a form of story telling inspired by Greco-Roman artifacts.

After graduating from art school, Grant McEwan Community College, I spent three decades building and painting for the entertainment industry, working in film, television and theatre. Some highlights include Academy award winning films, Broadway credits and scenery for Disney, MGM hotel in Vegas, for cruise ships, theatres and museums across North America. For most of a year I created sculpture, large and small, for a millionaire in the Bahamas. For the last decade and a half, before retirement, I taught set painting, props and model building, at the U of A and McEwan University. It is now time for my own explorations, instead of bringing other designers visions, to life.


Rodger Hort

I first discovered my love for photography in high school where I spent all my spare time in a wet darkroom. For those who have not experienced it, there is a special thrill that you get the first time you see one of your own images gradually come to life in the developer bath. From that very moment, I was hooked on photography. Over subsequent years I was often told that I have a “good eye”. I’ve always thought that the other one isn’t all that bad either!!

I started taking digital images in 2000 when digital photography was still in its infancy. It was somewhat crude by today’s standards – resolution was very low and equipment prices were very high. But that special thrill was back the first time I took a picture of our dog and it appeared on the tiny screen on the back of the camera.

I began to explore all that digital photography had to offer. For the most part I continued on a voyage of self teaching through experimentation. Very soon I looked for a way to separate myself from the photography herd. That was when I discovered digital infrared photography. Digital infrared has an ethereal, almost magical quality that offers exquisite beauty and sharpness. The images can either be “faux colour” or traditional black and white images.

Going back to my black and white photography roots is what separates my work from most of my contemporaries. I think that Ted Grant, the Victoria based photographer (also known as “the father of Canadian photojournalism”) said it best:

“When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls”.

It is with the above thought in mind that I endeavour to capture the soul of my photo subjects, be it people, still life or landscape.

In addition to my black and white images, I will also have colour images for sale in a variety of sizes at Mary Mary’s Cafe in Van Anda during the 2018 Texada Artist Studio Tour.

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Lori Anne John Vick

LORI ANNE JOHN VICK painting, and photography“What keeps me coming back to painting is the idea that a two dimensional surface can create the illusion of space. I use a variety of materials and painting surfaces. My favourite is the classic oil technique. My inspiration has always been the Old Masters. I also love thick impasto and pushing paint around on the surface of the canvas. But no matter how much I try to paint an abstract, it seems that I need to throw in a bit of realism. Lately I've been painting on different surfaces: aluminum, stainless steel and plaster. As a high school art teacher I always challenged my students to ask the question “what if we…” and that is something I still do for myself. My camera is never far from my side. I love isolating the view and focusing in on what I think is important. While I no longer develop my own film and print images, I find using a digital camera much more freeing.”

Lori has had a rich career as both artist and teacher. She taught art and math to high school students for twenty-seven years, some being at the first year university level. In 2010, Lori was recognized for her strong voice for the visual arts and her classroom practices by the British Columbia Art Teacher's Association with the Award for Excellence in Art Education, Graduation Level. Throughout her working career she has never stopped making art. She has explored the art of painting using a variety of media and styles to create works alive with personality.

Lori has a Master's degree from the University of British Columbia in Art Education. She has also studied at the Vancouver Art Academy. Through her involvement with “Artists for Kids”, Lori had the opportunity to work with many Canadian Artists as their teacher assistant while leading week long workshops.

Lori is retired from teaching and now paints full time in her beach front studio on Texada Island overlooking the Salish Sea, Georgia Strait in British Columbia.


Bill Kristofferson

Bill is a retired naval architect and structural engineer who has spent much of his life diving or sailing the seven seas, and finds most of his artistic inspiration from nature and the marine environment. He brings his own creative vision of boats, birds and marine mammals to life through acrylic paintings and wood carvings done mainly in yellow and red cedar.

While living on Haida Gwaii he managed the construction of the first, five beam longhouse to be built in the last 100 years in the village of Skidegate. In 1976 Bill was adopted into the Eagle clan of the Haida nation.

Bill spent many years designing the Kismet line of multihulls and providing plans for builders. He lived with his family on a self-built 43'Kismet trimaran for eight years. When he's not painting or carving, Bill can often be found sailing or working on his 34' Kismet catamaran.

Originally from Sweden, Bill's family moved to Canada when he was 10 years old. After finishing high school on Texada Island, He returned to Sweden and studied structural engineering, naval architecture and arts courses. Bill also did a short stint at the Academy of Arts in Paris before heading off to work and travel in the Middle East, prior to returning to live in Canada. Bill has also spent time travelling, sailing and working in Europe and Australia.


Danusia Kusmierek

I have been mesmerized by the magic that happens on a pottery wheel long before Patrick Swayze's memorable scene in “Ghost”. As a young girl growing up in Poland, I saw a potter in action on television and it was love at first sight. For two decades I kept that “seed of art” in my heart when my life was busy with education, marriage, my two beautiful children, and emigration from Poland through Germany to Canada. Now, as a retiree living on the picturesque Texada Island, the time to pursue my artistic dream has finally come.

In 2003 I rekindled my romance with clay as a medium at the Surrey Arts Center where I began taking classes and tortured my poor instructors with endless questions. For the next decade I belonged to the North Delta Potters Guild where I shared a studio with many talented potters. As a member of the Frasier Valley Potters Guild I had the opportunity to explore a variety of firing techniques including wood, soda, gas, pit, and Raku. At Kwantlen Polytechnic I learned various methods of throwing and hand-building from some of the the best in the field. In 2016 I retired from my day-job with the Surrey School Board and moved to the Sunshine Coast to chase my dream to build a studio of my own and become a full time potter.

For me working with clay teaches me to be patient and humble. Each step of creating a pottery piece presents a risk of failure but if I am composed and persistent in trying, the result can be extremely rewarding. When I am working in the studio I lose the feeling of time; I forget to eat or drink for hours, my body and mind are in sync. Despite this the stress and pressure I put myself under, this is my way of relaxing and letting go.

As a practical woman I prefer making functional pieces that bring art into my daily use; I enjoy making mugs, tea sets, bowls, serving trays, and casserole dishes. I my opinion, great food and drinks taste better when served in a dish that complements it. In my work I am inspired by the nature that surrounds me; my glaze pallets echoes the colours of the earth, plants, ocean, and sky. My pieces have organic shapes that feel good and natural when held in my hands. When I touch a finished pottery piece I feel a connection to another passion of mine – Astronomy. The same elements of clay and glazes (like iron) are found in my blood and also in the planets and stars of the Universe showing how we are all inter-connected.


Amanda Martinson

Amanda Martinson, a longtime resident of Texada Island, has been creating artworks of all sorts for many years. She is known for her oil and watercolour paintings. Although, exploring many subjects, her mainstay has been landscapes. Her focus is composition featuring line, form and colour in sea, sky, rocks and trees, the goal being to capture “the soul of the coast.” But not just the coast; in juxtaposition to it’s lush profundities she loves the desert-scapes of interior BC and the American Southwest.

Mentored by several Texada sculptors she is self taught sculpting the island’s colourful marbles, dolomite and flower-rock. This led to learning lapidary and basic silversmithing. As an alternative to silversmithing, Amanda explored bead embroidery to make bezels for her cabochons and has evolved to making “sculptural” jewellery pieces.

Amanda sees the potential for art in everything and likes to create and “re-create” as a natural extension of her being - it really is the essence of who she is and for her, the “art of living.”

She will have NEW PAINTINGS of abstract explorationes in the style of acrylic flow paintings. The technique creates very organic images reminiscent of cells, patterns in rocks and of water where shadowy figures may suddenly emerge as the eye seeks to organize the image amongst swirly colours.

Amanda is putting on a HUGE "MAKE AN OFFER" SALE to clear out her house of hundreds of artworks to make way for the new. No reasonable offer refused! These works are experiments, practice, hand-pulled prints, old ones, etc., and will not devalue the "good" works previously sold. (Sky Series not included) Prints, cards, stickers and sacred geometry Tshirts for sale as well.

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Sandy McCormick

Call it recycling or repurposing, working with beach glass has a definitely green footprint. Turning it into one-of-a-kind works of useful art, says Sandy, is the icing on the cake. Beach glass art adds color, depth and charm to any room, bringing the ocean home without harming the environment.

Sandy began collecting beach glass in 1974 and her work and styles are constantly evolving. For TAST 2018, her art has a different look with unusual driftwood for her mirrors and candle holders. The feeling is more wild, like the ocean which spawns her massive collection of beach treasures. Sandy's work has a rich fullness to it, the hallmark of her art.

At first she adorned picture frames with different colors of beach glass to accent the colors and mood of the photo. "No one else was doing anything like this," she says. When they started selling at local galleries, Sandy expanded her repertoire. She chooses similar tones for some items, while using contrasting ones in others. All of her exquisite products are handcrafted slowly, with care and thought going into the selection and placement of each piece. Her work is individually inspired and lovingly designed, combining artistry with function.

Sandy's work includes picture frames, driftwood mirrors, wreaths, candle holders, wind chimes, inukshuks, pendants and even beach glass curtains. She does wedding centrepieces, birthday, anniversary, wedding and memorial mirrors as well. Sandy specializes in custom items to match your decor and she'll include your own keepsake treasures to fully personalize your selections. Email her your order now and pick it up at the tour, sandynleeti@gmail.com.

Sandy's collection includes treasures from all seven continents and is constantly being replenished from beaches on Texada. The island is a beachcombers paradise, where colors of glass unique to Texada are found, such as canary yellow and golden shades.

Sandy incorporates the island's famous flower rocks into most of her work. Other treasures include small bottles, cutlery, jewellery, shells, broken china and tool and car parts. "You never know what you're going to find!"

This creative artist is captivated by the colors, patinas, lustres and textures of beach glass. Each piece is different, in terms of size, shape and thickness. The types of printing in the glass indicates its age and former purpose. Each piece tells a story.

Sandy says working with beach glass is the ultimate in recycling. A product found in nature, sand, is made by people into glass items, which find their way into the ocean to be recycled into beach glass. She then recycles it once more into one-of-a-kind works of beach glass art.

Come and talk to Sandy about her unusual craft.


Alfred Muma

Alfred’s interest in art began at an early age. By his teens, he was sketching and painting, by day and by night, from shore and from canoe, in Algonquin Park. He studied painting under Canadian artist Alex Miller at Seneca College, King City, Ontario.

Two years after graduating, he moved to a renovated country schoolhouse near Bancroft, Ontario. There he established Trout Lake Schoolhouse Studio. Seven years later he relocated to Queen Charlotte City, Haida Gwaii, BC, where he ran Among Friends Studio & Gallery for twelve years. From 1997 till last year, Alfred lived south of Powell River where he maintained a large studio and was also instrumental in starting the Powell River Studio Tour. Since June 2017 Alfred has called Texada home and is establishing his seaside studio in Gillies Bay.

Over the course of 43 years, Alfred has exhibited his prints and paintings in 42 solo exhibitions and 82 group shows. Always in search of new expression, Alfred has worked in watercolours, acrylics, oil, mixed media, collage, woodcuts and lino blocks. His dominant style has been described as expressive realism. Subjects for Alfred’s work range from landscapes and music interpretation to seascapes and urban night scenes. In 2016, a book of Alfred’s night paintings, “Out of the Dark”, was published. Alfred’s work can be found in corporate, private and public collections in Canada and abroad.

“My inspiration comes from nature, music, people and from contemplative silence.
I paint for purely selfish reasons, to express the need deep inside of me to create and to communicate those wordless feelings of the beauty of life and nature that well up within me from time to time. I hope my paintings are friendly enough to allow two events to happen. First, to invite the viewer into the picture and to explore it, and second, to remove the viewer from their daily reality to experience something totally different within themselves at that moment.”


Joya Muma

Joya is a Renaissance lutenist. She has a BA in Music from the University of York, UK and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Longy School of Music in Boston. Born in Haida Gwaii, Joya found inspiration from the landscape from a young age. Several of her early works were exhibited and sold in local galleries and the museum. Growing up in an artist's home, she was surrounded by art from an early age. She was further influenced by seeing the works of Miro and Chagall on a trip to France when she was twelve.

"Art has always been an important part of my life. Wherever I have found myself, I have felt a need to create art. I work in whatever medium captures my interest whether it be paint, collage, garlands or other decorative crafts. One of my passions is botany which I express in drawings of plants and flowers. After taking an art history course in Florence, I was inspired to begin drawing architecture. I strive to capture a feeling of liveliness in my work."


Ashley Rairie

Ashley Rairie is a Texada Island born and raised artist. She specializes in many mediums, such as copper wire wrapped jewellery, bead work, loom weaving, free form crochet, photography, wood burning, and more! She has always loved creating, and began expanding her creative process about three years ago when she started her first small business of selling her handmade dream catchers. 

Since then she has become a self taught wire artist and sells her creations under “Wild Moon Child Designs”.

Ashley’s creations are intricate, unique, organic, and colourful! Combining wire wrapping, bead work, and natural crystals inspires her to make extraordinarily beautiful designs! The environment is also very important to her, most of the copper she uses is recycled scraps from job sites that she cleans up to use for her creations. She is often inspired by all the beautiful swirling patterns and shapes in the forests nearby. Living on Texada leaves her overflowing with creativity and loves being able to share that with as many people possible! It’s a joy to sell her own pieces all over, and  also to be able to inspire creativity in others!

She has showcased her work at multiple gallery shows both in Powell River and on Texada, and other local events. Ashley also runs her “Wild Moon Child Designs” business online as she has a full website of all her most current stock and social media pages where she is constantly selling her creations all over the world! She runs her social media, website, and shop all on her own. Doing so allows her to connect with all her customers on a more intimate level. She enjoys being able to share her work with people all over the world and being able to spark creativity in others!

Running her own business from home has happily become apart of her daily life. Between sourcing materials, creating designs, fulfilling world-wide collaborations, photography, online work, and shipping out orders.  Gardening is her other love, and all the vibrant colours and organic shapes definitely influence her art. Currently she is preparing to do her own wire wrapping and jewellery work shops so she can share her skill and love for the craft with others! She is also working on a series of online tutorials that will be apart of her website this fall.

Interested in meeting Ashley & having a look at where all her Wild Moon Child Designs magic began and continues to grow? 

Come check out her studio at the bi-annual Texada Artist Studio Tour July 28th-29th 2018 

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Kathleen Scott

Kathleen Scott has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and Creative Writing. Her work has been recognized with a number of awards, including the installation of a 12 ft. ceramic art wall at the Vancouver Island University Campus in Nanaimo, BC, honouring the 14 women killed in the École Polytechnique Montreal Massacre in 1989.

She had one solo show called Petroglyphs and Animal Myths, featuring petroglyph paintings plus conte drawings and ceramic sculptures of cryptids, extinct, and near extinct species. She has been a part of many art gallery group showings. Since graduating in 2004, Kathleen has been a Potter's Assistant, a Chocolate Maker, a Gift Shop Gallery Coordinator, and the owner of her own ceramic arts studio, Mud Otter Pottery. Kathleen works in many mediums, including but not limited to; clay, painting, drawing, photography, stone, wood, and metal.

Kathleen's husband retired in 2012, and they lived in an RV for several years. In 2015, they bought a small fixer upper in Van Anda, on Texada Island, BC. Kathleen is currently building a small pottery studio space and is planning to officially reopen Mud Otter Pottery for the 2018 Studio Tour.

Dragon Weald Artworks is the name Kathleen had chosen to produce her line of jewellery, something she got into while living a mobile life. Working with natural stone, shell, ceramic, Czech glass and Swarovski crystal beads, Kathleen crochets one of a kind jewellery pieces using nickel and lead free silver plate and copper wires.


Debbie Shapter

Debbie is a self taught artist, acrylic being her medium, who specializing in paintings of structures and landscapes. Having moved from eastern Canada, Debbie has painted and photographed the blue water and green hills of the east, and the green water and blue hills of the west. She also enjoys making soap from natural ingredients, and making items from lavender grown on her farm. Knitting is another artistic activity Debbie enjoys, creating handmade items. Debbie moved to Texada island in 2009 and presently works a registered nurse in powell River.


Bruce Thurston

When Fran and I moved to Texada Island in 1992 we were both making glass beads, and had plenty of glass scraps and a small annealer kiln. I started putting the tiny glass pieces in the kiln after assembling them to look like images and patterns. The results were fun and appealing to me. I glued magnets or pins to these and started selling them at farmer's markets. I was hooked.

Since "92 I've been making and selling functional, whimsical glass pieces. My products include magnets, pins, christmas ornaments, nightlights, swizzle sticks, coasters, trivets, windows and clothing racks. I also make seed beaded earrings.

At one time I sold in 25 shops/galleries from Tofino to Halifax. I have scaled back my business greatly now, but still enjoy working in my shop on a daily basis.


Diana Vaughn

I live on a small island in the Strait of Georgia where the jagged cliffs and constantly changing ocean often inspire me in ways that are reflected in my jewelry pieces. When not on the water or hiking the trails I am in my garden where the multitude of colours both in flower and insect will often lead me into my studio to try and emulate nature. Creating these pieces is very rewarding. I love the process from first inspiration to the customers who find something special that they know will complement what they have been looking for , for themselves or a friend. Sometimes I'll receive a text with a picture of their new purchase . They are happy and I am happy.

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