A Show of Textile Art
by Ilse Leader & Karin Millson
Opening wine & cheese reception
July 13 5-8 pm.
Show continues to August 1, 2018
About Ilse Leader
After our arrival on Salt Spring Island in 1975 I became involved with the Arts and Crafts on the Island through my friend and neighbour Judith Mckenzie. She introduced me to weaving, spinning and dyeing yarns and introduced me to the Salt Spring Islands Weavers and Spinners guild. My former training in Germany, where I was born and grew up, was in the fashion industry. There I learned the art of designing, pattern making and the making of garments. With that background I decided to make garments from hand spun, hand dyed and hand woven fabric.
Later on I switched over to commercial yarns. Inspired by the beauty of the island and the range of colours one experiences, colour and the finishing of the garments became my trade mark. After about 35 years of making hand woven garments I had to stop weaving, as my back did not like it. I switched to knitting, which I had used with my woven garments, and created more “one of a kind” garments.
Looking at other ways to make hand made fabric I looked at felting. Judith Dios was giving a workshop in Nuno felting. I was delighted as it promised to give me a new road to travel on. Making garments of hand felted materials. Using the remnants from my hand woven garments. And the next step was not to cut the fabric up into pieces, but use the full size as wall hangings.
About Karin Millson
Karin Millson holds a Ph. D. in micropalaeontology and a Master Craftsman Qualification from the City and Guilds of London. Her Ph D investigated Ostracods of the Palaeogene of Australasia, her collection is housed in the British Museum of Natural History, London.
She creates mixed media art that is predominantly textile-based. Her work marries her interest in the natural world with a fascination for innovative use of materials and design.
Her art has been exhibited and sold world-wide, with works held in Oman, Europe, North America and Africa. She recently moved to Saltspring Island.
Apart from her solo art practise she is currently collaborating on a theatre/installation/adult puppet show with Wendy Passmore Godfrey, an artist and puppeteer in Alberta.
I find my work centres itself on creating abstracted representations of subjects often from the living world. I strive to have the viewer find meaning and pleasure in sculptures, installations and imagery through their own knowledge of the world and, if not, then stimulating their infinite imagination.
Looking Beyond Flowers
Paintings by Susan Haigh,
Ceramic Vases & Stones by Diana Lynn Thompson
Opening Reception Friday June 22, 5-8 pm.
Show runs to Wed July 11.
Friends and neighbours for 30 years, artists Susan Haigh and Diana Lynn Thompson have joined forces to present a show titled “Beyond Flowers” at the Salt Spring Gallery of Fine Art. Running from June 22nd until July 11th, with an opening from 5pm - 8pm on June 22nd, this is an event not to miss.
Sharing a deep love and respect for nature each artist has followed her heart and become well known for sincerity and reverence in her art.
Thompson is a well-known environmental artist who has been described as “a pilgrim of wonder in the natural world” and previous installations have been referred to as “profound conceptual and meditative undertakings.” Thompson’s desire for connection and communication with nature is woven throughout her many momentary & ephemeral installations - works that disappear shortly after they are created.
More recently Diana has been exploring clay. This started with a desire to show that human sensibility is in line with the natural world. At first she formed ceramic pebbles and stones, then she moved on to delicate porcelain leaves for one installation and shell shapes for another.
For this show Diana’s focus has been on vases. A vase, she says, brings its contents to our attention, placing them in clear focus. Her vases for this show have an organic beauty in their hand-pinched, rolled or coiled construction. Many of them are glazed with local clay and the ash of local trees. Some are small, offering a background to a single flowers beauty, while others are larger, rougher, ready to balance a full bough.
Susan Haigh has been painting for thirty years, and has a loyal following. She is best known for her vibrant flower paintings, which spill over the sides of her canvas. She has painted apple blossoms, the petals of a rose, or the opening of a peony as if with a close-up lens, bringing the viewer fully inside, plunged into light and colour. Walk into a room with one of Susan’s paintings in it and you feel its presence, offering warmth and pleasure. There is an honesty in Susan’s painting that is captivating. She doesn’t try to woo her audience with style or flair – it’s as if she tries to step aside, allowing her subject to speak for itself.
Lately Susan has been inspired to do smaller works and focus on trees and the longer view. She first showed her Treescapes at the Salt Spring Gallery last May. Creating small works in a tall thin format has let her realize a whole new stream of possible compositions. While in New Zealand for part of this past winter, she painted on paper, alternating between Salt Spring and Kiwi scenes. Trying to keep her work loose is a constant battle but she is enjoying the challenge to get to the essence of the natural beauty of the subject and let the light shine through.
Beyond the contained intimacy of the singular vase, beyond flowers, lies the forest and the field, the mountains and the sea — the spacious breath of the natural world.
The exhibition will be in the 'A' Space at Salt Spring Gallery of Fine Art at 135 McPhillips Ave,
Tucked in the entry and main living space of the most popular B&B on Salt Spring is a selection of the best work of this long time island artist.
Opening reception Friday June 15, 5-7 pm.
The show continues to June 30th.
Motion: Art That Moves
June 8 to 20.
Reception: Friday June 8, 5 to 8pm.
More than 20 Salt Spring artists participating,
A show not to be missed.
Motion is the action or process of moving or being moved, a gesture, gesticulation, sign, signal, action, activity….
To Move is to affect, touch, impress, shake, upset, disturb, make an impression on, stir up, inspire, prompt, stimulate, motivate, provoke, influence, rouse, induce, incite, spin, circle around, fall, fly, crawl, tunnel, dive….
Allison Brodie- painting & metal collage
Carol Newmeyer- jewelry
Cinda Helm- painting
Ilse Leader- textile
Kuno Egger- ceramics
Lisa Lipsett- painting
Paul Robert Bryans- painting
Rolando Lampitoc- painting
Rachel Vadeboncoeur- glass
Sheila Hoen- painting
Susan Haigh- painting
Amy Melious- photography www.grainofsand.com
Annie Knoop- painting
Carol James- painting www.carolonsaltspring.com
Celia Meade- painting
Gillian McConnell- installation www.artbygillian.com
Ingrid Korner- painting
Janet Rayner- painting
John Holmes- metalwork
Katie Watts- photography
Melanie Morris- painting www.mjmorris.art
Robert Steinbach- painting www.robertsteinbachstudio.com
Rosalie Matchett- encaustic painting www.rosaliematchett.com
Sam Barlow- collage
Sam Holmes- metalwork
Simon Morris- sculpture www.sculptorsimonmorris.com
Susan Gordon- painting www.susangordon.ca
Show opens Friday June 1, 2018
LIVE AUCTION with Dave Phillips TUES JUNE 5TH, 5-8 pm
Sadly Bruce Rivard has not lived to see his collected works showcased in the gallery. He passed away peacefully on Thursday May 24th at Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring Island. We are preparing his paintings, prints, drawings and sculptural gems for display and sale in support of his daughter Kyle, her partner Barry and their newborn Quinn.
To donate directly to the family please visit their gofundme page. Thank you so much.
Bruce Rivard Show Pays Final Tribute
By Elizabeth Nolan Last updated May 23, 2018 Gulf Islands Driftwood
Salt Spring artist Bruce Rivard is preparing for his final days at Lady Minto Hospital, after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer around six weeks ago.
Friends and family members who are dealing with that fact are also organizing one last exhibition of Rivard’s work, with a legacy show and benefit set to open at Salt Spring Gallery on Friday, June 1.
Rivard’s daughter Grace “Kyle” Budeweit and his friend and former roommate Tomiko Koyama have been at work sorting through Rivard’s large collection at his home and studio, located just next door to the gallery. They will present around 50 pieces to be shown from June 1 to 5. The show reopens for a final day on Tuesday, June 5 and will be capped with a live auction of any unsold works, to be MCed by Dave Phillips.
Sales from the benefit show will help Budeweit, her partner and their infant daughter Quinn, who was born just a few days after Rivard went to the hospital. The family will be responsible for clearing out Rivard’s home and garage along with burial fees, death tax and all the other related expenses. Anything left over will help them with their 10-year plan of buying a small cafe in Courtenay. That’s where they were living before Rivard’s diagnosis came in.
Though the reason for returning is not ideal, there are positives to spending these last weeks together.
“It’s really nice to come home with his new granddaughter and for him to know I have a really loving partner and his family, who will take care of me in the next phase of my life,” Budeweit said.
The show’s closing reception and auction on June 5 runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Donations can also be made to the family at the gallery, or contact email@example.com to help directly.
Flora & Fauna- prints by Evelyn Russell
Opens Friday May 18, show runs until May 28th.
Inspiration for this show comes from a deep connection to this earth, it's flora and fauna. My work is also informed by west coast culture and the beauty of the Salish Sea.
To see more of Evelyn Russell's work visit her web site: http://villageartworks.wixsite.com/evelynrussell or find her on facebook.
Opening Reception: Friday May 4, 5-8 pm.
Show continues to May 16.
This artwork is based on many years of research, travelling, singing, dreaming and soul searching. It is based on an urge to re-member, to connect with my indigenous Nordic ancestors.