Inner Passages- Paul Robert Bryans & Lorence Bryans

   Long time Salt Spring artist, Paul Robert Bryans and his son, Lorence Bryans are teaming up for this debut show of surreal paintings and digital art entitled “Inner Passages”.

   As Paul describes his process: “Every journey of passage is unique. There are events and elements unfolding in the circle of time and space that interact and collide towards a common goal...change. We all experience change differently. The paintings of “Inner Passages” depicts the subliminal shedding of ancient icons, transition, moving forward, healing... something that we can all relate to differently”.

   “The series began when I was commissioned to do the Passage painting with the theme of transition. The painting First Passage was the prototype for this larger commission and the rest of the series was born after the many months involved in the initial two pieces. Each painting in the series depicts an aspect of personal process, that I realized while painting, is universal and shared by many”.

    Lorence Bryans shares “When my dad offered for me to be a part of his annual Easter show, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to showcase the photography and digital art that I have been working on for the past 3 years. What “Inner Passages” means to me is the stepping stone from absorbing to expressing, and the means to make concepts reality. It is the letting go of “what ifs” and embracing opportunities that live in the present moment”.

   A wise man once said, “the old and the new merge in the sea of now” ....  Every journey of passage is unique and we invite you to share ours! 


See Paul Robert Bryans' surreal paintings here

See Lorence Bryans' digital art here

Please join us for the opening reception Friday, March 30 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Show runs until April 11.

Paul Robert Bryans will be in the gallery Monday April 2, 11-4 to share his inspiration and insights into the symbology behind his paintings.

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EROTICA is a show of sensuous fine art about love, sexuality, pleasure & the body.

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Opening wine & cheese reception Fri Feb 9th, 5-7 pm.

Live music with singer songwriter Julia Beattie.

Show continues until Sun Mar 11th, 4pm.

See Erotica 1996-

See top notch ceramics, painting, textiles, glass, sculpture, jewelry, prints and photography created by:

Gallery Artists

Paul Robert Bryans- painting

Kuno Egger- ceramics

Susan Haigh- painting

Cinda Helm- painting

Ilse Leader- textiles

Lisa Lipsett- painting

Rolando Lampitoc- painting

Carol Newmeyer- jewelry

Rachel Vadeboncoeur- glass

Invited Guests

Karen Millson- sculpture

Susan Huber- photography 

David Borrowman- photography  

Michael Levy- photography

Aiko Shebib - small drawings  

Cheryl Long- oil painting 

Catherine Sutherland- monoprints 

Tracy Harrison-  ceramic sculpture Parade of Torsos

Barb Siegele- painting

Amarah Gabriel- painting

Carole James- mixed media

Cornelia Krikke- sculpture

Janice Parker- painting

Peter Allan- photography

Chauney Bawlf- sculpture

Charlotte Erlandssen- photography

Solstice Show

You're invited to our annual Solstice Show featuring gallery artists and special guests.

Nov 24-Dec 22      

Opening Reception

Friday November 24, 5-7 pm.


Featured Artists

Paul Robert Bryans

Kuno Egger

Susan Haigh

Cinda Helm

Rolando Lampitoc

Ilse Leader

Lisa Lipsett

Carol Newmeyer

Rachel Vadeboncoeur


Special Guests

Cerika Voce

Heidi Van Impe

Robert Steinbach

Barb Siegele

Janice Parker

Amy Melious

Cheryl Long

Ingrid Korner

Charlotte Erlandsson

Chauney Bawlf

Sonja Barnard




Coffee Girls- Paintings by Cinda Helm

November 3-22nd.

Opening Reception

Saturday November 4, 5-7 pm.

    These paintings shown together reveal, individually and collectively; figuratively and literally;  vulnerabilities and strengths In how women are viewed by self;  juxtaposed with how they are viewed by others.  The motivation behind the Coffee Girls is to reflect and celebrate the power, strength, complexity andbeauty of the feminine. The artist is constantly aware, in all phases of creation, that the simplicity of subject matter in these paintings is in stark contrast to their complicated spirit and evocative emotional response.   The Coffee Girls are also fun and exciting to Cinda, and each girl takes on her own personality as she is being composed, decomposed, and painted. 

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Cinda Helm's Bio

Born in Hamilton, Montana in 1963, Cinda’s parents moved to Canada in the early 1970’s to pursue a better life for them and their 4 children.  It worked. Cinda grew up on a ranch in Northern BC, north of Fort St. John.  Upon leaving the north, she went to UVIC, obtaining a B.Ed and M.Ed.   Cinda has worked in varied professions over the years; including, but not limited to; banking, teaching, and becoming a emergency medical responder entrepreneur.  She has also enjoyed life in numerous geographies including Northern BC, Victoria, Korea, Seattle, Deep Cove;  finally settling on Salt Spring Island in 2004.  Living on Salt Spring and benefiting from the sense of community offered by the residents of this unique island has provided opportunity and energy for artistic growth.

Cinda occasionally dabbled in watercolour painting for personal pleasure as an amateur before picking up an oil brush in 2012.  That change in medium led to the creation of the Coffee Girl paintings. 

As an admirer of the cubist master Jean Metzinger’s works, she was inspired by his 1911 painting “Tea Time” tocreate a cubist/folk series of powerful, striking, self-confident women; all sharing the connection of a cup of coffee or tea. 

Cinda submitted, for the first time, a painting into a juried show.  She was honoured and delighted to have “Morning Addictions” accepted into the 2017 SSNAP Parallel Art show.

Cinda acknowledges the significant role that exposure to art in many homes, galleries and museums throughout her wanderings; community and afield;  has made to her work. More importantly, however, has been the encouragement and commentary of friends and loved ones which has contributed to her growth as an artist.  Many thanks go out to those individuals who showed kindnesses, provided insight, and supported the vulnerabilities and strengths of this artist as a whole. 

Woven Together: Celebrating the Basketry Guild's 20 Years

The Salt Spring Island Basketry Guild was formed in 1997 by a group of interested basketmakers and collectors.  Over the years the guild has invited instructors from all over the world to teach a variety of basketry techniques.  This year the guild turns 20 and is celebrating with an exhibition of new work by its members at the Salt Spring Gallery of Fine Art from Oct 12-31, with an opening event on Friday, Oct 13 from 5-7pm.  A retrospective of the SSI Basketry Guild's work will be in the library showcase for the month of October and the guild will be demonstrating basketry and teaching kids how to make baskets at the library on Saturday, Oct 21st from 10-3.

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