Please join us for the opening for ‘Paintings of Salt Spring’ by Josephine Fletcher.
Saturday September 1, 2018 – 5 – 7pm
Josephine Fletcher grew up on Hornby Island, amidst a dedicated enclave of artists. Encouraged by her family and Jack Shadbolt and other painters of the Hornby set, she attended the Banff School of Fine Art, continued on to 4 years at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver and has been painting seriously and full time for more then 40 years. Josephine has had numerous solo shows and participated in group shows in Vancouver, Hornby and Vancouver Island and is in many private collections.
Distinctive, strong and ’painterly‘ Josephine’s work particularly shows her enthusiasm for and mastery of colour. Her landscapes are in the tradition of the transcendentalists (ie Lauren Harris), reflecting her abiding love of nature. Her travels have inspired her and artists from the Fauves to Pierre Soulages have been influences.
Josephine lives on Salt Spring Island with her son, Nicholas.
June 30 – August 29
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY JUNE 30TH, 6 -9PM
Two major Vancouver sculptors – both working on a monumental scale in bronze and steel, both with numerous distinctive public works of art to their considerable credit. Both working at 1000 Parker Street and both, coincidentally, tall with red hair and beards.
An exhibition of their new works featuring a weathervane and a water work.
Doug Taylor was born in Chilliwack, BC in 1947. Kinetic in nature, his public installation sculpture has focused largely on wind, water and solar powered features. Whimsical, folk art inspired elements are often signature to his work. (e.g. Khenko and Wind Swimmer). ” The challenge is to integrate ecological, historical, social and aesthetic considerations, contextualizing them into the site specific values of place.” Doug lives in Vancouver, Canada.
David Robinson was born in Toronto and studied sculpture at OCAD. His striking sculptures incorporate a variety of materials ranging from bronze, steel and silver to concrete, mirror and paper. While his oeuvre is the figure, he often adds psychological and mythological twists to his subjects by situating them in environments which speak to the inherent tensions of human life. Robinson has a deep reverence for imagery and symbolism, and this, combined with his remarkable skill, allows the viewer to surmise and discover the allegorical through contemporary form. David lives in Vancouver.
Please join us Saturday, June 9th for the opening reception for ‘It Will Never Rain Roses’
new oil paintings by Florence Roberge.
5 – 7 at the Duthie Gallery
Show continues through June 25
The title of the show comes from George Elliott:
“It will never rain roses. When we want to have more roses, we must plant more trees.”
“My latest show began with my amazing Ted bringing me several buckets of red roses hoping that some portable inspiration would entice me to accompany him on a work trip to a boring place. I became obsessed with these large, very long-stemmed, blood-red roses and I remain so. I have made over 100 small watercolour paintings of them. Now immersed in painting these roses in oil (my favourite medium), I am even more in love with them. I find them most alluring when they are dead and desiccated. They mature from scarlet to ruby to violet with gilt and finally to lacy edges of velvet black. Sometimes all of these and many more colours in one wrinkly petal.
I think that all art made with truth and passion is a self-portrait, however obscure the references may be to the viewer. Blood-red roses have signified passion and abiding love, courage, power, respect and many many other emotions from recorded time. They seem a perfect vessel to contain what I am thinking and feeling at this time of my life.
To my eye, there is infinitely more life in these roses when they are dead than when they are fresh.
‘Steamroller Prints’ – April 13, 14,& 15 at Mahon Hall.
4’ x 8’ woodcuts, carved on 4’ x 8’ plywood, printed by steamroller.
18 prominent printmakers. A heart-stopping breath-taking exhibition.
The summer of 2016 saw Vancouver-based artists and the public alike engaged in a unique event: printmaking huge woodblocks using a full-size steamroller as a press. The first big print event took place on Granville Island. Twelve artists carved 4’ x 8’ sheets of plywood, blocks were inked and printed by steamroller…not once, but four times each.
The team of participating artists included Mariko Ando, Ben Duncan, Bobbie Burgers, Leonard Brett, Taiga Chiba, Ian Forbes, Saskia Jetten, Barbara Klunder, Arnold Shives, Kelly Shpeley, Tracey Tarling and Richard Tetrault.
Big Print Chinatown brought together another team of artists and printmakers, carving and printing another dramatic series of 4 ft X 8 ft woodcuts – focused on the richness of Vancouver’s Chinese and Aboriginal cultures – and printing them by steamroller at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Plaza.
Artists in this series include Corey Bulpitt, Haisla Collins, Kee Toy Joseph, Jeanette Lee, Sharifah Marsden, Gerald Pedros, Susan Point, Connie Sabo, Jerry Whitehead, Sylvia Wong and June Yun.
Masterminds of the projects: Esther Rausenberg and Richard Tetrault of Creative Cultural Collaborations Society. www.creativeculturalcollaborations.com
The Steamroller exhibition includes prints from these two events.
Here are links to videos of the printing events.
Opening exhibitions for spring 2018:
Imprints 2018 at the Duthie Gallery – March 30th – April 30th
Opening reception – Saturday March 31st, 5 – 7pm
hours 11-5 Thursday to Sunday
Steamroller Prints – at Mahon Hall April 13th, 14th,15th 10 – 5 daily
Opening reception Friday April 13th 5 – 7pm at Mahon Hall
Printing Workshop with Richard Tetrault
Saturday & Sunday April 14 & 15, 2018
Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island
Designed for all levels of experience in printmaking, from beginners to advanced levels, the workshop will cover the basics of relief printmaking, including tools, sharpening, papers, inks, colour mixing and registration technique. Incorporating a range of chisels, gouges and other tools, the workshop will explore some of the textural possibilities that can be achieved in wood and linocuts.
During the two days of this workshop, participants will develop their own design, translate it to the block, and carve and print their edition. There will also be a collaborative process for the workshop — each participant will contribute to a collective piece which will be hand printed on a roll of Mulberry paper and mounted as a print mural at the end of the workshop.
Richard Tetrault is a Vancouver printmaker and muralist. He has exhibited his work locally and internationally and taught for years at UBC and Malaspina Print Co-operative.
This is the 7th of Richard Tetrault’s popular printmaking workshops. He is a master printer and an excellent teacher and his workshops, full of repeat participants, have launched several printmaking careers on the island.
$225 plus gst – materials, tools, press included – maximum 15
Richard will be assisted in the workshop by Nora Layard and Gillian McConnell.
To register or for more information please contact Celia Duthie – firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-537-9606.
We are delighted to present an opening exhibition of ‘new-to-the-island’ Sibeal Foyle and Peter Pierobon. ‘Second Growth’ reflects their shared passion for the natural world and their new life here on Salt Spring island.
Born and raised in Ireland, Sibéal Foyle graduated with a BFA from the Belfast College of Art, then emigrated to Canada where she completed her MFA at the University of Calgary, Alberta. She has been the painting and drawing instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for 28 years; in her own work her primary interest has been to create narratives involving her family, community, memories from the past and the cultural and political happenings of the day. In her new work she has focussed on the drawing and painting of natural forms and phenomena. Simple, striking and enticing.
Peter Pierobon was born and raised in North Vancouver. He studied and worked with Wendell Castle, the leading artist in contemporary studio furniture design. Peter’s work is in many museum collections from the Smithsonian to the National Gallery and he has exhibited and taught internationally for more than 30 years. His work combines original sculptural design with master craftsmanship; every piece unique and brilliantly crafted. Duthie Gallery has proudly exhibited Peter’s work since 2005.
Excellent interview with Bev Petow and Michael Robb on CBC radio North by Northwest with Jennifer Chen.
‘It’s weird and alien and bizarre:’ exhibit showcases steel sculpture
Fantastical and adorable creatures featured alongside intricate metal haute couture
CBC News Posted: Jul 23, 2017 3:59 PM PT Last Updated: Jul 23, 2017 3:59 PM PT
The jaw-dropping work of Bev Petow and Michael Robb is on display at Salt Spring Island’s Duthie Gallery and includes flowing steel dresses and quirky imaginative creatures.
“It’s true, I watched people come in for the opening and I watched the jaws drop. It’s a very powerful show,” said gallery owner Celia Duthie.
Alien and bizarre
“His work depicts a world that is not one I’ve ever seen,” Duthie told North by Northwest‘s Jennifer Chen, during a visit to the gallery.
“It’s weird and alien and bizarre, but they’re friendly creatures.”
Many of the creatures have a marine critter-like feel to them which Robb said likely came from a harder period in his life.
“When I first got to B.C. I was very poor so I tried to hit the beach at low tide to find food to eat,” he said. “So I’ve been influenced by creatures that live particularly in the intertidal.”
Petow’s metal dresses were also inspired by a time of hardship. In 2009, Petow’s close friend died.
The two had spent many hours together sewing their own clothes before Petow moved into metal work.
“I went out to my studio to make something in mourning for her, basically, and that’s what came out,” the Sooke-based artist said.
Much of her work is inspired by political issues or historical moments, including one intricate dress that celebrates the era of the French Revolution.
Petow said the revolt signified one of the first times Europeans stood up against the aristocracy.
“I think we’re living in a time where that could happen again,” she said.
Delicacy of Steel is on display at the Duthie Gallery on Salt Spring Island until August 15th.
With files from CBC Radio One’s North by Northwest