Artists on exhibit
The Arts in View program is a permanent exhibit on display in the financial spa® branches of BlueShore Financial. It is open to the general public as well as current clients of BlueShore Financial.
Current Art Exhibits are on display from February 2017 – May 2017.
Ryan Nickerson – Painter
Branch: West Broadway
Ryan grew up in Thunder Bay where his love for art started as a kid drawing cartoons. When he moved to Calgary, he started to dabble in watercolours and oils before taking night courses at the Alberta College of Art. Ryan has been painting and drawing ever since his move to Vancouver. He enjoys being outdoors and cycling around the beautiful city to get inspiration for his paintings, as his work focuses on the world around us. He tries to capture the feeling and experience of living in Vancouver and the West Coast lifestyle. Ryan's main medium is Acrylic paint, but recently he’s been drawing on his iPad - the perfect mobile sketch book.
For more information visit www.ryannickerson.com/
Eugene Radvenis – Potter
With a background that includes architectural design, photography and illustration, and 3D modeling and animation, Eugene has been working with clay as a stress relieving hobby for 5 years. His adventures as an emerging artist include membership in a number of Vancouver’s Community Centres’ pottery clubs, Raku workshops in Italy and France and a Raku masterclass in Portugal. Eugene’s search for a ceramic aesthetic involves using geometric primitives as form generators with the contrasts the medium provides between rough naked clay and smooth glaze.
Radvenis’s clay art is primarily wheel thrown geometric vessels of medium size, using both raku and cone 6 stoneware oxidizing firing methods. Each process provides unique opportunities for final colour and texture.
For more information visit www.evrinc.bc.ca/
Arts in View on Lonsdale
Our Lonsdale Financial Spa features two exhibits: one inside the Financial Spa, the other, a gallery concept called Arts in View on Lonsdale located in a glass-enclosed corner of the building and visible from Lonsdale Ave.
Now Showing: Andrew McTaggart and Sara Morison
“Beaver on the slide” depicts the workhorse aircraft of our coastal harbours, the beloved and iconic Beaver. Upon closer examination you’ll find actual weathered rivets, inner workings of the engine and even painstakingly detailed decals. The care that went into the detailed depiction shows the affection that the artist feels for his subject. Perhaps that’s natural, as when not at his easel, McTaggart spends his time piloting commercial aircraft. Although McTaggart has been an artist for many years, this marks his exhibition debut in North Vancouver. McTaggart is also a client of BlueShore Financial!
In contrast, you’ll find works by acclaimed local artist Sara Morison. As with McTaggart, these pieces have also been inspired by her experience of the ocean, but Morison’s abstract, joyful and brilliantly coloured artworks come from a different perspective, and thus express a completely different aspect of our maritime environment. Morison is a full-time artist, who is a part of the artistic salon group, the 5enses, and publishes, teaches and paints regularly.
Arts in View on Lonsdale is curated by Tartooful Design, North Vancouver. Please direct inquiries for purchase to Cathy Church, Tartooful Design, 604.924.0122.
Robert Gary Parkes – Glass
Robert makes contemporary blown art glass at The Loafing Shed Glass Studio in Surrey. He first became interested in glass in the 60’s arts & crafts movement and was introduced to stained glass by artist friend Moira Burnett in 1969. For the next 20 years Robert’s field of endeavour was working with flat glass; building, restoring and repairing leaded stained glass windows.
In 1987, Robert began a five-year apprenticeship with the Grandfather of Glass in Canada – Robert Held.
Parkes designed and collaborated with Held for 22 years before building his own studio. Robert had the privilege of working with, and learning from, other skilled glass-blowers while working at Robert Held’s Kitsilano studio. In 2009 Robert converted a portion of his barn into a hot shop glass studio and installed state-of-the-art glass-blowing equipment. Robert and his wife Jeanette host open house events at the studio throughout the year. Tours and workshops take place at the studio in the spring and fall.
For more information visit www.loafingshedglass.ca
Laura Zerebeski – Painter
Branch: Marine Drive
Laura is a full-time expressionist painter with a surrealist edge. She paints urban landscapes and personifies buildings so they look like the people who live in them. By rendering an everyday urban landscape with a blend of caricature and idealism, and crowding all the landmarks in a single scene, Laura's stylized distortion of architecture often represents the people who inhabit the buildings and neighbourhood scenes. The vivid colours and implied instability create a whimsical and cheerful view of the city. Laura's learned that you can’t control the world but you can interpret it, and she likes to emphasize the color and character and electricity of life.
For more information visit www.laurazee.com/
Nancy Cramer – Potter
Branch: Park Royal
Nancy grew up in an artistic family and as a child spent endless hours creating gifts and making art projects. After graduating university and backpacking abroad, she worked at Emily Carr College of Art until starting a family. A few years later her passion for tactile arts led her to the Clay and Textile program at Capilano College. Nancy has always been drawn to primitive societies and their rustic art forms. Her present work has evolved from her love of weaving, clay, spirituality and nature. Combining what she has found on the beach or in the forest with what she herself has made is satisfying and fun. She uses kelp, sea shells, driftwood and craft feathers to decorate each piece and tells a story with imprints and texture. Nancy’s art can be found in private collections throughout Germany, The Netherlands, United States and Canada.
For more information visit www.tidelinespottery.com
Suzanne Starr – Potter
Branch: Edgemont and Squamish
Suzanne works in clay because she loves the search for a beautiful shape: the right curve, the over-all balance and how the finished piece sits on a flat plane with the hint of a shadow line. She often walks or cycles in her favourite parks looking for inspiration.
The natural world is a constant source of curiosity and quiet in her life. It’s where responsibilities and chores give way to reflective thought and creative possibilities.
Observing the countless shapes, textures and colours of nature encourages Suzanne’s imaginative thinking. Inspiration can be experienced in something as large as a coastal rain forest or in one tiny patch of forest floor, in an Arbutus tree trunk or in one fall leaf from a maple tree.
For more information visit www.suzannestarr.com
Bev Ellis – Painter, Sculptor, Mixed Media
Branch: Lynn Valley and Whistler
Bev grew up in Vancouver surrounded by mountains and water, forests and the distinct beauty of seasonal changes. An accomplished ceramic sculptor, printmaker, painter, mixed media artist and jewelry designer, she loves to create. Each piece is unique just like each tree in a wood. Similarly, she believes that it is our flaws that make us remarkable, distinct and incomparably beautiful. Surface and texture, nature and the human condition inspire her to create. Bev feels privileged that people take home the art pieces that her hands and heart form. She has had opportunities to exhibit her work throughout the Province, across Canada, and the US, and her artwork is in corporate and private collections around the world.
For more information visit www.bevellis.com