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.
Below are the current Art Exhibits on display.
Bev Ellis – Painter, Sculptor, Mixed Media, and more
Art has always been a passion for Bev. She studied Fine Arts in university with an appetite to find new ways to give expression to her creative energy. Painting quickly became her media of choice, canvas a playground of brush strokes, colours and textures, but has now discovered her talents in sculpting.
Bev specializes in custom contemporary art and private commissions for residential and commercial interiors. She enjoys collaborating with individuals, interior designers, architectural firms, Universities and businesses to create or enhance the aesthetic and functional charisma of a given space. Bev’s pieces are collected corporately and privately in Canada, the United States, England and New Zealand.
Bev’s repertoire is expansive and versatile, she is always working on new collections as the one on displayed at BlueShore, which was designed specifically for the Arts in View Program. Bev delight’s in merging contemporary style and texture to create fresh pieces that inspire.
For more information, visit http://www.bevellis.com/.
Danny Kostyshin – Ceramics
Branch: West Broadway
Over the past 9 years, Danny has focused his work on the development of Chawans (tea bowl typically used in East Asian tea ceremonies) and exhibiting in International tea bowl shows.
He has learned and explored the soda and wood firing process which, due to it restrictions in space, lends itself well to his focus of tea bowls and other small works in clay. Danny will often use recycled clay from the unknown aspect of the firing process and incorporate kiln accidents, which creates interesting surfaces and finishes to his work.
On top of making Chawans, Danny explores small porcelain tea cups or cups for sake. He hopes his works will be used daily, for consumption of teas or hot or cold beverages. His work lends itself to very unique vessels that appeal to the individual who identifies with an aspect of the piece.
For more information, visit http://www.dannykostyshin.com/.
Lea Abubo – Ceramic Pottery
Branch: Marine Drive
Lea Abubo is an up and coming talent and one to watch out for in the world of ceramics. Her clean aesthetic, beautiful colour palette, thirst for new knowledge, skillful execution and a deadly eye for detail sets her apart.
Lea’s raw talent, passion and dedication to the craft certainly shows in her ever developing portfolio of functional fine art.
For more information visit www.lea-abubo.com.
Mark Peters – Woodturning
Branch: Park Royal
Despite our society’s obsession with the “new”, new isn’t always better. Just ask a wine expert—some things get better with age. In fact, there is great satisfaction in taking something old, something broken down, and reclaiming, refurbishing, and repurposing it.
In woodturning, the creative process doesn’t begin with the wood turner; it begins 30, 50, or 100 years before when a seed becomes a tree. Marks says that in choosing to work with wood, he's typically working with material that has been alive a lot longer than him. When a tree falls to the ground—weakened because of age or disease—this ancient, living, thing can be reclaimed and made new, beautiful, and purposeful again.
"I love everything about wood: the roughness of the bark, the surprising grain patterns, even the smell; woodturning is a sensory experience. But more than anything, I like taking something old and making it new again. May these wooden creations bring you as much joy as they have brought to me."
Carol Demers – Potter
Much of Carol's work consists of large organic forms that have been coil built, burnished and smoke fired. Coil building is a very slow, contemplative process so the final shape tends to be determined by the process rather than a distinct idea she had in mind at the outset. Smoke firing is similarly unpredictable, but that is what draws her to it. The end product seems so earthy and elemental.
Carol is inspired by the natural world that surrounds us, especially while hiking in the North Shore mountains or sitting staring out at the ocean. When not working in clay, Carol can be found at her Parker Street studio painting abstracts in oil, plaster and encaustic.
For the purposes of this exhibition, mainly smaller works have been included. For more information, please visit her website at caroldemers.com or find her on Instagram at @carol_demers.
David Dolphin – Ceramic Pottery
After making his career as a professor and research chemist, Dr. David Dolphin turned his attention to the ceramic arts. Inspired by the richness of the beauty, traditions and history of ceramic pottery, along with modern aesthetics and innovation, David uses his deep understanding of the principles of chemistry and digital technologies, to push the boundaries of ceramic form, production, and surface materials and design.
David is a Vancouver-based artist and scientist. He discovered and contributed to the development of the drug Visudyne, which has saved the sight of more than a million people. As a result of his achievements David was made a Hero of Chemistry by the American Chemical Society for his “industrial” research even though his principal career was as an academic scholar.
He had an outstanding career as a scholar and was a recipient of the Hertzberg Medal in 2005, awarded to Canada’s top scientist. In addition, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, London. As a result of his achievements David was made an officer of the Order of Canada. In his new role he enjoys working with other artists and sharing experiments and discoveries leading to innovations in the ceramic arts.
Camille Mehta – Painter
Camille is a Vancouver based artist, poet and teacher. She works primarily in acrylics, watercolour, ink and in the digital medium. She finds the natural world and the human experience to be her greatest sources of inspiration. Camille derives a tremendous amount of satisfaction from drawing and painting that, even in the midst of busy family life, it finds its way into her days.
Her painting style is greatly influenced by the impressionists, but specifically Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh. Her drawing style is a spontaneous response to her surroundings and experiences and tries to capture the place or the people as she sees them. While she is mostly self-taught, she has sought out and studied under various artistic mentors.
Camille is also a passionate advocate for maternal mental health and spoke at a TED talk on ‘Parenting Through Postpartum Depression’ at the Queen Elizabeth Theater in Vancouver in March 2018.
She lives in Vancouver with her husband and four children.
For more information, visit www.camillemehta.com.
Joe Martens – Potter
Branch: Lynn Valley
After retiring from a career in accounting and moving to the Sunshine Coast, Joe volunteered as Treasurer of Gibson’s Public Art Gallery and became inspired by the beautiful art and amazing talents of other artists.
Over several years, he enrolled in pottery courses at Gleneagles and Parkgate Community Studios and discovered that he had creative skills working with clay and in particular whimsical expression. Joe gets inspired by the nature and motion allowed with clay through creative imagination.
The love of clay is enhanced by the Raku process which adds further free form to colour the expression. The Raku process continues to please and surprise whatever happens between imagination and creating form.
For more information visit www.witsandpottery.com
Guy Hollington – Glass Pottery
Branch: Squamish and Edgemont
Guy is a glass artist from North Vancouver. He believes his work should become part of everyday living for his collectors, “Something that they can find soothing, reflective and that will provide utility.“
He continues, “I endeavor to create functional pieces that are useful but will also brighten the room and be a conversation piece in and of themselves. The vases will be enhanced with the addition of fresh or dried arrangements. The bowls both serve as centerpieces as well as providing receptacles for the food being served.“
For more information visit www.guyhollington.com
Kathleen Tennock – Pottery
Kathleen was born in South Africa where she studied Fine Art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. Even though she no longer lives there, the forms and textures of Africa can still be seen and felt all through her work. Kathleen has always had a strong attraction to primitive art and it has had a big influence in her work.
Kathleen now works primarily in clay. Most of her pieces are burnished to a high sheen and pit or sawdust fired. She has recently started experimenting with Naked Raku. Kathleen currently lives in Whistler, and although her work still shows a very strong African influence, she has definitely been inspired by her new environment. This inspiration gave birth to her most current series of black bears.
For more information visit: www.kathleentennock.com
Arts in View on Lonsdale
A rotating exhibition fostering the arts in our community
Now Showing: Tim Bennison
Using the transparency of the watercolour medium, North Vancouver artist Tim Bennison works from personal experience, seeking to capture a moment in time, highlighting the light and atmosphere of the North Shore.
Tim was born in England and moved to Canada in 1970. Growing up in Ottawa, he was introduced to watercolours by an innovative, energetic high school fine arts teacher. Tim has painted in this medium ever since. He is continually improving and evolving his technique, taking courses at Emily Carr and other institutions. Tim welcomes custom art commissions, and offers his clients the chance to commission an original painting, portrait or an adaptation based on one of his existing works. He is always happy to collaborate with his clients by tailoring his work to their specific needs. Tim lives in North Vancouver, BC with his wife and 2 daughters.
For more information visit www.timbennison.com