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.
Laura Zerebeski – Painter
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.
She likes to take an everyday urban landscape and render it with a blend of caricature and idealism. She crowds all the landmarks you want to see in a single scene but can’t capture in a single mind’s eye memory. Laura makes buildings look like living things and uses painterly expressionism to create a loose, bright scene that seems as happy as most of us wish we were.
Her 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. She’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. There is so much joy and motion around us. Her hope is that those who like her work get a jolt of familiarity.
For more information, visit laurazee.com.
Camille Mehta – Painter
Branch: West Broadway
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.
Mark Peters – Woodturning
Branch: Marine Drive
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."
Guy Hollington – Glass Pottery
Branch: Park Royal
“I want my finished pieces to be become part of everyday living for the collector: something that they can find soothing, reflective and that will provide utility. 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.”
Lea Abubo – Ceramic Pottery
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.
Ryan Nickerson – Painter
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.
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.
Joe Martens – Potter
Branch: Squamish and Edgemont
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
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.
Arts in View on Lonsdale
A rotating exhibition fostering the arts in our community
Now Showing: Gina Miller & Greg Kawczynski
The joyful, expressive abstract paintings of Vancouver artist Gina Miller are inspired by the BC landscape and are a welcome embrace of green. The bird sculptures of North Vancouver’s Greg Kawczynski are wry and humorous observers of the streetscape before them. Together, they herald spring in the city.
Acrylics on canvas, Gina Miller.
Raku sculptures, Greg Kawczynski.