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.
Mark Peters – Woodturning
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: Marine Drive
“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
Branch: West Broadway
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
Branch: Squamish and Whistler
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: Park Royal
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
Branch: Edgemont and Lynn Valley
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.
Bev Ellis – Painter, Sculptor, Mixed Media
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
Arts in View on Lonsdale
A rotating exhibition fostering the arts in our community
Art infuses and informs every aspect of this North Vancouver artist’s life, and her resulting works are a richly abundant tapestry of colour and texture. Her current series, featuring a warm and evocative palette, celebrates the beauty of the turning of the season.
For more information, visit www.anneynonart.com.