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 November 2016 – March 2017.
Eugene Radvenis – Potter
Branch: West Broadway
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/
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. 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/
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.
Jackie Frioud – Potter
Inspired by Scandinavian and Japanese design and philosophy, Jackie aims for a sturdy elegance and a rustic sophistication in her pottery that can offer beauty as well as sensible, everyday function. She works towards a tension between chance and control, paring down the forms in search of the perfect shape and proportion, but allowing the process to show in the subtle marks and gestures of her hands, the trail of the flames and the salt vapor, and the inherent qualities of clay.
All of Jackie's work is dishwasher safe, microwavable and oven-proof, and most of her pieces are thrown on the wheel and salt-fired in a natural gas kiln at her home studio in Horseshoe Bay. Jackie is a full time potter with a BFA in Studio Art from UBC where she focused on sculpture and printmaking, before studying ceramics under Sam Kwan at Capilano College from 2000-2006.
Nancy Cramer – Potter
Branch: Marine Drive
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: Park Royal
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
Jo McKechnie – Glass
Branch: Edgemont and Squamish
Jo McKechnie has been working with glass for over thirty years. She began with stained glass and recently has moved to working with warm (fused) glass. The beauty of light streaming through the texture and colour of glass inspires her.
Her downtown Kelowna studio and outlet, La Luz Glassworks Studio, makes reference to “la luz,” the Spanish word for light. Jo’s work appeals to lovers of functional art and architects, designers and builders.
For more information visit www.laluz.ca/
Robert Gary Parkes – Glass
Branch: Lynn Valley and Whistler
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