Sunshine Coast Canada
Arts, Heritage + Culture
Non-profit Society Network

Opening Reception: A Sense of Place

What is a sense of place?
In our art practice, we are influenced by our environment and our experiences.
We were born and raised in Southern Manitoba and the influences of our Mennonite heritage and prairie environment have always been a steady thread in our work.
Our art always reflects our love of colour and texture and is expressed in a variety of fibre art media. Our heritage influences our work ethic and our desire to surround ourselves with beauty and function.
This collection of textile/fibre art reflects our interpretation of the world around and within us.
Y. Stowell & M. Wiebe

Opening Reception: Theme & Variation

A solo show by Jean Curry

“Theme and Variation is a form of musical composition that begins with a main melody (theme) that is altered or changed in some way throughout the piece. These alterations are called ‘variations’.

When working in a series, an artist can also take a theme (image/concept) and use variations of it throughout a body of work.

Music and art are intertwined in my life. I am a choral singer. I am a fibre artist. Both are very process oriented methods of creating and use problem solving skills.

Opening Reception: “connected”

What connects you to the world? Are your connections strong shared experiences or are you delicately held together by a single thread? Are your connections worn and strengthened by the passage of time or are they shiny-new and untested?

We are all connected somehow to something… come and explore them

Opening Reception: Shifting Landscapes

This exhibition features four internationally known, award winning artists who work in a wide variety of media and styles. Inspired by nature and their West Coast surroundings they have created works which pay homage to textile traditions while each establishing their own unique, contemporary style.

“Art is art, nature is nature, you cannot improve upon it.” Emily Carr

Anni Hunt | Kaija Rautiainen | Michelle Sirois-Silver | Catherine Nicholls

PR – Opening Reception & Talk: Heather Passmore ‘Motherwork’ – GALLERY CLOSED

Until further notice. The paintings in my “Motherwork” project utilize traditional casein paint I have created from natural pigments* and raw cow’s milk. Some of the paintings are also created from paint that incorporates expired breast milk that would otherwise be thrown away. In preparation for my project I acquired one gallon of outdated breast milk with which to make my own paint. Show runs to Apr 29th.

Opening Reception: Pour Your Heart Out – GALLERY CLOSED

Until further notice. The challenge for this collection was for each artist to use an acrylic pour as inspiration to create a textile/fibre art piece, measuring 18 inches by 24 inches. Smaller complementary pieces could also accompany the artist’s main entry.

Participating Artists
Hennie Aikman June Boyle Brenda Caswell Karen Caswell Margaret Kelly
Gayle Lobban Pippa Moore Karrie Phelps Jesse Schut Gail Tellett

PR – Opening Reception: Giovanni (Rabideye) Spezzacatena: “Itch, Meet Scratch” – POSTPONED

Recent highly textural abstracts in mixed media/encaustics on wood panel, that evoke architecture, forces of nature, and chipped, faded cartoon illustrations. Artist/illustrator known also as Rabideye.com mixes vibrant color, found materials, strong quasi-geometric shapes/ lines, as well as text in his third solo show at VIU. Meet the artist at the opening on March 26. Work on display Mon-Fri 8am-8pm at Vancouver Island University Powell River campus until April 24, 2020. Most works will be for sale.

Opening Reception: Mehran Modarres Sadeghi – POSTPONED

Iranian artist, Mehran Modarres Sadeghi, presents two series of works: Thread and Ma Miaeem va Miravim (We Come and Go). Both series speak to her life in Iran. Come view this important exhibition about Iranian art and culture. Show runs to April 12th.

Opening Reception: Shout Out! 2020 Youth Art Exhibition – CANCELLED

Youth art, loud and proud, returns to the walls of the Gibsons Public Art Gallery (GPAG). This exhibition features the works of art produced by children and youth from around the Sunshine Coast.

Artists from ages 2 – 18 are invited to submit up to two pieces of artwork in any medium on any theme or subject. There is no judgment or jury, every applicant who submits is assured of having at least one piece of art included in the exhibition.

Exhibition ends April 5.

Opening Reception: March Feature Artist: Carylann

Vancouver’s Carylann Loeppky is a fine art painter. Her compelling portraits and figurative paintings focus on the feminine form, charm and illusions.
Inspired by 17th century french court painters and 20th century french surrealists, Loeppky draws on classical techniques to bring the canvas to life. Her figures haunt you with their gaze, please you with their poses and bewilder you with their secrets.

Opening Reception: M Spira, 2020

Maurice Spira is a provocateur, and his works are unapologetic criticisms of totalitarianism, conformity and corporate capitalism. Perhaps this is why the work is so compelling – their politics, humour and subjects are rarely
found in contemporary art today. His work raises important questions about how past atrocities connect to the present and how art can be a language and tool to draw connections between them. Show ends March 8th

Opening Reception for Haley Hunt-Brondwin – Colourful Distraction

Pop by the Kube between 6-9pm to meet the artist and view her vibrant collection of paintings and fibre arts.

Colourful Distraction is a meditation on focus and avoidance. The push and pull to engage and disengage. Compositions created from within the climate of frayed attentions, for wandering minds worshipping many things. Distract yourself for a moment in this work.

Haley Hunt-Brondwin is a visual artist and designer from the west coast of BC, currently splitting her time between Vancouver and Powell River. http://www.haleyhb.com

Opening Reception: Recovered Relics

This Art Opening features many Dynamic Acrylic Paintings of Vintage Machinery incorporated into our local landscapes. Drop In to meet the artist Doug Jinkerson to find out some background of where these hidden relics have been found.

Opening Night – feature artist – Mardell Rampton

first Thursday of the month. Join us at Redecor + Design! Opening Night – Artist Mardell Rampton and her watercolors inspired by the west coast sea and sky.
“I paint intuitively, the brushstrokes and colour choices capturing nuances of colour, suggestions of texture, the feeling of sanctuary that spending time in nature evokes.”

Feature Attractions

Map — How to get here

Google Map
Sunshine Coast Map