We are delighted to welcome four new artists, sculptors Janis Woode and Vance Theoret and jewellers Deira Gerritsen and A&R Jewellery!
For all you last-minute Valentine’s shoppers, we have stunning jewellery and many little treasures…
Included in this Newsletter:
INTRODUCING – JANIS WOODE
Wrapped copper wire, steel, patina 25.5″ x 7″ x 5″
My old cat Zephyr has to be one of the most curious cats I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. If I’m in the kitchen, he wants to be on top of the fridge. If I’m in the bathroom, he wants to be in the cupboards. If I pop into the crawl space under the house, he’s there with bells on. Ever curious, even at the ripe old age of 16. Recently, he has decided that my car is worth a little snoop around, but if asked if he’d like to go for a ride to the vet, he’s gone in a shot. – Janis Woode
Truck leaf spring, wood, wrapped copper wire, patina 10″ x 22″ x 2.75″
Often in my work I will incorporate old pieces of metal that I have picked up from various places. Junk yards, recycle stations and thrift stores are a few favourites. This old leaf spring and its irresistible curves grabbed my eye one day while cruising our local metal recycle station. Reconfigured and cleaned up, it made perfect sense that it should support something, or someone, leaping upward. Both the fox and the leaf spring share the quality of tenacity and, in fact, rely on that quality for their very survival. A parallel that unites them. – Janis Woode
Wrapped copper wire, reclaimed steel, patina 53 x 2
Are we vulnerable living on a fault line? I suppose so. Having lived on the west coast my entire life the thought of the big one pops in and out of mind from time to time. We can prepare as best we can and hope for the best. To choose to live here speaks to the beauty of this place. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.
– Janis Woode
INTRODUCING – DEIRA GERRITSEN
Cyber Silver 18″ – 19.5″ length (adjustable)
Deira Gerritsen designs jewelry that is as metaphysical as it is edgy, connecting the wearer to their emotions, grace, strength and sense of humour. Deira works exclusively with a specialized material she calls Cyber Silver. Sustainably-farmed coral is mixed with resin to allow for shaping. This shaped bead is then soaked in .925 sterling silver and finished with 4 coatings of .925 sterling sprayed on at a high velocity, giving it a lustrous shine.
Hematite, Cyber Silver 18″ long
Beneath A Cedar
Charcoal and oil on linen 22 x 28
Drawing reveals the integrity of discipline, and the fragile brittleness of personal expression. It is a good place to return when lassitude threatens, a sublime and private portal to renewal. – Philip Mix
Oaks on a Bluff
Charcoal and oil on linen 30 x 36
INTRODUCING – VANCE THEORET
If I Could Fly, edition 11 of 30
Bronze 9 x 8
Vance carves a variety of subjects, but bears are by far his favourite: “Bears are like big kids that never really grow up. So I can get away with portraying a lot of human qualities in them.” – Vance Theoret
Brazilian Soapstone 11 x 9
I like to let the stone tell me what it wants to be… when I do this the end product is so much more alive than if I had forced my design upon it! Doing this also allows the stone to work with you and puts colours and patterns in places that you couldn’t plan any better… Although I take my work seriously, I try not to take myself too seriously… so much of my work has a light playfulness about it! – Vance Theoret
Cheers Big Ears
Brazilian Soapstone 6 x 9
INTRODUCING – A & R JEWELLERY
Trillion Cut Natural Quartz Pendant
Argentium Silver, 53.5ct Natural Quartz (trillion cut), cage setting, magnolia leaf texture with 18” Omega chain
Angela began her artistic journey as a soapstone sculptor, training at the Banff School of Fine Arts. In 1996, The Canadian Embassy in Hong Kong purchased one of her sculptures. Angela then made the natural progression to Silversmithing and has over twenty years of experience.
Trillion Cut Green Topaz Book Ring
Argentium Silver, 3ct. trillion cut Green Topaz size 7.5
In 2007, Angela and her husband, Ryan took on a new adventure, merging talents to create A&R Jewellery. Moving to Creston, B.C. their Silversmithing studio was born in their hillside house, across from vineyards and orchards. Inspired by the mountain vistas and rocky shores of the valley’s lakes, A&R Jewellery has evolved and transformed, almost instinctively with the changing of the seasons.
Twig Bangle (Large)
Argentium Silver, 8″ circumference
Blue and Black Bowl
Ceramic 23 x 6
Derek was first introduced to ceramics at the University of Regina in the early 1970s. Throughout his creative life, he has been fascinated with texture and shadow, and the interplay of light over surfaces that at first hide, and then reveal, meaning.
Celadon Translucent Bowl
Porcelain 20 x 5
Sterling Silver, 14kt. Gold, Fine Silver, Amethyst, Tanzanite, Rhodolite Garnet
Andrea Russell’s latest creations incorporate mixed metals, mixed processes, and gems… each with their own unique character and voice.
Silver & Tourmaline Pendant
Sterling Silver, cast maple seed, cast leaf and twigs, 14kt. Gold, Green Tourmaline
Inlay Spiral Pendant
Lapis, Amethyst, Malachite 2.4″ pendant length
I am one of the few metal artists in the country extensively using stone inlay in my work and I constantly experiment to find unexpected and non-traditional ways of incorporating stone into jewellery pieces. I love to play with the surprise of asymmetrical designs and unexpected material combinations. – Brenda Roy
Sterling Silver and Lapis 2.25″ length
The Importance of Art in the Home