Bi Yuan Cheng: True to the heart

Bi Yuan Cheng is a seeker of the truth. Not truth in facts, but in feeling; not in evidence, but in experience. His pursuit as an artist is to convey the world as he sees it and share its impact with the viewer, to impart the sense of wonder it brings to him. “I always think if you do art, it has to come from your heart, from your inside world. That makes it really true,” he says.

He was an artist from day one. Born in 1957 in Jinan, China, as a boy of six, Bi could often be found sitting at the side of the road with pencil and paper, sketching the passing cars or bicycles. “It just came naturally,” he says.

His interest and aptitude did not go unnoticed by his mother, a homemaker, or his father, an architect. Read more

Floral painting, Where the Light Takes You II by Kimberly Kiel at The Avenue Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Robert Amos: The Vision of The Avenue Gallery

For 15 years, The Avenue Gallery has been in the midst of Oak Bay Village, attracting passersby with striking art works by Blu Smith and Ron Parker in its show window. This week, I dropped by for a visit with owner Heather Wheeler to talk about the past, present and future of one of Victoria’s premier galleries.

Wheeler told me she grew up in a household where her mother was very creative, but Wheeler approached the world with a head for business. Beginning in the 1980s, she worked for Peter Dorazio, an entrepreneur who dominated the tourist shops on lower Government Street.

At first, she was retail manager for his art shops: the Art Bank, Art Underground and the Customs House Gallery. Read more

Coastal landscape painting, Dinghy at Low Tide, by Maria Josenhans at The Avenue Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Welcoming Maria Josenhans and New Arrivals

We are honoured to welcome Maria Josenhans to the gallery! Her impressionist seascapes beautifully capture the moodiness of our mist-laden shorelines.

Fresh inspirations from our jewellers and painters, as well!

Are you on FacebookTwitterInstagram, or Pinterest? Be sure to follow us for updates on new arrivals!

Pictured at right: Dinghy at Low Tide by Maria Josenhans, oil on canvas, 24 x 36

Included in this Newsletter… Read more

Listening to the Wood: Bruce Edmundson’s Burl-to-Sculpture Transformations

Bruce Edmundson’s elegant wood sculptures begin as bumps on a log, aka burls, so when he learns I’ve got a felled, super bumpy big leaf maple tree at my place, he’s happy to take a look.

He’s brought along his friend Kent Mjolness, and they eagerly circle the massive, hollow trunk sections. There are plenty of visible burls, which are actually rounded growths formed when a tree is under stress from an injury, virus or fungus. I tell them I considered turning the maple into firewood. I detect some shudders.

Burl wood has unusual texture, colour and figure (or appearance). Birdseye, resembling tiny swirling bird’s eyes distributed through the grain, is a much prized figure of wood. Read more

An Interview with Valérie Butters

What is your first memory creating art?

I am an only child of parents who moved around a lot because my dad was a fighter pilot.   I can’t say my first memory because art is just something I did, like riding a bike.   But I do remember maybe drawing and painting more than riding a bike.  I do remember drawing a lot of airplanes.  They were such a big part of my life.   My dad flew in a time when rules were more relaxed and Canadian military aviation was at its prime during the Cold War.  I remember him flying over our house so low the entire neighbourhood would shake, just to wake my mom and I up.

I drew airplanes like Basquiat drew faces. Read more

An Interview with Steven Stairs

Inspiring thoughts from a recent interview with sculptor Steven Stairs…

What is your first memory of creating art?

I think of myself more as a Maker, as opposed to an artist. I’ve been making things as long as I can remember. First it was leatherwork that I sold at the Farmers Market, furniture making soon followed in my early teens. Then there was sketching and watercolour painting.

Do you have a precise vision for each sculpture before you begin?

I work from sketches and or clay models so yes, I have a pretty good idea right from the start. Still, the process is fluid, things change along the way, there is endless fine tuning…

Is each form carved from one piece of wood? Read more

Designer Testimonial

I have always been impressed with the variety of artwork including paintings, sculpture, glass and ceramics at The Avenue Gallery. To begin the process, they prepare presentations based on our clients’ wishes. They often collaborate with their artists on commissions to create the perfect pieces for our clients. The Avenue Gallery has become my ‘go to’ gallery for both corporate and residential projects, and can work with every budget. I am so happy to support The Avenue Gallery, they always do the best job in presenting ideas for my clients, without any pressure.
 
– Dawn Garneau, Interior Designer
Nygaard Interior Design Read more

Working With Art: The Importance of Art in Your Business

As the workplace continues its metamorphosis from perhaps a stark cubicle maze to an engaging and comfortable environment, forward thinking companies are constantly looking for ways to revamp and invigorate their new spaces. Including art in the design of your work environment plays a key role in greatly improving client relations and employee morale.

Read on for four points on the importance of art in the branding of a company’s image, creating an inspiring and productive environment for employees and a meaningful first impression on clients.

  1. Increases Productivity: We connect with art because it conjures a memory, emotion, and promotes lateral thinking.
Read more

Bring More Art Into Your Life

When it comes to the rationale for buying art, perhaps no one said it better than designer, socialite, author and art collector Gloria Vanderbilt: “Art brings a message into a room. It should make us perceive in a new way – either through colour, form or narrative content – something we had not perceived before … and perhaps reveal something to you about yourself.”

Heather Wheeler, owner of The Avenue Gallery, does home consultations twice a week to give clients guidelines for their search, and her gallery allows clients to take pieces home for a few days on approval. “This allows clients to live through the change of light without any pressure to buy,” she says. Read more

Page 1 of 612345...Last »