Artist Participating in Arts on the Avenue
Vendors for the Arts on the Avenue Market (In Alphabetical Order)
As well representatives from the following Community Groups will be present: Arts Council of Ladysmith and District, Ladysmith & District Historical Society, Yellow Point Drama Group, Ladysmith Little Theater, Ladysmith Healthcare Auxiliary and the Ladysmith Community Fund Society.
Alda's Art Studio - Alda Saunders & Jane Byrony-Shaw
Alda's jewellery is created from sterling silver, copper, gemstones and beads. She also makes colourful jewellery with fused glass. Rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings are all individually designed and created. Alda also creates beads in the Venetian lampworking method used for hundreds of years. As well, she creates colourful and useful fused glass dishes and bowls.
Armando Dos Santos
Timeless, one of a kind leather artifacts. Shoulder bags, handbound books, leather boxes and bowls etc.
Blue Seed Studio - Brenda Isaak Takao
I am a metal sculptor, mixed media, and a surface design Artist. My metal sculptures feature fantastical flowers and seed forms, and my surface design and mixed media centre around nature inspired forms as well. I have recently been combining wool felting into my metal sculptures, and also wool into my two dimensional mixed media pieces. As well, I have been playing with mobiles using copper and natural elements. It is exciting to see these new combinations in my work, and where they will lead.
For this show, I want to mainly feature my sculpture and compliment with my copper and mixed media/surface design pieces.
Claudia Lohmann Studio Gallery - Claudia Lohmann
Her paintings began with rudimentary geometric shapes in intricate patterns and bold colours in daring combinations. Although still rooted in her beginnings, her style since progressed into an ever more deliberate method featuring bold lineation and tincture with subtle shapes and symbolism. She calls it Imaginative Geometric Abstract.
DDRarts - Diane Rae
I am primarily an acrylic artist. Recently, I changed my direction to abstract. But, I have been making art on a regular basis since 1989. Two of three university degrees are in Fine Arts (BA 1982) (Specialist 1984). My inspiration derives from setting personal goals to achieve, from art challenges and participating as a vendor in various markets, shows and events. Instagram has also been an inspiration and good connection to the global arts scene and artists.
Dead Ringer Purses - Arielle Bonsor
Dead Ringer Purses is handmade reclaimed leather accessories with a smattering of ghoulish charm. The use of spooky eye-catching linings and hand screen-print original eerie images resurrects the reclaimed materials. Our accessories are made with and from locally thrifted reclaimed leather items. The goal of making accessories from thrifted item is to keep as much clothing and re-usable items out of our landfills.
Desertsun Tile Art - Lee Hughes
Handmade made ceramic tile art. Individual tiles, individual framed tiles. multi tile installations and commission tile work for home and business.
Original tempera paintings and art cards from paintings
H.B. Barry Strasbourg-Thompson BFA Studios & Art Instruction
This years Fine Art Studio Production focuses on the Sustainability and Decolonization theme "MAYDAY FOR OUR CHIDREN" . We will be selling this themed Fine Art Studio production of Fine Art Acrylic, Watercolor, Mixed Media Paintings, hand pulled prints, drawings, art cards, and Expert Fine Art lessons and workshops. SEE https://www.artworkarchive.com/profile/hb-barry-strasbourg-thompson-bfa for samples of this theme.
Hilltop Wood and Resin / Damborg Art - Jolene Galick
Hilltop wood and Resin -
We are a Nanaimo business that runs our small wood shop in the basement of our home.
In 2021, the decision to focus on our woodwork came when our second child was born. We desired to have a home based business to have the opportunity to have as much family time as possible while our two children were young.
Our products start as rough local and exotic wood, where we then shape them into many different items. Through the use of glue, power tools, a cnc, resin and a ton of sanding.
We have been most well known this past year for our cribbage boards but we also make a variety of serving boards, trays and kid toys.
Some other small wood items have also been a part of our markets depending on any new ideas we might have. These include coasters, clocks, earrings and plant holders.
Damborg Art- I am an artist inspired by the west coast and nature. I mostly work in Acrylic but also like to switch it up and paint with oils. I have painted for most of my life off and on and have a style inspired by the group of seven (especially Lawren Harris). Painting is my main art form however a few years ago I fell in love with the art of paper quilling. While becoming a new mom this was a more attainable way to create as it didnâ€™t involve the same amount of cleanup painting did and gave me the opportunity to come and go as I needed to. Although most of my paper quilled work has been custom made names or monograms for people, I have created a few art pieces on their own.
Island Girl Art Studio - Penny Maday
Two different bodies of work:
(A) Whimsical westcoast watercolors from my "Once In A Very Blue Moon Series" produced during the pandemic and features beautiful night skies and west coast landscape
(B) Contemporary abstract Mixed Media work from my "Love Letters To Leonardo Series" which references sacred geometry, history, Islamic patterns and time.
Karen Evans Photography
Photographic art prints produced from digital photography and inspired by nature and the west coast. I create art prints two ways - on aluminum and on paper but will focus mostly on the aluminum prints. The aluminum prints are frameless and enhanced floral prints with a retro film feel. The paper prints are nature photography framed and matted in the gallery exhibition style. I am also working on a theme called "Island Whimsy Series" which is a playful photographic series of framed art prints from local nature and scenes. My art cards are high quality and will come from these 3 themes.
I have recently published a book and will offer theme for sale in my booth.
Keepsskes - Carolynn Dallaire
Handmade books and journals, different sizes, types and uses.
KrajiCreations - Jenna Krajinovic
I specialize in pyrography and photography, two mediums I have enjoyed for some time now but have never truly committed to diving headfirst into. This is my first ever application to an art show and after having lived in Ladysmith for over a year I can say with full honesty that I have never before felt as supported and encouraged as I do now to pursue my craft. For the first time in my life, I'm giving myself a genuine shot at not only doing what I love in my spare time but also hopefully making something of a career out of it. While I do have a background as a professional photographer, I have yet to venture "out on my own" so to speak. I've worked for different companies and have freelanced here and there but have yet to put my name out there and do this all for myself.
Now is an integral turning point in my life where I not only have the time to invest in my craft(s) but also the drive and support to pursue it on a grander scale.
I'm forever inspired by the wild world around me and spend a lot of time out in the woods, seeking inspiration for my next project. I strive to maintain a minimal waste practice and do my best to source locally when possible. I want people to take a little piece of the wild with them when they buy my wares, whether it be a wood piece or an image that resonates with them I truly believe we are all connected to the world around us, and sometimes a reminder like this is all we need to get back to the outdoors and start pursuing what we love in turn!
As for my process, I tend to follow my in-the-moment inspirations. Maybe it was something said to me or something I saw that I wanted to replicate on wood. Or maybe the light was hitting just right and I wanted a snapshot of that exact moment to share with the world. The only time I have any genuine rhyme or reason to my craft is when commissioned by someone for exact work.
Overall, I'm not sure what more I can say, these are things I love to do that I want to share with my community and I hope that this summer my dream will come true!
Lee Stead Pottery - Lee Stead
Functional and decorative handmade pottery
Mary Fox Pottery
Creating vessels for both contemplation and daily use, enriching and inspiring livesâ€“â€“this is my vocation. I create endlessly. When I started my creative career, I thought I would be a functional potter and had no idea that I was an artist. Now, forty-plus years later, I work at my art constantly, as I am flooded with new ideas and artistic paths I want to explore. Some might say I am obsessive about my work, but that single-minded focus has led me to where I am today as an established successful ceramic artist. My attention is now largely focused on my Legacy Project, as part of which I am running an apprenticeship program. My apprentice will be selling tableware such as bowls and mugs, that are my designs but made by her. She will also be selling my book, "My Life as a Potter", greeting cards with photos of my work, and t-shirts - all fundraisers for the Legacy Project.
Morgan Ann Designs Jewellery - Morgan Saddington
Morgan Saddington is a part time jewellery designer living in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Working primarily in sterling silver, she has developed a love of making chains by practicing traditional silver-smithing and chain maille techniques. Morgan strives to make each piece completely handmade, using the least amount of pre-fabricated findings. She coils silver wire on mandrels and hand cuts each coil into individual links for her chainmaille pieces. Her larger chains are hand cut, soldered and altered in shape and texture. Her earrings and pendant often include layers of silver sheet with piercing, texture and riveting. She hand fabricates silver beads as accents or incorporates them into the clasps for some of the chains.
Mystic Glass Creations - Kim Reid
Flameworked Glass Jewellery sculpted on a propane-oxygen torch at over 2500 degrees Fahrenheit. Nature is the creative inspiration that fuels my work. I design pieces that evoke a feeling that the glass is alive, breathing and full of movement. I am passionate about fashioning jewellery that makes women feel beautiful, brings out their side and reminds them of their connection to mother nature.
Passion Over Principles Clay Art - Patti McNeice
Patti McNeice has been creating mixed media clay art for 7yrs, and teaching pottery at The Clay Hub Collective in Cowichan Station since 2018. She is the owner of Passion Over Principles Clay Art located in Cowichan Bay, BC. As the granddaughter of a weaver and daughter of an Engineer, she enjoys the analytical and linear creative construct of assemblage. Her design process begins with a vision of the final piece, then working backwards she mentally disassembles the work until she is at the 1st step which always starts with clay. Some of her hand built and wheel thrown work has upwards of 13 steps from start to finish, many requiring 3 or 4 kiln firings to allow for glaze layering. Her clay art is eclectic, inspirational, and one-of-a-kind. She is a proud member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, and works as a Nurse when not in her studio. Pattiâ€™s work can be found at the Imagine That Artisan shop in Duncan, BC and Janetâ€™s Designs in Chemanius, BC.
Artist- â€œ Basically, I move dirt around, make it curious with bling and bits, and then release it into the world. I hope you question what you see!â€
Round Women Studio - Laurel Hibbert
I have worked in oil and water colour and pen + ink, but my preferred medium is acrylic. I enjoy the fast drying quality and the vibrant colours. I like to paint on a flat surface and therefore often lean on my work so acrylic paint works best for me.
Stitched Pictures by Caroline Storie
I am a local collage artist who uses paper, thread, fabric, paint and ink to create thoughtful, whimsical pictures that are sold both as originals and greetings cards. I promote the wellbeing and joy of being a creative while also giving a cheeky nod to some of the more frustrating feelings that can arise. My pictures are a colourful expression of finding the joy in the day to day alongside a recognition of how our imperfections are a natural part of living too.
Tracy Lewis creates her ceramic pieces with warmth and whimsey. Using paper clay, she creates house lanterns which are glazed for cone 06, cone 6 and raku firing. Tracy has been drawing and dreaming of houses since she was 5. Trained as an animator, and while teaching stop motion animation, she was given the opportunity to attend a pottery class. There, she made her first house lantern. That was 9 years ago and she can not stop! All of Tracy's work has an element of animation, movement, humour and character.
Mixed Media Fine Artist + Designer
As a mixed media artist, Trisha enjoys using a variety of mediums and techniques... collage, acrylic painting on canvas, watercolour and ink, photography and digital & hand drawn illustrations. It has been commented that her works possess a distinctive contemporary style – a result of her strong background in graphic design and commercial illustration. Her portfolio includes small and intricate collages (usually involving a humorous twist) and larger acrylic painting on canvas (always vibrant and lively).
Trisha’s past and current works include commissions for private, corporate and government clients. She has been represented by various commercial art galleries and had numerous solo art exhibits on both Vancouver Island and Mexico. Trisha's online gallery as well as her e-commerce boutique (featuring art on clothing, accessories and home decor items) are available on her website: www.trishaoldfield.com.
Tylor McNeil is an Atlantic Canadian oil painting artist living in the west.
After multiple dabblings into a variety of styles and genres Tylor found great satisfaction and challenge as a nature and floral artist. Over the past five years he has, and continues to hone his craft and skill in this area. His proficiency has paid off in having multiple gallery showings in Nova Scotia, securing gallery representation, and a lucrative contract with Canada Post to name a few highlights. Through this experience Tylor was propelled into becoming a professional artist.
In the past year and a half Tylor has returned to the very west coast of British Columbia on Vancouver Island where he has a private studio and continues to create and grow his talents in florals as well as toying in plein air and natural landscapes.