Art Encounter: Philip Buytendorp
Philip Buytendorp was among the first group of artists that joined our gallery in 1997. Grew up in a family of respected artists, Philip is influenced by both Impressionism and Expressionism. We are very happy to bring to you this spotlight show of Phil's new works accumulated over the past 18 months.
Art Encounter: Ray Ward
Ray Ward has been spending most of his time painting landscapes and seascapes inspired by visits to the west and north coasts of Vancouver Island. To him, these spaces are important because they give us the land untouched and unaffected by any human concerns. When painting these places, Ward enjoys working in unusual weather conditions as well as very particular moments of light. In this new collection of 20 paintings, you will discover Ray’s love of the low light of winter sun, dawn and dusk, and also atmospheric effects of air thick with moisture and changing weather patterns, such as a storm passing through. Ray does not duplicate what he sees in nature, but, rather is focusing on these minute mood and atmospheric changes to interpret these scenes for greater emotional effect.
Chat and Demo: Gail Johnson
We try to arrange one of our artists to be in the gallery every Saturday from 11am to 2pm to show their set up, chat with visitors and demo. This Saturday October 2nd, Gail Johnson will be in our gallery working on an acrylic painting. Gail paints intuitively, referencing familiar imagery often inspired by: her years of organic farming, Vancouver Island’s coastline, wildflower filled Canadian Rocky Mountain vistas, international travels, meandering road trips, and imaginative still life subjects. She is also a popular workshop instructor, well known for enthusiastically sharing her knowledge and passion for painting.
Chat and Demo: Steve Chmilar
Limitless imagination and exceptionally unique vision is a gift bestowed to only a few, Steve Chmilar is one of them. On top of that, he is highly skilled and meticulous in his rendering and makes perfection a possibility. Steve will be at our gallery on Saturday September 25th from 11am to 2pm. Come and chat with this amazing artist!
Chat and Demo: Tiffany Hastie and Miniatures
We try to arrange one of our artists to be in the gallery every Saturday from 11am to 2pm to show their set up, chat with visitors and demo. This Saturday September 18th, Tiffany Hasite will be in our gallery to show her set up and take care of your curiosity about how any one can paint this small. Tiffany is a master miniature painter that is recognized worldwide by the miniature societies. Weather is going to be lousy according to forecast, but Tiffany is going to make an effort to come down to the gallery from Nanaimo. We hope that you can make it too!
Art Encounter: Mike Svob the Master of Colour
Standing in front of a Mike Svob painting, one sees a riot of colours. A true master of colour, form and composition, Mike Svob achieved tremendously during his 39 years as a professional artist and taught countless others. We are very happy to share with you a portfolio of Mike's newest paintings. He will also be doing a 3 hours demo on Saturday August 21st from 11am to 2pm.
Spontaneous Demo by Mel Williamson
We will have our beloved and very talented local artist demo in front of our gallery on Saturday August 14th from 11am - 2pm! We will show case a portfolio of Mel's small sparrow portraits and some of her other wonderful creative pieces. Come and join us for a wonderful experience!
Art Encounter: Jerry Markham
Jerry Markham paints everything and never failed to surprise us. Standing in front of any of Jerry’s paintings, you feel the energy of a passionate and confident artist. His work is very loose and sometimes almost felt like undone, but it captures the essence of the subject matter rather than the specifics. To leave “blanks” opens a dialogue and leave lots of rooms for the viewer to imagine. We are very happy to present you with Jerry’s portfolio of new paintings! The show runs from Saturday July 3 to Saturday July 31.
To the Moon: Meet Mark Heine!
As many of you probably knew from the recent news, two of Mark Heine's painting images will be included in a time capsule which will be on the first commercial flight to the moon later this year. We feel very lucky to be located near Mark's studio and be associated with world class artists like him. In July, we have set up a feature section in the gallery showcasing Mark's paintings from his Sirens series. Mark will be in our gallery from 11am to 2pm on July 21, 22, 23, 24 and again on July 31. He is very passionate and eager to talk about his Sirens series which he has been diligently working on for the past 9 years.
Art Encounter: Sandhu Singh and Liam Singh Father and Son Show
When we saw Liam Singh's bird photos at Sidney Fine Art show a couple of years ago, we had a thought about maybe one day to host a father and son show for Liam and his father Sandhu Singh who is a brilliant and much loved self taught watercolourist. And now, with the hard work from Sandhu and Liam, we are finally ready to present you with this lovely show. It starts on Saturday June 5th. Sandhu and Liam will be at the gallery to demo, meet and greet on Saturday June 5th from 11am to 2pm.
Art Encounter: A Focused Showing of Deborah Tilby's Works
Deborah Tilby is interested in anything related to the pursuit of exceptional paintings. Strong paintings, says Deborah, are readable from three distances. From across the room we view graphic design. When standing in front, content emerges, and with closer inspection, the artist’s signature mark-making appears. In this focused showing, you will have the opportunity to view 16 of Deborah's recent paintings all at the same time. It will be a treat!
Gail Johnson Solo "Close To Home"
For this collection of paintings, I chose the theme “Close To Home”, which related to this past year of Covid-19 . I narrowed my focus, and felt renewed interest in the objects and landscapes nearest to me, in my studio or literally just steps away outside. The still life paintings depict many of my favourite things: some I remember from my childhood, vivid flowers in vases, fruit and vegetables referencing my farming days, and other beloved objects which are in my home at present. The more abstract florals seem to just emerge from the canvas on their own, hopefully to bring joy to their new homes. I desire my work to be easily accessible and to reflect a sense of the goodness in life.
Oil or Acrylic paint on canvas provide inexhaustible opportunities for me to express these feelings, often using bold compositions and saturated colour. I love to “push paint” around, exploring what will materialize on the canvas in a magical combination of intention and serendipity.
Ever fascinating for me is paint’s ready willingness to render such beauty – and its ability to transform instantly at the slightest touch of my brush - - like liquid thought.
------ Gail Johnson
Art Encounter: Craig Benson Stone Carving Demo in Front of Gallery
Craig's belief in the importance of uncompromising craftsmanship brings lasting value to his beautifully finished pieces. In often compromising times of mass production and "bottom-line" decisions, the world can overwhelm an artist. Carving is where Craig's overwhelm stops. Each work is carved with care from a single piece of wood or stone. His desire is to represent not only the physical likeness of his subject, but also its character, so that the viewer not only recognizes the beauty of the finished artwork, but also feels drawn to the energy and spirit of the creature itself. Ultimately Craig judges his work a success if the viewer feels the same sense of oneness with nature that the artist feels as he works. Meet Craig and watch his stone carving process in person in front of our gallery on Saturday April 24 from 11am to 2:30pm.
Welcome Kylee Turunen
Growing up with the constant exposure to her artist father, Kylee Turunen picked up an appreciation and excitement for creating art. She completed the Fine Art program at Toronto's Centennial College in 2009. Since then, she has continued to develop her skills as a fine artist working primarily in oil on canvas. Kylee is driven by the desire to see what she will create next as her work is continually evolving. She recently transitioned out of realistic landscape and developed her unique impressionist and semi-abstract style. This allows her to escape from reality, creating something completely original from a place only in her mind. While she enjoys the freedom of expression involved in this process, it also brings her great joy to recreate the beauty that surrounds her using representational intricacy within her landscape paintings.
Welcome Maureen Maryka
Creativity in one form or another has always been a force in Maureen Maryka's life, either through art, music, or design. Like the impressionists, Maureen Maryka's paintings often portray visible brushstrokes, a suggestion of movement, and the idea of taking an ordinary view and creating something extraordinary from it. Vibrant colour is especially important to her, but she is careful to balance it with soft edges and quiet spaces. We are happy to have Maureen join the Peninsula Gallery family!
Exhibition of Robert Bateman Original Lithograph
Enjoy a selection of Robert Bateman original lithographs including a set of "Bald Eagle Studies", some of the original lithographs have also been hand coloured.
"The process of original printmaking appeals to me because it is a human process; it involves no complex optical equipment other than my own eyes. I believe that technology often separates us from nature, and I like the idea that my original prints are made by my hand." - Robert Bateman
20" BY 20" Show for the Year 2020
For many years we did not host a year end show for Christmas, but 2020 is sure different and therefore we decided to do something to put a positive spin at the end of the year! In this 20" BY 20" show that opens Saturday November 28, you are invited to view about 80 new paintings that are all sized 20" x 20". We admire many of our artists that have once again demonstrated courage, strength, patience, positive thinking and love all the way through this unforeseen time, and created some of their strongest works. We are confident that you will feel uplifted browsing through the show! In the gallery, all updated measure to keep visitors safe are being followed. If you would like to enjoy the show from the comfort of your home, here is a short video walkthrough of the show, enjoy!
Art Encounter: Gail Sibley, Gallery Goers and Other Figurative Paintings
Gail Sibley creates vibrant pastel and acrylic works of art. Her paintings often suggest a deeper meaning in everyday experience. This can be seen in her current theme of Gallery Goers where she explores the relationship between art and the viewer. Along with other work for this exhibition, we are delighted to showcase this new series.
Gail was born to artistic parents and brought up in Kingston, Jamaica. Her colourful palette reveals this tropical upbringing. Gail completed a BFA (Honours) at the University of Manitoba, then went on to Graduate Studies in Art History at Queen’s University receiving her MA in 1989. She settled in BC in 1994. In 2002, Gail was awarded Signature Membership in the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and in 2018 she achieved Master Pastellist status with PastelArtistsCanada. Her paintings hang in homes and businesses in many countries.
Gail will be in the Peninsula Gallery on Saturday November 14th and 21st to demonstrate her technique and chat with gallery visitors.
Art Encounter: Kathryn Amisson and Her Grand Views
Kathryn Amisson has been creating captivating paintings professionally for the past 40 years. As one of the original thirteen artists invited to the long-celebrated Painters @ Painter’s event in Campbell River, she painted alongside the likes of Ted Harrison, Alan Wylie and Robert Genn. It has been a remarkable journey since she started her art career as a framer for artist Peter Shostak, to becoming a pet portraitist, mastering the medium of Pastel, to moving on to Acrylic allowing her to paint grand views, leading the way to her current colourful impressionistic style.
In this highly anticipated show, Kathryn will reveal 10 of her newest pieces. We are confident that you will be delighted to view them in person! Kathryn will be in the gallery to demonstrate, meet and greet on both Saturday October 31 and Saturday November 7 from 11am to 4pm.
Art Encounter: Janice Robertson Show and Demo
Well known BC artist Janice Robertson was born on Vancouver Island, into a family with a long history of women artists. She lives in the historic village of Fort Langley with her husband, artist Alan Wylie. Since launching her professional career in 1989, Janice has received numerous awards, including the Bronze Medal in the Federation of Canadian Artists 2000 Signature Members show and the Margaret and William Foley Award at the 2001 Adirondacks National Exhibition of Watercolors in New York. Her work has sold throughout North America and can also be found in collections as far afield as Australia, Singapore, Japan, Europe and the United Kingdom. She has been a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists since 1987 and in 1993 was awarded the organization's highest status- Senior Signature member. In 1999 she was elected as President of the Federation. We are delighted that Janice will spend an afternoon in the gallery on Saturday October 17 from 1pm to 4pm. We look forward to your visit!
Welcome Sandy Terry and Doroni Lang
We are happy to expand our fine art collection and have two local artists Sandy Terry and Doroni Lang joining us. Sandy Terry started painting by making a few copies of Georgia O'Keeffe's work and she is mostly self-taught, her floral and koi paintings have won many awards and she was recently featured in August/September 2020 issue of International Artist magazine. Doroni Lang has developed a strong passion in glass arts, translating the vibrancy, fragility and beauty of the natural world into glass art. She feels glass is such a perfect medium for nature - it is translucent, opalescent, flowing and fragile…like nature itself. Her unique forms of glass art are original and not seen anywhere else. Sandy Terry will be in gallery on Saturday September 19th and 26th from 1pm to 4pm. Doroni Lang will be in gallery on Saturday October 3rd and 10th from 1pm to 4pm.
Art Encounter: Sirens and Mark Heine
Art Encounter: Réal Founier and His 3D World
Réal Founier grew up in orphanage and in between forester homes. Pencil was his faithful companion in his childhood. Réal had a gift of creating characters, animals and landscapes without any model, and he never need to plan out a composition. After years of drawing and painting in his spare time in the military and as an elementary school teacher, in 1986 Réal had his very first solo exhibition which encouraged him to pursue his dream of making a living as an artist, and he succeeded! In 2007, after 30 years of experimentation by trial and error, Réal figured out how to paint in 3D, another one of his childhood dream. We are very pleased to bring this focused mini show to you which includes some large oil canvases as well as gel pen drawings. Enjoy!
Art Encounter: Richard McDiarmid "Echos and Mixed Messages"
Art Encounter: Mel Williamson and Yupo
We noticed Mel Williamson's works at the annual Sidney Fine Art show in 2013. One day in 2014, we were delighted that Mel walked into the gallery and introduced herself. At the time Mel still worked as a graphic designer. Neither of us mentioned about gallery representation but there was a mutual sense that her goal was to continue to develop her painting style and to create interesting paintings with consistent quality, and that one day she will be joining the gallery. During the past 5 years, Mel persistently worked towards the goal, she quit her job and started painting full time. We are very happy to finally have Mel with us and we invited her to be in the gallery to demonstrate, meet and greet with our customers. Mel will be in the gallery on Saturday August 8 and again the 15th between 11am to 4pm to demonstrate oil painting on Yupo paper. We look forward to seeing you!
Art Encounter: Sheila Mather and Gold Leaf
For 25 years Sheila Mather worked as an independent designer/illustrator and owner of Fabric Graphics in Gastown, Vancouver. When she left the city for the slower pace of the Island, she transitioned to painting. Her earlier paintings were done in pastel. She won several major national and international competitions and was awarded Master Pastelist designation by Pastel Artists Canada. The dust from the pastels became a problem, so five years ago she transitioned yet again, this time to oil and acrylic painting, and painting on metal leaf. She mixes metal leaf colours, layers and textures the leaf and creates works which are both original and unique. Her solo show features both her oil & acrylic landscapes, and her work on metal leaf. Sheila Mather will be demonstrating painting with gold leaf on Saturday July 25 and Saturday August 1 during regular gallery hours.
Art Encounter: Monica Reekie in Gallery
Monica Reekie is a passionate local photographer that has been actively involved in conservation. Her works get consistently picked to participate in the annual Sidney Fine Art show and Sooke Fine Art show. She does not edit her photos. As she puts it: “Nature does not need any enhancement”! Monica will be in the gallery to share with you her vision and stories during regular business hours until Saturday July 18. You can also watch a brief introduction of Monica Reekie here.
We are finally reopening our door today at 10am! Majority of the artworks shown are created by your most loved artists in recent months, and are being revealed to the public for the first time. We hope that you can be enlightened! If you are not ready to venture out to our gallery yet, you can either watch a video of me walking through the gallery and introducing Mitchell, or you can browse through all of the new arrivals on our website on the event page. Enjoy!
Friday May 15, 2020 - Today we took down the paper on our doors and windows and the gallery is filled with natural lights! It has been a full two months since we closed on March 15th. While we did not plan to close for so long, we took the time to get extra organized and reflect. The gallery's new partner Mitchell is amazing and we look forward to introducing him to you, although chances maybe that you have already met him since he has been in the industry for over 30 years. We are working towards a formal relaunch on Saturday June 6th when at least 150 new works will be revealed. YES our artists have stayed positive and created significant works in solitary! Starting from Tuesday May 19th you will be able to provide custom framing service by appointment. Visits to the gallery to view specific works can also be arranged. The best time to visit is still to wait for our formal relaunch on Saturday June 6th.
Remodeling In Progress! Stay Tuned For Relaunch!
Our gallery is closed for remodeling. As many of you may have heard that at the beginning of the year we decided to close the gallery. We have been struggling in saying goodbye ever since we made the decision. And now we are happy to inform all of you that after an awakening process, we decided to continue with the gallery! Please stay tuned for our relaunch soon and find out what's new! Of course in the meantime you can still reach us by email for any service you require: email@example.com
We wish that all of you and your families stay healthy during this unprecedented time period, and together we will flatten the curve and make history!
Welcome Mel Williamson
Having followed Mel Williamson's progress for the past six years, we are very excited to finally bring her works into our gallery. Mel is most interested in capturing the emotion held within the figure; The tactile and slippery nature of oil paint is celebrated, and subjects emerge like sculptures during her uncommon process, with no drawing or outline before beginning. It is our good fortune to find this young talented artist who consistently demonstrates commitment to the journey of art creating.
Special Announcement: Mark Heine The First Canadian To Win Global ARC Salon Award
International ARC Salon competition, the largest, most influential and far-reaching competition
for contemporary realism in the world. Heine is the first Canadian to win this title, and one of
only nine artists selected to receive it for 2019-2020. This year’s Salon, presented by the Art
Renewal Centre (ARC), is the largest in its 14 year history: the competition received more than
4,300 entries from 73 countries. “Labyrinth” will spend more than a year touring as part of a
large show, which will first travel overseas to the MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art) in
Barcelona, Spain – where Heine currently has another painting showing – and end at Sotheby’s
in New York.
Heine was also selected as a finalist in both the 12th and 13th ARC Salons, and in 2015, the
ARC selection panel voted him the designation “Associate Living Master.”
The prestigious Haynes Galleries, located near Nashville, Tennessee, represents many of the
most renowned artists in America, including the Wyeth family. This October, the Galleries will
host a group exhibition, The Magic of Realism, which will include a number of Heine’s other
paintings, among works by some of the biggest names in American realism.
Welcome Deborah Tilby
Special Announcement: Lynn Branson Recognized As Living Legend
Ms. Branson has exhibited internationally, earning her many awards. In 2010, she won Best in World Interpretive at the Ward World Championship with "Phantom of the Forest." Ms. Branson went on to win Best in World Interpretive again, in 2012, 2013 and 2017. Ms. Branson received the honor of 3rd in World Interpretive in 2014, 2015 and 2018. Lynn remains the only female to hold the title of Ward World Champion.
Robert Bateman Feature Wall: Etchings and Lithographs
Dates and Time: December 1 - 24, 2017, 10am - 5pm
Print making is an extremely versatile medium. The creation of a fine original print not only requires an exceptional artist but also a great deal of technical skills and patience. We are pleased to present 16 etchings and lithographs by Robert Bateman during the month of December.
"Impressions" - Martin Budny Solo Show (September 23 - October 7, 2017)
Opening: SAT, September 23, 1 - 4pm, Artist in Attendance, Wines and Refreshments
"My painting practice is driven by an enthusiam for self expression combined with the desire for self knowledge. I'm drawn to the intuition of Fauvism, joy of folk art (Central and Eastern European), and the pleasure of a well balanced Japanese flat picture plane. The works are inspired by a desire to channel and aestheticize our inner world, make sense out of contemporary life and reflect a need for something more meaningful, something that brings out the JOY in our daily routine." - Martin Budny
Art Encounter: Demonstration by W. Allan Hancock
It is hard to imagine that Allan, a young man, has had a full time artist career for 28 years. On Saturday July 22nd, Allan will be in our gallery from 1pm to 4pm to demonstrate and also to chat with interested art lovers and fellow artists. You will have the first chance to view Allan's newest wild life paintings.
Art Encounter: Real Fournier
Dates: June 20 - June 24, 2017, 1-4pm
During Real Fournier's five-day visit to our gallery from June 20 to June 24, 2017, he will be available to talk about his artistic approach, he will share with us his 3D works, the evolution of his career and answer any questions that you may have. He will draw on the spot a 3D work done with metallic gel pens. It is a MUST SEE!
Silent Auction For Tim Hall's "Homeward Bound" For The Benefit of Raincoast Conservation Foundation
A future for Southern Resident Killer Whales - Invitation To Bid
Canada's southern population of salmon-eating killer whales are endangered. Their salmon stocks are in decline and targeted by fisheries. Their ocean is noisy and polluted. They face extinction under status quo conditions. The good news is that they can begin to recover if these conditions are reversed.
Raincoast Conservation Foundation appreciates the support from the Peninsula Gallery and artist Tim Hall. Their contribution from the silent auction of this painting will go towards Raincoast's scientific studies to protect the Southern Resident Killer Whales. www.raincoast.org
Please feel free to stop in Peninsula Gallery in Sidney to view "Homeward Bound", the original painting by Tim Hall which portraits the view of Salish sea from Sidney port. Silent auction form can be submitted online or in gallery. Thanks for your participation!
Bidding Deadline: August 31, 2017
"Pilgrimage To The Future" - Episode II - Real Fournier 3D Paintings
Following the highly appraised solo exhibition of Real Fournier's 3D paintings at Beijing's acclaimed Today Art Museum in Fall 2015, the exhibition continues its journey to different cities in China. The exhibition can be viewed at Hui Art Space in Beijing from June 8 - 23, 2016. If you are in Beijing, please be sure to stop by and view some of Real Fournier's most creative works!
Art Encounter: Kristina Boardman
As a child, Kristina collected stones she picked up from local beaches. Today, Kristina continues to be fascinated with stones, the array of textures and surfaces and the endless combinations of tone and shape along our beautiful beaches on the West Coast. Please join us to see how Kristina precisely render stones in amazing graphic details!
The Tale of Ireland
We are delighted to host a major show "The Tale of Ireland" for well established artists Mark Hobson, Murray Phillips and Gaye Adams. The three of them travelled together to Ireland on a painting trip in 2015. During the past several months, they have created beautiful paintings of Irish landscape. The show will be for two weeks from Saturday March 19th to Sunday April 3rd. Opening reception will be held on Saturday March 19th from 1 to 4pm. Mark Hobson and Murray Phillips will both be in the gallery to demonstrate on the weekend of March 19th.
Introducing Hongwei Yang
We are delighted to collaborate with RBC Royal Bank to introduce one of China's top contemporary artists, Hongwei Yang, during this year's Chinese New Year Celebration! A brief read on Yang's journey reveals how an exceptional artist came into being. Recently returned as a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York City, Yang had his solo exhibition titled "Pixel Analysis" in Beijing's Hui Art Space in November 2015. We will be showing 3 of Yang's wood engravings on rice paper within his Island series done in 2012 at the lobby of RBC Royal Bank's Victoria Headquater (1079 Dougals Street) until Saturday, February 6th. Definitely stop in to have a peek on his unique wood engraving pieces.
IceBear Exhibition at Arts Center at Cedar Hill Recreation Center
Community Art Council of Greater Victoria and BC Art Council are cohosting an exhibition for IceBear at the Arts Center of Cedar Hill Recreation Center (3220 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria). The exhibition runs from January 6 to 20th, 8am - 8pm. Admission is free. Meet IceBear and be amazed by his brilliant mind and artworks on Saturday, January 16th, 1 - 4pm.
Holiday Treasure Chest
We would like to wish you and your families the very best for the holiday season and the upcoming new year. We hope to see you soon and assist you in choosing the perfect gift for your loved ones or perhaps a long due present for yourself. Check out our Holiday Treasure Chest for great art that leaves lasting memories.
Art Encounter: Meet Murray Phillips
Murray Phillips will be in our gallery demonstrating on the weekend of November 21 and 22 between noon and 4pm on each day. Although this well known Canadian artist has been painting for more than 40 years, much of his life has been lived in the halls of academia where he holds graduate degrees in theology and cultural anthropology. Murray's interests are many, including classical guitar and sailing, but an abiding love is painting - and expressing the spiritual in his paintings. The primary focus of his work is the Canadian wilderness. The rich heritage of connection between Canadian artists and the land has never been more important than today when we are losing our relationship with the wilderness and see it primarily as a playground for our high-powered toys. Murray is frequently asked to spseak on our relationship with both art and wildderness. Meet Murray during two days of demo.
Art Encounter: Jerry Markham Special Feature
We will be hosting a feature showing of artist Jerry's Markham's paintings from Friday, October 16th to Sunday, October 18th to correspond with the Sidney Fine Art Show. Visitors can meet the artist from BC's Okanagan valley at the gallery on Sunday, October 18th between noon and 4 pm. Markham, 36, has been painting full-time for over twelve years with his work being represented by galleries throughout North America. He paints a variety of subject matter including landscapes, wildlife, florals, and figures which are all included in this special feature. We always look forward to seeing what's new from Jerry as he paints such a variety of subject matter. His paintings have an outstanding quality and craftsmanship for a relatively young artist. This feature is a great opportunity for people to meet him and see his new work.
Art Encounter: Demonstration by Michael O'Toole
Michael O'Toole will be in our gallery doing a demo for artists and art lovers from 11am on Sunday, October 4th. For many of you who missed Michael O'Toole's last workshop in Sidney, this is a good opportunity to catch him and witness the creation of magic.
Art Encounter: Demonstration by Gail Johnson
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Gail spent her formative years in New York state with an avid interest in art since her teen years at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica NY. She attended Boston University, and later moved to Canada to take art courses at Toronto's Central Technical School and Ontario College of Art. Marriage brought Gail to Vancouver Island, where she furthered her art education at Malaspina University in Nanaimo. She began painting full time in 2001 and received immediate success with her unique style. It seems to us that the trees, flowers and rocks in Gail's paintings are dancing or listening to music and they are very happy and content. It is our great pleasure to host a demonstration by Gail Johnson. Please join us on Saturday, September 26th from 1pm to 4pm.
Book Launching: A Child's Prayer for Peace
We are honored to invite Sheena Lott and Jill Ann Siemens to our gallery for a book signing event for "A Child's Prayer for Peace". Jill Ann Siemens, founder of the Canadian Tenors composed the song Sempre Vicino: A Child's Pray for Peace, turning it into a book that will be launched and shown at our gallery. The book came from the song that she composed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City. Sheena Lott, who calls her style of work realistic impressionism, has illustrated 13 children's books over her 30 years of career in art. She will be showing 9 original watercolour illustrations from the book at the book signing event, along with 15 other originals. And yes, bring your children or grandchildren. It will be a fun event for them to be immersed in art that they can relate to. Jill Ann Siemens and Sheena Lott will both be present on Saturday, September 19th from 1pm - 4pm. The show of Sheena Lott's paintings will be up for 2 weeks until October 3rd.
A Pilgrimage To The Future: Solo Exhibition for Real Fournier
After more than a year of preparation, we now proudly present "A Pilgrimage To The Future", a solo exhibition for Real Fournier in Beijing's privileged Today Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible by Today Art Museum and also Embassy of Canada in China. 49 of Real Fournier's 3D paintings will be exhibited. Definitely do not miss the event if you are in Beijing around that time (September 3rd - September 18th). The opening of the exhibition will be Friday, September 4th at 3:30pm.
Art Encounter: Demonstration by Gail Sibley
Gail Sibley exhibited regularly through the years in regional, national and international shows, and have been honoured to receive appreciation of her work at these shows in media reviews and awards. Most recently, she was thrilled to win the 2014 Grand Prize for the international juried exhibition, Painting On The Edge (POTE) at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver. She received her Signature Membership in the Pastel Society of America (PSA) in 2002. When not creating, Gail loves to teach. We invited Gail to demonstrate her pastel painting technique in our gallery on Saturday, August 22nd from 1pm to 4pm. Please come and join us.
Art Encounter: Douglas Fisher Feature Wall
Douglas J Fisher is a full-time artist living on Vancouver Island, Canada. Since 1992 he has been involved almost exclusively in creating some form of art, including painting, stained glass, photography, pen and ink drawing, and woodturning. Wood sculptures, primarily made using a lathe, have been the focus of his work since 1997. Doug led an interesting life, when not in his studio, he can often be seen performing in theatre productions. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, he taught skiing and sailing, was an ironmaker, a driller and blaster in several underground gold mines. He also delivered sailboats in the Pacific Northwest, the Caribbean, and across the Atlantic Ocean. We have proudly created a feature wall of Douglas's wood turned sculptures. His unique style of wood turned sculptures is knowning internationally and being collected all around the world.
Art Encounter: Pieter Molenaar
Pieter Molenaar is an internationally known Canadian West Coast artist transplanted from The Netherlands. Molenaar admires the Old Dutch Masters, and this is reflected in his style—his colours are rich and his tones evocative. Molenaar's paintings reflect a brooding, pensive, and compelling atmosphere that is most obvious in his scenes of pending storms in rural settings, roiling waves of seascapes, and slanting light down city streets. He uses oil exclusively since it allows him such a broad scope of expression. This is Pieter Molenaar's first major appearance on Vancouver Island. Please join us for the reception on the afternoon of Saturday, July 18th from 1pm to 4pm. Pieter Molenaar will be in attendance.
Art Encounter: Tiffany Hastie
New Works by Featured Artists
With the earlier arrival of spring, our gallery blossoms with the new works from many of our exceptional artists including Philip Buytendorp, Alan Hancock, Clement Kwan, Jerry Markham, Michael O'Toole and Ray Ward. More new arrivals are expected later this month including art works from Robert Bateman, Carol Evans and Mike Svob. Come and enjoy.
Art Encounter: Robert Bateman Originals
At 84, Robert maintains a demanding schedule between painting, public events and his relentless advocacy for nature. Robert’s realistic painting style, featuring wildlife in its habitat, encourages the viewer to closely observe the natural world. Besides being one of Canada’s best-known artists, he is a naturalist, recognized by the Audubon Society as one of the 20th century’s “heroes of conservation”. He is a spokesman for many environmental and preservation issues, using his art to raise millions of dollars for these causes.We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share with you 6 of Robert's originals. Please go to our Artist link and select Robert Bateman (Originals).
Christmas Spirits - Long Lasting Memories
We will be showing a combination of fine arts from all of our artists on the night of Friday, November 21 from 5 to 8 pm. Sidney's kickoff to Christmas will feature free horse - drawn carriage rides, Christmas carolers strolling the streets, and festive celebrations at all of Sidney's shops. Please come enjoy the spirit of a small town Christmas!
Art Encounter: Philip Buytendorp
Grew up in a family of respected artists, Philip Buytendorp is influenced by both Impressionism and Expressionism. His west coast scenes are rendered in bold brush or knife strokes with vivid color. We are excited to host Philip Buytendorp's solo show which will take place on Saturday, October 18th and open until November 2nd. Philip will be in attendance at the reception (Saturday, October 18th from 1pm to 4pm).
Art Encounter: Alan Wylie and Janice Robertson
Alan Wylie and his wife Janice Robertson, both prominent artists, will be painting each of their favourite subject in our gallery side by side on Sunday, September 7th from 1pm to 4pm. An excellent opportunity to interact with the artists, both very interesting characters!
Art Encounter: IceBear
Canadian Ojibway artist IceBear's work spans the gamut from representational landscapes to contemporary 3 dimensional graphic sculptures. His native ancestry is the inspiration and foundation for the thoughtful and often deeply spiritual undercurrent to each piece. His classical art training allows him to communicate with those viewers with a more traditional understanding of what art is.
IceBear will be in our gallery from 1pm to 4pm on July 26, 2014 (Saturday) to meet art lovers and demonstrate his technique on hand detailing of prints.
Grand "Rebirth" Show
To our valued friends and customers,
Spring is the season of changes that sets up the year’s events to look forward to, the new friends we shall make, and the memories that will soon become stories to tell. For us, spring has already brought us many changes with the blessing of the Peninsula Gallery as well as a handful of other surprises which we would like to share with you.
By summertime, new inspiration drifts in along the fresh, warm air, and just as this wondrous season starts, on June 7th 2014 (Saturday 1pm - 4pm), it would be our utmost pleasure to have you join us for our Grand Opening in celebration of new beginnings - a Rebirth.
Not only will there be unveilings of new originals of our artists, but many of our artists will be in attendance. Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you here!
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