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YQQ Art Collection

CV/Arts

Comox Valley Airport welcomes the return of Comox Valley Arts as part of the YQQ Public Arts and Culture Program 2023-24, one of two annual shows of adjudicated work on public display at the terminal.

Open to the public daily - from November 1st 2023 through mid-April 2024

For over 20 years, Comox Valley Arts has worked in partnership with the Comox Valley Airport to present the work of many talented artists in the Central Island Region. Last year's Mindful Travel exhibit welcomed 200,000+ visitors to the airport providing substantial visibility for participating artists.

This year we invited artists across the Central Island Region to reflect and elaborate on the theme of Polarities and Junctions.

See website: CV/Arts

Polarities and Junctions Collection

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We Stand on Opposite Ends, Trying to Mend
Angelika Forray
3' x 3'
Canvas
Cost: $425
We Stand on Opposite Ends, Trying to Mend
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Artist Name:Angelika Forray
Medium:Canvas
Dimensions:3' x 3'
Email:Email
Cost:$425
WWW:Artist's Website
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"Angelika is an Hungarian-Canadian artist, author and poet. Her focus in visual arts is ceramics and painting. She sees art as as an incredible medium to introduce new ideas and concepts as well as to slow down and see the beauty that is present.

She is a processed based artist, working spontaneously and intuitively. Honouring natural mark making and beauty captured in expressive strokes. The themes of her work integrate the natural, organic world with the philosophical. As a mindfulness meditator she integrates simplicity, clarity and presence in her creations.

She is an advocate for sustainability and caring for the environment. In her art practice she intentionally tries to reduce waste and use eco-friendly materials when possible. Currently, she is exploring making her own paint through foraged pigments."

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Salt in the Summer Breeze
Cara Leanne Weisner
10" x 20"
Canvas
Cost: $300
Salt in the Summer Breeze
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Artist Name:Cara Leanne Weisner
Medium:Canvas
Dimensions:10" x 20"
Email:Email
Cost:$300
WWW:Artist's Website
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Aiming to capture a joyful sense of energy, Cara creates bright and cheerful acrylic and paper collage paintings. If you look closely you'll see hand-painted paper collage is prominently featured in much of her art, adding a unique element of texture and detail. Cara Leanne Weisner is a mixed media artist from the Comox Valley, inspired by gorgeous flowers, serene seascapes and even quirky chickens!
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Pursuing Independence
Corina Menz
25" x 27"
Acrylic
Cost: $800
Pursuing Independence
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Artist Name:Corina Menz
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:25" x 27"
Email:Email
Cost:$800
Additional Information
Corina Menz, born in 1957, grew up in Germany, moved to North Vancouver with her husband and son in 1996 and is currently living in Comox, Vancouver Island. Besides her career in IT, she has been involved in the arts throughout her adult life, having explored different media.

She has taken painting classes in the Lower Mainland and Germany to explore landscape painting and still lives. More recently she has been attracted to painting figures and portraits. The figures and portraits are a reflection of her observations of people around her.

She works mostly with acrylics on canvas in multiple layers, sometimes on paper and chooses her palette intuitively.

Her work is in private collections in Canada and Germany. She is a member of the Pearl Ellis Gallery and enjoys volunteering some of her time to support the local art community.

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Support in a Time of Need
Corina Menz
30" x 40"
Acrylic
Cost: $1,200
Support in a Time of Need
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Artist Name:Corina Menz
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:30" x 40"
Email:Email
Cost:$1,200
Additional Information
Corina Menz, born in 1957, grew up in Germany, moved to North Vancouver with her husband and son in 1996 and is currently living in Comox, Vancouver Island. Besides her career in IT, she has been involved in the arts throughout her adult life, having explored different media. She has taken painting classes in the Lower Mainland and Germany to explore landscape painting and still lives. More recently she has been attracted to painting figures and portraits. The figures and portraits are a reflection of her observations of people around her.

She works mostly with acrylics on canvas in multiple layers, sometimes on paper and chooses her palette intuitively.

Her work is in private collections in Canada and Germany. She is a member of the Pearl Ellis Gallery and enjoys volunteering some of her time to support the local art community.

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Dissolution
Diana Kolpak
16" x 20"
Photograph
Cost: $250
Dissolution
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Artist Name:Diana Kolpak
Medium:Photograph
Dimensions:16" x 20"
Email:Email
Cost:$250
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
Diana Kolpak is a story-teller who uses photography, poetry, plays, theatre and music as her media.

Published work includes: photos in the latest volume of Wordstorm's Counterflow magazine, the children's book Starfall, the play Bedtime Stories and poetry in several online magazines.

Her most recent theatrical work is BLUE, an interactive solo clown musical for adults that is a deep dive into the ocean of love, guided by former-mermaid-turned-lounge Sally Siren. Diana also teaches clown and creativity workshops and is always on the lookout for collaborators who want to create work that merges artistic disciplines in unexpected ways and is also full of heart.

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Lines of the Heart
Diane Moran
16" x 20"
Mixed Media Paint, Paper and Ink
Cost: $450
Lines of the Heart
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Artist Name:Diane Moran
Medium:Mixed Media Paint, Paper and Ink
Dimensions:16" x 20"
Email:Email
Cost:$450
WWW:Artist's Website
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Diane Moran is a Visual Artist and community connector residing in Qualicum Beach BC. She works in all media, however photography seems to be her main outlet at present as she is most focused on supporting and facilitating others artistic efforts.

Youth art initiatives, coupled with humanitarian and thought-provoking projects, seem to dominate her work.

"I create to bring balance to my everyday life. As a visual artist I am inspired by everyday environments and objects. Art is an opportunity for self-discovery, engagement and exploration; I believe everyone should exercise their imaginations regularly."

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Playing Kick The Can on 21st
Elaine Smith
48" x 30"
Acrylic, Mixed Media, Collage
Cost: $1,275
Playing Kick The Can on 21st
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Artist Name:Elaine Smith
Medium:Acrylic, Mixed Media, Collage
Dimensions:48" x 30"
Email:Email
Cost:$1,275
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
Elaine has lived in the Comox Valley since 1990.

She is a retired nurse and has been creating art for over 30 years.

She has recently become an active member of the collective of 10 artists at Artwrx Studio/Gallery. She also enjoys creating in her small home studio.

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Cormorant and Oyster
Elke River
20" x 20"
Acrylic
Cost: $900
Cormorant and Oyster
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Artist Name:Elke River
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:20" x 20"
Email:Email
Cost:$900
WWW:Artist's Website
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Born in Miami, Florida, Elke grew up making art alongside her mother, a painter and graphic designer. She moved to BC at the age of ten, where she became fascinated by her surrounding natural environment.

She earned a BSc in Natural Resources Conservation and later a Bachelor of Education. While pursuing a career in conservation and then education, Elke continued to paint, both as a creative outlet and an educational tool.

She currently lives on Quadra Island where she makes art, raises her two wild kids and teaches nature-based art to children.

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Intersection
Fran Goldberg
30" x 24"
Acrylic
Cost: $650
Intersection
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Artist Name:Fran Goldberg
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:30" x 24"
Email:Email
Cost:$650
WWW:Artist's Website
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Fran's abstract artwork lives at the intersection of unconscious processes and and conscious intention. Each painting's journey begins without a predetermined plan, yet joyfully unfolds as the art and artist communicate with one other. The destination is disclosed days or months later when the painting reveals where it wishes to travel. Her art celebrates colour and the beauty she sees in the world around her.

Growing up in Toronto, Fran assumed she would pursue an art career, but other interests intervened. She concentrated on academic pursuits, completing degrees in psychology, occupational therapy, and law. She ultimately moved 'home' to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in 1994. Her career as an occupational therapist is currently on pause as she navigates recovery from Long COVID. But the urge to create continues. . .

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Say Her Name
Heather Alton
36" x 56"
Acrylic paint, glazes and other mixed materials
Cost: $1,500
Say Her Name
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Artist Name:Heather Alton
Medium:Acrylic paint, glazes and other mixed materials
Dimensions:36" x 56"
Email:Email
Cost:$1,500
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As a multi media artist, I work with paper, wood, paint and clay. Currently my work is meant to heighten awareness of social issues by juxtaposing graphic words over the visual information.

My involvement with art has been lifelong and I believe we are a richer more tolerant society when involved with diverse cultures and societies.

I am a strong proponent of public and community art projects and remain involved with a variety of art related community events in the Comox Valley and in Vancouver. I give my support by donating my time, expertise and my art for fundraisers, art auctions and mentoring programs.

Looking and thinking about art is not an easy experience, nor should it be. Art should make demands of the viewer, make us examine our thoughts about Love, Hate, Prejudice, Tolerance, Discrimination, Racism, Homophobia, Compassion, and all human rights issues.

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Forest Fancy Dyptich
Helen Utsal
40" x 80"
Oil and cold wax
Cost: $6,000
Forest Fancy Dyptich
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Artist Name:Helen Utsal
Medium:Oil and cold wax
Dimensions:40" x 80"
Email:Email
Cost:$6,000
WWW:Artist's Website
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Helen Utsal is an award winning contemporary landscape painter living and working on Vancouver Island. Spending time in nature is a critical aspect of her inspiration and practice; a space for meditation, creation and renewal.

"In these pieces I wanted to express the dense vitality of life in the forests of Vancouver Island. Playing with perspective, I layered trees upon trees flattening out shapes and creating depth with others. I love using unexpected colours in my paintings of Nature to evoke and exaggerate the magic and wonder of Nature.

As an artist, it is my privilege to witness and reflect the exceptional Canadian landscape that manages to convey both an ancient power and newborn vitality.

After working many years as a scenic painter in Toronto's film business as an IATSE union member, I relocated to BC and eventually Comox Valley."

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Spaced Out
Ingrid Hoggan Bollegraaf
16" x 20"
Photography
Cost: $70
Spaced Out
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Artist Name:Ingrid Hoggan Bollegraaf
Medium:Photography
Dimensions:16" x 20"
Email:Email
Cost:$70
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Artist CV

1987 - B.C. Place Stadium Trade Show - Stained Glass Art

1991-1992 - Filberg Festival Exhibition - Stained Glass Art

2012 - Comox Valley Art Gallery - Photography (Theme:Self Portrait)

2012 - Ginger Nine - Art Show - Photography

2014 - Carderos - Solo Show - Photography

2014 - Photopia - first prize in category - Photography (Theme:The Other Side)

2015-2016 - YQQ Art and Culture Exhibition - Photography (Theme:Island Connections)

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Deconstruction Reconstruction
Jenny Mitchell
24" x 48"
Mixed Media
Cost: $1,200
Deconstruction Reconstruction
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Artist Name:Jenny Mitchell
Medium:Mixed Media
Dimensions:24" x 48"
Email:Email
Cost:$1,200
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
I am an abstract artist working in mixed media and acrylics. I create lively layered paintings that explore innovative techniques. It is a continuous process of reacting intuitively to marks, paint and collage, inspired by the lines, shapes and colours in the Comox Valley.

My aim is to communicate the joy I feel when exploring new ways of seeing nature, combining geometric man-made shapes with flowing organic ones.

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Slip Into the Greens and Blues
Jo Payne
36" x 36" x 1.5"
Acrylic
Cost: $1,950
Slip Into the Greens and Blues
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Artist Name:Jo Payne
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:36" x 36" x 1.5"
Email:Email
Cost:$1,950
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
Jo Payne is a Comox-based artist with a passion for exploring colour, texture, and light.

Jo works with mixed media ? primarily acrylics and oil pastels, building up layers to create atmospheric, ethereal land, sea, and skyscapes. Her work is often inspired by the Comox Valley and the Pacific Northwest, and by the English countryside where she grew up. Although she sometimes uses photographs as inspiration, Jo prefers to work intuitively and let the painting guide her.

Jo has exhibited locally and in Vancouver. Her paintings have been purchased by collectors all over the world. You can find Jo on Instagram or browse her website, linked above.

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A Day Once Dawned
Jo Payne
24" x 48"
Acrylic
Cost: $1,950
A Day Once Dawned
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Artist Name:Jo Payne
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:24" x 48"
Email:Email
Cost:$1,950
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
Jo Payne is a Comox-based artist with a passion for exploring colour, texture, and light.

Jo works with mixed media ? primarily acrylics and oil pastels, building up layers to create atmospheric, ethereal land, sea, and skyscapes. Her work is often inspired by the Comox Valley and the Pacific Northwest, and by the English countryside where she grew up. Although she sometimes uses photographs as inspiration, Jo prefers to work intuitively and let the painting guide her.

Jo has exhibited locally and in Vancouver. Her paintings have been purchased by collectors all over the world. You can find Jo on Instagram or browse her website, linked above.

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Deep Blue B | Dripping Forest B | Delta A
Josh Klassen
24" x 48" each
Spray paint and enamel
Cost: $1,200 (all 3)
Deep Blue B | Dripping Forest B | Delta A
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Artist Name:Josh Klassen
Medium:Spray paint and enamel
Dimensions:24" x 48" each
Email:Email
Cost:$1,200 (all 3)
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
I have been creating art my whole life.

After one year of Fine Arts studies at North Island College, I decided to pursue a lifestyle of learning through hands-on experience: from doodling on freight trains in my formative years to community murals with youth; from sprucing up neighbourhood garage doors to doing graphic design; from commissioned portraits to solo shows and making hip-hop and experimental music.

It has been an interesting journey thus far to say the least.

I grew up in rural Black Creek and I currently live with my wife and daughter in Courtenay, BC.

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Minor Gift
Julie Sabey
13" x 13"
Acrylic paint
Cost: $550
Minor Gift
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Artist Name:Julie Sabey
Medium:Acrylic paint
Dimensions:13" x 13"
Email:Email
Cost:$550
WWW:Artist's Website
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As a writer and director, Julie Sabey's creative work was only produced and viewed on screens. She began to draw and paint to assuage her fears during the pandemic and satisfy her desire to make something she could hold in her hands. Her work reflects periods of personal and global uncertainty combined with the joy of expression.

Under the moniker of SabeyJ Art, her work inspires quiet reflection and brings a vibrant energy to homes and offices across Canada and the US.

"My abstract paintings are inspired by my moods and emotions during creation. Their rhythms and palettes evoke new feelings with each viewing, whether hopeful, chaotic, beautiful or wretched."

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Gravity Rising
Laurie Martz
48 x 36"
Acrylic
Cost: $2,200
Gravity Rising
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Artist Name:Laurie Martz
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:48 x 36"
Email:Email
Cost:$2,200
WWW:Artist's Website
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I am an abstract painter in the Comox Valley, after retiring in 2015 as a Vancouver family doctor. I started painting in the 90s and art became my solace in the home stretch of medical practice. COVID and a recent health crisis worked together to intensify my dive into painting.

A sunny Kin Beach studio allows me to work while hearing the cry of the eagles and barking sea lions. As an abstract artist I paint with acrylic and mixed media. My subject matter is both intuitive and landscape inspired, influenced by the place I now live and love.

Art education has been through experience and by attending classes and workshops both live and on-line. I am a member of the Pearl Ellis Gallery, have organised art workshops and am a volunteer there. My work has been shown at juried and community shows on Vancouver Island and is in private collections in BC and across Canada. I am a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (Active Status) since 2022.

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Feeding Body and Soul
Marianne Enhorning
42" x 42"
Oil
Cost: $3,700
Feeding Body and Soul
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Artist Name:Marianne Enhorning
Medium:Oil
Dimensions:42" x 42"
Email:Email
Cost:$3,700
WWW:Artist's Website
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Marianne Enhorning is a West Coast Canadian artist. Born in Sweden, she is deeply influenced by her family heritage. Marianne has spent many years alternating her time between natural and urban environments: on the West Coast as a kayak guide and in cities, working in architecture.

Before architecture, she had studied fine arts as part of her BA and has now returned to her true vocation, painting.

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Growing a Heart
Marlee Munro
3' x 4'
Acrylic
Cost: $2,490
Growing a Heart
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Artist Name:Marlee Munro
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:3' x 4'
Email:Email
Cost:$2,490
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Marlee Munro (1991, Comox; Denman Island) is a Comox Valley born artist who paints abstract figures and landscapes that explore personal experiences, memories, and imaginings through the vibrational power of colour.

She discovers the meaning embedded in her paintings as it emerges in an improvisational working process of layering abstraction and figuration while exploring the unique dynamics of acrylic paint on canvas.

After graduating from the North Island School of Fine Art and Design in 2022, Marlee developed her artistic practice in her small home on Denman Island, while becoming a new mother in the summer of 2023. She wishes to respectfully acknowledge that she lives, learns, and creates on the unceded territory of the Pentlatch and K'omoks First Nation.

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Clear Waters
Marusha Xeros
16" x 20"
Acrylic & Mixed Media
Cost: $450
Clear Waters
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Artist Name:Marusha Xeros
Medium:Acrylic & Mixed Media
Dimensions:16" x 20"
Email:Email
Cost:$450
Additional Information
Marusha Xeros is a contemporary abstract artist, creating multi-layered, textured abstract paintings. Her inspirations come from nature and both external and internal landscapes.

With degrees in B.A. (Arts) and LL.B. (Law), Marusha was an entertainment lawyer before becoming a Visual Effects Producer and Supervisor in Film and Television for 20 years, working with directors and visual effects artists to bring creative visions to the screen.

Self-taught, Marusha has immersed herself in many workshops with artists that inspire her. She continues to explore different mediums, techniques and processes in the visual arts. Training and influences include collage, mixed media, iconography and sculpture.

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Just Be Here With Me
Michelle Nyberg
40" x 60"
Acrylic
Cost: $3,600
Just Be Here With Me
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Artist Name:Michelle Nyberg
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:40" x 60"
Email:Email
Cost:$3,600
WWW:Artist's Website
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Michelle's formal training and art began at Langara College in Vancouver BC where she received a foundation in many different mediums including painting, ceramics, sculpture and design. Following that she attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax where she focused on ceramics and painting.

Michelle has been painting full time since 2019 and has had solo shows on Hornby Island. She has also taken part in group shows in Vancouver, Vancouver Island and on-line. Her paintings have brought joyful expression to walls in Canada, USA, Europe and New Zealand.

Her previous creative Endeavors include being a clay artist under the name Mud Puppy Clayworks and designing and building caravans inspired by Romany wagons for her company Hornby Island Caravans.

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The Depths
Samantha Bishop
4' x 4'
Oil
Cost: $3,800
The Depths
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Artist Name:Samantha Bishop
Medium:Oil
Dimensions:4' x 4'
Email:Email
Cost:$3,800
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
Graduated NSCAD in 2018 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. She is an avid contender and winner of Art Battles across Canada, and achieved 1st place at the Chalk Fest in Campbell River.

Samantha Bishop is considered an escape artist. Described by admirers as "Trancsending Dimensions" and "Disco Elysium."

Ms. Bishop has been building a series "dream entities in a vast nebula of space matter." Her focus revolves around spirituality and the magic of lucid dreaming. Although she found the ethereal realm, she also produces semi realistic family portraits.

Her commissions are open at Artbydita.bishop@gmail.com Follow her on Instagram and Youtube @Dita.Did

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The Friendly Giant
Samantha Thomas
22" x 30"
Acrylic
Cost: $1,400
The Friendly Giant
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Artist Name:Samantha Thomas
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:22" x 30"
Email:Email
Cost:$1,400
WWW:Artist's Website
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My inspiration comes from the amazing creatures that inhabit the West Coast. From the giant Pacific octopus to bull kelp floating on the waves, it all influences my work.

I create paintings and sculptures so that others can also experience the unique beauty of the West Coast.

I currently work out of my studio in Parksville, BC.

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20-05
Scott Bertram
72" x 66"
Acrylic
Cost: $6,000
20-05
Details
Artist Name:Scott Bertram
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:72" x 66"
Email:Email
Cost:$6,000
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
Scott Bertram is an abstract painter based in the Comox Valley. His artistic practice centres around ideas of improvisation, finding meaning within unintended stimuli, and playing with the dynamics of perception.

He has a BFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan and an MFA from NSCAD University. He was a semi-finalist in the 12th RBC Canadian Painting Competition and has received many other awards including funding from the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

His paintings have been shown in solo and group exhibitions across Canada as well as in the USA, Australia, Germany, Mexico, and the UK.

Scott currently teaches painting at North Island College.

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20-08
Scott Bertram
60" x 48"
Acrylic
Cost: $4,900
20-08
Details
Artist Name:Scott Bertram
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:60" x 48"
Email:Email
Cost:$4,900
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
Scott Bertram is an abstract painter based in the Comox Valley. His artistic practice centres around ideas of improvisation, finding meaning within unintended stimuli, and playing with the dynamics of perception.

He has a BFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan and an MFA from NSCAD University. He was a semi-finalist in the 12th RBC Canadian Painting Competition and has received many other awards including funding from the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

His paintings have been shown in solo and group exhibitions across Canada as well as in the USA, Australia, Germany, Mexico, and the UK.

Scott currently teaches painting at North Island College.

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Nine 20
Sean Reilly
20" x 30"
Acrylic
Cost: $550
Nine 20
Details
Artist Name:Sean Reilly
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:20" x 30"
Email:Email
Cost:$550
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
Sean Reilly is a painter and carver who grew up in an art filled environment.

From an early age, he explored art through various mediums including acrylics and wood carving. Sean was a Journeyman Carpenter who transitioned into teaching Industrial Arts in Secondary Schools.

During his post secondary studies, Sean took a number of Fine Arts courses. This enabled him to switch to teaching Fine Arts, which he taught until retirement.

Sean and his wife Laura live in Comox and enjoy exploring the surrounding area.

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A New Beginning
Sean Reilly
8" x 10"
Acrylic
Cost: $150
A New Beginning
Details
Artist Name:Sean Reilly
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:8" x 10"
Email:Email
Cost:$150
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
Sean Reilly is a painter and carver who grew up in an art filled environment.

From an early age, he explored art through various mediums including acrylics and wood carving. Sean was a Journeyman Carpenter who transitioned into teaching Industrial Arts in Secondary Schools.

During his post secondary studies, Sean took a number of Fine Arts courses. This enabled him to switch to teaching Fine Arts, which he taught until retirement.

Sean and his wife Laura live in Comox and enjoy exploring the surrounding area.

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Life Aquatika
Sylvie Peltier
40" x 30"
Acrylic
Cost: $1,560
Life Aquatika
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Artist Name:Sylvie Peltier
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:40" x 30"
Email:Email
Cost:$1,560
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
Born in Ottawa, Sylvie Peltier grew up in Quebec and studied in Nova Scotia and British Columbia, where she settled and founded her television documentary production company. Ten years ago, she began to paint and received the status of Active Member with the Federation of Canadian Artists in 2020.

An optimist by nature, she loves to share a view of the world that is luminous and whimsical. She enjoys looking at the work of other artists and she find much inspiration in what they do. David Hockney, David T. Alexander and Wolf Kahn are currently among her favourite painters.

Sylvie paints mostly abstract florals and landscapes in her studio in legendary Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She also creates wearable art and home decor pieces from her paintings.

She signs her paintings "Esspe," the phonetic expression of her name's initials.

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Cells
Tish Doyle-Morrow
24" x 24"
Cotton linters, found object. acrylic
Cost: $800
Cells
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Artist Name:Tish Doyle-Morrow
Medium:Cotton linters, found object. acrylic
Dimensions:24" x 24"
Email:Email
Cost:$800
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
I was born in Ottawa and have lived in multiple cities across Canada and now call Comox home. From an early age I was intrigued with the world of art. In particular the process of creating storylines.

When I was quite young I went with my aunt to the old National Art Gallery in Ottawa to see one of Jackson Pollock's paintings. What I remember very clearly, other than the massive size of the Pollock, was the sculpture that lead up to it; multiple red ceramic shoes (artist unknown but perhaps Gathie Falk).

I believe that day was pivotal in my choice of a career in the arts and I am now in my third decade of working professionally but in my first year of setting a new direction. In my sculptural paintings I have experimented with textures, minimalism and natural forms as an underlying theme for my work. I am influenced by Katie Ohe's kinetic sculptures. I hope to evoke emotion and to tell a story with my work in a way that the red shoes at the National Gallery did for me.

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Tofino Cave
Tracey Kobus
30" x 40"
Acrylic
Cost: $2,295
Tofino Cave
Details
Artist Name:Tracey Kobus
Medium:Acrylic
Dimensions:30" x 40"
Email:Email
Cost:$2,295
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
Tracy creates her acrylic paintings in her studio in the Comox Valley, near the Puntledge River. She has worked as a professional artist and drawing teacher for the past 20 years and her artwork is exhibited in many gift shops and galleries - she also has a successful online shop.

Tracy participates in local events such as the Central Island Studio Tour and often donates pieces to support local causes such as Habitat for Humanity or YANA (You Are Not Alone).

Besides painting, she enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, backpacking, gardening and reading.

Tracy also writes a blog where she further reflects on her artistic process. Be the first to hear about new work by signing up for her monthly news at www.tracykobus.com

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Coastal Cruising
Trish Malcomess
36" x 36"
Oil Paint
Cost: $3,000
Coastal Cruising
Details
Artist Name:Trish Malcomess
Medium:Oil Paint
Dimensions:36" x 36"
Email:Email
Cost:$3,000
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
Reflecting contemporary culture through her work, Trish's research-based practice has evolved into two distinct streams: Social and Environmental. Resiliency within these streams is where she finds inspiration and blurs boundaries between sculpture, ceramics, drawing, photography, painting and life.

As an interdisciplinary artist and conservationist, she has exhibited her work in South Africa and Canada since 1977.

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Lilac Moon
Wendy Morosoff Smith
30" x 24"
Cold wax and oil paint
Cost: $1,750
Lilac Moon
Details
Artist Name:Wendy Morosoff Smith
Medium:Cold wax and oil paint
Dimensions:30" x 24"
Email:Email
Cost:$1,750
WWW:Artist's Website
Additional Information
Wendy Morosoff Smith is a contemporary Canadian painter and printmaker whose work reflects the spiritual aspect of the Canadian landscape. Blending abstraction and landscape symbolism with the study of light and space, Wendy creates meditations on place, time, the elements, memory and perception. Her upbringing on the prairies influenced her use of the horizon line as a dramatic point of reference. Her luminous and richly textured images provide a new perspective to the landscape.

Wendy studied printmaking at the Santa Reparata Institute in Florence, Italy and at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. She now lives on Vancouver Island, painting and printmaking in her studio overlooking the Salish Sea. She is a passionate advocate of printmaking, teaching workshops and mentoring other artists.

Wendy's artwork has been collected and exhibited extensively in Canada and abroad, including the permanent collection of the Burnaby Art Gallery.

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