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The Comox Valley Airport is pleased to welcome the ARTWRX Studio + Gallery currently on display in the terminal, and online for the 2021 Spring Art Show. Please enjoy the show virtually; while the terminal adheres to pandemic protocols we are asking only passengers with tickets enter the terminal. Follow the links to the studio site, or contact the artists directly to arrange a studio visit or to purchase original works.

ArtWrx Studio Gallery, (formerly Art Alchemy Studio) is a working studio and gallery in downtown Courtenay, where artists share space and the experience of art making. Visitors are welcome to witness the process of art making, be inspired by a wide diversity of artistic expressions and to buy local, high quality art work made by the talented and hard working artists at ARTWRX.

Spring Exhibit on now until November 10th, 2021

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Paradise Meadows
Anouk Hartwell
48"x48"
Giclee print on Canvas
Paradise Meadows
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Artist Name:Anouk Hartwell
Medium:Giclee print on Canvas
Dimensions:48"x48"
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Born and raised amongst the wind swept fields of the prairies, Anouk's parents expanded her world with unforgettable trips to Vancouver Island, which she has now called home for over ten years. From an early age she was encouraged to pursue her creative side, but was drawn towards adventure tourism. After years of dogsled and kayak guiding and working with outdoor adventure companies she returned to painting. Her acrylic paintings on canvas or cork hats explore nature and adventure through mountains, oceans, forests and multi-hued skies found mostly on the island.
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Brave
Helen Pattinson
12x12
Mixed Media on Panel
Brave
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Artist Name:Helen Pattinson
Medium:Mixed Media on Panel
Dimensions:12x12
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Art is my soul cry. When I show up to the page, She speaks. No ideas or plans. Monkey mind scrambles for my attention, and I wait to hear the quiet voice underneath. I believe inside all of us is a creative voice that wants to be heard. Sometimes she whispers, sometimes she roars. I have wrestled with this voice for a longtime. Tried to shut her out, silence her in an effort to be safe. But she's a wild one and will not be tamed. I bring to my art a deep reverence for the Earth. Nature is my greatest teacher. When I'm overwhelmed she brings me back to my feet. Rock, bones, roots, solid ground. She reminds me I am a small part in an enormous living, breathing web of Life. And I too have a role to play, a voice to share. Drawing is my foundation. Charcoal or graphite on paper. Such freedom in simplicity. I work in various mediums from drawing to sculpture, installation to poetry and dance. My art serves to re-weave the threads of connection between our human selves and the natural world.
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River Cedars
Helen Utsal
48x72
Acrylic, Oil, coldwax on canvas
River Cedars
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Artist Name:Helen Utsal
Medium:Acrylic, Oil, coldwax on canvas
Dimensions:48x72
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Helen Utsal is a Canadian landscape painter whose paintings of the forest radiate with light, making them feel like a window. Trees rise out of the earth and stretch into the sky in Helens large scale paintings. Years working as a scenic painter in the film business contributed to her love of painting large scale pictures that allow the viewer to get a true sense of the forest and space to enter the picture. Helen's desire is to reflect Nature's moods onto canvas, bringing an impression of Nature indoors. ?I am drawn to quiet places and old trees. I feel like they are silent witnesses to our speedy human comings and goings, and will remain long after we have gone. I find Nature to be my sanctuary, my space for meditation and renewal, my playground and an endless source of discovery and inspiration.? The Japanese term 'Shinrin yoku' translates as Green Bathing, and is known to be powerful medicine for healing stress and anxiety. The restorative benefits of looking at, and being near trees, are truly amazing; decreasing our stress levels, lowering heart rate, muscle tension, and blood pressure. "I love the idea of bringing this sense of restorative balance into your home with my art."
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First Dance
Juliette Saint Plancat
35x48
Acrylic on Canvas
First Dance
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Artist Name:Juliette Saint Plancat
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:35x48
Email:Email
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After travelling around the world for 14 years on a sailboat with her family, Juliette studied in New Zealand for 4 years to then move permanently to the Island. Her mother being an artist herself, Juliette always had someone to look up to, and has been living in her own fantasy world ever since. As a mixed media artist, She will touch any medium that presents itself to her, but has a deeper connection with acrylics, inks and charcoal. She enjoys both techniques and meanings that realistic and abstract art can showcase, and therefore has decided to never have to pick sides, making the most out of both.
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Shed Our Skin
Larissa McLean
24x24
Acrylic on Canvas
Shed Our Skin
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Artist Name:Larissa McLean
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:24x24
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Larissa McLean is a mixed media artist. She has a BFA in printmaking and holds a current teaching certificate for Alberta and British Columbia. Larissa has been painting for over 20 years and is knowledgeable in mixed-media and fluid acrylics. Her visions in fluid acrylics and water colour are of nature: images warm and inviting, to mysterious and distant, each a distillation of recent experiences imbued with the energy of her own feelings at the moment. Some paintings take multiple sessions spanning weeks, while others are created in just a few hours.
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Underwater Gems
Maggie Ziegler
15"x30"
Mixed Media on Wood Panel
Underwater Gems
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Artist Name:Maggie Ziegler
Medium:Mixed Media on Wood Panel
Dimensions:15"x30"
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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I am a mixed media artist, web & graphic designer. Originally from Alberta, I felt the call of Vancouver Island more than 10 years ago and made the move to this paradise. I have been transformed and inspired by the easy lifestyle and natural charm of my island home. My art is a reflection of the beauty that surrounds me and the deep sense of gratitude I feel for the experience of creative expression. I have had a lifelong passion for creating art and feel so truly blessed to be pursuing what I love. I don't feel compelled to limit my exploration of whatever appeals to me as a subject matter; I'm happiest when I'm using bright colours and lots of layers. As with all things in life ? there is no guarantee of the outcome so I try to remain optimistically curious and enjoy the process! I'm passionate about learning new techniques and color theory application and sharing this information. Classes at ArtWrx Studio will resume following the pandemic when it is safe to gather once more.
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Breathe
Sharon Lalonde
36x36
Acrylic on Canvas
Breathe
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Artist Name:Sharon Lalonde
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:36x36
Email:Email
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Creative expression has always been important to me. I do not remember a time when I was not drawn to the colour, light, and rhythm in the world and the opportunity to express it visually. The medium I choose to work in is acrylic on canvas and I love the challenge of representing the energy of the light through trees, the movement of the leaves or the life of the image I am painting. The success of the work is measured by the degree to which the viewer experiences a sense of energy and emotion from the image. The uniqueness of the art I produce is struggle. I strive to make statements about the world around me in a way that has not been said before and that part of my process is continually evolving. I am inspired by the amazing beauty of Vancouver Island, the vast talent that surrounds me and the infinite possibilities for expression.
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The Pond
Shea Kotilla
36x36
Oil on Canvas
The Pond
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Artist Name:Shea Kotilla
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:36x36
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Shea Kotilla is an artist who practices with oil paints on canvas and wood. Her subjects are varied including landscapes, people, and still life. Shea grew up in small communities loving the closeness of nature where she would wander through the woods, picking berries, and listening to the forest sounds. Spending time outdoors riding bike, swimming, walking on beaches and kayaking is an experience she yearns for daily. Time to breath deeply, feel the sun and wind and rain. And what about bringing the easel and paints! Plein air painting is an ambition she wishes to fulfil! Everywhere in life are images that beg her to create with paint. Shea shares her time between family, friends, working and painting
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School Work Chaos
Spencer Sheehan Kalina
49x27
Painting
School Work Chaos
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Artist Name:Spencer Sheehan Kalina
Medium:Painting
Dimensions:49x27
Email:Email
WWW:Artist's Website
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Spencer is an interdisciplinary artist and author that calls Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast home. His journey with art began 2005, when he enrolled in the Enriched Arts and Academics Program at Canterbury High School, in Ottawa. Since then, he's studied art at North Island College and Vancouver Island University, authored multiple publications and is currently represented by The Bloodroot Gallery in Nanaimo. Spencer's work explores the intricacies of the human experience with an approach rooted in honoring creative process, materiality, social and environmental justice, and the construction of narrative.
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