Partnering for the 4th time with Courtenay based studio, Art Alchemy, there are a number of large works throughout the terminal, and new this season, the popular 1x1 show featuring works available for sale through Mid Island Gifts.
"It's important to create that great first impression," comments Fred Bigelow, CEO at YQQ. "This exhibit allows us to showcase the unique and spectacular beauty that surrounds us in the Comox Valley to the thousands of people who pass through our airport."
Please browse the image gallery below, which features the carefully selected works of talented local artists.
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Helen Utsal, Executive Director
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"I paint with loose watery acrylics when I base out a picture to express the vitality and exuberance of the landscape. Currently many of my paintings are about catching a glimpse of the sun through the trees. Looking up, the leaves appear to be flying up and away like a flock of birds. The viewer feels lifted, and hopeful. My landscape paintings evoke in the viewer a feeling that resonates with their own connection to Nature"
Helen Utsal is a member of CARFAC and the Federation of Canadian Artists. She is a co-founder of Art Alchemy Studio, a diverse collective of artists sharing creative workspace in Courtenay, BC.
Larissa has been painting for over 20 years and is knowledgeable in mixed-media and fluid acrylics. She is currently enrolled at North Island College, upgrading her knowledge in non-toxic printmaking techniques.
Her visions in fluid acrylics and watercolour 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.
One of the main things I like about being an artist is you define your own uniqueness. I think this is the reason we are here; to develop ourselves through creative outlets. I am so grateful for the opportunity to touch you with my art. May it bring you to a place of reflection and joy.
Find my birds at 5th Street Florist in Courtenay, BC, Jipsi Tree Boutique in Cumberland BC. and and at Side Street Gallery in Oak Bay, Victoria BC
My style of glass on clear glass mosaics demands very detailed composition, painstaking painting with glass, and messy use of clear fixatives to form the finished piece. I like handling the glass, sorting for colour, cutting and shaping glass to make an often abstract design. The finished compositions frequently hint at natural settings of mountains, trees, or the shimmer of water. Sometimes they are playful celebrations of the sheer delight of colour!
When I begin a piece of work it is often sparked by a colour or shape, and the entire piece flashes into my mind's eye. Leonard Cohen expressed it most clearly:There are cracks in everything, that's how the light gets in.
Nicolette's abstract, mixed-media paintings recall the restless British Columbia coastline in rich texture, bold colour, and layers upon layers of paint. Her bright, dynamic explorations of nature are informed by her passion for contemporary interior design, resulting in paintings that evoke a unique sensation of being both indoors and out. Nicolette also finds inspiration in the colourful works of fellow Canadian abstract artists Yangyang Pan and Claire Desjardins.
Nicolette works out of a shared studio space in Vancouver Island's beautiful Comox Valley. As the mother of three young children, she balances her art and family life with plenty of help from Ryan, her wonderfully supportive husband of 12 years.
Feel free to get in touch with Nicolette to learn more about her work, or if you're interested in commissions or collaborations.
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.