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
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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. . .
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.
"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."
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)
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Before architecture, she had studied fine arts as part of her BA and has now returned to her true vocation, painting.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.email@example.com Follow her on Instagram and Youtube
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
As an interdisciplinary artist and conservationist, she has exhibited her work in South Africa and Canada since 1977.
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.