The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is pleased to offer a wonderful selection of local art to enhance the passenger experience in the terminal building.
June to November 2020 – Works from Art Alchemy
Art Alchemy Studio is a gallery and art studios in downtown Courtenay.
Famous for our annual Square Foot Show (every November!) we opened our doors in 2011 with an intention to provide artists with working space and opportunities to exhibit their work.
We have been fortunate to have many talented artists be a part of our collective over the years and are currently nine artists; Helen Utsal, Nicolette Valikoski, Maggie Ziegler, Sharon LaLonde, Helen Pattinson, Larissa McLean, Nancy Burger, Shea Kotilla and Carol Nottingham.
Working in different mediums we are mostly painters. Nancy works with glass to create her compositions.
Please enjoy the artwork we have made to exhibit here at Comox Airport. We love the big walls and we hope our art makes a positive impact on visitors to our green Island home.
All of the pieced are available for acquisition, by contacting the artist directly.
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 long time. 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.
I am lucky enough to spend some time everyday in nature. 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. In my artwork I try to capture those moods for
others to experience. I use diﬀerent techniques to relay diﬀerent aspects of expression. I like to use unexpected colours that convey the impression of magic in the forest.
Larissa is a certified art teacher and professional artist. Her art is influenced by flora and fauna of the West Coast, with focus on the idea of environmental awareness and protection. She paints flowers from her own yard in mixed media and large scenes of the coastal forest. Her main goal this year is to help protect old growth forests by helping the Ancient Forest Alliance and Cumberland Forest purchase parcels of land using proceeds from art sales and cards.
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 life-long 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!
Nicolette uses only palette knives to apply her unique, sculptural layers of oil paint which result in striking creations with rich texture and incredible depth. 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.
I have been exploring the creation of series, in my painting. The subject matter is a vehicle for the expression. My goal, with my work, is to focus on �unique voice� with consistency of style, of mood and of palette.
The wonderful thing about the creative process is the eternal potential to problem solve. One never �arrives.�
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 breathe 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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