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YQQ Art Collection

Art Alchemy

"Art Alchemy", May 2019 to October 2019

The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is pleased to offer a wonderful selection of local art to enhance the passenger experience in the terminal building.

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.

See something that you would like to purchase or want to learn more?

www.artalchemy.ca
Helen Utsal, Executive Director
Art Alchemy
250 218 2742
mail@artalchemy.ca

Gallery of Art

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Down the Road
Helen Utsal
96x54
Oil and Wax medium on canvas
Down the Road
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Artist Name:Helen Utsal
Medium:Oil and Wax medium on canvas
Dimensions:96x54
WWW:Artist's Website
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Vancouver Island artist Helen Utsal describes the patterns, light and movement of ancient trees, big skies and reflective waters in an impressionistic and personal way.

"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.

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Carmanic
Larissa Mclean
36 x 40
Acrylic on Canvas
Carmanic
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Artist Name:Larissa Mclean
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:36 x 40
WWW:Artist's Website
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Larissa McLean is a new resident of the Comox Valley and a recent Alchemist. She comes with a plethora of art skills and fifteen years? teaching experience. 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. 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.

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Plateau
Lynn Farwell
30 x 30
Oil on Canvas
Plateau
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Artist Name:Lynn Farwell
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:30 x 30
WWW:Artist's Website
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Creating art has been one of the main grounding forces in my life. It brings me into a state of total immersion and peace. I like variety so using different media does not intimidate me at all. Humorous, whimsical, powerful, peaceful, colourful, energetic are all adjectives that have been used to describe my work.

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

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More Than You Know
Maggie Ziegler
24 x 24
Acrylic on Canvas
More Than You Know
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Artist Name:Maggie Ziegler
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:24 x 24
WWW:Artist's Website
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Maggie is a mixed media artist and web & graphic designer. Originally from Alberta, she felt the call of Vancouver Island and has been transformed and inspired by the easy lifestyle and natural charm of her island home. Her art is a reflection of the beauty that surrounds her and the deep sense of gratitude she feels for the experience of creative expression. Creating unique pieces using a variety of different mediums and techniques is pure adventurous bliss.
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Dusk Arrives on 8th Street
Mary Gorman
29x37
Acrylic on Canvas
Dusk Arrives on 8th Street
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Artist Name:Mary Gorman
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:29x37
WWW:Artist's Website
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Mary Gorman is an artist from Ireland settled in the Comox valley. She worked many years as a muralist completing works in Europe and Australia but has now come to call the island her home.�Painting is another way for me to express and explore my relationship with the world around me but one which I truly relish. When I paint I feel like I am truly in my element and always feel enriched every time by the experience.I like to work with thin layers of paint built up over each other. These glazes enable the depth and inner light of a painting to shine through.I am drawn to both representative and abstract styles. Each has their own challenges and rewards. Creating art is a process I am honoured to be a part of."
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Water
Nancy Randall Burger
12 x 12
Glass
Water
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Artist Name:Nancy Randall Burger
Medium:Glass
Dimensions:12 x 12
WWW:Artist's Website
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Working with glass fires my imagination. I love the textured, smoothly rippled, glinting colour of glass. The way the light shines through glass on glass, and yet appears so distinctly different at night, when the light glances off the newly discovered surface. Glass is a rich medium, comprised of so many styles, colours, textures, surfaces, treatments- there is always a new piece of glass to explore.

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.

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Agatha
Nicolette Valikoski
30x30
Oil and Wax medium on cradled birch panel
Agatha
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Artist Name:Nicolette Valikoski
Medium:Oil and Wax medium on cradled birch panel
Dimensions:30x30
WWW:Artist's Website
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Nicolette Valikoski grew up among the temperate rainforests and storm-battered beaches of a small island off the west coast of Canada. This wild and gorgeous corner of the world shaped her earliest artistic expression and today inspires much of her work.

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.

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Lost In Petals
Sharon Lalonde
36 x 36
Acrylic on Canvas
Lost In Petals
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Artist Name:Sharon Lalonde
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions:36 x 36
WWW:Artist's Website
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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 is 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 Apothocary
Shea Kotilla
30 x 40
Oil on Canvas
The Apothocary
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Artist Name:Shea Kotilla
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:30 x 40
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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