2012 Gallery Reviews

September 2012 Gallery - Lee Horus Clark & Yolande Clark - "White Hot Molten Love: Wood Fired Ceramics" by Sharon Cohen

Lee Horus Clark & Yolande ClarkWood fired ceramics intrigue both neophytes and aficionados. Ceramic artists who use the process tend to become addicted to it, while collectors tend to come addicted to acquiring  wood fired ceramic pieces. The work of Lee Horus Clark and Yolande Clark will no doubt intrigue many viewers and enrich many collections.
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August 2012 Gallery - Lincoln Heller - Leather by Leonie Markhorst

2011_daygoods“A single glance at this month’s gallery show and I know I am in for a treat. I am a fond lover of leather, and even though I usually gravitate more towards soft, “trendy” purses, the fiveleft leather collection immediately sparks an interest in me. These bags are different; I haven’t seen anything like it before and I am curious to find out more about the brand and the designer.”
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July 2012 Gallery - Adele Samphire & Lisa Samphire - "Samphire Fusion" by Sharon Cohen

Samphire Fusion“In the heyday of the Surrealist art movement, artists working in the genre were known to get together and work on collaborative experiments in and informal, social setting. Each artist seated at the table would be given a blank sheet of paper folded into four horizontal sections. The participant would draw something in the top quarter and then fold the page to conceal the drawing and hand the sheet over to the next artist, who would create something on section two of the page, unaware of what was on section one. The process would repeat around the table until the page was filled, giving rise to fascinating hybrid art, collaborative yet disparate - the work created was striking due to the juxtapositions and contrasts; the fact that nothing was inter-related. This is exactly the opposite of what ceramic artist Adele Samphire and glass blower Lisa Samphire achieve in their “Samphire Fusion” exhibition currently being hosted at the Circle Craft Gallery.”
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June 2012 Gallery - Jacqueline Robins - "Beloved" by Sharon Cohen

Jacqueline Robins“It would appear that ceramic artist Jacqueline Robins is a woman of many talents; and that those talents are as abundant as they are diverse. I’ve been an admirer of hers for years, and own many of her fine pieces, having also sent them as gifts to various parts of the world.  Due to my familiarity with her work, I must confess to having had some preconceived notions prior to visiting the exhibition.  It’s the mark of a true artist to be able to surprise the viewer, even (especially!) the viewer who has knowledge and more than just a passing acquaintance with the artist’s work.”
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May 2012 Gallery - Terri-Ann Dunning - Salt Spring Island Floor Art
by Sharon Cohen

terri ann dunning 001-1 smaller2“Floor art.  What an unusual concept. Certainly under-represented and seldom seen as an art form, but the concept is not totally new. According to Terri-Ann Dunning, skilled practitioner of the art, the concept pre-dates her personal interpretation of it.  “Eighteen years ago”, she says, “I saw floor art beneath a dining room table at a friend’s dinner party.”  It’s a shame for Terri-Ann’s many customers that she kept this idea in the back of her mind for so long before starting to work, which only happened ten years ago, after she took some painting classes.”
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April 2012 Gallery - Jason Marlow & Miran Elbakyan - Metal & Wood Work
by Sharon Cohen

Jason Marlow spring 2012 exhibit“In some ways, it makes sense to put wood and metal together in one exhibition.  Both are solid, tough, natural elements - the wood-turned work of Jason Marlow compliments the metal work of Miran Elbakyan, and vice versa.  Yet the pieces could not be more different, highlighting not only the scope within each medium, but also the depth of creativity within each artist.”
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March 2012 Gallery - Diane Perry - "A Day in the Life of all Things Monstery" by Sharon Cohen

Diane Perry“Witches and sorcerers and purveyors of evil spells are not the first cousins of textile artist Diane Perry’s playful, friendly, plush monsters.  Her creations are benign and benevolent creatures, the product of a fertile imagination.  You’d definitely want to take them home to meet your mother.  Or your  kids. The whole family, in fact.  And these monsters do give the impression of being a little family, in and of themselves.  It’s only the odd snaggle tooth that gives the sense of “monsterhood” –  for the most part, these are just creatures.  Wonderful creatures.”
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February 2012 Gallery - Student Scholarship Reciepients 2011
by Sharon Cohen

Kelly Austin teacupandsaucer_300“Next year will see the tenth anniversary of the Circle Craft student scholarship awards for emerging artists in four disciplines (ceramics, textiles, metal work and jewellery.)  Gallery visitors will certainly enjoy viewing the work of this year's very deserving recipients.  If Kelly Austin, Emily Hill, Donovan Hough and Idolly Schwendener are anything to go by, the future of local craft looks very bright indeed.”
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January 2012 Gallery - Sean Goddard – “Coleoptera and Diptera” (Beetles and Flies) by Sharon Cohen

Sean Goddard“Despite the fact that the insects inspiring Sean Goddard’s work are all airborne, he has his feet firmly on the ground.  He’s been called “the bug guy” and describes his craft as “makin’ bugs”.  He makes insects, loves doing it, and has little inclination to spread his wings much further for the time being – that’s the job of the subjects he immortalizes in glass and metal!  He’s not out there chasing rainbows, he’s in his studio making bugs.”
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