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LOOK Victoria 2010 Art Show, Victoria, BC

The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria invites you and guests to the Grand Opening of our

LOOK Victoria 2010 Show, Unit 123A at The Bay Centre (bottom of the escalator) on Friday February 26th.

Please join us 6 pm, with the Awards Event happening at 7 pm.

CAC Chair of Curatorial Pat Martin Bates will present the awards to the winning artists.

Over 250 artists, approximately 500 recent 2D and 3D works.

Beverages, plus cakes from the Dutch Bakery, will be served. See you there!

Printmaking show: Judith Welbourn, Lorraine Thorarinson Betts and Thekla Albrecht-Iribarne, Victoria, BC

March 5 – 17, 2010
Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria G6-1001 Douglas St 250-391-2787


A celebration of printmaking by Judith Welbourn, Lorraine Thorarinson Betts and Thekla Albrecht-Iribarne. The three Victoria artists share a passion for fine art on paper. The show features the mediums of screenprinting, lithography, intaglio, woodblock, and mixed media monotypes.

Opening Saturday March 6, 7-9pm.

Lahaina Town (Maui) Art Galleries

Our trip to Maui in February was much less jam packed with adventure than usual. My vacation itineraries usually role out like a minute by minute logistical report with marching bands and scheduled time for rest. But this trip saw lots of swimming, snorkeling, and reading. Wash, rinse, repeat. We did, however, manage to see several small galleries and world class artwork that I thought were worth mentioning.

Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina, Maui

During our stay we visited a quaint, New England whaling town called Lahaina. It was once the capital of the Hawaiian kingdom and the seat of power for the Kamehameha dynasty in the early nineteenth century. By the mid-1800s, Lahaina was soon overwhelmed with as many as 400 ships at a time berthed in the harbour, spilling up to 1,500 sailors ashore. Lahaina went on to become a bustling, whaling village.

Today, the town features storefronts that are occupied by clothing shops, art galleries, and Ono Gelato – the best damn gelato store on planet earth (with a connection to former Victoria BC residents of La Collina bakeries).

Here’s a list of galleries we went to, a short review + photo of each:

Higgins Harte International Galleries 844 Front Street Lahaina, HI 96761.. voice: 808.661.4439 cell: 808.268.3022 fax: 808.661.8440

Artwork by Alan Wolton caught our eye. This picture is from the artist’s website, but I think it is the exact painting we saw and fell in love with while we were there.

Alan Wolton, Sunflower Friendship, 60 X 40

Alan Wolton, Sunflower Friendship, 60 X 40

There were also some stunning images of Venice by the same artist.
Higgins Harte Gallery also represent original work by Anthony Quinn, and Red Skelton. Plus check out this Youtube video of a glimpse of the artistic process behind the raved sculptures of Woodrow Nash and the unique vision he coined as African Nouveau, available exclusively through Higgins Harte International Galleries.

Sargent’s Fine Art Sargent’s Fine Art 802 Front Street Lahaina, Hawaii 96761 Local Phone:   (808) 667-4030
Toll Free:  1-800-440-1278 Fax:  1-808-661-1580

At Sargents Fine Art, we met Island Impressionist, Roman Czerwinski, and he took the time to show us his work, and describe his inspirations. In July 2009, Roman was honored by his native country of Poland by having his art chosen to be on permanent display in the Polish Consulates in Los Angeles, Chicago and the Embassy in Washington DC.


Artist Roman Czerwinski at Sargents Fine Art, Lahaina, Maui

Artist Roman Czerwinski at Sargents Fine Art, Lahaina, Maui

This gallery is also displays works by Brad Parker – Hipster of Modern Tiki Culture – love it!

Brad Parker - Hipster of Modern Tiki Culture

Brad Parker – Hipster of Modern Tiki Culture

The Art of Peter Max Gallery Lahaina, Hawaii 96761 tel: 808-661-7979

Peter Max Gallery, Lahaina Maui

Peter Max Gallery, Lahaina Maui

Peter Max Gallery, Lahaina, Maui

Peter Max Gallery, Lahaina, Maui

Thomas Barbey Gallery
710 Front Street, Lahaina Maui, HI 96761 tel: 808-667-5000 fax: 888-476-7030

Surreal imagery, photography montage. You’ve got to see it to believe it. Thomas works with a combination of printing; sandwiching negatives together, plus a whole lot more photography brilliance to create a fantasy world from real photographs.

Thomas Barbey Gallery

Thomas Barbey Gallery

Diamond Head Gallery 736 Front Street Lahaina, HI 96761-2402, United States (808) 661-8171


James Coleman was onsite painting his latest piece at the Diamond Head Gallery. He used to work for Disney, and now is well known for “Romantic Impressions”. He captivated his audience for over two days while this painting took shape.

































James Coleman, Artist on location at Diamond Head Art Gallery

James Coleman, Artist on location at Diamond Head Art Gallery


Maui Art and Gifts 3350 Lower Honoapiilani Road, Lahaina – (808) 661-3537
Owner and artist Belinda Leigh / Original paintings and Fine art reproductions by Noted Local Master Belinda Leigh


We happened upon this lovely art gallery and discovered it’s operated by Owner and artist Belinda Leigh. She was on location the night we dropped in, and she gave us a tour or her artwork. She’s self taught and has been painting for over 34 years. Wonderful woman! And the way she captures light for her under the sea paintings is heavenly.

































Artist Brenda Leigh @ Maui Art & Gifts

Artist, Belinda Leigh @ Maui Art & Gifts

I just went to her website and discovered she has a children’s book for sale too.

See Under the Sea”

Belinda Leigh has illustrated this unique children’s book, “See Under the Sea.” Written by Ellie Crowe, it traces the adventures of a little humuhumunukunukuapua’a fish as he plays with the other beautiful creatures of the coral reef. The images are on transparent overlays so every page is a surprise, with many layers and discoveries to be made.

See Under The Sea, illustrated by Belinda Leigh

See Under The Sea, illustrated by Belinda Leigh

Maui Art & Gifts also has artwork by many other artists including Todd White, one of the creators of Sponge Bob Square Pants.

Todd White, Woods & Irons

Todd White, Woods & Irons


My favourite artist during this trip was Robert Deyber, A Painter in Pursuit of Serious Fun, which is not really a surprise since I lean toward the pop art surrealism genre.

Here’s a new original that was for sale when we were there:


ROBERT DEYBER, You Can Lead a Horse to Water III, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches.

And last but not least, I publish here the, “Vacation Photo of Maui 2010″. We usually develop a theme during our excursions. For example, one year the theme was, Nermal the Turtle. And we called everything and everyone, “Nermal”. This year the theme was, A Rooster and His Beetches, said with Spanish accent. I submit a photo below that explains it all. This flock seemed to be everywhere.

A Rooster And His Beetches

A Rooster And His Beetches

Exhibit V – Victoria, BC

Exhibit-v provides an extensive monthly calendar of openings,ongoing art exhibitions and the most reliable list of art galleries in the community. Video clips of exhibitions and the people attending the events, as well as interviews with artists will enhance exposure for these visual arts events.

Check out their website HERE

Edmonton, Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada

The Art Gallery of Alberta has reopened to cheers heard from the West Coast – hurray!


For info on the gallery, including:

The Murder of Crows by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller (January 31 to May 30, 2010)
Edgar Degas, Figures on Motion (January 31, May 30, 2010)
Francisco Goya, Disasters of War and Los Caprichos (January 31 – may 30, 2010)
Karsh, Image Maker (January 31 – May 30, 2010)

please visit the Art Gallery of Alberta

Pop Life: Art in a Material World at the National Gallery of Canada


Summer 2010 – starting June 11, 2010

Pop Life: Art in a Material World explores the complex relationship between contemporary art, marketing, and the mass media that has evolved since the 1980s when Andy Warhol’s uttered his provocative maxim that “being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art.”

Organized by Tate Modern, London, in association with the National Gallery of Canada.

National Gallery of Canada
Twitter: # popngc

National Gallery of Canada lineup 2010:

– Pop Life – big summer blockbuster including Warhol, Koons, Murakami, Haring, Hirst and others.

– Angela Grauerholz photographs

– Central European drawings from the gallery’s permanent collection, spanning five centuries, “from Dürer to Dix.”

– The architecture of Moshe Safdie (who designed among other things, the National Gallery)

– The art of Carl Beam

– “It Is What It Is,” recent acquisitions in contemporary Canadian art.