NEVER DINE ALONE: SURREAL FRIENDS
Come join us for the most fun you’ll have at a Friday night art opening – Never Dine Alone: a visual + sensory feast.
If you like Lady Gaga’s new look, then you’ll appreciate our walking gallery of special guests; many of whom eat breakfast with Alice and dine with the Tudors.Â Our first art show explores the intersection of life, art, food, and social relationships.
Come spend the First Friday in November with us and witness the delicate dance of squirrels, hares, love and heartache, through sculpture, portraiture, and costumes.
Opening Night: November 04, 2011, 5 pm to 8 pm
What to expect: Opening Night will feature art, wine, music, dessert, a colourful cast of characters and fanciful friends. Read more here.
Show continues: November 04 – 13th, 2011
Opening times: daily with from 11-3 | Special Remembrance Day event 2-4
David Hunwick studied sculpture in London UK at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design. He has been exhibiting for 30 years in the UK and in Canada. He has had work displayed at the world renowned Yorkshire Sculpture Park and was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, and has work in both private and public spacesin UK, Jersey, Australia and Canada. In 2001 David emigrated to Canada and lives in Victoria,BC.
David won the ”˜Best 3D Award’ at the Sidney Fine Art Show inn 2007. In 2008 he opened ”˜The Sculpture Studio’ which specializes in mould making and casting and also offers classes and hosts exhibitions.In 2010 David worked on the ”˜Blue Whale Project’ which was the reconstruction of an 85 foot Blue whale skeleton now displayed at the Biodiversity Museum at University of British Columbia. David continues to teach, exhibit and work on private and public commissions.
Raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Carollyne Yardley completed two years in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and is a graduate of the University of Victoria, where she completed a double major in Psychology and History in Art. Most recently, she has taken art classes at the Victoria College of Art and studied with Tony Ryder at The Ryder Studio School in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Since 1997, she has been the founder, business owner, concept developer, and creative director of a software application & web development company which provided her with a strong foundation in the visual communications industry.
In September 2010, Carollyne launched her new business as a visual artist, and began to remove the mask of technology to emerge as her true self, standing with her hands on her hips, yelling and laughing at the squirrels in her yard. Conceptualizing sophisticated squirrels in fashionable outfits now consumes most of her days.
Tara Juneau is a young painter living and working in Shawnigan Lake B.C. She has studied with world-renowned artist and author Anthony Ryder in Santa Fe New Mexico as well as Jeremy Lipking in California. Tara views her work as an ongoing and evolving relationship with herself, the natural world and with God. She prefers working from life whenever possible, using oil paint as her means of expression.
“Art is my passion in life. Through painting I try to express the power that light and beauty have on my soul. I am always striving to know more – not only how to paint but also learning about what I paint. There is beauty and natural order in everything and I hope that through my work I can reveal that truth to others.”
Jen Steele Photography – Full time wedding photographer and co- owner of Luxury Boudoir Portrait Studio, Bella Boudoir, Jen also documents the works of local Interior Stylists, Builders and Designers in Victoria BC. Recently Jen has begun to revisit her fine art background creating her signature moody textural art pieces for local shows.
I came to painting late. Started only about a dozen years ago. Always been a big fan of art.Â Snuck away from the other hooligans in Port Glasgow as a kid to look at stain glass windows in churches.Â Spent a few years in art colleges in Sweden and England where nought was lost or learned.Â All the percolating stuff came to the fore a while back and it’s been a fun ride so far.I paint stories for the most part and am not too obsessed about technique. To that end I add verse to many of the pictures.Â Intuitive images of people is what interests me. Pictures of stories yet untold.
Ken Horn. October.2011
Steve Chmilar began his artistic training at the age of two when he would fill any blank surface he couldÂ Â find with pen or pencil drawings.Â His earliest work displayed his interest in the finest details of human variation, facial hair growth patterns, cartography and scale.
In the fall of 2007, Steve began his self education in the art of oil painting.Â After successfullyÂ Â replicating paintings in numerous styles, he looked primarily to the work of Pieter Bruegel (1525-1569)Â for guidance.Â Reproductions of his work have already been in demand and the word of his arrival ontoÂ the art scene have already preceded him.
Steve was born on December 25th 1979 in Grande Prairie, Alberta Canada.Â He paints out of his homeÂ studio in Victoria, BC.
Born 1962 in Botwood, Newfoundland
MFA ’95 State University of New York; Purchase, New York
BFAÂ ’92, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College; School of Fine Arts, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Corner Brook, Newfoundland.
Has organized and curated the Mailmania Series of Mail art Shows since 1994 a biennial mail art call open to artists around the world.
– Has participated in the Moss Street Paint In since 2006, where Mailarta – Queen of Poste (where his performance persona “Dame Mailarta” first appeared) Mailarta recently was the emcee at the Art Attire event at the AGGV.
– Taught at the Victoria College of Art 1999 – 2007
– Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s New Extreme Program 00-present
– Has taught Art College and Art Classes since ’93.
– Solo and group exhibitions internationally since ’89
– Represented in collections throughout Canada and the United States.
_ Dale’s Studio is host to a collection of collections . . with costumes,ephemera of all kinds to be found in the “Room of All Sorts”
– the mail art room, featuring some of the pieces of mail art that has come from around the world.
– The Art Space showcasing the works Dale has done over a periods of years, from stone carving to crocheted sculpture to found object assemblage.
– the Portrait Gallery ( a mail art project from the Dame Mailarta, for portraits from people around the world.)
James Mantle attended the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. He’s been a practicing Graphic Designer for over 20 years. Over that time he developed a series of artworks which take influence from
Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints or woodcuts). Jim spends most of his time out there. On his sailboat. Cleaning boat accessible beaches and freeing them of contamination off the Oak Bay coastline.
A fashion and costume designer for over 50 years. Designing in both Canada and the United States. His work has been seen in Las Vegas, Nevada and Dallas, Texas. He was also a featured designer for the Miss America Pageant. In Canada he created a line for Fashion Cares and has designed many shows in Victoria, BC. The winner of 2 Critics Choice Awards. He also volunteers for many fund raising events.The photo is from the Bear wear fund raiser for children’s Hospital.
After closing the doors of 10 years in her fun, successful boutique in Calgary, Danica and her husband, moved to Victoria for a new way of life. Danica opened De Mode En Vogue which offers a European-inspired, feminine selection of clothing (offered online and by appointment at Fort St. studio-boutique), accessories and jewelry that reflects a flirty, but tasteful, attitude for a variety of life’s moments. Using skills honed from over 10 years in the fashion industry, Danica can help you select something new, or previously-endeared and because it’s something influenced by vintage fashions, it will always be in style.
Tierre studied Millinery at George Brown College in Toronto and hats have been her passion ever since. Each unique creation reflects her flair for the flamboyant and appreciation of simplicity. Inspired by the strong elegant styles of days gone by, she applies her love of colour, texture and rich fabrics to produce modern pieces that often whisper of the past.
Tierre’s aim is to create quality head-wear using classic millinery techniques to bring back to our hurried world a feeling of playful elegance.
Tierre Joline Hats are vintage inspired pieces that bring out in the wearer a fun, playful elegance, perfect for modern times!Â They are one of a kind hats, designed to have their own character and charm.
Ice Moon Studio is a showcase for the work of Pati Tozer, an artist living and working in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
From a young age, Pati remembers being driven by the creative imperative to work with her hands. As a child, she would spend endless hours fashioning elaborate rooms out of shoeboxes for her dolls and dress them in clothes that she made herself.
Throughout her life, Pati continued being driven by that creative imperative. She found art to be an essential part of her life, keeping her grounded and able to maintain her perspective.
“When I’m working, I’m fully fixated on the work, the act of creation.” She explains, “The world falls away and there is only me and the medium. It becomes all-encompassing. My ears literally shut down and I am alone in this haven of creation, completely removed from the stresses of regular life.”
Ellen Manning obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from UVIC with a Major in English Literature and a Minor in Art History. Â Her interest in contemporary art led her to Shanghai in 2006 where she managed the largest Chinese contemporary art gallery in China, Art Scene China, located in the Suzhou Creek artists’ quarter.
Art Scene China has participated in important international art expositions, including Art Chicago, Art Miami, San Francisco International Art Expo, CIGE and Art Cologne.
Upon returning to Victoria, Ellen worked at the prestigious The Avenue Gallery in Oak Bay Village (2009-2010) with a focus on contemporary Canadian Fine Art. Â Drawing inspiration from Art Scene China’s Chinese Art Prize and Vancouver’s The Cheaper Show, Ellen created a new platform for up and coming local artists, Victoria Emerging Art Awards. Â It was at The Avenue Gallery that she launched the inaugural show which was met with great success.
Ellen is pleased to open a boutique gallery in the heart of upper Fort Street where she has fused together her international and local experience in the art industry. Â She enjoys exposing many unique artists for the first time to the Victoria art scene and many of these artists are sourced from the annual juried Victoria Emerging Art Awards exhibition.