EILEEN WILLIAMSON is the Art 10 Feature Artist for the month of September, 2016. Eileen presents "TREES", an exhibition of new acrylic paintings depicting local landscapes. She shows the Arbutus trees on Gabriola Island, the Douglas Firs at Long Beach, and the Red Cedars at Ucluelet on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. About her art, Eileen writes that she "seeks to express the mystery and spirituality of the land.
LEE STEAD & WENDY CYRENNE took the Art 10 Feature Wall for the month of August, 2016, with their exhibition of pottery titled OUT OF THE FIRE. Wendy joined with veteran Art 10 member, Lee, in her first Feature Wall. Lee is known for her playful, whimsical pottery. Wendy enjoys experimenting with the bright and quirky, as well as the soft and subtle. Both ladies have expressed their excitement in opening the kiln after a firing to find the treasures within.
Following from February's group exhibition RED, the Art 10 Feature Wall unveiled PRIMARY ELELMENTS II: BLUE. For the month of July, 2016, the members of Art 10 brought down the heat with the tranquility of the colour blue. This exhibition presented paintings and pottery with scenes of water, sky, and flowers - some of the things that sooth the soul in the scorching summer season. Some of the residents of these environments, whales, seals, and ducks also made an appearance to greet visitors to this show.
SANDRA JOHNMAN was the Art 10 Feature Artist for the month of June 2016 with her exhibition of oil paintings titled VANCOUVER ISLAND NATURALLY.
Sandy is a nature lover, and her goal is sharing that beauty with others. With the occasional foray into portraiture, her main focus is
the natural settings of the East and West coastlines of Vancouver Island. Her birds and animals are usually a part of that natural setting.
Painting in oil on canvas she states that every painting is an adventure, from the moment the photo is taken until the last brushstroke. Although she paints in a realistic style Sandra is working on an abstract series called “Water Music , along with a commission of an Eritrean couple in color from a black and white Photo.
Drawing and Painting have been a lifelong interest since her youth in Northern Alberta. She has a B.ED with an art major. She moved to BC in 1991, currently lives in Nanaimo and is a member of Art 10 and
The Federation of Canadian Artists."
LINDA HARRIS was Art 10's feature artist for the month of May, 2016. Linda's exhibition titled BARK AND ROCK, presented half a dozen new acrylic paintings. The show explored the relationship between the inanimate and animate in nature, and the life that is harboured in this ecosystem framed by rocks and trees. Although largely a representational painter, Linda's new work reveals a move towards abstraction and Impressionism. Her main focus is colour and texture. Linda builds up her paintings slowly with layers of transparent glaze to create intense colour and depth in her work.
WELCOME TO MY GARDEN is a group feature exhibition held in conjunction with the Nanaimo Horticultural Society's 70th Anniversary. For the month of April, Art 10 members have taken on the horticultural theme and expressed their visions in floral paintings and pottery for the garden. What more fitting way to welcome in welcome in Spring.
"DIG IT"- - - - - -an art of the garden pottery show by Art 10 members VIRGINIA DUNSEITH and RUTH PORTER was featured in the gallery for the month of March, 2016. Both women celebrated their love of the flora and fauna around us and showed us how clay can be used to enhance and adorn your home and gardens. There were sculptural wood-fired pieces for the patio, unique vessels for ikebana floral arrangements, vases for the living room and whimsical critters for the garden. Pottery can play both a functional and an ornamental role in your personal surroundings.
PRIMARY ELEMENTS I: RED was the February group exhibition at the Art 10 Gallery. All of the members were challenged to create a piece highlighting the colour usually associated with mid-February, and Valentines Day. The Feature Wall includes paintings, jewelry, and pottery. The show represents the first in a series of PRIMARY ELEMENTS exhibitions that will be coming up in the future at the gallery.
ROD CORRAINI took the Feature Wall for the month of January, 2016, with his exhibition titled PAINTINGS ABOUT FOOD.
Concerning this show Rod writes, "There is that old cliche question, "Do you eat to live or do you live to eat?". I would say, "food is my life".
My artwork is foremost about observation. I am a kind of non schooled culinary anthropologist. People don't look pretty when they eat and I relish capturing it on paper and canvas.
Food is a very important part of my life and well worth being a commentary with my artistic exploration.