Hedgerow House Art Exhibits
Hedgerow House highlights an artist of the month on its walls throughout the summer season, giving guests and visitors the opportunity to see some of the creative talent found on Salt Spring Island. The Gulf Islands are a magnet for artists of every kind and we shine a light on local painting, sculpture, weaving, textile art and other creative mediums. From pottery to print making, from water colour to woodworking, from jewellery to sculpture, you will find every artistic discipline represented here.
Biographies of the artists on display and catalogues of their work will be available. All art pieces displayed are for sale.
For an archive of monthly exhibits see below.
The Salt Spring Art Scene
Salt Spring is a haven for artists of every kind. Galleries and studios abound. You can you stroll among the galleries in Ganges, visit the artists in their studios (by appointment) or attend one of the many special exhibitions. Check the Calendar of Events to see what’s on when you are visiting the island. We are happy to make introductions or appointments to visit one of the many artists. In addition there is the Salt Spring Studio tour, which takes in many artisan studios and gives the visitor the opportunity to visit local artisans in their place of work. Pick up a Studio Tour map and go explore.
Hedgerow House Artist of the Month Exhibits
Gillian is inspired by nature’s timeless and ever-changing beauty. Observing natural rhythms and harmony in our world provide an endless source of wonder for her.
Whimsical compositions, with a unique style of visual representation, develop in her home-studio as she explores memories and photographs. The process is intuitive and imaginative. What begins as observing and sketching evolves into rhythmic layering of colored, acrylic paints. The images grow, as brushes follow the flow of forms and explore the repetition of patterns.
Observing nature’s timeless and ever-changing beauty and trying to communicate it through painting is a constant reminder for me of that great mystery – the source of creation and love.
After an early career as a printmaker/artist, florence returned to university and became a social worker. Later, she obtained a law degree and worked as a lawyer in the field of aboriginal law, all the while continuing to paint and draw. Since 1999, she has been able to work as an artist full-time. For the last 15 years, she has lived and worked at ‘Bunbury’ on Salt Spring Island. It is an idyllic setting with an ocean view, a large garden and a beautiful studio.
Florence does not have a formal fine arts degree but makes no claim to being self-taught. She points to many, generous mentors and colleagues as inspiration. She has also spent several weeks a year in Europe for the last 12 years and has been exposed to the best of European art, both historical and contemporary.
Florence’s work has been purchased by private collectors across N. America and in Europe and Australia and is part of several public collections, including that of the Burnaby Art Gallery and of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation in Vancouver.
Eva Francis is a contemporary West Coast landscape painter. She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba, and studied Communication Design at Parsons School of Design in New York. Born and raised in the interior of British Columbia, she pursued a career in graphic design.
It was at a gallery in Banff, Alberta, where she first saw a painting using wax, then at a number of galleries in Europe where they were labelled as mixed media. Intrigued, she did some research on the internet and found some workshops in the US. Since then she has taken part in a number of shows on the North Shore, Vancouver and Salt Spring Island.
You can find Eva in her garden studio in West Vancouver most days, after she has gone on a hike or snowshoe on the North Shore Mountains. Her windows look out on the Strait of Georgia (Salish Sea) and Gulf Islands where freighters, seaplanes and flocks of crows are seen on their daily commute.
Ilse’s formal training in Germany was in the fashion industry, learning the art of designing, pattern making and the making of garments.
With that background she decided to make garments from hand spun, hand dyed and hand woven fabric. Inspired by the beauty of Salt Spring Island and the range of colours one experiences, colour and the finishing of the garments became my trade mark.
After about 35 years of making hand woven garments, she switched to knitting, which she had used to create “one of a kind” garments. Her next step was to make garments from hand felted materials, and from there she moved to integrating the full size of the felted garments in her artwork.
View more of Ilse’s artwork and garments at Salt Spring Gallery
The Artist of the month for April 2017 is Janice Parker
Janice’s formative years began with pencils, charcoal, pencil crayon and watercolour as she explored subjects, birds and animals, in great detail. Today her focus is often on flowers in gestural strokes with acrylic paints on canvas. Her desire is to bring beauty out with bright colours and movement, using bold strokes.
Janice loves experimenting and it is the wonder and process of creating art that draws her attention to her craft.
Stefanie Denz, MFA University of Auckland (1989), is primarily a painter and interested in body language and spatial relationships. She is influenced by Eduard Manet, the earlier sculptures of Alice Aycock(b.1946) and filmography. Stefanie has received numerous awards; Canada Council; 1999, 2003, BC Arts Council collaborative grant 2010, and has exhibited in New Zealand, Germany, USA and Canada. Most recently she enrolled in Transarts Institute 2014 Berlin residency. Stefanie teaches and is involved in community arts on Saltspring Island, BC, Canada, where she lives with her family.
July & August 2016
Lisa’s work as an artist, author and teacher focuses on sharing the transformative power of painting with Earth and heart. She nurtures joyful creative connection and authentic personal expression through art. Lisa does this via in person and online art courses, experiential nature art encounters, and thoughtfully crafted self study resources because she believes art-making is our birthright. Everyone has the ability to create with natural ease. Her photo-art and mixed media paintings bring natural pattern to life. Each painting is a passionate expression of feeling into another life. Lisa holds a Doctorate in Transformative Learning from the University of Toronto and here’s her CV. She lives, works and plays on Salt Spring Island, BC.
April & May 2016
Gillian began painting in 1997 and developed a unique visual signature incorporating photography and collage. An interdisciplinary artist, she has produced representational, abstract and symbolic work in a variety of media including acrylics, gouache, pastels, graphite, photography, textiles, poetry and found objects. In 2009, she co-founded OXOgraphy, a conceptual art collective. She has curated, promoted and staged many group and solo exhibitions locally and in Australia.
Gillian lives on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada, where she also teaches art classes, models for drawing groups and frames pictures for Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art.
February & March 2016
Josie is from Hornby island. She has painted most of her life,usually out in the landscape with oils on canvas. Graduating in 1983 with a Diploma of Arts from the Emily Carr College in Vancouver,BC. She has travelled extensively, returning to show her works over the years at the Hornby Island Community Hall as well as on the islands of Haida Gwaii and Vancouver. Josie now makes her home on Salt Spring Island. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Much of Sue’s art is inspired by her nomadic life traveling the world. Although she is inspired by all the wonders of the natural world she finds she is always circling back to paint wildlife. Animals are her muse – powerful shapes, ancient wisdom. When painting them, Sue works to find the character of the creature so that the soul of the portrait shines through. Sue’s art reflects her commitment to ecology and preservation of nature. She is an active member of many naturalist and conservation organizations world wide, volunteering her time to many different conservation projects globally, and donating her art for fundraising efforts for community development and marine sanctuaries. http://suebayleyart.com/
Susan Haigh was born on Salt Spring Island and has always lived close to nature. Working in oils or acrylic on canvas or board, she creates compositions from her own reference photographs. With an eye for the special details that characterize each plant, her paintings are full of light and vibrant colour.
As a gardener, Susan has been continually surprised by the range of colours and variety of forms taken on by different plants. Textures and patterns abound, from the centre of a tiny flower to the broad view of a whole landscape. Mimicking the bold designs of nature, Susan’s canvases echo the excitement and relentless energy of all life. Susan Haigh’s paintings can be found in private collections in Canada, USA, Germany and New Zealand. http://www.susanhaigh.ca/
Eva Francis was born and raised in BC. She attained her BFA from University of Manitoba, and continued her studies at Parsons School of Design in NYC. On a clear day, the landscapes of the BC coast are some of the most breathtaking of any place on Earth, but in the dark and wet of winter, it is sometimes difficult to see beauty. On those days I go outside to get fresh air, and in the process, experience the views with all my senses.
The landscape becomes atmospheric; colours are suspended in the air. The view changes from grey to green in moments. Then when the sunlight seeps through, however fleeting – it gives my spirits a lift that keeps me going.
In the attempt to capture that feeling as the weather changes before me, my focus is on the close and the distant views. I hope when you look at my paintings, you share my perception of this special place.
Encaustic painting is an ancient technique that has had a resurgence in popularity with the advent of better tools and technology. It is also known as hot wax painting involving the use of molten beeswax tinted with pigments that are applied with brushes to a wood panel or cradleboard. Each layer is fused to the previous layer using a torch, iron, or heat gun. The surface can be manipulated with incising tools, etc, to add or reveal layers below and to add texture. Objects, such as paper, string and metal may also be embedded into the layers. http://evafrancis.com/