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
Salt Spring artist Amy Melious combines traditional and digital photographic techniques to produce painterly, evocative images that offer the viewer a sense of invitation to enter the worlds they depict.
Amy refers to nature as a primary source of inspiration: “Nature is a mystical theatre continuously presenting infinite forms of beauty. The beauty of nature can be tenderly subtle or startle us awake, always reminding us of the miracle of life and the interconnectedness of all things”.
Each of the images on display is a fine art pigment print. Each was sealed, mounted to a wood panel, and hand-embellished with acrylic paints. A finishing wax polish ensures lasting protection.
Elehna’s artistic process, like her life, has been multi-faceted and exploratory. Born and raised in Hong Kong, of Goan ancestry, she came to Canada in 1967 for higher studies. After many adventures and a career in the healing arts, Elehna moved to Salt Spring Island in 2003. “In 1990, on one of my adventures, I travelled to Salt Spring Island, attracted by the catchy name, and within a space of 2 days bought a piece of land that I was equally enchanted with. It took another 13 years before I was able to move here on a permanent basis, proving, in my case, that patience does pay off in the end!” She feels blessed to be able to live in an environment that nourishes and supports her artistic soul and creative process in photography, mixed-media art and the poetic forms of haiku and tanka.
Her work has been exhibited on Salt Spring Island, at the Sidney and Sooke Fine Art Shows ( juried), and hangs in private collections. Her photographic art is also available at the Reflecting Spirit Gallery, locations in Tofino and in Ucluelet.
Please call (250) 538-1716 for an appointment to view Elehna’s work during the month of June.
Michela Sorrentino born in Montreal, Canada and studied art in Vancouver Canada before heading to Europe to further her studies in art and textile design. She studied in Paris, France and then worked many years as a textile designer in France, Italy and Spain. She later returned to Canada and worked as a graphic designer. These formative years created a fertile ground for Sorrentino’s past and current work.
Sorrentino juxtaposes bold design and unusual colour combinations with dramatic mark making and unique symbols that reflect an intuitive style of working. Within each of Sorrentino’s works are layer upon layer of marks, which she often combines with larger organic or architectural shapes as well as graffiti inspired typography that recalls a language without being too literal. The abstract images that form her art are symbols for what interests the artist in her every-day life. These are personal images for Sorrentino and are true reflections of her spontaneous responses to the visual world around her.
Seth moved to Salt Spring Island in 2003, opening Galleons Lap Atelier and Gallery, then the only commercial gallery west of Toronto devoted exclusively to photographic art. Seth’s most recent work has been exhibited at the SSNAP Parallel Show, the Sooke Fine Art Show, the SSAC ArtCraft Showcase, and David Wisdom’s Summer Slide Show Series at the VAG.
His work can also be seen at the SSAC Easter Show in April, and in June as part of the inaugural Salt Spring PhotoFest.
Cinda grew up on a ranch in Northern BC, north of Fort St. John. Upon leaving the north, she went to UVIC, obtaining a B.Ed and M.Ed. Cinda dabbled in watercolour painting for personal pleasure as an amateur before picking up an oil brush in 2012. That change in medium, and a visit to the Dallas Museum of Art, led to the creation of the Coffee Girl paintings. The Dallas Museum of Art was the first time Cinda had seen the works of cubist master Jean Metzinger, a colleague of Pablo Picasso. She was inspired to look at his work online. Cinda first submitted a painting into a juried show in 2017. She was honoured and delighted to have “Morning Addictions” accepted into the 2017 SSNAP Parallel Art show. This inspired her to join the Salt Spring Art Gallery so her artwork could be appreciated by both local and international collectors.
Ulana Switucha has travelled and photographed internationally for over 30 years. Her first camera was a Brownie. But the passion for photography was ignited many years later while shooting from the summit of Mount Fuji with her first SLR. She is inspired by light, shape and tone and is drawn by the clarity and awareness of creating an image. She says: “Through photography I find silence and stillness.”
Ulana’s work has been exhibited and published internationally. Working with the Royal Asiatic Society, she was also a contributing photographer for a documentary study of one of Hong Kong’s oldest neighbourhoods: In the Heart of the Metropolis: Yaumatei and Its People
Kasumi’s motivations are from nature, simple shapes and forms. Subtle lines or accents are enough to finish the piece. She values simplicity. The pieces are thrown, hand-built or a combination of the both. She uses ash glaze and fire to cone 10 in electric kiln. Kasumi has received received several awards & grants including honourable mention from the Sidney Fine Art Show in 2015. She will participate in a group show this August at Iwasa Gallery in Kamakura, Japan and her work can be found at “Circle Craft Gallery” on Granville Island, Vancouver.
Rolando says of his work: “Experimentation is my journey to art. Without being partial to any materials or methods, the spontaneous and expressive practice is my ambition. Any subject is my motivation, whether be landscapes or figures. All needs to be interpreted either in colour or in black & white.” Rolando originally worked as a Graphic Artist for over 35 years in Toronto, Ontario and is now focused on art full-time. He has participated in various group shows and art events in and around the Toronto area. His works are in oil, watercolour, acrylic, graphite, pen & ink and charcoal, and he is accomplished in other techniques such as serigraphy, woodblock printing and encaustic art.
Educated in Quebec, Canada and a year of study at The Sorbonne, Paris. Jill immersed herself in museums and galleries soaking in art and history of Europe. She followed in her grandmother’s and aunt’s footsteps – both exhibited artists in Montreal. Jill’s command of the positive and exuberance of life is evident through a romanced fairytale interpretation of her home surroundings and travels to Italy, France, Ireland, India and Tibet. She was deeply influenced by Marc Chagall. Her whimsy has a depth that resonates at a soul level. Home, a small island off the west coast of Canada, Salt Spring Island, feeds her reverence with nature. Her medium is watercolour, gouache, oil, and a mixed media of gold leaf, fabric, and pen and ink. https://jilllouisecampbell.wordpress.com/about/
From an early age Paul was inspired to paint and has followed his passion throughout his life, through formal training and several decades of personal exploration and development as an artist. He says: “we are bombarded daily with images of the human condition. We live in a time of instant icons, engendering new interpretations of reality at a rapid rate. In relation to my work, this sets the stage for a visual dialogue, something for each viewer to interpret differently.” Paul has held solo and group shows in Victoria, B.C. and Salt Spring Island since 1989. He was was a founding member of the Alliance of Salt Spring Artists, a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and Salt Spring Arts Council. His paintings are in private and corporate collections in Canada, USA, Europe and Japan. Paul joined the Salt Spring Gallery in 2017 and his work can be viewed at www.bryansfineart.com
May 2018 – Daina Deblette
Judy McPhee was born in Edmonton and grew up in British Columbia. Working with her husband Thomas, she learned the pate de verre technique of cast glass as well as stone casting and finishing. Currently she is involved in working with textiles, creating luxurious art cushions based on drawing by Thomas as well as one of a kind fabric shoulder bags.
Recently, Judy has been active in photography, as seen here in these photos. She is a member of the Salt Spring Photography Club and exhibits her photos with the Club shows and in spaces around Ganges.
Tracy is a self-taught, multimedia artist working with a variety of materials which include clay, paint, charcoal, found objects and fibre optics. Images are created from the heart and their essence is of a spiritual, emotive and organic nature.
Inspired by her travels in Asia and a course on black ink brush painting in Thailand, Tracy began developing her own style of collage using black ink brush strokes with liquified acrylic orbs. She uses handmade paper from Thailand and developed both scroll like presentations and framed floating work in shadow boxed frames. Tracy also pursued a line of animal forms using a few strokes as possible to render the animal form. Check out the the two-stroke bear or the one stroke geckos. Tracy has also written poems to accompany some of the works.
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.