Maiden Mother and Crone
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Maiden, Mother, and Crone
Focusing on women artists, this show explores the diverse stages of womanhood and the junctions and transition points that take a woman from one stage to the next. The artists ask their audience, what does it mean to be a woman? What do we make of the archetypes of the maiden, the mother and the crone?
Maiden, Mother, and Crone showcases the voices and works of these women artists, who rigorously and curiously examine what it means to look like a woman, to feel like a woman or to be a woman. So come stop by this summer and watch as women take over the walls of Artful : The Gallery.
Maiden, Mother, Crone runs from June 23rd to September 18, 2021. There are a variety of sizes and types of work
on display and for sale, across a wide range of prices.
Phyllis Serota is a painter living and working in Victoria, BC, Canada. She graduated with a BFA from the University of Victoria, and has shown extensively throughout Western Canada and the United States since 1977.
In her paintings, Phyllis explores both reality and memories recognizing that in remembering specific moments she is interpreting the act of memory itself. She is interested in what the distance of time and space can do to distort and obscure the images.
Phyllis’s work is also concerned with beauty, and the wonder of the beauty of the world... beautiful and, at times, terrible. "Serota's work is an insightful portrayal of humanity—the micro and macro of what it is to be human . . . Serota is a truly significant Canadian artist.” Senator Patricia Bovey FRSA, Former Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Carol was born in Victoria BC, but moved to Vancouver with her husband and children. She has recently returned to the island and is living in Cumberland where she has set up her home and studio.
While in Vancouver she studied and graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design majoring in sculpture and painting. She has shown her work regularly in the Eastside Culture Crawl, the Drift, and the Swarm, as well as taking part in many group shows in local Vancouver galleries and some international Women’s Art shows.
Carol has been working in mixed media and assemblage for over 30 years and enjoys manipulating and embellishing photos, her own drawings and other images and objects with paints, quite often using symbolism and historical information to help express her love of storytelling. Most of Carol’s paintings are about women and their place in and relationships with and to history, religion, magic and myth.
Ivy is a Canadian visual artist residing in BC. She is a full time student studying at Vancouver Island University and working towards getting her Bachelor’s degree in the Visual Arts Program.
By working with a diverse selection of mediums but mainly focusing on acrylic painting, Ivy expresses herself using a vivid colour palette, contrasted by emotionally charged subject matter. Stylistically and symbolically, Ivy gets her inspiration from the surrealist and expressionist movements. Artists like Frida Kahlo and Paula Modersohn-Becker have had a notable influence on Ivy’s artistic practice. While Ivy’s aesthetic stems from significant art movements, her content derives from personal experiences, especially challenges she has faced. By creating work that reflects her story, she uses her art as a form of therapy.
Although Ivy’s work represents her life, she intends on connecting with the viewer. Whether her art conceives an emotional response, shares similarity with your story, or evokes new thoughts or questions, she aspires to give the observer something to take with them.
Largely self-taught, Fay has been drawing, painting, photographing, dancing and creating since her earliest years in Trois-Rivières, Québec. She took her first drawing class at the age of 20 at the Ottawa School of Art and not long after, moved to Victoria.
Fay has been painting with acrylic for the past 15 years, inspired by the transitional period of rediscovering her voice, represented in the works shown in this exhibition. Lately, her art is inspired by the people in her life and the beauty of nature around her home.
Fay is grateful for the meditative and disciplinary gift of art that allows her to express ideas, memories, and emotions in a deeper way than she can with words.
Sasha Huska is a professional photographer based on Vancouver Island. Over the years she has trained and assisted under many accomplished and well-respected photographers who continue to inspire her. Sasha especially loves photo sessions with children, as one of her greatest strengths is the relationship she is able to create with her subject.
As a photographer, Sasha’s goal is to create and capture those uniquely stunning moments in time for a family to treasure and enjoy for years to come. She says, “The mission is simple! Let’s go on an adventure, and capture the littlest moments, making the most of the journey we are on together."
Janice Hofman is a self taught mixed media artist. She works mostly abstract and with collage, and uses a lot of up-cycled materials in her work, including paper bags, junk mail and assorted vintage ephemera.
From a young age, Janice enjoyed making things, and started making and selling jewellery at age 11. Originally she aspired to attend Alberta Collage of Art and Design in Calgary, but a re-route to Vancouver Island at 19, she landed in a different direction and she persued a Business Management Degree. She continued to make jewellery until about 10 years ago, when she discovered art journaling.
That led her to collage and then encaustic painting as well.
Janice teaches journaling, collage and abstract workshops, as well as sells her work at various locations on Vancouver Island, and online. She also makes stencils, stamps and assorted ephemera for others to use in their creative journey.
Gerda Hofman began her art education in the Netherlands. She completed a fine arts teaching degree. Her studies included anatomy, drawing, composition and art history.
After emigrating to Canada, Gerda continued her art studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, where she majored in painting. Now residing in Nanaimo, BC, she has an active artistic practice. Gerda has exhibited in Alberta and British Columbia, Europe and Asia.
For Gerda, light, composition, expression of line, rhythm of shapes, colour and correctness of information are important components in her paintings. She believes light and composition are the main reasons for putting colours down on canvas and panels to create an invented atmosphere and try to present it in a way that relates to the present time and circumstances.
Award-winning painter Lisa Hebden was born and raised in Victoria, BC. Lisa recently won a Juror’s Choice Award at the 2019 Sooke Fine Art Show, as well as the People’s Choice Award at the 2010 and 2013 Sooke Fine Arts Shows. She received a Painting on the Edge Award from the Federation of Canadian Artists.
She has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout BC, notably at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, Victoria’s Gallery at the Mac,
and the University of Victoria. Her work has been featured in International Artist, Applied Arts Magazine, Art Avenue, Ceramics Art & Perception, The Vancouver Sun, The Halifax Herald, the Claremont Review, Victoria News, and she has been spotlighted on A Channel
News. She is also a published poet.
Her paintings can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, Germany, and Australia.
Lois is a self-taught artist with no formal art education who has always been inspired by colour and texture, the abstract and whimsy. For many years, while working and raising a family, art took a back seat. However, upon retiring to the Okanagan in 2003, Lois once again found the time and inclination to pursue her passion. She also began exploring textile art and created many unique cloth art dolls.
It was her passion for several years until relocating to Vancouver Island in 2013. Here, Lois found a wonderfully supportive community of artists and she once again picked up her acrylic paints and brushes.
Lois is an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and she has been juried into many Vancouver and local Chapter art exhibitions and has received awards for her artwork. Lois’s work has sold internationally. Three pieces of her artwork are currently being used in set design on the NBC television series “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”
Dominique Eustace is an artist living on Vancouver Island. Dominique has been painting since 1988 starting in oils and moving to acrylics. Dominique enjoys diversity in subject and style. Her paintings are distinctive due to her bold colours and playful perspective.
Dominique had formal art training in school and university, excelling with portraits and figures. In recent years she joined local art classes and art groups such as Maple Bay Painters and Chemainus Art Group. She creates clay jewelry and art at local clay studio, The Hub Clay Collective. Dominique has a passion for big projects. In her earlier days she painted murals in her local community and recently helped paint a flower garden at local senior Dementia unit.
Since moving to Vancouver Island she has participated in local art shows including hosting two solo shows. She participated in the Plein Air competition at the Cowichan Bay Boat Festival and her painting won the People’s Choice Award. To celebrate recent shows she has donated her work to support four local charities.
Corinna Darcie is based in Victoria BC. She began drawing at a young age, making tiny scribbles in her mother’s notebooks. These tiny scribbles later evolved into intricate patterns or mandalas later in school. Although art class was always her favourite block, she apologizes to her past teachers as she did not want to be directed to draw something and felt like that took away all the enjoyment. Corinna’s work aims to break any regular boundaries of what “makes sense,” and proves regardless of her random intentions, each piece will be interpreted in infinite ways.
Corinna attended Carleton and the UBC Okanagan to give social work and general arts a try. Her impulsive nature and need to create and continually experience new things brought her home to study visual art and business at the University of Victoria.
Corinna is known for her modern approach to traditional surrealism. Often viewed as quite dark, she explores the hollow world between life and death, and our relationship to natural and mechanical environments.
Kristina is the owner of Artful : The Gallery in Courtenay, BC where she has recently settled. She graduated from the University of Victoria in 2009 with an Honours BFA. Her multimedia art practise explores themes of mythology, archetypes, memory, biography, feminism and agency. Using an intuitive aesthetic of sensual imagery she conveys her personal version of the human, and particularly feminine, experience. Campbell gravitates towards images and events occurring in her daily life, and with a blend of playful, sensual and haunting images, the work comes together to create an image of the life of the artist.
“I have learned that ultimately my art is a point of reference that is far less about me as an individual and far more about what it means to be human, in this world, at this time.”
Whether she chooses video, performance or shamelessly pretty paintings, each project starts with a burning question that sends her off searching for an answer. Her intuitive process leaves final outcomes for the piece and the viewer to decide. Campbell’s willingness to reveal the personal, often including herself in her work, supports her efforts in making the personal political, beautiful and emotionally provocative.
Sylvie was born in Hull, Quebec and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. She moved to the West coast in her early 20s. Her artistic influences began early when she became a frequent visitor at the National Art Gallery in Ottawa. She loved to paint and draw as a young person but, it wasn't until she retired from her work life as yoga instructor, nurse and web developer/designer, that she was able to return to her first love of “art.”
Sylvie started as a self-taught artist and then completed many workshops and courses and anticipates many more. Her previous careers and curious personality have taught her to trust her intuition and be a lifelong learner. In keeping up with technology, and with an eye for design and color, she quickly adapted to her environment and developed skills which set the stage for her current art career. She enjoys the challenges of painting and drawing with a variety of media, always learning new techniques along the way. She loves the surprises she finds especially while creating and revisiting her abstract work. Sylvie shows her work in several galleries, in member shows and juried shows.
She is the founder of Oceanside11art group, a member of DeCosmos Fine Art group, and an active member of the Canadian Federation of Artists (Arrowsmith and Nanaimo chapters).