Salvaged Artifacts & Stories

Encaustic paintings and metal sculpture exploring whaling and the viewer’s response to whaling.

Salvaged: Artifacts and Stories, is the final exhibition of Artcraft’s Showcase Gallery Summer season and is a collaboration between painter Rosalie Matchett-Short and Steve Patterson’s metal work that references industrial whaling practices that began in the 17thcentury, described by Greenpeace as ”the madness of the whaling – hunting species after species to the verge of extinction.”

Matchett-Short began researching the history of whaling in 2011 and has continually produced paintings based on this investigation and her discovery of documented whaling images.

”Frenzy is a word I kept thinking about while making this series. I wanted to show the repetition of a systematic slaughter of the whales and to create a feeling of hysteria and claustrophobia. I was struck by an image of remnants of ancient whalebones that still litter the beaches of the islands where the processing of whales took place over three hundred years ago.”

Working in encaustic, a medium that allows her to communicate and imply a history in her paintings, Matchett-Short explains why she is drawn to the medium: “The translucence of the encaustic medium enables me to create layers of both revealed and partially hidden images that act like visual clues to the almost forgotten threads of our past.”

Steve Patterson is an artist/fabricator who has had formal art training and is also self-taught. Drawn to recycled materials, he explains that “most found objects have a story to tell, and this is often more apparent with cast-off, discarded and abandon items. In Salvaged, he contributes to the whaling theme by taking an interest in “the relics left behind.”

Using the remnants he has collected in his work-shop, he liked the idea of exploring “a […]

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Two Yellow Lines

Seth Berkowitz

A series of photographs following the island highway on Vancouver Island. Large, thought provoking, and intriguing studies of landscape and humanity.

Seth Berkowitz used to drive up and down the old highway 19A,Vancouver’s Islands Oceanside Route, for work in the 80’s installing computers into the small resort communities hotels and motels in places like Fanny Bay, Royston and Qualicum Beach, that were “frequented by families from near and far who were there for their summer holidays. “There was a lot of colour and ‘fun’ places like mini golf courses and playgrounds in the motel yards. RVs, towed campers and boats everywhere. Driving along the Oceanside in the summer was slow and hot. You just had to be patient and add extra time to get to where you were going. “

And then the bustling activity stopped and stagnation followed as a new Highway was built which redirected traffic away from 19A communities. ”The next time I went was about 2011. There were far fewer RVs and campers. Places looked a big dismal and depressed. There were more boarded up places.”

Two Yellow Lines, the third summer showcase at ArtCraft documents this decline. Berkowitz tells a melancholy story with his images: ramshackle properties, empty retail spaces and motel vacancies. Yellow lines are present in almost all the photographs situating us at the roadside, ”connecting and dividing” communities and places along the Oceanside Route.

In one image Berkowitz show us a brand new bus shelter, a small signal that slowly, things are improving in the area and getting back on track.

Two Yellow Lines opening reception Friday, August 1st 6-8pm

Exhibition runs till August 21st at Mahon Hall, 114 Rainbow Road.

Sponsored by Li Read of Sea to Sky Premier Properties

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SHIFT exploring layers of perspective

Barbra Edwards and Fiona Duthie


Sculptural felt clothing and objects and dramatic oil paintings explore form and the perspective of duality, with each artist’s work echoing the other. There will be a fashion show on the opening night.

The second ArtCraft gallery showcase of 2014 brings together two well known and justifiably feted Gulf Island artists. Barbra Edwards from Pender Island has shown at Artcraft and several other local galleries in recent years, thrilling people with her multi layered, rich and kinetic oil paintings.

Fiona Duthie took the spotlight on Salt Spring last September when she organized, curated and contributed to the hugely successful “ felt::feutre” festival at Mahon hall. Duthie has been selling her sculptural, sensitive and imaginative pieces locally and around the world for the past 20 years.

Duthie and Edwards did not know each other before working together on “SHIFT” but were soon struck by the many similarities in both their sources of inspiration and in the colour palette and forms of their finished creations.

On the stage at ArtCraft this will create an intoxicating marriage of 2 and 3 dimensional forms, layers, colours and textures; with a natural flow and relationship between what both artists are creatively saying in their respective art forms.

Duthie describes her work with words like “layering…embedding…carving..” while Edwards echoes this with her descriptions of “layers of perspective…form speaking to form…line suggesting movement”

These similarities brought to life in such different media will be the catalyst to a truly memorable exhibition by two of the Gulf Island’s leading artists.

Another exciting aspect of “SHIFT” is the modelling of Duthie’s wearable felt pieces, framed by Edwards’ paintings in a catwalk show on the opening evening, which will […]

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Potential & Promises

Sophia Burke and Bob McKay

Photographs, Videos, unfinished and finished wood.

A study and installation on the process of fine woodturned objects.

“There is beauty to be found in incompletion.”


As viewers, we are used to seeing art work in a completed state in galleries, at exhibitions and in studio’s. We know little about the creative process: how the artist arrived at her finished piece. Looking at work in an unrefined and preliminary stage allows the viewer to witness the artists creative process and contemplate what the artist is considering along the way to completion.

Last summer Anna Gustafson walked through the Saturday Market and stopped in front of Bob McKay’s table, arrested by his “rough blanks”: roughed out vases and bowls, titled on their sides, unable to stand upright in this early stage, with chalk marks-“mysterious hieroglyphics”- written on each one.

Gustafson was delighted in seeing and sensing a process stopped in it’s tracks. “I was intrigued by the dry rough surfaces and struck by the forms and mass, in contrast to the lightness and perfection of Bob’s fine finished pieces”.

Excited by this, Gustafson proposed to curate Potential and Promises, a Showcase exhibition, which opens ArtCraft’s 2014 summer season, exhibiting Mckay’s unfinished and refined pieces and Sophia Burke’s photographs documenting this process.

By displaying his unfinished work at the market, Mckay invites passers buy to consider his process, allowing them to see the journey from tree to finished and refined bowl and vessel.

“I especially like visualizing possible pieces that make use of the natural features in wood “. Cutting into a log is a little like prospecting for precious metals-even though there are indications on the outside of what may lie within, […]

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