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Free Spirit Studio Gallery & Shop acknowledges with gratitude that we are on the traditional and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Proud to be representing Indigenous and BIPOC artists & artisans.

  • Tue, Jul 09
    Jul 09, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – Jul 28, 2024, 4:00 p.m.
    Gabriola, 590 N Rd, Gabriola, BC V0R 1X3, Canada
    Jul 09, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – Jul 28, 2024, 4:00 p.m.
    Gabriola, 590 N Rd, Gabriola, BC V0R 1X3, Canada
    Join us for Dave Ari's first feature exhibition of his newest paintings at the gallery. Dave's realist nature paintings are inspired by the West Coast landscapes.
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Beyond Ravens

Dave Aris

Tuesday July 9 - Sunday July 28, 2024


Fri July 12 | OPENING RECEPTION | 6-8pm​​



Dave Aris is a Gabriola resident and artist. His work is inspired by the Pacific West Coast natural landscapes and fauna. His contemporary realism approach to his subject matter captures both an accuracy and an ability to capture the mood of the scenes. His paintings evoke the vastness of this coastal region from warm sandstone beaches to distant snow peaked mountains. He is known for his raven paintings however this exhibition also showcases his rich studies of cloud formations and light across his vast horizontal landscapes. 

"I paint for the joy of it. In a world that seems so unsettled and often callous, I find solace in my
studio. It’s not a form of escapism, but rather of calm where I can think clearly and appreciate
the good that can be found in the world. I look over our beautiful gardens to the Salish Sea.
Such a magnificent view is very conducive to creativity. I am inspired to paint the ocean, the
trees and the creatures that inhabit them. However it is fun and challenging to explore new
ways of expressing myself through my paintings. In the past few years I have abstracted my
images by pixilating them. No surprise that the inspiration for this technique came from
computers that go wonky.
Art is in almost everything I do. I usually view the world around me with what I would term an
artistic eye. I notice changes of light, a certain twist in a tree branch or some unusual
reflection. When I do my art work these things play an important roll. ART is life!" - Dave Aris

All are welcome!



Featured Collection

Free Spirit Gallery Studio & Shop is a unique art gallery and store located on Gabriola Island. Our mission is to showcase the work of local Gabriola and BC artists. We take pride in offering a wide selection of unique artwork, ranging from paintings to sculptures and everything in between.

We are now offering our exclusive collection of artwork for sale online. We invite you to come explore our gallery and shop and experience the beauty of our local art. Shipping is available Internationally, so you can bring the beauty of Gabriola Island straight to your door.


590 North Road
Gabriola, BC
V0R 1X3


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