the Free Spirits
Meet the amazing artists and artisans on our growing list of local Gabriola and BC talent. We invite you to explore our expertly curated collection of art, gifts, and curiosities. Unique art and objects will delight the senses and enhance your life with objects of beauty and wonder.
My work often portrays the flower as dramatically oversized. They are powerful and will stand up and overpower even us humans. I often think of the tenacity of plants. They just don’t give up! Humans as a species may die, if so the plants of the earth will thrive and blossom, even better without us.
For Stephen sculpting is a journey – the recording of a story. The stone sculptures seem to have a life of their own and know exactly what they want to be. He just has have to carve, listen to what they have to say and try not to take too much off. In return they show him what he needs to see, tells him what he needs to hear.
Clair Muir & Mark Huisman - Marchlight Studio
Transforming salvaged wood into hand turned vessels with wood burned drawings.
Watercolour prints. Small sculptures. Greeting cards.Creating beauty and magic out of the unexpected, artists Mark Huisman and Claire
Frances Muir are the dynamic team behind Marchlight Studio on Gabriola Island,
B.C. Mark cuts, shapes, and turns the plates, bowls, and boards. Claire finishes
the works of art with freehand wood-burned drawings.
Current fascinations include the beauty of the natural world and the exploration of her inner world through a meditative and intuitive approach to creation. Both aspects have been deeply supported through living on Gabriola where natural inspiration is all around and peace for contemplation is abundantly available.
June is a Métis artisan who has been crafting her whole life (cross-stitch, embroidery, sewing, and beading). Initially self-taught, she was fortunate to have wonderful teachers and mentors along the way, which led into her passion for beadwork — a tradition that spans generations and many cultures. June creates beaded earrings using glass beads as a way to connect with her Métis culture and history. Her work celebrates Métis floral motifs as well more contemporary designs.
Kim Fagerlund - Ocean Plaskets
Kim's basket work represents her concern about the profusion of plastic in the world and the increasing quantity of waste in landfills. This is a way of sharing my love for the ocean and our need to care for the earth. I am hoping to inspire people to the possibility of renewal and to protect the earth.
Sarah Graeme is an emerging ceramic artist currently based on T’Sou-ke and Pacheedaht Territory on Vancouver Island (Shirley, BC). Sarah’s work combines ceramic forms with plant fibers using weaving and basketry techniques. This combination and overlap in craft mediums and ways-of-making serves as a personal reflection in the context of materials, relationships, and place.
Faces intrigue and ask the viewer to wonder about lived experience. Colour contrasts with the solemness of the internal world and a pressure to present differently to the outside. Her work explores the boundaries of the individual, an internal solitude, as well as the often concurrent longing for connection.
West Coast Canadian Artist Tyrrell Clarke’s artwork is an evolving stream of spiritual images from the figurative to the abstract in nature. She is known for being a master colourist through her use of vibrant jewel tones and subtle glazes. Her canvases have a current of energy that invokes a spirit of connection in the observer.
Thistle jewellery is designed and handmade by Wendy Stok on Gabriola Island, BC. She combines traditional silversmithing techniques with a contemporary aesthetic to create jewellery that is unique, beautiful and well made. Her designs are influenced by natural forms as well as nostalgia for the beauty of bygone times. She aims to make pieces that are functional and graceful and sees wearing jewellery as an opportunity to inject a little loveliness into the everyday.
Brendalee came to art through jewellery-making. She created primarily in silver, which she prefered above all other metals for its lustre, its malleability, and the singular way it enabled her to give form to her imagination. When she came to Gabriola nine years ago she found the island’s beauty an irresistible inspiration, and began to reflect some of its natural forms in her unique silverwork and now painting.
Catherine is a BC artist whose art jewellery is inspired by her life lived close to nature. Her sculptural jewellery collections are complex one of a kind art pieces. Her customers are attracted to these unusual and delicate pieces and the high quality craftsmanship. Gems and metals used are guaranteed to be responsibly sourced.
Multimedia artist Devon Featherstone has been creating art for 40 years.
She finds her inspiration in the natural world. As well as her acrylic paintings, Devon also sculpts life sized native B.C. song birds from air dry polymer clay. With her eye for detail and accuracy Devon uses various small tools and acrylic paint to create a realistic representation and then mounts each
bird on local driftwood.
The mindful act of constructing/deconstructing the surface, inscribing organic rhythms, and layering colour, creates a distillation of experience.Intuitive, expressive, sensual and transitory,
my abstracts are reflecting equivalents in nature. Themes of landscape and memory are evocative
of a moment caught in time.
Laura Handford - Moonshine Studio
Laura's original designs feel powerful and elegant when worn. Her trademark pieces showcase the vibrancy of the gem with simple, potent lines, letting ' the stone peak for itself'. Other intricately worked silver and gold pieces will excite and enrich you to behold and experience. As Laura's creativity is refreshed by the forces of nature, she continues to share with us her special brand of Inspiration
Marcelle lives a quiet life in the forest by the sea, working from her pottery/sculpture studio on Mudge Island, BC. My continued awareness and respect for integrity of the medium and the elements recalls in my work a sense of primal reverence toward the natural world. Regardless of subject, however, my theme is always clay.
As she carves, she works intuitively with each piece, releasing the form that she senses dwelling in the wood. Her intention in sharing her carvings is to offer guests the opportunity to connect more deeply to trees. Her inner work is to continuously develop her attentiveness to the spirit of the wood.
Sacha Arkhipova - WAIWAI
WAIWAI’s unique pieces are re-invented exclusively from leather scraps responsibly sourced from local leather makers. We believe nothing should be wasted. Minimalism lies in the heart of the company and is a common thread through the manufacturing process as well. Impeccable craftsmanship is the result of doing each step by hand and employing only basic tools.
A self taught artist, Tammy's artwork is shown widely, both nationally and internationally. Among her many honours and awards, Tammy is a two time B.C. Glass Art Award winner and has been cited for her contribution to her local arts community. The scope of her work includes tiny glass gems, mixed media paintings and large scale glass, steel and wood sculptures, and anything else that helps her to connect to her authentic creative voice. Tammy openly connects with the wild spirit of life, and this joyful, soulful energy is imbued into her artwork.
Vicky's illustrations reflect her love of nature and she's always at her happiest when painting whales. She likes to make creations that are fresh and fun and full of life - just like the spring tides here in the Pacific northwest. Nature is her inspiration and a splash of whimsy never goes amiss.
Musician and visual artist, weaver has returned to the fluid medium of watercolour, joyfully painting intuitive ‘drops of light’ out onto 100% cotton paper and foraged wood. Being so inspired by living on beautiful Gabriola, she adores exploring atmospheric and abstract landscape that resonate spiritually from her heart. She also enjoys creating greeting cards that include her art and photography.