O.C. (Doby) Dobrostanski(cancelled)

Due to a medical emergency Mr Dobrostanski has been forced to withdraw from the Studio Tour.

Since I have been supporting myself almost entirely on my artwork for the past 44 years, I have concentrated on commissioned works, working directly with patrons, architects and interior designers. Many works were developed to exacting technical standards for specific applications. The majority of my work has been custom made for commercial businesses and organizations but many works are also in private collections.

In spite of working to commercial requirements much of the time, I still find time to devote to my passions and favourite subjects which include automotive and aviation art and sculpture, landscapes and of course making electro/ mechanical works.

Media include traditional oils, acrylics, watercolour; three-dimensional works are installations of resin casts, carved poly-urethane, electronically controlled circuitry for lighting and motorized components, LED, Laser and neon effects. Cartoon and humorous card design are also part of the repertoire at the studio.

I am a member of the Canadian Aerospace Artists Association, and serve as an executive on the Texada Arts, Culture and Tourism Society.

I will be demonstrating some of my art making techniques throughout the Tour, at 10:30 AM to 11:30 Am and from 1:30 to 3:30 PM

Timothy Atwood

I often incorporate my art into functional objects or architecture so it will be frequently encountered. I strive for art which changes throughout the day, lighting conditions and use. In this way I work to create art which continues to surprise and inspire long after the basic function of the object has become habit.

I take much of my inspiration from the nature. One of my specialties, the Prairie School style as typified by Frank Lloyd Wright draws much of it's original imagery from surroundings and nature. Even the symbols I work with, such as Yin & Yang, contain ideas drawn from the world around me: moon & sun - female & male - water & fire - earth & air - curved nature & angular geometries.

Cindy Babyn

I'm a visual artist who interprets Canadian landscapes in oil paint, and oil or soft pastel. Though largely self-taught, I've taken private master classes with my favourite artist - Gordon Harrison, often referred to as “The Eighth in the Group of Seven.” My artwork is characterized by bold interpretations of natural scenes, amplified with energetic colours that bring a modern edge to my expression.

I'm passionate about helping people! I provide compassionate listening, as well as sound healing. I help people take steps to make changes, if that’s where they’re at. Support is provided without judgment and is completely safe and confidential. With my university degree in music performance, I made a go of playing in classical music string quartets and in a world music ensemble - performing on stages and in music festivals of all kinds. I'm grateful that on my musical journey I had the opportunity to experience the beauty and power of crystal singing bowls, Tibetan, Nepalese prayer bowls, gongs, and tuning forks. These instruments have a unique vibration that works wonders on your mood and spirit. It's a sound that I just can't live without! Come and experience it for yourself!

White Pine Literary Award nominee (2014), I'm the author of two books about the ups and downs of moving & moving out for the first time! I've moved over 25 times, which has contributed to my expertise. I've given Moving Out workshops to youth to help them prepare for independent living at Ryerson University, Massey Centre for Women, Bayfield Treatment Centre, Maple Star Foster Care, and at the Festival of Trees at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Moving Out! A Young Adult's Guide to Living on Your Own; and Moving Out! Moving Through Life Transitions.

Deb Dumka

Deborah Dumka is a textile artist working from a studio–by–the–sea on the edge of a small island in the Salish Sea of British Columbia, Canada. With a passion for colour and drawing inspiration from the natural landscape of her rural home, she dyes raw fibre and spun yarns to create a palette of material for her line of functional felt work.

Deborah makes things that have a place in our everyday lives, things that through their handmade texture, colour and function reconnect us to a time when all objects were chosen from the hands of a maker, taking their beauty from the marks of the creation process and the naturalness of the materials. Her inspiration is landscape and in recent work she has been exploring the idea of nature deficit, the way our connectedness to the natural environment plays out in our physiology and well being.

Deborah is actively involved in the Canadian craft community provincially as Past-President of the Craft Council of British Columbia and nationally as Past-President of the Canadian Crafts Federation.

Joy Garnett

Creating with fibre and fabric has been a passion since I learned to thread a needle at the age of eight. First a seamstress, then a weaver, I now combine those skills with both wet felting and the surface embellishment technique of needle felting.

Blending colour and texture is especially important to me and is a hallmark of my work. I consider my technique to be akin to “painting” with fibre, especially wool.

I am largely self taught, and have taken advantage of many workshop opportunities to enhance my skills over the years. I have lived in several diverse areas of Canada, and have travelled in many other locations here and abroad. From growing up in southern Ontario, to experiencing life in two of Canada's national parks, Wood Buffalo in the Northwest Territories and Waterton Lakes in southern Alberta; then living in Calgary and Victoria many of my visions of colour and texture come to me through the sights I have experienced over a lifetime in various locales.

Now, living on Texada Island, the ever-changing designs and colours in nature around me are of great influence. I combine fabrics and fibres, primarily wool and silk, to create decorative, wearable and functional art with a West Coast flavour.

Lori Anne John Vick

Art is an integral part of who I am. From an early age I needed to create, to make things. My Kindergarten teacher was very concerned about me, as I would only draw with a black crayon. I’ve since moved on and now I use the whole box of colour, although I still am partial to the dark side of the palette. I start most of my works by drawing in my sketchbook. I draw, take photos, do some sketches, paint, rework it, get frustrated, and finally come to some kind of resolution with the painting. It is not an easy thing to make art, the self critic sits heavily on my shoulders. All genres are interesting to me, but my favourite is the portrait/figure.

Lori has had a rich career as both artist and teacher. She taught art and math to high school students for twenty-seven years, some being at the first year university level. In 2010, Lori was recognized for her strong voice for the visual arts and her classroom practices by the British Columbia Art Teacher’s Association with the Award for Excellence in Art Education, Graduation Level. Through out her working career Lori has never stopped making art. She has explored the art of painting using a variety of media and styles to create works alive with personality.

Lori has a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia in Art Education. She has also studied at the Vancouver Art Academy. Through her involvement with “Artist for Kids”, Lori had the opportunity to work with many Canadian Artists as their teacher assistant while leading weeklong workshops.

Lori is now retired from teaching and now paints full time in her beachfront studio on Texada Island overlooking the Salish Sea, Georgia Strait in British Columbia.

Bill Kristofferson

Bill is a retired naval architect and structural engineer who has spent much of his life diving or sailing the seven seas, and finds most of his artistic inspiration from nature and the marine environment. He brings his own creative vision of boats, birds and marine mammals to life through acrylic paintings and wood carvings done mainly in yellow and red cedar.

While living on Haida Gwaii he managed the construction of the first, five beam longhouse to be built in the last 100 years in the village of Skidegate. In 1976 Bill was adopted into the Eagle clan of the Haida nation.

Bill spent many years designing the Kismet line of multihulls and providing plans for builders. He lived with his family on a self-built 43'Kismet trimaran for eight years. When he's not painting or carving, Bill can often be found sailing or working on his 34' Kismet catamaran.

Originally from Sweden, Bill's family moved to Canada when he was 10 years old. After finishing high school on Texada Island, He returned to Sweden and studied structural engineering, naval architecture and arts courses. Bill also did a short stint at the Academy of Arts in Paris before heading off to work and travel in the Middle East, prior to returning to live in Canada. Bill has also spent time travelling, sailing and working in Europe and Australia.

Mary Lock

I have been interested in pottery for many years since my first course at the Hughe School of Pottery in Vancouver in 1972. From 1973 to 1976 my husband and I travelled around the world and I learned to appreciate many styles of art. Among my favourites were Asian designs, particularly Japanese.

I moved to Texada Island in 1977 and since the mid-80’s I have been a member of the Powell River Fine Arts Association. In the time squeezed between parenting and working I have developed my pottery style and techniques over the years. I have always been interested in individuality and like to produce one-of-a-kind pieces that combine artistry with function. These include fire squashes, intricately designed and carved candle lanterns and goblet drums (with deer hide drum skins). I also make sculpted raku wall masks which combine natural and human themes. Since my retirement in 2010 I have a small home studio with a wheel which has afforded me more time and control over my work and has allowed me to refine my techniques.

My work is original as each piece is individually inspired and designed. My intent is to embody nature’s beautiful fluid shapes and earthy colours into individual creations that are appealing and inspiring as pieces of art but have an everyday usefulness as well.

Amanda Martinson

Amanda Martinson, a longtime resident of Texada Island, has been creating artworks of all sorts for many years. She is known for her oil and watercolour paintings. Although, exploring many subjects, her mainstay has been landscapes. Her focus is composition featuring line, form and colour in sea, sky, rocks and trees, the goal being to capture “the soul of the coast.” But not just the coast; in juxtaposition to it’s lush profundities she loves the desert-scapes of interior BC and the American Southwest.

Mentored by several Texada sculptors she is self taught sculpting the island’s colourful marbles, dolomite and flower-rock. This led to learning lapidary and basic silversmithing.

In keeping with her love of rocks she created a “Field Guide to the Rocks and Minerals of Texada Is.”, which has recently sold out. She loves to go on rockhounding field trips and has been an active member of the BC Lapidary Society, having been editor of their BC Rockhounder magazine for the last 3 years. Fortunately her husband Michael shares these interests and their home has been described as a “wizard’s house” full of natural artifacts.

As an alternative to silversmithing, Amanda explored bead embroidery to make bezels for her cabochons and has evolved to making “sculptural” jewellery pieces.

Amanda sees the potential for art in everything and likes to create and “re-create” as a natural extension of her being – it really is the essence of who she is and for her, the “art of living.”

See her works at the Artique gallery on Marine Ave in Powell River.

Website: artiquebc.ca

Facebook: Crystal Magic Designs

Etsy store: “CrystalMagicDesign” or www.etsy.com/ca/shop/CrystalMagicDesign

Joan Martisca

Spindrift Inspired Pottery is a working pottery studio complete with wedging and work tables, kick wheel, two electric wheels, glazing supplies and electric kiln. I create both hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery from stoneware clay fired to cone 6 in the electric kiln. I also reclaim and recycle my unused clay.

I took my first pottery classes in Burnaby in 1980 learning how to make a cylinder on a kick wheel and absolutely loved it. It wasn't until twenty-four years later, my dragonboat partner and potter Nora Hughes taught me pottery weekly here on Texada Island. Nora (Spindrift) was my mentor and still is my inspiration.

If you come on the TAST 2016 tour you will have the opportunity to see some of the steps in the process as the lump of clay changes from:

Wedging → hand-building
Throwing on potter's wheel
Trimming with the giffengrip

Now it is ready to dry for the bisque fire in the Kiln later followed by glazing and the glaze firing of the final product.

Sandy McCormick

The colors, shapes and textures of beach glass fascinate Sandy McCormick. A retiree from Vancouver, she began collecting beach glass in 1974 and says each piece is "remarkably different, like snowflakes. The styles of printing on the glass depict what era the piece came from. Each piece has a story to tell."

After a decade-and-a-half of collecting around the Lower Mainland and on all seven continents, Sandy struck the "mother lode" on Texada Island. She first came to visit friends and in one week collected more than she had during the previous 15 years. "It wasn’t until I started visiting Texada regularly that I had enough beach glass to do anything with, other than admire." Now her massive collection includes colors totally unique to the island, such as a range of golden and yellow shades. The former journalist moved to Texada in 2007.

She began adorning picture frames with different colors of beach glass, choosing pieces which reflected and accented the colors and moods of the photos. After taking some to a local gallery, she discovered they were a big hit. "No one else was doing anything like this," Sandy said.

Beach glass adds color, depth and charm to a room’s decor, bringing the ocean home. Shiny pieces, which are not as worn down, sparkle in the sunlight. Other beach "finds" such as small bottles, cutlery, marbles, jewellry, broken china, car and tool parts and Texada flower rocks round out the collection from which Sandy lovingly puts together her creations.

Her repertoire has moved far beyond picture frames and now includes: driftwood mirrors, door wreaths, wind chimes, inukshuks, beach glass curtains, key rings, pendants, Christmas decorations, candle holders, mirror frames (large and small) , table and wedding centrepieces and hangings of glass from ornate pieces of polished driftwood. She’s even decorated a guitar. Sandy specializes in custom items to match the color and style of the client’s decor and will include the customer’s own keepsake treasures to fully personalize her works of useful art. Email her your order now and pick it up at the art tour, sandynleeti@gmail.com.

All of Sandy’s exquisite products are one-of-a-kind, handcrafted slowly, with care and thought going into the selection and placement of each piece. Glue is never visible on her work.

Living on the beach gives Sandy ample opportunities to keep adding to her collection. She finds keys, dice, bullet casings, toys and a range of other unusual items which she incorporates into her work.

Working with beach glass is the ultimate in recycling, Sandy says. A product which is found in nature, sand, is made by people into glass items. It’s then recycled and worn down by nature, the ocean, into beach glass. "I take the process one step further and recycle the beach glass into works of art for people to use and enjoy."

For the Texada Artists’ Studio Tour, Sandy will be presenting all new works in her unique style that has evolved over the years with more elaborateness and detail.

Kathleen Scott

Kathleen Scott has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and Creative Writing. Her work has been recognized with a number of awards, including the installation of a 12 ft. ceramic art wall at the Vancouver Island University Campus in Nanaimo, BC, honouring the 14 women killed in the École Polytechnique Montreal Massacre in 1989. She has had one solo show and been a part of many art gallery group showings.

Since graduating in 2004, Kathleen has been a potter's assistant, a chocolate maker, a Gift Shop Gallery Coordinator, and the owner of her own ceramic arts studio, Mud Otter Pottery. Kathleen works in many mediums, including but not limited to; clay, painting, drawing, photography, stone, wood, and metal.

Dragon Weald Artworks is the name Kathleen has chosen to produce her latest creations under. Choosing the words, Dragon because she was born in the Year of the Dragon, and Weald, an old British word for a wooded or uncultivated country, to represent the inspiring wilderness environments her and her husband love to visit.

Working with natural stone, shell, ceramic, Czech glass and Swarovski crystal beads, Kathleen crochets one of a kind jewellery pieces using nickel and lead free silver plate and copper wires.

Kathleen's husband retired in 2012, and in 2015, they bought a small fixer upper in Van Anda, on Texada Island, BC. Once the house is done, Kathleen wants to build another small pottery studio, and return to her most loved medium, clay.

Debbie Shapter

Debbie is a self taught artist, acrylic being her medium, who specializing in paintings of structures and landscapes. Having moved from eastern Canada, Debbie has painted and photographed the blue water and green hills of the east, and the green water and blue hills of the west. She also enjoys making soap from natural ingredients, and making items from lavender grown on her farm. Knitting is another artistic activity Debbie enjoys, creating handmade items. Debbie moved to Texada island in 2009 and presently works a registered nurse in powell River.

T. I. Quilters Guild & T. I. Needlework Guild

The Texada Island Quilter’s Guild and The Texada Island Needlework Guild are hosting an exhibit featuring quilts, embroidery and other textile related art as part of the Texada Artist’s Studio Tour. The Texada Island Quilter’s Guild is a friendly, informal group of quilters who meet every Monday night at 7 PM in the Royal Canadian Legion Basement. They like to say “ we just get together and sew.” The members of the guild engage in both traditional and art quilting using a variety of techniques. The Guild has hosted classes in traditional wool rug hooking, dying fabrics, and tote bag construction. The Texada Island Needlework Guild is a chapter of the Embroiderer’s Association of Canada. They meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 7PM at the Royal Canadian Legion. The members of TING are active are dedicated to promoting the awareness and enjoyment of the art of embroidery in our community. They have hosted classes in several embroidery techniques, taught at our local elementary school, and demonstrated embroidery during a “Stitch in Public” event at our local Farmer’s Market. Both Guilds have been involved in the Texada Island Festival of Trees event, donating a tree decorated with hand embroidered and stitched ornaments for auction to benefit local charities.

Shelley Thomson

I first stepped foot on Texada Island in 1990 and have been infatuated with this beautiful Island ever since. It's a wonderful experience living on the West Coast and the breathtaking scenery and wildlife are often subjects for my art. One of my current projects is creating surface design for textiles. This process involves initial sketches on paper, redrawing on computer, and digitally printing or screen printing on a variety of fabrics. I also batik, paint with acrylic on dyed canvas, make lino-prints and experiment with photography.

My display at the 2016 Texada Artist Studio Tour will include wall hangings, t-towels, scarves, and other textile items as well as photo cards and lino print cards.

Please feel free to view my website www.blubberbaydesign.com

Bruce Thurston

Bruce and his wife were taught the basics of beadmaking in 1990, in 1992 they bought a small home on Texada Island where his wife monopolized the torch so Bruce started building tiny simple whimsical images with the scrap glass and firing them. He glued magnets to his glass pictures and was happily surprised that these sold as fridge magnets at the local farmers market and small craft fairs. Bruce has now been making and selling his glass pictures for twenty years. All his pieces are constructed from tiny pieces of glass, which he cuts, grinds, assembles and fires in a kiln. He does not use any molds, all his designs are his own and each item is unique, as he builds them one at a time. He has developed many standard images and is always working on new ones.

Maggie Timms

Maggie first learned to cut glass in the late 1970’s while living in Whitehorse, Yukon. She prefers to create her own original patterns and designs and has had many projects commissioned over the years.

She mainly uses the “Tiffany” (copper foil) method of construction to create both practical and whimsical pieces. Maggie also uses the traditional “lead came” method of construction to create dramatic works requiring bold lines and structural strength, sometimes substituting the lead for copper or brass.

Some of her multi-media pieces are embellished using acid etching to add detail, texture and backgrounds. She also uses advanced soldering techniques to add texture and decorative touches to certain of her works.

Maggie has introduced many people to the art of working with stained glass and taught adult night school classes at Yukon College. Maggie still takes one or two students from time to time in her tiny studio in Van Anda.

Although all other hobbies took a back seat when Maggie first tried working with stained glass; she still keeps her hand into creating beautiful carved vegetable and fruit garnishes. Before moving to Texada Island, she demonstrated the art as a guest presenter at a national Bed & Breakfast convention held in Maple Ridge.

Her more portable hobby is the design and creation of beaded bookmarks which make a very affordable gift that is both practical and beautiful.

Maggie’s love affair with glass has lasted almost four decades. The endless combinations, textures, colours, and the beauty and magic of the glass with the changing light has been a fascination that endures to this day. From the tiniest glass Bichon Frise to a meter square traditional window or full-size dragonfly/hummingbird doorlights, Maggie’s work has continued to delight and enchant since she first set cutter to glass those many years ago.

Diana Vaughn

I live on a small island in the Strait of Georgia where the jagged cliffs and constantly changing ocean often inspire me in ways that are reflected in my jewelry pieces. When not on the water or hiking the trails I am in my garden where the multitude of colours both in flower and insect will often lead me into my studio to try and emulate nature. Creating these pieces is very rewarding. I love the process from first inspiration to the customers who find something special that they know will complement what they have been looking for , for themselves or a friend. Sometimes I'll receive a text with a picture of their new purchase . They are happy and I am happy.

Jewellery Repair

Ken & Lynda Williams

When I( Lynda) received an electric Razor Tip Burner as a gift, the wide world of Pyrography started. It became apparent that nothing was sacred from burnt images. I have burnt pictures on paper, leather drums, birch bark and many different woods such as Big Leaf Maple, Juniper, Red Cedar and my favorite of all, Yellow Cedar only found on the beach. I am self taught so there is no right way or wrong way in my world. I experiment a lot and have in the past few years have been adding colour to some images which gives a whole new dimension rather than just sepia tones. After burning everything I laid my hands on I realized there were many more ideas to explore if only I had something else to burn on. Having a husband (Ken) with a lathe opened up all sorts of ideas and soon he was taking my orders for plates and bowls, plus cutting and sanding many blanks for me to use as feathers. A friend of ours supplies me with Elk hide drums and I bring Gourds home from Yuma, Arizona where we have been spending our last eight winters. While in Yuma, I put an entry in at their Wood Show and received second prize. I have also had the honour of having two pictures chosen by Ducks Unlimited for their annual auction in the Chilcotin.

I (Ken) have been using a lathe for many years. I have turned Maple, Arbutus, Garry Oak, Juniper, Alder, Black Walnut and of coarse a large amount of Yellow Cedar for the wood burner! Spalted Maple is probably my favorite. I also hand carve Black Oak Burls which I have brought home from Oregon. While in Yuma during our winter stays, I had the pleasure of meeting with carvers and learned about carving Diamond Willow Walking sticks and canes. It didn't take long for the wood burner to start making suggestions as to a few added embellishments to my carving ideas. Weather turning on a lathe or hand carving, wood has many surprises hidden inside and that makes each piece a one of a kind.

We are both original Texadans, Ken having been raised in what was "Beautiful Blubber Bay" in a house across the street from the now Holtenwood Gallery. I was raised in "the hills" above Shelter Point where it is still beautiful!