October 29 – November 23 2014

‘From Far and Near’

Hiroshi Shimazaki
“Far” in this exhibit centres on images created during twelve visits to India over the last 37 years. For Shimazaki, landscape painting offers “access to revelations of natural process, evocations of history and potentialities of human action embedded in place”.

Sheila Page
“Near” is the landscape beneath our feet: the importance and complexity of the natural world beneath us. “Humble natural objects on the beach have been shaped by waves and weather into arrangements that reflect the power of their environment,” Page says.

October 1 – 26 2014

‘Into the Wilderness’

Jennifer Drysdale
A recent émigré to the Sunshine Coast, Jennifer Drysdale’s exhibit entitled Into the Wilderness is a tribute to her parents’ history of working in the commercial art world. Drysdale’s work is highly influenced by her love for commercial illustration from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.

‘The Good Old Boys’

Rochelle Nehring
Powell River artist Rochelle Nehring’s exhibit entitled The Good Old Boys draws its inspiration from her father. The collection depicts glimpses into the lives of various men, each painting telling a little story and perhaps a little secret about each of the men.

September 3-28, 2014

‘Abstract Aesthetics’

Ian McLeod
McLeod paints in an intuitive manner, with sweeping gestures of opaque and transparent layers of paint and other materials, to create surface texture and depth – focused on pure abstraction. The paintings are not titled, but are identified by their composition number – hence the meaning of a title will not affect the viewer’s understanding or connection to the work. The intent is to transfer the viewer’s experience and perception to the work.

August 6 – 31, 2014


SCAC Juried Group Exhibition Showcasing Coast Artists
Metamorphosis is defined as a major change in the appearance or character of someone or something. Interpreting the concept of “metamorphosis” was the challenge sent out to local Sunshine Coast Artists for the upcoming exhibit at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre.

Thirty-eight submissions have been selected from over 100 entries. On display will be a range of work including: drawing, painting, photography, digital media, mixed media, etchings, metal sculpture, mixed media sculpture, and collage.

July 2 – 27, 2014

‘Journey Through Dreamtime’

Elaine Hunter
Nature choreographed photography with inspired use of colour and digital imagery.

Kevin McEvoy
The two most distinctive characteristics of Kevin’s work are an emphasis on abstraction and an allusion to the landscape.

June 4 – 29, 2014

‘How Soon is Now?’

Bill Edmonds
“I have lived and painted in Hope, BC for the last 3 years,” says Edmonds. “Prior to this, I was based in the Thompson Okanagan for 25 years and North Vancouver for 6 years. I sell my work mainly from my studio and at my shows. My art has been strongly influenced by the Figurative Artists of The St Ives and Newlyn Schools of Southwest Cornwall where I grew up. My first series of shows were mainly in central BC and on Vancouver Island. These were quick style renderings in house paint based on candid moments captured through the lens of my camera. I then had some intermittent shows [mostly group] in New York and Los Angeles but have now returned to my roots in BC.

“It is my firm belief that contemporary art should take a critical approach to current social and cultural ideas, and in my current body of work I have questioned anonymity and the release of personal information. Images are derived from omegle.com where random strangers are picked for texted conversations. ”The Stranger” was then asked to send me their photo with a view to having their image painted. At an early stage of the project it became apparent the strangers also had their own agendas with associated role playing and misrepresentation. Often I suspected the image was not that of the stranger and if an image was sent to me there were often unforeseen conditions and agendas. Initially confidant in my contact with strangers, time has caused me to be wary, suspicious and apprehensive. Consequently I now find whatever image is sent to me, the resultant ”portrait” mirrors my own insecurities, anxieties and fears.”

Adam Cramb
Cramb is a Powell River visual artist who has been on the fringe of many sub-culture movements over the last 25 years. His art has been shown in many West Coast galleries including the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery on Granville Island.

March 19 – April 10, 2014

‘Respond and Reflect’

Christy Sverre
Sverre’s painting style is defined by bold lines, riots of colour and pattern in an attempt to bring clarity and order to the wild chaos of impressions in her mind that have built up over years of living in different cultural environments.

‘I am fascinated by how, when we travel, we look but do not see at first,” says Sverre. “Over time the new becomes familiar and fresh elements are added to our visual language. My process is exploratory and intensely personal, as I construct and de-construct. I work in acrylic and mixed media.”

Marlene Lowden
Lowden is fascinated by the play between texture, colour, and light She finds inspiration everywhere but especially in the natural surroundings of the beautiful Sunshine Coast and is drawn to abstraction.

“I’m a painter, yogi at heart and an optimist,” says Lowden. “My work is about connection; helping people feel connected to their own creativity, to each other, to this planet we share and to themselves because connection creates awareness and understanding.

February 12 – March 16, 2014

‘Going Coastal’

Dean Van’t Schip
This show is a selection of beautiful Sunshine Coast nature images in colour photography. Born and raised on BC’s Sunshine Coast, Dean has been photographing the natural environment for over 30 years. His appreciation for the beauty and biodiversity of this unique area comes through in his high definition medium format transparencies and high resolution digital images.

Dean is a regular contributor to the stock photo agency All Canada Photos and has had images published in publications such as Over Beautiful BC, the Encyclopedia of BC, Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Yachting, Whistler the Magazine and Hasselblad Forum. Tourism BC, the Western Canada Wilderness Committee, the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society and Harbour Publishing have all used his images in books, magazines, calendars, brochures and cards over the past 20 years.

Andre Serin
In his current series of Coastal paintings, Andre Serin focuses on images of undersea creatures and casts them as supernatural beings dripping with luxuriant colour.

Serin’s work is built upon a foundation of painting and sculpture and often has a tendency to inhabit the liminal space between. It is his interest in blurring the boundaries of medium and material that has led him to explore mixed media installations involving painting, sculpture, video, audio and performance and framing them within recognizable social settings.

January 8 – February 9, 2014

‘FOG – Friends of the Gallery’

A Group Show
Eighty four members of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council present their work created during 2013. This is very popular and annual exhibition and celebrates the new year of the Arts.