Three new art exhibitions are on display at the Bayside gallery. Works by Tony Grove, Dawne Brandel and Patt Scrivener can be viewed until June 30, according to a media release by the Oceanside Community Arts Council.
Tony Grove has always loved discovering new ideas and creating artwork, which has led him into several careers, including boatbuilding. He completed a four-year boatbuilding apprenticeship that started in 1980 and over the years has honed his skills as a shipwright specializing in wooden boat restoration and construction and working for various companies and private clients around the West Coast.
Tony has also worked as a commercial illustrator and artist, producing work for clients and magazines in Vancouver. One of his largest illustration projects was a book for the United Nations through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which has been published into several languages for distribution around the world.
Grove also enjoys teaching, which has led him to publishing articles, lecturing for various groups and classes and consulting on boat interior design and construction. This chain of experience led him to leave Vancouver in 1999 and start instructing at the Silva Bay Shipyard School on Gabriola Island B.C. In 2003, he became the school’s head instructor, teaching traditional boatbuilding and ship cabinetry/joinery.
Tony left the boat school in 2005 to begin working full-time for himself as an artist, writer, part-time teacher, custom woodworker and boatbuilder, working at his home shop/studio tucked amongst the trees on Gabriola Island.
Dawne Brandel was born in Kelowna surrounded by lakes, orchards and the four seasons. From an early age she always loved the arts, immersing herself in art classes all through school. Drawing and composition classes at The Alberta College of Art solidified the desire to take it to the next level.
Floral design and horticulture became a passion where she spent most of her adult career. The floral arts teach all about composition, texture, design and colour that influence her paintings today. Retirement from floristry allowed her more time to paint.
Brandel is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and has received numerous awards for her work in juried shows. She displays her work at The Old School House Gallery at Qualicum Beach and Tutt Street Gallery in Kelowna.
Her work has been published in numerous publications including Arabella Art Magazine.
“I love to work with colour and pattern, layering the paint for rich effects. The pieces are always evolving. The force of nature especially in flowers and trees always inspires me. Plants have such incredible beauty, strength and changeability,” Brandel said.
Patt Scrivener was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan and grew up on a grain farm, along with her four siblings. Although there was always lots of work to do, there was time to create too.
Scrivener works in many mediums including acrylic, encaustic and cold wax with oil. Her work includes imagery of people, landscape and abstraction. The layering of a variety of media offers an assortment of possibilities within her work.
“My work is about the process – I love layering, scraping, sanding, pouring and dripping. I use many unorthodox tools and love going to the hardware store,” Scrivener said.
In 2007 she studied life coaching and this was instrumental in her decision to becoming a full-time artist and to help others develop their creativity. Scrivener devotes her time creating original works and teaching others.
She facilitates workshops and a mentorship program in her Parksville studio. Scrivener is a signature (AFCA) member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and a member of the DeCosmos Fine Arts Society.