Art

Fernie local Dave Richards with his latest carving creation - an ice bear carved from ice from Crowsnest Pass Lake. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

(Ice) bear spotted in Fernie

Local wood carver in training Dave Richards is the artist behind the ice sculpture

Fernie local Dave Richards with his latest carving creation - an ice bear carved from ice from Crowsnest Pass Lake. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Myles Beeby, winner of the 2022 Whale Festival poster contest, stands on Mackenzie Beach with his winning painting called ’Aquatic Taijitu’.  (Wild Coast Photography)

Tofino artist Myles Beeby earns Whale Fest poster honours

The 2022 Pacific Rim Whale Festival poster titled ‘Aquatic Taijitu’ is all about balance

Myles Beeby, winner of the 2022 Whale Festival poster contest, stands on Mackenzie Beach with his winning painting called ’Aquatic Taijitu’.  (Wild Coast Photography)
Chilliwack sculptor Kevin Stone stands beside a gigantic Elon Musk head in his workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: B.C. metal sculptor makes giant Elon Musk head for cryptocurrency monument

Kevin Stone making head which will attach to goat body riding rocket, then presented to Elon Musk

Chilliwack sculptor Kevin Stone stands beside a gigantic Elon Musk head in his workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Samantha Dickie photographed by Lia Crowe

Sound, silence and space

The work of ceramic artist Samantha Dickie

  • Jan 5, 2022
Samantha Dickie photographed by Lia Crowe
September 7, 2021 -Artist Karel Doruyter stands in front of a painting on his easel in his home studio in Nanaimo. Don Denton photograph

The rising landscapes of painter Karel Doruyter

A life of exploration and experimentation

  • Dec 1, 2021
September 7, 2021 -Artist Karel Doruyter stands in front of a painting on his easel in his home studio in Nanaimo. Don Denton photograph
The Vancouver Island Symphony will perform Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s suite ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ this coming April. (Photo courtesy Heydemann Art of Photography)

Vancouver Island Symphony seeking art inspired by music inspired by art

VIS to hold exhibition by Island artists based on Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’

The Vancouver Island Symphony will perform Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s suite ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ this coming April. (Photo courtesy Heydemann Art of Photography)
Artist Erica Hawkes photographed by Lia Crowe

From Group of 7 to Nouveau 7

Artist Erica Hawkes brings Canadian scenes to life

  • Nov 24, 2021
Artist Erica Hawkes photographed by Lia Crowe
Two teenagers attempt to trap and kill a monster in an “iconic” scene from the Netflix program ‘Stranger Things’ recreated by Nanaimo man Todd Cameron using vintage toys . (Photo courtesy Todd Cameron)

Netflix enlists Island man to recreate ‘Stranger Things’ scenes with vintage toys

Todd Cameron replicates ‘iconic scenes’ from TV series using figurines, Lite-Brite

Two teenagers attempt to trap and kill a monster in an “iconic” scene from the Netflix program ‘Stranger Things’ recreated by Nanaimo man Todd Cameron using vintage toys . (Photo courtesy Todd Cameron)
Voxel Bridge art

Technology as art

The dazzling Voxel Bridge installation

  • Nov 19, 2021
Voxel Bridge art
In this handout photo provided by Sotheby's Auction House, the auction for Banksy's "Love is the Bin" takes place in London, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. A work by British street artist Banksy that sensationally self-shredded just after it sold for $1.4 million has sold again for $25.4 million at an auction on Thursday. “Love is in the Bin” was offered by Sotheby’s in London, with a presale estimate of $5.5 million to $8.2 million. (Haydon Perrior/Sotheby's Auction House via AP)

Shredded Banksy artwork sells for $25.4 million at auction

Price a record for the artist, and close to 20 times the piece’s pre-shredded price

In this handout photo provided by Sotheby's Auction House, the auction for Banksy's "Love is the Bin" takes place in London, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. A work by British street artist Banksy that sensationally self-shredded just after it sold for $1.4 million has sold again for $25.4 million at an auction on Thursday. “Love is in the Bin” was offered by Sotheby’s in London, with a presale estimate of $5.5 million to $8.2 million. (Haydon Perrior/Sotheby's Auction House via AP)
Carole Finn’s ‘Napoleon Gulls at Wickaninnish Beach’ is one of 10 works on display at her ‘Trails and Beaches of the Pacific Rim’ exhibition currently showing at Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort. (Image courtesy of Carole Finn)

Artist returns to where journey began in Ucluelet

Carole Finn has returned to Black Rock Resort 12 years after her first exhibition

Carole Finn’s ‘Napoleon Gulls at Wickaninnish Beach’ is one of 10 works on display at her ‘Trails and Beaches of the Pacific Rim’ exhibition currently showing at Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort. (Image courtesy of Carole Finn)
Cole Speck sits in his Campbell River studio among some incomplete works. Photo by Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror

Vancouver Island artist carves own path while honouring past

Beau Dick protege, Cole Speck, makes magnificent masks

Cole Speck sits in his Campbell River studio among some incomplete works. Photo by Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror
VP of Vancouver Island Blacksmith’s Association, Rob Sainsbury, demonstrates the art of blacksmithing at the shop in Langford. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Vancouver Island blacksmith hammering new era for a legacy trade

Demonstrations occur at local events and during workshops held by the group

VP of Vancouver Island Blacksmith’s Association, Rob Sainsbury, demonstrates the art of blacksmithing at the shop in Langford. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Maynard Johnny Jr. created this steering paddle orca design using a playful colour palette and as he was painting the fun colours it reminded him of how playful and happy his granddaughter is, therefore becoming granddaughter orca. “I’m proud to be a part of the Coast Salish Renaissance and perpetuating the style to the forefront of the West Coast Native Art world,” he noted. (Photo submitted)

Island Coast Salish artist’s colourful design selected for newest BC Ferries vessel

Maynard Johnny Jr. honoured for his vision for the Salish Heron

Maynard Johnny Jr. created this steering paddle orca design using a playful colour palette and as he was painting the fun colours it reminded him of how playful and happy his granddaughter is, therefore becoming granddaughter orca. “I’m proud to be a part of the Coast Salish Renaissance and perpetuating the style to the forefront of the West Coast Native Art world,” he noted. (Photo submitted)
Nature and wildlife photographer Catherine Babault photographed in Moorecroft Regional park in Nanoose Bay. Don Denton photograph

Photographer Catherine Babault’s passion for the wild spaces

Nature and wildlife photography a full time business

  • Sep 17, 2021
Nature and wildlife photographer Catherine Babault photographed in Moorecroft Regional park in Nanoose Bay. Don Denton photograph
Artist David Wilson Sookinakin. Photography by Lia Crowe

In Studio with artist David Wilson Sookinakin

Colourful modern interpretations of pictographs

  • Sep 15, 2021
Artist David Wilson Sookinakin. Photography by Lia Crowe
Artist Tanya Bub sits along the Dallas waterfront with her sculpture of a man called ' Arthur Heart' and one of a small dog. Don Denton photograph

Artist Tanya Bub creates fantastical driftwood creatures

Whimsical creations from Vancouver Island beaches

  • Aug 20, 2021
Artist Tanya Bub sits along the Dallas waterfront with her sculpture of a man called ' Arthur Heart' and one of a small dog. Don Denton photograph
A crocheted jersey is shown in this undated handout photo. Newfoundland artist Lucas Morneau spent much of the COVID-19 pandemic crocheting and rug-hooking jerseys for the 14 teams — like the St. John’s Sissies and the Dildo Dykes — in his make-believe Queer Newfoundland Hockey League. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Lucas Morneau

Artist faces off against homophobia with fantasy Queer Newfoundland Hockey League

Make-believe hockey league makes statement with ‘sissies,’ ‘pansies’ and ‘flamers’

A crocheted jersey is shown in this undated handout photo. Newfoundland artist Lucas Morneau spent much of the COVID-19 pandemic crocheting and rug-hooking jerseys for the 14 teams — like the St. John’s Sissies and the Dildo Dykes — in his make-believe Queer Newfoundland Hockey League. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Lucas Morneau
Local artist Nelly Heyduck has opened a new solo exhibition in Tofino showcasing seascapes and abstract surf art. (Douglas Ludwig photo)

Artist captures magical movements of Tofino and Ucluelet

Nelly Heyduck opens ‘and the ocean takes a breath’ at Henry Nolla Gallery in Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn

Local artist Nelly Heyduck has opened a new solo exhibition in Tofino showcasing seascapes and abstract surf art. (Douglas Ludwig photo)
A stamp on the backside of the oil canvas indicates the painting’s authenticity. Photo by Erin Haluschak

B.C. doctor may have stumbled upon 5-figure original painting in Value Village

Authentication of $120 purchase needed, but Wijmer oils can sell for between $20,000 to $350,000

A stamp on the backside of the oil canvas indicates the painting’s authenticity. Photo by Erin Haluschak