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Artist House Tour 2011


Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s fundraiser – House Tour 2011

When: Sunday September 11, 2011 | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Various Victoria homes

Tickets: $40 available at the AGGV, Peninsula Gallery in Sidney and all three Garden Works locations. Each ticket can also be used toward two-forone admission to the AGGV.

House Tour 2011 offers participants an insider’s view into some of Victoria’s most remarkable homes, with local artists at work on new projects at each location.

This year the Art Gallery House Tour provides an opportunity to view six unique homes designed for the owners.

There is a sophisticated loft, a very modern child-friendly work/live home, two homes designed for now and for retirement living – each quite different in style, a large European style home, and an ultra-modern showcase for today’s materials. Three homes have direct access to beaches.

Setting the Art Gallery House Tour apart from others is the “Art in the Garden” program which sees local artists on-site at each house producing an original artwork.

This year’s Artist lineup features Adelle Andrew, Robert Amos, Manon Elder, Joan Pattee and Blu Smith, as well as ceramic artist Sam Dickie, Nixie Barton and Grant Leier

The homes also feature custom flower arrangements by the Victoria Flower Arrangers Guild.

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Island Photographers wanted


The Ladysmith Camera Club is putting the focus on photography again this year with the return of the Mid-Island Photo Expo.

Shutterbugs of all ages and skill levels can now submit their images digitally for a shot at prizes and one of 60 spots at the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery

The Ladysmith Camera Club was founded in 2008 to promote the appreciation and sharing of all things photographic in the Ladysmith area and is about 40 members strong, but there’s room for more. The group is trying to get more participation from the high school as well.

“We’re always looking for new people to join,” Sherstone said.

The Ladysmith Camera Club meets once a month on the fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.

For a complete list of rules and details on the Club or the Mid Island Photography Expo, visit the club’s website at Submissions must be received no later than Friday, September 23, 2011 and can be sent to

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Gu Xiong Artist


12: 30 – 5 pm The Nanaimo Art Gallery presents a mixed media installation entitled ‘Waterscapes Migration’ on Vancouver Island by internationally renowned artist Gu Xiong in the fall of 2011. The gallery is seeking enthusiastic and reliable volunteers.

Above Painting is by Gu Xiong, Becoming River, detail (2010), plastic boats, photographs, acrylic on canvas. Collection of the artist. Photo: Ken Mayer.

Gu Xiong is a multimedia artist and photographer originally from Chongquing, Sichuan in the People’s Republic of China.

In 1972, during the Cultural Revolution, Gu Xiong was sent to the remote countryside.

With millions of other youths, he was forced into “re-education” with peasant teachers. He labored in the fields under extremely primitive conditions for four years. By the light of a kerosene lantern, he started to draw the people and objects around him. Drawing became an obsession and gave him strength.

After being allowed to return to the city, he earned a BFA and MFA at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute where he also taught traditional woodcut printmaking. His first link with Canada came in 1986 when he was invited to take part in an exchange program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. – excerpt taken from Artists Biography from Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver.

His work is currently showing at the Diane Farris Gallery

Gu Xiongs work was part of an exhibit  inaugurated  by Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA’s) new Audain Gallery (which we will cover soon) and is presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.


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Featured Artist – Bonnie Helm-Northover


About Bonnie Helm-Northover

Bonnie is a particularly talented Victoria Artist and we loved her work at the show.  Bonnie Helm-Northover was born in 1953 in Edmonton Alberta, Bonnie grew up throwing snowballs and skating on creeks.   Summer months were spent at the lake collecting arrowheads and flints, flattening pennies on railroad tracks, and visiting family in farmland Saskatchewan.

The youngest of five, Bonnie was ten when her parents moved to Victoria where, but for a brief sojourn to Salt Spring Island, she has lived ever since.

In the 80’s Bonnie attended the University of Victoria in the BFA program.

In the 90’s she attended Camosun College, graduating from the Applied Communication Program, receiving scholarships for top student and video.

For twelve years Bonnie sat on the Board for the Oak Bay High Community Theater Society where she mentored the students in set painting and design.

Bonnie is presently on the Board for the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival under the umbrella of which I work as Sponsor Representative.

Bonnie adores her  gorgeous stepdaughter and two handsome sons, who are all fabulously talented in their own way.

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2033 Oak Bay Ave.
Victoria, B.C
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Artist – kate koreski Jewellery


Kate was born in Tofino and she began making jewellery at the age of five inspired by family and friends and Sister Margaret at the local schoool who was introducing children to first nations bead work.  She has loved the art ever since . She creates big chunky jewelry designs with the unexpected materials of supple, colorful leather and soft, shiny satin.

Kate’s creations are certainly inspired from her travels between the west coast of British Columbia and the tropical heat of South America. She has since spent much of her time juggling life between Tofino, where she spends her summers, and Chile.

This relaxed, colourful lifestyle emerges in her designs.  Many of the leathers are sourced in Chile, where an assortment of texture and colours are plentiful.

We at VI Style think Kates pieces are not only cultural but stylish. Hope you like them too.

Kate just opened her new studio in Tofino and is excited to have a place to display her work and be open any day of the week. Drop by and check out her lovely pieces.

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VI Potters abound



There are some seriously talented people living on Vancouver Island and Potters are amongst them.  I recommend you check out our Artists profiles for more complete details.






Encoded Mega bean
Collaborative Piece with Allison Penny

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