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Each year, around June, a group of 5 local artists install an exhibition in the Community Art Council of the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP) gallery in Tulista Park, Sidney.
Dale makes pieced and quilted compositions reflecting micro views of the landscape she lives in. She often incorporates her photographs printed on cloth and fabrics she has built up with texture using printing, stencilling, and stamping, all in her distinctive warm pallet.
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I am going around the gallery to show you how each artist has set up a mini studio to work at during the exhibition.
Heather makes wearable art garments and landscapes by building up very small pieces of fabric to produce multi-layered textured cloth. Her fabric of choice is dupionni silk.
This setup offers the viewer a unique opportunity to talk to each artist about their work or to just watch them at work.
Maya makes large pictorial art quilts. Many of the fabrics she uses she has herself dyed, discharged, and added surface design elements to.
Each artist sets up a display of their work around their work area. Most of the works are for sale.
One of Kathy's techniques is to draw a resist on the ground fabric before dyeing it. Her signature style is to tell humorous stories that make the viewer chuckle. Kathy also makes jewellery using beach glass she has collected from local beaches.
I have heard some viewers ask for special finishing requests, place orders, and commission new work.
While Kathy is beachcombing for glass, Peter collects driftwood. To quote from Peter's website, Besides giraffes, I carve bowls, make yard birds from driftwood, and do some wood sculptures, mostly of fish.
It is interesting to visit the gallery several times over the week to see how work is progressing.
And to sample Kathy's daily fresh batch of cookies.