Sunday, May 30, 2010

Wes Giesbrecht, Wood Mosaic Wall Hangings and Abstract Paintings

Wes Giesbrecht is a cabinet maker by trade. As an apprentice he was most interested in boxes, jewelry boxes. Small boxes, big boxes, boxes with drawers. With each prototype that he built he realized that boxes were very labor intense and he would not be able to sell them for the price he would have to charge. He needed to come up with an idea that was more artistic than functional. His first wood mosaic was a head board, from scraps of maple and burl walnut, he cut many, many pieces of wood, glued them to a hollow core door, framed it and hung it on the wall. Everyone who saw it loved it. So he did another one, as a sunburst glued to wood with a frame around it. While he was making the sunburst he got the idea of putting them on fabric so he could roll them up for shipping and storing. Careful attention had to be paid to the size of the wood pieces or they wouldn't roll. He uses 50 different species of wood for his mosaics. He also paints acrylic Abstract and we didn't talk about it but he is also a musician.

Wes is a founding member of the Fraser Valley Woodworkers. He has a BC instructors diploma and substitute teaches Journeymen Cabinet Making, at UFV.
Wes is inspired from within. When he needs inspiration he sits and lets it come to him.
From his 12Th grade teacher come his words of wisdom.
"If the situation is killing you, get out of it" I think that was his inspiration to quite drinking, which he feels is one of his greatest achievements.
Please check out Wes's web site for more of his amazing work in wood and acrylic.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Abby Student Art In Seven Oaks Mall

W.J. Mouat, Grade 12 Acrylic. Caitlyn Neufeld
Abbotsford Middle School

Abby Middle School grade 8 Conner Gilmour
Abbosford Collegiate, Acrylic, Emily Gafurova.

Abbotsford Collegiate Photography, Julie Epp, Rachel Patterson
Abbotsford Collegiate, acrylic, mixed medium, Ali Taylor
Robert Patterson photography
Abbotsford Collegiate, 12 acrylic, Chantel Gregg
Abbotsford Collegiate 12, acrylic, Carissa Enns.

Yale Secondary, grade 12, mixed media Abigail Zubel

Abbotsford Traditional Secondary Art 9, pencil Dylaina Gollub

ATSS, Painting and Drawing 11, collage Steve Jeon

W.J. Mouat, grade 11 pencil Natascka Amazonas. Grade 12 pen & Ink Caitlyn Neufeld

W.J Mouat

I tried not to put in photo's with a lot of reflections (unfortunitly I had a lot) but I loved this piece by Caitlyn Neufeld in pencil crayon. W.J Mouat
Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts-Sumas Mtn. Grade 8 Self Potrait Moriah Misner.
Robert Bateman grade 9 Self Portraits Michelle Ellis and Lauren Jones.
Senior Photography Robert Bateman Secondary grade 12 Garrett Gilchrist

I enjoyed this art show Thank you to the students, teachers and the Mall.
I hope the students keep up the good work. Some of these pieces had a message, some were just fascinating and creative, all were done with care and attention.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Maskanna Italian Style Masks created by Ann Grundy

Walking into Kariton Gallery today was like walking into a Carnival. Everywhere you turned was a new and interesting mask or costume. Ann Grundy the artist was busy calmly telling people about her creations, or she would be taking little excited jumps across the floor when it would quite down. The drummer, part of "The Mask Trio". Doris Schroeder helped with the sewing of three of the costumes, Ann Grundy

Lioness Head with filigree and picture application.

Helmets, Hand made aluminum mask with paper mache beret, Gold studded helmet black/gold filigree.

Terracotta Warrior

Fun, fun , fun!
The show is on till June at Kariton Gallery in Abbotsford