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A Hands-On Approach: Art by Eloise Shelton-Mayo

An oil and wax painting of abstracted shapesTangerine, oil and cold wax with oil stick on cradled board

Virginia-based artist Eloise Shelton-Mayo creates abstract works in mixed media. Favoring encaustic, cold wax and oil paint, Eloise creates layered compositions that express a hands-on approach to artwork.


An encaustic wax artwork of a simple landscapeVista, encaustic, oil pastel, ink and paper


Many of Eloise’s abstract works tend toward subdued colors reminiscent of painting works throughout the early 20th century.…

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Identity and Self-Image: Art by Michele Ridgeway

A photograph of a sculpture by Michele Ridgewaywhat we show

Michele Ridgeway is an artist currently based in Hancock, Massachusetts. Michele’s works often explore identity and self-image as fragile, tactile masks.


Good enough fences


I love Michele’s frequent use of ethereal media like gingerbread in her projects. Her video work Good Enough Fences, shows the artist slowly building a wall of gingerbread bricks and icing, while a voiceover offers a poetic description of a…

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Ephemeral Moments: Painting by Anne Popperwell

A painting of a coastal sunsetTrincomali Channel, acrylic on canvas

Anne Popperwell specializes in smooth, airy paintings that offer the viewer a sense of radiant calm. Born in Oakland, California and now based on Saturna Island on the B.C. coast, Anne’s creations capture ephemeral moments of lighting and color in the natural world.


A watercolor painting of a breaking waveBreaking Edges, watercolor


I’m really taken by Anne’s gallery of recent works – the artist seems to have a knack for…

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Conscious and Subconscious: Digital Art by Douglas Zest

An abstract digital image with warm colorsFeng Shui

Douglas Zest is an Ontario-based digital artist who creates dreamlike compositions that address the tension between conscious and subconscious. Douglas’ works have a sleek yet varied aesthetic, each prompting a very different reaction by the viewer.


An abstract digital image with dark colors and bulbous formsCarnival

I really enjoy Douglas’ abstract works – in this area of his portfolio he seems to excel with experimentation, pushing the digital medium to discover where it…

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Impressionist Aesthetic: Art by Gary Doll

A painting of wetlands in the BC interiorWetlands-Kelowna, B.C., oil on wood

Gary Doll is an artist who currently lives and works in Kelowna, BC. Gary’s paintings have an impressionist aesthetic and portray a range of facets of the Canadian landscape, from sunlit prairie scenes to mountain ranges and cities.


A painting of a church in QuebecSaint Jean sur Richileau - Quebec, oil on canvas

I like the way that Gary has developed a distinct style but still manages to carve out room for the occasional…

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Deeply Saturated Abstract Works by José Fernando Londono

An abstract painting with forms of three thick linesLavender Lines, acrylic paint, molding paste, opaque flakes on canvas

José Fernando Londono was born in Colombia but has spent most of his life in New York. He creates deeply saturated abstract works that seem imbued with great emotion.


An abstract painting expressing the feel of an undersea landscapeThe Depths of The Sea, acrylic, GOLDEN interference paint and soft mat molding paste on canvas


José has been creating art for much of his life, and was recently drawn to it again as a way of…

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Shifts in Perception: Art by Yvonne Vander Kooi

An abstracted painting of a young girlMoeder, acrylic on canvas

Located on Vancouver Island, Yvonne Vander Kooi creates semi-abstract paintings that express shifts in perception, while maintaining a focus on the materiality of paint. Yvonne’s recent works frequently feature childlike human figures and highly saturated colors.


An abstracted painting of a female figure on a yellow washBecoming 4, acrylic on canvas

I really enjoy the way that this artist effortlessly blends figurative and abstract work. While she tends toward…

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Kinetic Lenz: Art by Len Millward

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Len Millward has been creating works of kinetic sculpture since 1968, when he discovered the practice as part of his studies in Art Education at Colorado State College. Len’s “Kinetic Lenz” works take the form of videos and stills filled with refracted rays of colored light.


A still of Len Millward's kinetic lenzUntitled (still)


Len’s video works leave the exact nature of the kinetic device ambiguous, focusing instead on the imagery that it…

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Close-Up Views: Photography by L.M. Braun

A photo of a thistle plantThistle, digital image

Luis Miguel Braun, also known as L.M. Braun, is a Vancouver-based artist specializing in stylized photographs of the local landscape and flora. Luis’ photographs often put the focus on close-up views of individual plants and natural features.

A subdued macro photo of a cactusCacti, digital infrared image

I enjoy the sense of color that Luis brings to all of his works. Though the photographs in his portfolio range from highly saturated to…

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Lush, Intricate Landscapes by Charles and Lavetta Rhinehart

A painting by Charles RhinehartWho Was Here First, oil on board (Charles Rhinehart)

Missouri-based artists Charles Rhinehart and Lavetta Rhinehart hold studio practices that are inextricably linked. The pair are primarily painters, creating lush, intricate landscapes that echo the other’s style.


A painting of a figure in an abstracted sceneNocturnal Angels


I’m quite impressed by Charles’ fantasy scenes, painted in oil on board. These imagery is something like what you’d see on a vintage movie…

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Painterly Depictions: Art by Bryan Coombes

A painting of sparks flying out of a campfireFire Focus, acrylic on canvas

Painter Bryan Coombes creates detailed, painterly depictions of everything from landscapes to cars. Often painting directly from observation, Bryan has a great eye for color and texture.


A painting of a school busUntitled, sketch

Bryan’s works often feature planes and automobiles.  I enjoy the way that Bryan tailors his painting style to suit the relatively smooth, shiny texture of these metal machines – airplanes, in…

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Emotional, Cathartic Undertone: Art by Mike Salcido

An abstract painting by Mike SalcidoIn The Evidence Of Its Brilliance, acrylic on panel with high-gloss finish

Mike Salcido is a painter currently based in Dallas, Texas. His works are abstract and frequently feature huge splashes of color with an emotional, cathartic undertone.


An abstract painting with tones of orangeThere Is A Light...Above My Head, acrylic on panel

As Mike talks about in his artist’s statement, his paintings sometimes serve as a therapeutic outlet for the stress of everyday life. I like…

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Community Engagement: Artwork by Tania Willard

A photo of the finished Neskonlith Mural created in collaboration with Tania WillardNeskonlith Mural - 2013

Tania Willard is a member of the Secwepemc Nation, and works as both a curator and a multidisciplinary artist. Tania’s works often feature an element of community engagement.


A manipulated photograph of an old woman holding a babySkuye7 (Baby)

Many of Tania’s projects serve as direct commentary on the relations between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada. Some of these are more subdued, focused mainly on a particular aesthetic, while others are…

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Smooth, Skillful Portraiture by Kim Fujiwara

A painting of a young woman with a laptopSteph, oil paint

Kim Fujiwara is a Michigan-based artist known for his smooth, skillful portraiture and detailed scenes. Kim came to be an artist after years spent working as a commercial illustrator, and his eye for quality illustration shines through in all of his creative works.


A watercolor portrait of a young womanKimberly, colored pencil and wash

I really love the slightly loose and soft-edged style that Kim tends to employ in his works. Sometimes he exaggerates…

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Santa Clara Pueblo Ceramics by Madeline E. Naranjo

A ceramic work in natural red clay with lizard carvingsLizards holding hands

Madeline E. Naranjo is an artist based in Espanola, New Mexico. Specializing in pottery, Madeline creates stunning, sleek Santa Clara Pueblo ceramics.


A black clay pot with a parrot carved into itParrots (another view)

I love the simple, earthy colors that Madeline uses for the basis of her pots. Patterns and visual details are created by carving directly into the surface of dried pots, prior to glazing and firing. The resulting pots feature deep, carved…

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