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Catching Stars celebrates the power of Three! And Four!

Catching Stars 4th Anniversary Party happening this Sunday afternoon at the gallery
Catching Stars trio print
Kathleen Ainscough, Alys Williams and Emilie Kaplun, Co-owners of Catching Stars Gallery.

The gallery is celebrating its fourth successful year of operation and we have much to celebrate! Please join us this Sunday, June 26 from 2 to 4 pm on the patio and raise a glass to four years! And just for fun we have a trivia contest on our Facebook page (

Visit our website Artist Page at for the answers. For the photo contest: Send a photo of your favourite artwork purchased at Catching Stars Gallery. Post on Facebook and Instagram and tag @catchingstarsgallery or email Pick up your prize at the party!

We are very excited to announce that award-winning fine art photographer Alys Williams, who recently joined the cooperative as an associate, will now be the third member and co-owner at Catching Stars Gallery, joining Emilie Kaplun and Kathleen Ainscough. Alys, also relatively new to Bowen Island, brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the position and her passion for photography and nature will surely inspire! We look forward to working with her and celebrating many more years of success!

Catching Stars Gallery is the result of many years of work and dreams for the original three founders, Pauulet Hohn, Marie Neys and Emilie Kaplun. Ever the artist, “I’m a strong believer in the power of three,” says Marie Neys. The three star-like pendant lights that hang from the ceiling in the gallery symbolize those three dreams that came together in Catching Stars Gallery.

Over the years, many changes have transpired. From 28 artists in the beginning, we are now representing 55 artists! At the end of 2016, the dream became a reality when the space below the Pub became available.

There are now over 30 Bowen Island artists represented at Catching Stars Gallery and the balance are artists mainly from the lower mainland, B.C., Alberta and Ontario. Recently joining as an associate is prolific artist Nick Jennings and you will recognize many of the local scenes depicted in his original paintings and prints. He also creates mandalas and prints and textiles of those are also available.

We are excited to welcome Deb Stringfellow into the fold as our newest associate. Watch for her new line of beaded jewelry and her smiling face as she takes her shifts beginning in July!

We also welcome artist John Topham’s stunning turned wood creations, locally and ethically sourced, and each piece’s provenance meticulously recorded. Also new to Catching Stars, Tealish is a family-run operation and Laura and Mike have created delicious, healthy premium loose teas presented in a fun, fresh way. Samples will be on offer soon!

Locals and visitors alike enjoy the creativity of our many local artists and now that the world has opened up for travelling we are seeing many more visitors. We recently shipped some original artworks for visitors who fell in love with the works. A recent testimonial states “I just wanted to thank you for wrapping my beautiful painting so nicely. It arrived in perfect condition. It is now hanging on my wall and I absolutely love it! It will always be a special memory for me of Bowen Island. Thank you again”.

We are very grateful for the continued support of our patrons and our local community and we are looking forward to seeing many of you at the party!

Emilie, Kathleen and Alys on behalf of everyone at Catching Stars Gallery.