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Join the Catching Stars Gallery Team!

Catching Stars is seeking a new member to help run the gallery
Catching Stars March
Catching Stars partners and co-owners Kathleen Ainscough and Emilie Kaplun at Catching Stars Gallery.

Are you passionate about the arts? Looking for a way to connect with like-minded people in a creative and stimulating environment? Love the idea of supporting the arts and artists in the community?

Catching Stars Gallery is seeking a new Member to join the team in fulfilling the vision of the cooperative.

The gallery will soon celebrate its fourth successful and profitable year of operation and has welcomed in many amazing artists during that time. Come and join Emilie Kaplun and Kathleen Ainscough as we embark on the fifth year of this amazing Gallery. The potential candidate would ideally possess a love and appreciation of the arts and a solid business foundation.

Members are the Owners and Directors of the Cooperative and take an active role in handling sales, sharing in the business management, shop maintenance and other related duties. Membership is for those who have an interest in becoming a shareholder, are responsible for the governance and administration of the Association, and to reap the benefits of helping to guide the Gallery forward. Members are eligible to receive year end profits, as well as retain a larger percentage of art sales.

The start of the year has brought some new beginnings and January and February have been stellar months despite this normally being the quieter time of the year. What a great way to start off the year! We are excited about the upcoming tourist season and a spring and summer full of art and social connection.

There are now over 50 artists represented at Catching Stars Gallery with most of them being from Bowen Island. When you enter the gallery you will meet the Associates who work in the gallery and are the front line, lifeblood, and backbone of Catching Stars Gallery. Associates receive a larger percentage of their art sales in exchange for volunteering shifts in the gallery and having a dedicated space to display their work. This model allows the gallery to be open daily and gives locals and tourists alike the opportunity to meet the artists, purchase unique artworks and support the creative community.

New works by Marie Neys (who was one of the founding members of Catching Stars Gallery and is now an Associate), will be featured from March 15 to 29. These new designs are inspired by the Salish Sea and are in the form of paintings, prints, keepsake boxes and textiles. Marie will be in the gallery Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 18, 19 and 20 and will be happy to give you a guided tour!

Recently welcomed into the Catching Stars artist family are two artists: Maria Curcic is a Canadian Milliner based in Victoria who has been designing hats and headpieces since 1985. Paris born, with a strong European appreciation for fashion and style, Maria began creating hats for high end boutiques in Canada and the U.S. in the early 1990s. Today, Maria focuses her attention on custom creations, from everyday wear to hats for any occasion. Check out her amazing hats next time you’re in the Gallery or on the website.

Mitchell Bell of Clunk Art Manufacturing started with a passion for creating and crafting various home decor and small furniture items for family and friends. Since then, an idea for a Mother’s Day gift has evolved into one of Clunk Art’s signature pieces: a decorative wooden lamp with interchangeable slat designs for every season and mood. Clunk Art Manufacturing designs are inspired by the beautiful, natural West Coast of British Columbia and focus on sustainability and maximize the use of each piece of wood. Every item is mindfully handmade in Vancouver, BC. Choose from a selection of slats with seasonal and fun designs to customize your new Clunk Art lamp!

Interested in finding out more? We would love to hear from you. Check out the website submissions page at or email us with your questions and to set up an appointment to meet with us at