September is known as a time for transition and new beginnings and at Catching Stars Gallery. We are embracing the familiar feeling of letting go of summer and welcoming fall with fresh artist features and a refreshed website.
Thanks to the support of a provincial grant we were able to revamp and improve our website and online store with professional photography (by our own Joseph Wu and Gloria Chan, aka Jo & Glo), website and online store development and an advertising budget. Our online shop is an important addition to the physical gallery, and another way to promote our artists especially during these uncertain times.
As we move into the cooler months and yet another wave of the pandemic, it is very important to us to connect with our clients, friends and family who live farther away and to be able to support the business and our artists through online sales leading up to the holidays and for any occasion.
Off-island visitors have been coming in good numbers over the last few months and we are grateful to those visitors and our local patrons for the continued support.
Over the summer we have welcomed three more amazing artists to the Catching Stars family; Mumtaz Bandali with her deliciously textured mixed media paintings, and Roxsane Tiernan, an award-winning British Columbia artist, who works in the technique of Chigiri-e, Japanese art form in which the primary technique uses coloured paper that is torn to create images.
We welcome Michael Trevillion as an associate member. Michael is a life-long artist who works in oils and creates dream like landscapes that invite you into a zen experience. Next month we are excited to welcome back Eleanor Rosenberg as an associate member as well, so stop in and say hi when they are on shift!
Our featured artist for the first half of September has been Jilly Watson, with her signature sunny palette and joyful compositions of local scenes. Many of Jilly’s works are inspired by Vincent Van Gogh and Emily Carr and capture the energy and movement that surrounds us.
From Sept. 16 to Sept. 30 we feature photographic prints by Cindy May, who offers photo sessions as well, where her artistry with the camera can turn memories into fine art to be treasured for generations.
There is no denying that art is healing, whether creating, giving or receiving it, and now more than ever, the joy that it brings to us all is as welcome as a cozy sweater on a crisp autumn day.
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