2016 Thanksgiving Studio Tour
October 6 - 10, 2016
Exhibition of Over 60 Artists!
Works on exhibit through October 15th
Tour Kickoff Soirée Thursday October 6, 7 - 10 pm
Food - drinks - music by Tom Bradbrooke et al
Gabriolan artists are in a frenzy for the annual studio tour.
HIVE Gallery represents all participating artists in the gallery, running throughout the long weekend and some extra days in case you don't make it to every studio.
Trudy Broadley, Caroline James, Tammy Hudgeon, Marilyn Beaubien, Dar Mace, Hayden Harvey, Nancy Crosier, Susan Brooks, Iain Lawrence, Brendalee Astells, Ruth McCollum, ob Brinton, Alsi Hosein, Tony Grove, Nicholas Halpin, Tim Henigman, Christine Bletcher, Wendy stok, Sima Elizabeth Shefrin, Keith Poulton, Carolyn Bell, Anita Jackel-Deggan, Deborah Dallyn, Nerissa Layton, Karen Cain, Tim Gambrill, Bob Hamer, Yvonne Noyon, Ted Johnson, Phyliss Dunning, Mindy Joseph, Gwen Spinks, Kimm Nightingale, Joke Mensink, Paige Coull, Quinton Dewing, Dirk Huysman, Mary Ann Richards, Carmel Sheridan Briscoe, David Aris, Pam Templemayr, Zulis Yalte, Joy Olsen, Trish Moon, Howard Houle, Lynn and Gerry Stefanson, Sheila Norgate, Amy Hollings, Mary Beth Levan, Jane Ferland, Patrick D. Olmstead, Maureen O'Connor, Lou Gagne, Rob Maynard, Konrad Mauch, David Andrews, Melinda Wilde, Becky Furnell, Graham Sheehan, Nina Turczyn, Rani Lynch, Tina Lynch, Jennifer Lynch, Jeff Molloy, Chris Straw, Hilary Peach, Laura Handford, Elsa Bluethner, Mike Swallow, Vicky Bowes, Annie Holmes, Dianna Bonder, Lottie Anderson, Jim Heeks, Dan Bergeron, Antoinette Herivel, Jil Adamson, Ranza Clark, Lynn van Herwaarden, Scott Shane, Stephen Cole.
Literary Portraits from Abstract Expressionism
September 22 to October 4
Carolyn reveals her recent journey drawing portraiture from abstract expressionism. This solo exhibit also includes illustrations of Iris Murdoch's characters, sketches and prints.
Carolyn Bell has created a series of traditional and modern icons, drawings, and watercolours over the last few years. Her most recent work in abstract impressionism has added another layer to a body of work that also includes drawings. As well as the visual arts, Carolyn is a writer, cabaret singer/composer, and editor.
Funny how things evolve. I did a great number of abstracts in 2015/2016. Some I filed to work on later as they didn’t seem to have quite arrived. Recently I pulled them out and as I began to play with them saw actual portraits emerging. I don’t know who these women are, although I have started to name them. Some of them seem to be involved with books.
I credit HIVE’s self-portrait show (winter 2016) with the subtle kick-starting of this process, where the artists were requested to provide two works--a representational piece and an abstract. The work that resulted in that call to artists was the needed seed for the present direction I am headed in.
I’ve always loved doing portraits, integrating that pull to recreate the human face with my work with icons and illustrations. Some past work includes these, as well as some of the recent abstracts—without human representation, as far as I can see.
Carolyn Bell September 2016