September 5 - 29
Susan Fraser-Hughes - Artist
Susan Fraser-Hughes grew up in Perth, Western Australia. In 1996, she moved to Calgary, and in 2011, to Vancouver, where she has been living and working ever since. Susan holds a BFA as well as an MFA, and most recently completed a PhD in Fine Arts.
October 3 - 20
Leah Price - Fabric Artist
Inspired by the constraints and freedom of using discard as her sole raw material, Master Recycler Leah Price embraces the challenge to make “something” out of “nothing”. Couture sewing techniques transform unwanted and maligned polyester double-knit and other unfortunate vintage textiles into beautiful – and often humorous – colourful and texture-rich canvasses, sparking a dialogue around sustainability, connection and sense of place, and inviting a new appreciation for the potential inherent in the unwanted.
A graduate of the Vancouver Master Recycler program, Leah holds a Bachelor of Education from UBC, a Fashion Arts certificate from VCC, and the privilege of many years training under couturier, Blossom Jenab.
November 8 - December 15
Elana Sigal - Felt Wall Art & Photography
Elana Sigal was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended The University of British Columbia , Ryerson University and The University of Toronto receiving her BFA from The University of Toronto. Elana is currently a partner at Arts Off Main Gallery in Vancouver.
Elana has been designing and producing hand-felted artworks since 1992. Her work displays a level of sophistication and an original, unique interpretation of fibre art. Her work is very organic in nature and embodies her love of colour, figure, line, texture and abstract form. She expresses herself through her art in a casual and whimsical manner bringing the viewer a sense of ease, contentment and joy. Her inspiration comes from the historic and tribal process of felt making as well as from African art, Matisse and Klee. Marrying her modern sensibility with the ancient form of felt making she creates art pieces which connect us with the natural world. More recently, Elana has been inspired by photography and is producing intricate photographs utilizing images of her felted pieces with transparent overlays of other photographic images she has taken showcasing Vancouver’s natural beauty.
December 5 - 15
Martine Gourbault - Dollmaker
Martine Gourbault was born in Paris and has enjoyed the charmed life of an artist in Toronto, New York and London. Her career has taken her from magazine and advertising design, through to children’s book illustration and painting. Having been taught to sew by her mother in her early years, and in search of three dimensional artistic expression, Martine took up doll making a few years ago and enjoys its pleasures and challenges to this day.
To view Martine’s gallery, please visit her website at: www.dolizart.com
2019 - 2020
Aberthau Potters is a diverse group of people drawn together in their curiosity about clay, be it through hand-building, wheel-throwing or sculpture. Formed in 1974, the history of Aberthau Potters is intertwined with Aberthau Mansion and the founding of the West Point Grey Community Centre. On the 30th Anniversary of the Club its history was documented by then President Suzanne Starr and long-time member Maria Tomsich.
Today the thriving potters club has over 50 members and associates sharing ideas, techniques and studio space. The club organizes workshops and other learning opportunities for its members, maintains a resource library and offers two public sales per year. The Club is a registered BC Society and operates in association with the West Point Grey Community Centre.