Maggie Armitage & Jan Boas

Maggie Armitage & Jan Boas

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews two Cortes Island artists. Maggie Armitage and Jan Boas. Maggie Armitage & Jan Boas by Maureen Bader | Art on the island http://rest.s3for.me/maureenbader/CKTZ+-+Maggie-Jan+-+2018-11-27%2C+4.47+PM.mp3 Maggie Armitage started the show surprising Maureen by saying her current activity is singing. Maggie however makes willow baskets from willow that she grows herself here on Cortes Island. Maggie describes her favourite variety of willow, how she harvests it and weaves the baskets.  Maggie started weaving willow baskets after she moved to Cortes after taking two workshops at Linnaea Farm. Her style is marked by a type of precision, which no doubt comes from her unique style she has to follow no matter what. She loved willow weaving right away and has kept it up, notwithstanding her current music projects. Maggie will perform at Hollyhock on December 15, 2018. Right now, you can see Maggie’s basket at the museum and at the Cortes Craft Shop during the summer. Once she has more production she hopes to participate in local craft markets. Maggie advises other artists to follow their own advice and be flexible. In the second segment of the show, Maureen spoke to Jan Boas. Jan and her husband have a very long tradition on the island. Jan started working with fabric as a child, and now considers herself a fibre artist, specializing in quilting over the past 15 years. Jan talks about her style and how it changes and her current interest. Jan is a member of the Quadra quilt guild and they make about 50 quilts per year for the Vancouver Children’s...
Irene Blueth

Irene Blueth

Irene Blueth has a long tradition on Cortes Island, and was instrumental in helping build the Cortes Craft Shop back in the 1980’s. Hear Irene talk about how that was a special time of people coming together voluntarily to support the community. You can see Irene’s work at the Cortes Craft Shop in the summer. Irene Blueth by Maureen Bader | Art on the Island http://rest.s3for.me/maureenbader/CKTZ+-+Irene+Blueth+-+2018-12-02%2C+9.13+AM.mp3 Irene is known mostly for the jewelry she creates from locally sourced natural products including cedar and succulents. During the program she talks about how she creates jewelry from actual plants. Irene makes most of her jewelry from silver and gold in her island studio and she tells the story about how she started out with simple supplies and tools, but slowly amassed a studio full of equipment. Irene is self-taught in jewelry making but studied art in Montreal for one year. Irene recently gave a class at Linnaea Farm through the Folk U initiative. Her course was fully subscribed and people were able to make pendants and other items such as bracelets and Christmas decorations to give away as Christmas presents. Listen as Irene describes the process she used with the students. She may give more classes through the program in the future. Find out more about Folk U by sending an email to Manda - cortesliteracy at gmail dot com  or check it out on Tideline (cortesisland.com). You can see Irene’s work and contact her on Instagram: Silvercedar, her Esty shop: silvercedarjewelry.etsy.com or her website: www.ireneblueth.com. She is also in the phone book. ...
Art on the Island: Rod Lee

Art on the Island: Rod Lee

Rod Lee, a long-time Cortes Island resident, makes primarily birdhouses from locally sourced Western Red Cedar, and discusses his wide range of products during the show. Rod Lee by Maureen Bader | Art on the Island http://rest.s3for.me/maureenbader/CKTZ+-+Rod+Lee+-+2018-11-23+-+2018-11-20%2C+4.28+PM.mp3 Rod got involved in creative activities after he retired from the BC lumber industry. Rod is self-taught, but one of his wife’s cousins, Doreen Thompson, made birdhouses, some modeled after Cortes Island buildings. This inspiration helped motivate Rod to create bird houses as a form of habitat, and to find a way to utilize wood that might otherwise go to the burn pile. Rod talks about the other products he makes, such as bat houses, where he gets his supplies, and where to see his work. Check out Rod’s booth at the Gorge Hall Christmas market on December 1, 2018. He’ll have a full mix of products on display and if you have an idea about a custom project, you can talk to him about it then. You can contact Rod by phone (he’s in the...
Art On The Island: Robert Bateman

Art On The Island: Robert Bateman

Robert Bateman has given a Master Class on Cortes Island for a number of years. This year he decided to do the workshop in Victoria close to the Bateman Centre. Robert Bateman by Maureen Bader | Art on the Island http://rest.s3for.me/maureenbader/Art+on+The+Island+181116+Full.mp3 Mr. Bateman believes artists are born, and says he has always been an artist. But how to do that and still put food on the table? Bateman studied geography to get free field trips into nature, as he considered himself a Group of Seven groupie. He spent 20 years as a teacher as he didn’t want to paint for the market. Mr. Bateman advises artists to get a day job to be independent of the market, and wait for the market to come to you. Mr. Bateman talks about the how and why of his success, how his exploration of different styles made him a better realist painter, and which event marked his Road to Damascus. After starting to paint full time in the 1970’s Mr. Bateman’s style has remained consistent. He explains the type of style suitable for a naturalist, given what he considers important for a naturalist. He talks about his reference material and locations for subject matter, different visions, and different ideas. He has an unending list of commissions and is currently working on a three-piece (4x4 foot each) commission that includes 111 Sandhill Cranes. This is the second largest he has ever done. Mr. Bateman advises to paint from the...
Juli Nelson & Gary Fast

Juli Nelson & Gary Fast

In this morning’s show Maureen interviews Cortes Island potters Juli Nelson & Gary Fast. Juli Nelson & Gary Fast by Maureen Bader | Art on the Island http://rest.s3for.me/maureenbader/2018-11-09+Channel+1+09-00-00.mp3 Maureen and Juli Nelson start out the show with Juli explaining how she started with pottery, including a three-year stint in Athens, Greece. Because of Juli’s love of drawing, she creates her own animal designs that she combines with her pottery. Juli explains the process during the interview. For Juli, it’s about making things that people want to buy – a viable commodity, so what drives her is more about customer desires. Juli makes tableware, especially cups, as they seem to be at the right price point. Juli works in a studio at her home, and will likely be at the Manson’s Hall Christmas market, but if people have something specific they would like she is happy to talk to them. Juli also shows her work in the Cortes Craft Shop in the summer but you can see Juli’s work on Instragram at the.kindling.mill.ceramics or contact her at  jules.n.sea@gmail.com     During the second half of the program Maureen spoke with Gary Fast, another Cortes Island potter. For Gary, pottery is more about applied science rather than art, and he talked about why that is during the show. Gary has been working on pottery since he and his wife moved to the island full time. Pottery is his first serious foray into art. Gary explained the various ways to make a mug, to show how and why it is an experiment for him. Even mug handles require a plan. Gary’s work is...