Judith Williams

Judith Williams

In this episode of Art on the Island Maureen Bader talks to Cortes Island writer and artist Judith Williams.  Judith has lived on Cortes for 10 years but lived for many years on West Redonda Island before, so knows Cortes Island well. Maureen Bader Judith spoke primarily about her new book, Cougar Companions. This book compiles photographs of the Schnarr family of Cortes Island, and focuses on the two young daughters and the raising of two cougar cubs their father gave them, as pets. August Schnarr was a photographer who captured these experiences on the family homestead. This is her fifth book. Judy taught painting, drawing, theory and installation work at UBC, retiring in 2001. She is also an accomplished painter. An art installation at UBC got Judy interested in local topics and led to her first book. As a tenured faculty member Judy showed her work and some of that work has been collected. Judy started off as a painter and still paints. Judy views her books as art projects, like installations of ideas, and those ideas and paintings coalesce into books. Listen as Judy describes how she got her start at UBC and her work with her teacher B.C. Binning, a leading Canadian artist. Judy paints primarily in watercolour and has done figurative work describing life in a co-op in Refuge Cove. She had two large exhibits in Vancouver with these works. Now, Judy does daily coloured drawings and water-based media on...
Naomi Hayter

Naomi Hayter

In this episode of Art on the Island Maureen Bader talks to Cortes Island artist Naomi Hayter.  Naomi has lived on Cortes for 40 years, coming here from Victoria to live a back to the land lifestyle. Maureen Bader Although Naomi wanted to study and apply to the Parson’s School of Design, her life took a different path. Naomi started beading simple bracelets and had been working with crystals. Her teacher, Leah Porter Blackfoot, suggested she put them into a bag, bead it and wear it close to her heart and that’s how she got started with medicine bags. Naomi is self taught, and discusses how her self-study took different forms, such as stitches from aboriginal traditions. Bead work is her main activity. Naomi’s work changes as the types of beads change. Colour and even travel to new locations can inspire Naomi to new work. In terms of marketing, her teacher Leah instructed her to have something for everyone, from less to more expensive articles. Listen as Naomi talks about going to the gem shows in Arizona. This taught her about the marketplace of the earth. Naomi’s clientele will come back each year to see what she has new. Her work can be found all over the world. Naomi sells at the Cortes Craft Coop and the Friday market at Manson’s in July at the outdoor market, and does quite a bit of commission work. You can also find Naomi on Facebook:...
Ron Bazar

Ron Bazar

In this episode of Art on the Island Maureen Bader talks to Cortes Island entrepreneur and Arbutus wood carver Ron Bazar.  Ron has lived on the island since 1998, and is now in his 21st year here. Ron focuses on practical wood products made from Arbutus tree wood. Listen as Ron describes what he does, how he has learned to create a product and what types of products he started out with. Maureen Bader Art on the Island featuring Ron Bazar Ron sells in stores all over the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and says at least part of his marketing success is the consistent quality of his products. As an entrepreneur, Ron has a wide variety of activities but for his wood products, he finds that his practical wood products sell the best. Ron sells in stores all over the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and says at least part of his marketing success is the consistent quality of his products. Ron describes the range and quality of Arbutus wood and how the wood starts to change colour and when. Ron has a range of qualities and describes why some wood gets into the supreme grain. Ron gives a great description of how and why to be productive if one wants to make a living at art. Even today, he still finds ways to improve and become more efficient at what he does. Finding and working with the wood are very physical, labour intensive activities, including traveling into the bush with a chain saw to cut found wood into manageable lengths to...
Doug Weyler

Doug Weyler

The Cortes Craft Shop is now open for the spring season, so in this episode of Art on the Island Maureen Bader covers the history of the craft shop with someone who participated in the construction of the building back in 1987, Doug Weyler.  Maureen Bader Doug Weyler on Art on the Island The craft shop opened on May 18, weekends only from 12 noon to 4pm. The summer season runs between July 1 and September 1 from 10am to 5pm and the fall season from September 2-15, from 12 noon to 4pm.  Doug had been on the island for a year when construction began. He came to Cortes from Colorado, where he was teaching art in a college. He had been coming to the island since 1982 to teach art at Hollyhock.  Although Doug was a painter and taught watercolour, he now does leatherwork and carving, which you can see at the craft shop or his home studio. Doug carves in both bone and gemstones, and highlights some of his leather bags with bone carvings.  Doug helped build the craft shop back in 1987. Part of the construction group included Pierre and Wendy LeTrey, Irene Blueth and Robin Bracewell, who now lives in Portugal, but what really impressed Doug was that most of the builders were island women. Listen as Doug describes what he calls the Island woman. They are amazing, he says. A member of the Klahoose band ran the Squirrel Cove store at the time and offered the space. Doreen and Irv very important in the building of the Craft Shop and were there to cut...
Izabelle Perry

Izabelle Perry

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews Izabelle Perry. Izabelle has lived on the island for about four years. Isabelle is originally from Quebec City, but has lived all over Canada and has been in BC for 24 years. Maureen Bader Izabelle Perry on Art on the Island Izabelle says everything she does is creative, but concentrates on working with found objects and finding new uses for old things. She focuses on metalwork, including welding but also gardening and canning vegetables and fruits.   Isabelle did go to art school and studied welding. These days, she makes mostly functional art, creating useful items that hold other objects together, such as gates and arbors.  She is working on a 29-oot long metal plant support at the moment, and this type of work uses her industrial welding experience in addition to her creative side.  Most of her metal projects are at private homes and if you have an idea you might want Izabelle to do up for you, you can contact her through her website: thatsawesome.ca The 29-foot arbor is one example of her work but she is interested in doing other larger projects. Izabelle enjoys going into a scrap bin to discover items with a potential. She is inspired by the things other people can’t find a use for.  She learned to preserve fruits and vegetables because she could always find lots of food that people couldn’t find a use for, seeing the potential, once again, in things other people discard.  During the summer, Izabelle goes to town often so is able to buy supplies, but...