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...
Art On The Island: Laurel Bohart

Art On The Island: Laurel Bohart

Maureen talks with guest Laurel Bohart, a Cortes Island taxidermist, about how and why taxidermy is a form of sculptural art. Laurel Bohart by Maureen Bader | Art On The Island http://rest.s3for.me/maureenbader/CKTZ+-+Laurel+Bohart+2018-10-8+-+2018-10-23%2C+4.19+PM.mp3 Laurel’s favourite subject is birds, and she talks about how that interest started when she lived in Nigeria as a child. Listen as Laurel explains the challenges of mounting a hummingbird, starting with making her own tools from toothpicks. Right now, she is mounting a Speckled Rockfish, who knew? Laurel participated in the Schoolhouse Gallery summer show with a raven she suspended from the ceiling. Laurel explains about the circumpolar importance of the raven in myth, providing the background for the way she displayed the raven during the member show. During the summer, Laurel’s work is displayed in the Wild Cortes exhibit at Linnaea Farm Education Centre. Wild Cortes is the story of water and portrays all the ecosystems on the island. You can see Laurel’s work now at the Cortes Island Museum, 957 Beasley...
Art On The Island: Susana Vijaya’s Macramé

Art On The Island: Susana Vijaya’s Macramé

In episode six of Art on the Island, Maureen talks with guest about how her background, travel and life in Brazil inspires her art: Susana Vijaya’s macrame Susana Vijaya by Maureen Bader | Art On The Island http://rest.s3for.me/maureenbader/2018-10-26+Channel+1+09-00-00.mp3 Susana Vijaya’s Macramé Susana started out in art as a child with her parents and grandparents being the great teachers in her life. Susana needs to express herself artistically but gets bored and moves on to new challenges. Her current artistic interest is macramé art. Susana combines semi precious stones into some of her work to form unique bracelets and necklaces. Susana also explained the origins of macramé, a very interesting story. During the summer, Susana displays her art at the Cortes Craft Shop and has a table at both the Gorge and Manson’s markets. In the winter you can see her work at the Raven Song gallery on Quadra Island. Vinho do Porto Susana is a regular CKTZ contributor with her show Vinho de Porto, a collection of music of many genres with the Portuguese language as the uniting...
Art On The Island: John Cooper

Art On The Island: John Cooper

Maureen talks with guest John Cooper about how he got started with art back in the 1950’s. Maureen and John discussed how John’s natural ability led him into art when given his background, he might have ended up someplace else.  John came to Cortes Island about a year and a half ago and resides here full time. John Cooper by Maureen Bader | Art On The Island http://rest.s3for.me/maureenbader/Art+On+The+Islan+101918.mp3   John has spent much of his career teaching art, starting in the US and then at the University of Manitoba after moving to Canada in the 70’s. Heading west, John lived for about 40 years in a town close to Nelson BC, painting about 300 paintings per year, teaching art, and working in different occupations to fund his artistic vision.  Given his depth of detailed knowledge, we ran out of time so John will be back in December to talk about his more recent activities including the marketing and production challenges he faces as an island artist. ...