Amy Robertson

Amy Robertson

Amy Robertson & Manfred In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews Amy Robertson. Amy is well known on the island and has been here since 1998.   Maureen Bader Amy Robertson on Art on the Island Amy weaves cedar bark but started weaving with willow, learning from Alaster Heseltine at Linnaea farm.  Now Marlene Little is Amy’s mentor in Masset, and Amy has also studied with Joan Carrigan on Salt Spring Island. Although Amy has studied with other people, she says experience teaches us the most.  Amy studied fine art at Colorado College in Colorado Springs but came to Canada in 1986. She actually started out as a math major and finds weaving to be quite mathematical.  Listen as Amy discusses her style and how she works to improve. She has explored the full gamut of size in her cedar bark creations, from two-inch baskets for the Cortes Craft shop to her largest, a full sized person who she calls Manfred, at five feet, 10 inches tall. Listen as Amy describes how she wove Manfred. Manfred is on display at Herschel Supply Company in Gastown. Amy talks about how she harvests cedar and processes it to create material ready for weaving. If you have a cedar tree coming down, let Amy know and she can harvest some of the bark for her work. This allows her to harvest much more (and not from live trees), which allows her to teach more as she is limited by how much material she has available.  Amy gives workshops here on the island, in Vancouver, Tofino, and through North...
Jane Newman

Jane Newman

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews Jane Newman. Jane is relatively new to Cortes, having moved here in 2017. Jane came from Banff and worked at the Banff Center, but wanted a change to a more favourable climate and a new start. Maureen Bader Jane Newman on Art on the Island Jane started out writing, but as a new mother was inspired by scribbling and now considers herself an abstract artist. Jane is now working in assemblage and mixed media as a creatologist. Listen as Jane explains what that means.  Jane is primarily self taught, and her style has developed over time and is ever changing. It reflects her personality, as she loves variety, to explore materials and incorporate the found objects she collects.   Listen how Jane describes the difference between assemblage and collage. Her work varies tremendously in size, often depending on the space she has available to work, or the type of objects she has found. Jane talks about what inspires her and what she is trying to achieve in metal or in the other found objects in the natural world. Jane is trying to express the energy of the land and how we live in a consume-and-dispose society, but how we can transcend that if we want to.  Production and marketing challenges are a bit different for Jane as a new resident. She came with supplies and finds much of her input in nature. She is also waiting to start marketing her work but plans to do that soon.    You can see Jane’s work at...
Dancing Wolf

Dancing Wolf

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews poet and graphic artist Dancing Wolf. Wolf has been coming to Cortes Island for more than 20 years and settled here in 2014.  Maureen Bader Dancing Wolf on Art on the Island Wolf has just started calling himself an artist recently, but hosted a radio show in Victoria for nine years starting in 1995, and at that time did community dances. It was at this time he started creating sacred spaces and posters. Listen as Wolf describes how he found his muse.  Creatively United For The Planet Festival 2012 Wolf didn’t study art formally and is self-taught. He now has a radio show on CKTZ, From the Muses Garden, that you can listen to on Mondays between 5-7 pm. His current show is an evolution from his Planet Folk show in the 1990s, and he describes this evolution during the interview. He talks about how he brings music and poetry together.  Wolf describes himself as a beauty bringer, saying this is his mission. On his radio show, he delves into the spiritual but also the darkness that surrounds us. The show’s format allows him to share his experiences and the experiences of others.  Fifty Summers of Love He is currently planning for Love Fest here on Cortes Island so stay tuned for more information on this event. This event allows for co-creation, an opportunity he is very excited about.  Event production is an activity Wolf is engaged in now and you can find out more about that on Tideline (cortesisland.com) under Art of the Heart.  You can see...
Laura Balducci

Laura Balducci

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews multi-talented artist Laura Balducci. Laura has lived on the Island for nine years. She and her partner were looking for a large piece of property to rent and found the right place here on Cortes. Maureen Bader Laura Balducci on Art on the Island Laura recently completed a 365-day art challenge. She used a tarot card to determine a colour scheme and created eight works per page. You will be able to see the 365-day challenge in Laura’s solo show at the Old Schoolhouse Gallery, opening June 14 2019. Her artist talk is on the second Friday of her show, June 21, 2019.  Laura has been engaged in artistic activity all her life. Starting out as a hairdresser, she began at Suki’s. In the 1990’s she branched out into fashion and makeup.   Laura took some art classes at Emily Carr, primarily painting in acrylics. She also took different art workshops in media such as encaustic, and also an art doll workshop with Kate Church here on Cortes. The move to art dolls allowed her to use her hair, fashion and makeup skills all at once on a smaller scale.  She is a very versatile artist, exploring many creative possibilities. Laura is now mostly working with fibre and has started spinning her own wool, an activity growing in popularity here. She collects fibre locally, dyes it with mostly natural dyes, spins it and is currently knitting a bedspread. Yoga is a new activity Laura has taken up and is looking to differentiate her offering by including nature and...
Mike Beeman

Mike Beeman

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews artist, teacher and show judge Mike Beeman, to talk about how to be more successful when entering juried shows. Mike works in pastel and oil, in studio and on location, painting a variety of subjects, including landscapes, still life and figures. He is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America and a Master Circle artist in the International Association of Pastel Societies. His work has appeared in numerous juried exhibitions and competitions and he has been a judge in many as well.  Maureen Bader Art on the Island interviews Mike Beeman First, a juried show is one where an artist must submit an entry and be judged against other artist to gain entry into the show. Mike explained that today, the top shows are very competitive and the competition is now global as people from all over the world vie to get into the best shows.  If it is so difficult to get in, why would someone want to be in a juried show? Reasons include personal gratification and recognition, which help an artist to grow professionally, to gain credibility in the industry and to move to higher status, such as Signature status, in artist groups such as the Federation of Canadian artists.  Mike explains the number one reason why an entry is rejected, and how to avoid that, as well as other considerations when entering a juried show. He also explains what to consider when selecting your best work for the show, and what to expect once you’ve sent off your entry...
Susanne Muir

Susanne Muir

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews pastelist Susanne Muir. Susanne has lived on the Island since 2001, but has been visiting Cortes Island since the 1980s after her parents moved here.  Maureen Bader Susanne Muir on Art on the Island Beginnings Susanne has engaged in artistic activities since childhood, and was inspired by her Grandfather. She started out with pencils and crayons and always had her crayons and paper along with her on long drives. Susanne is self-taught, learning primarily from books.   Susanne saw a watercolour painting in a gallery window and decided she would make her own. As with many things, she later realized it would have been much cheaper to just buy the painting, especially now that she is working in pastels, as her main artistic activity today is pastel painting, mainly in the winter. Susanne also makes dried bouquets for the winter markets.  Light and atmosphere define Susanne’s style, which has been heavily influenced by watercolour. Susanne’s paintings are usually 9×11 inches and smaller and she works primarily from photos and sketches she collects while out in nature. The effects of light and atmosphere fuelling her imagination.  Susanne tends to accumulate supplies given the remote nature of our island, but the local art store supply has a limited supply, especially in pastel. When Susanne goes to Victoria she stocks up, as well as buying online and having supplies shipped here.  Pastel is a dry media that artists typically apply to paper. Susanne tends to use moderately textured paper that allows her to use the texture to create light effects. She...