Each month the Window Gallery features work by a local artist, followed by work from our artists-in-residence. Located in the front of our shed, to be viewed from 2nd Street, the Window Gallery is always open!
Travis Freeman
July 2018
'Listen to the trees'


Michael Denman (Sointula)
June 2018
'Kantele' (national instrument of Finland). Locally sourced cedar and yew wood. 


Jay White 
May 2018



Barb Weaver (Sointula)
April 2018
Beach glass and driftwood mermaid worlds.



Kathleen Blohm (Sointula)
May 2018
Encaustic, clay, toast, Alice's Restaurant.


Sandy Middleton
April 2018
Wax on wood and shells.  


Lynett Kerr (Sointula)
March 2018
Painting, needlepoint, illustration, and knitting.


Betty Carlson (Sointula)
February 2018
Mixed media masks.

Claudia Maas (Sointula)
January 2018
Lino prints


Kathy Hamilton & Alden Barnett (Sointula)
December 2017
Faerie log cabin for faeries, knomes, and trolls.  Wood, shells, stones and mosses found on local beaches. 


Genevieve Robertson
December 2017
Sea water, guache, and raw bitumen on paper.


Robin Smith (Sointula)
November, 2017
Local plant dyes (salal, ferns and cedar ) on recycled fabrics.


Ross Weaver (Sointula)
Local beach wood and metal assemblage.
November, 2017

Ross Weaver (Sointula)
Installation view.
November, 2017


Jen Lash (Sointula)
September 1st - 15th, 2017
Hand dyed rug hookings and braided rugs.

Jen Lash (Sointula)
September 1st - 15th, 2017
Hand dyed rug hookings and braided rugs.

Jen Lash (Sointula)
September 1st - 15th, 2017
Hand dyed rug hookings and braided rugs.


Will Saltau (Sointula)
October, 2017
Halloween lanterns.  Recycled flotsam floats.


Erica Conly & Sean Prcyk 
October, 2017
'Imperfection Islands'.  Wood fired ceramics, beach wood and local debris.


Community Garden Group (Sointula)
September 2017
Quilt and bag fundraising raffle with all proceeds going towards future community garden projects!


Ash Ferlito
August 16th - 30th, 2017


My time here on Malcolm Island has flown by. I’ve taken exploratory bike rides, seen whales, met really interesting people, visited Alert Bay, collected rocks, painted in the landscape, gone dragon boating, played a little tennis, hiked and birded. As I’ve walked the town and the trails I’ve received a really good feeling from the handmade signs and objects I've encountered. I find poetry in these objects and in an effort to hang on to the feelings I’ve recreated some of them. ‘The Big Beautiful Bay Trail ENDS HERE’ was the first I made, the signs from the Mateoja Heritage Trail followed and there are two from Tia’s in Port McNeill. I’ve also made the wooden portrait from Ricky’s Net Shed. 

 

The drift wood and nail pieces are inspired by the work of the red-breasted sapsucker that drills tiny holes, often in neat rows, on the trunks of trees.  In an effort to mimic the decorative action I took a bag of nails and a hammer to the beach and using driftwood tried to become the sapsucker. 


Both the signs and the holes have a primary function: to provide direction and orientation, to yield sap and catch gnats, respectively. They are also beautiful and deliver meaning beyond their utility–  this generosity is what I'm tap, tap, tapping into. 



Ash Ferlito
Summer Goal: Spend as much time outside as possible.

A confluence of events has provided a few months of life with very few tethers. I’ve been traveling, visiting friends, borrowing bikes, attending residencies and landscape painting. I’m looking long, breathing deep, and doing my best to absorb the world around me. I’m learning a lot and am grateful for the time and freedom.

A few months ago I took a walk with a naturalist in the woods of upstate New York. My friend named birds by song and as we walked I felt my senses begin to expand as I began to look with my ears. We spoke about going beyond the aesthetic appreciation of nature and how knowledge and naming can encourage greater conversation. It was a profoundly moving experience and since that day in late May I have named over 200 species of birds and 300 plants and animals.

These painting experiments are enhanced narratives of experiences I’ve had here on Malcolm Island: a curious pacific wren, the sound of a raven’s wings in a silent forest, a tree which seemed to glow with moss, a swooping tree swallow, a hollow green sea urchin.

Ash Ferlito (b.1979) was raised by sea otters in the foggy clime of the Monterey Peninsula in northern California. She is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art, Yale University and is a member of the 2012 class of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She lives and works in New York City.



Femke de Vries
August 8th - 15th, 2017


UTOPIAN SWEATERS
place of harmony – community – sisu - practical dreamers - utopia – aika 

These terms, in English and Finnish, either refer to the origins of Sointula or have been used to describe Sointula in literature. They represent a longing and mentality that accompanied the construction of a socialist utopian community.
The words have been placed on the Sointula sweater that is for sale at the local Co-op and a much-worn garment by locals and visitors. It is one of the few (new) pieces clothing you can buy on the island and traditionally carries an image of a boat drawn by Laurie Belveal.

By adding these words to the Sointula sweaters, heritage is interlinked with daily life on the island.


Thank you Robin Smith.



Jenny Hyslop (Sointula)
July 25th - August 6th, 2017

I've been living in Sointula for a year and a half. While I have several creative endeavors and outlets, visual art is my home base. I attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design from 2001-2005, where I studied painting, drawing, collage, and art history. More recently, I've been experimenting with textiles and other craft media. Much of my work is based on the colour and design of mid-century imagery. I am drawn to this vintage aesthetic, and love to use the era's strange false idyllic affectation to contrast my own attempts at creating a more authentic lifestyle.


Elizabeth D'Agostino 
July 10 - 15th, 2017

Working with the notion of longing and how the elements within the environment
begin to inform each other, relationships in space and structure are re- purposed
to create new narratives modified by their characteristics and surroundings.

While living in the urban setting of the city, I have become increasingly aware of
my surroundings and the rapidly producing populations and structures that
continually alter the landscape. Closely connected with the natural landscape
outside and within the city has shaped my perspective on nature and how
humans interact with, animals and each other.

My current research draws from the histories of observational and scientific
renderings of Canadian wildlife while developing an understanding of the
management of living things and their interactions with people. As fictional hybrid
forms are organized within each composition, they resemble the familiar
combined with fragments of organic elements and unusual characteristics
displayed as objects of curiosity. The images and objects used are specific to
natural sites, which I have extracted these subjects from the world of nature and
assigned them to new roles within an invented landscape.



Michael Barker
June 26th - 30th 2017

Michael Barker is a Toronto-based photographer specializing in portraiture
and documentary photography. His documentary work explores progressive and
alternative communities, subcultures, and social movements. The cyanotype
process used here was invented by the astronomer John Herschel in 1842. It
is one of the first non-silver technologies used to create photographic
images.


Robbie Boyes (Sointula)
June 1st- 15th, 2017

I moved to Sointula in the mid 1970's and got work at the Pt. McNeil Boat
Yards and then started working for the local logging company as a
carpenter. I bought property in Mitchell Bay in the 80's and became one of
the town carpenters. I built several houses and renovated several houses.
After a while I realized that I liked the decorative part the best, and so
I did some "dressing up" of homes on the island.  I never liked working in
the rain, so bad weather drove me into my shop where I made deck chairs,
wooden stools, flutes, boxes, and kids toys. I still enjoy the shop when I
have time. I have been fortunate enough to be my own boss most of the time,
and have enjoyed generous support from this community.


Carly Gordon
May 15th-30th, 2017

Both pieces displayed in the Window Gallery are process work for me. Sketching on paper with pen and watercolour is a very simple and fast way for me to get my ideas out, and often there are things I pull from it later. Similar to the sketch, smaller paintings have always been a source of studying for me. Using acrylic paint on the sheer white organza was experimental in the nature of the paint reacting to the fabric. Again, a small process I will take something from.

Each of these pieces will contribute to larger, more developed paintings. From the sketch, the pink hue of the water is very important, and from the painting, the way the acrylic reacts to the organza will be used too.

The mountains are a clear choice for subject matter, as we do not have them in Ontario, where I am from. 

Carly Gordon is a painter from Manitoulin Island, Ontario.


Eisert Hall (Sointula)
Sun Gold and Triptychs, May 1st-14th, 2017

This small artwork from 1985 is one piece of a larger project.  The smaller works provided a space for exploring colour, shape and form.  

Eisert Hall is an interdisciplinary artist living in Sointula who uses various mediums and techniques to create a sense of conversation across project themes, such as "nature", "technology", and "identity". 


Dominique Ferraton
Sailboat: 1-9, April 18th-30th, 2017

“Sailboat: 1-9” is a study of shape, shadow and repetition inspired by the ocean and the art of paper-folding. Each of the drawings illustrates one of the nine steps required to make a basic origami sailboat. Folded and unfolded again, the paper reveals nothing more than an increasing number of geometric shapes, repeated as cut-out triangles of various sizes below. 

Dominique Ferraton is a multidisciplinary artist from Montreal. Her work explores landscapes, soundscapes, and our relationship with the sights and sounds in our environment.


Roy Small (Sointula)
April 1st-15th, 2017
Patchwork Puppets: Lion, Gopher, Empress of China, Carpenter (from the film, Button Pill), Pretty Polly, Rene Levesque, Queen Elizabeth, Pierre Trudeau, The Law, Joey the Clown, Shadow Figure Dancer.  

Enchanted with puppets since childhood, Roy Small grew up and became a professional  puppeteer, working in theatres, on the streets and in films and television, making puppets, writing plays, designing and building theatres and sets for his own puppet shows and for other companies as well. In 1966, Roy formed his own company with Lynette Maurice called Patchwork Puppets, one of the few professional companies in Canada at the time.  


Alex Tedlie-Stursberg, The Sun is a Light, 32 Miles Across
Three new works presented between March 24th to 30th

Not Waving, But Drowning 
Found Styrofoam
2017

Utopian Lump 
Found Styrofoam/Expanding Foam/Found Objects/Ping Pong Balls/Flotsam
2017

The Seagull and The Starfish
Found Styrofoam/Plaster/Acrylic Paint/Starfish/Flotsam
2017

Alex Tedlie-Stursberg is a post-medium artist residing in Vancouver, BC.
Working mostly with assemblage, using various forms of cultural iconography and material appropriation, his practice looks at relationships of value in society, demonstrating their interconnectivity and mutual dependency.