We love how there is a constant Ebb and Flow through our store. We receive new pieces of art weekly, sometimes even daily and it leaves just as fast. Our store shore is fresh with every tide, exposing new gems for our customers to discover. On this page we will do our best to post some of the latest arrivals!
INSIGHTS OF THE SALISH SEA
Mike Yip, avid bird watching enthusiast and photographer, is pleased to announce his latest book, Beginner's Guide to Common Vancouver Island Birds! It is his fourth volume on his bird encounters, and a little different than his previous books.
From his website, Mike says: “Since there were no bird identification guides specifically for Vancouver Island, I decided to produce one.
We recently asked Alex McLeod's parents to share the story of their son, and his journey into his art. Barb and Dave treated us to the most wonderful, heartfelt response. It is truly is a note of gratitude and recognition to this community for the support and encouragement offered to Alex.
Alex is a special young man living with autism in Qualicum Beach. He is a true local having attended Bowser Elementary, Qualicum Beach
Middle School and Kwalikum Secondary. His amazing community continues to support him in so many ways.
Here at the Salish Sea Market, we consider ourselves so very lucky to be in association with so many artists who are community focussed, using their enormous talents in support of a better world.
Today, we would like to celebrate three such artists, Janet McDonald, Esther Sample and Joshua Hansen
Janet McDonald, painter, says: I am a Frustrated Marine Biologist. Her love for the waters around us and the creatures in those waters, is as deep as the ocean itself. Here’s a little background:
For each of our artists, we create an Artist Card, which we include with each purchase. It is a wonderful way to connect to the artist and get a feeling for how and why they create. Of course, each has a unique story, but I would say the common thread is, being inspired by the landscape we live in.
For us at the Salish Sea Market, it is an amazing experience to be introduced to new forms of honouring this place we are fortunate enough to call home. Here are five artists, in a variety of disciplines, who have joined us in the past few months.
Rita Levitz and Leah Willott are the authors of Images & Voices of Lighthouse Country, a pict/oral history of Deep Bay, Bowser, Qualicum Bay and Horne Lake.
"This is the first local history book of our community", they say in the Preface to this rich collection of stories and pictures.
One of their inspirations for the book was: "People were saying that Bowser was named after the famous bartending dog. We felt the need to set the record straight — the dog's name was Mike!"
by sarah j. clark • conductor or comings and goings
Salish Sea Market Artist Dan Davies creates amazing “Seashore Inspirations” from things found on his beach walks. Small pieces of driftwood the rest of us would easily stroll past, Dan is able to visualize the beauty that resides beneath the surface, the “inner glow” that happens when you burnish them to a fine lustre.
Metal Sculptor Kevin Mackenzie, from Quadra Island, has been part of the Salish Sea Market family since 2011, just a year after we opened. Kevin’s work has always garnered a huge amount of admiration and respect for how carefully he renders his ideas in metal. Whether it is his signature Kingfisher, or one of his three-dimensional Ravens, people are always in awe of his enormous talent.
from the desk of sarah j clark ~ conductor of comings and goings …
We are so very blessed by the appreciation for the market and how we connect the community to its artists. Being closed for two months really amplified how important we are to the fabric of this community, a responsibility we take both seriously and joyfully.
Our artists and customers do not hesitate to tell us how they feel about the store, their experience and how essential art is to the health of their world.
Glass Artist Loris Dawn Nygaard has just launched her new project, The Wishing Stars, which have been in "a process of love, for many years!"
Last year Loris fell deeper into the concept of Giving Wishes as the best gift you could give someone … I kept having insightful conversations with holistic professionals, particularly Jeannie Spencer a hypnotherapist, and it became evident that I needed to find the best way to get that message out.
sarah j clark
conductor of comings and goings
salish sea market
The stories we continue to hear and experience from our artists are amazing. They all share one common thread, a deep desire for connection, purpose and meaning through these times of uncertainty. We have seen unprecedented acts of generosity and kindness, the likes of which we could have never imagined. Every day we feel grateful for the connections we have made and community we are part of.
Contributor: sarah j. clark ~ conductor of comings and goings
Reaching out to seven artists each week is turining into a really fantastic way to "see" what's happening in our artistic community. The responses have run the full gamit of human reaction. This week, only three of the seven where able to participate, and their sharing is wonderful. The others were busy creating new product and a new website, building a fence or just getting out in nature. We hope you are enjoying these insights as much as we are! Be well.
Francine van der Schoot ~ Jewelry
Each week we are reaching out to a different small group of our fabulous artists to find out how they are doing, during these most unusual times. Their responses are heartwarming and genuine. We are all in this together, and we hope that reaching out and connecting in this way is comforting for all.
The question this week was:
What are some of your tactics to get into your workflow, in these unusual times? Indeed, are you able to? Tell us a little about what happening in your studio world.
Contributor: sarah j clark - Conductor of Comings and Goings at the Salish Sea Market
Here we are, in likely the most unusual time of our lives, of the world. The doors of the Salish Sea Market have been closed to the public since March 18th, although we are still working behind the scenes to promote our artists and connect with the community.
Since the market is based on community and stories, we thought this was the time to re-ignite our blog and share the stories and artists of the Salish Sea Market this way!
By Sarah J. Clark - Conductor of Comings and Goings
Charles van Sandwyk is one of the pillars of the Salish Sea Market. He’s been with us since the beginning of the store, and everyday is part of the magic that is the Market.
His beautiful, whimsical and cherished work greets our visitors at the door and they are immediately drawn in to take a closer look.
In the life of an artist there is constant shift, an ever-changing landscape of challenges and opportunities. First there are the myriad of ideas that come up, then there’s what to do with them all. The life of an artist is a pretty busy place.
Right now, Comox Valley artist Marianne Enhörning is one of those very busy artists. Busy with ideas for new pieces and stretching her reach into the world beyond Vancouver Island.
It’s official, the Salish Sea Market has a taken up residence online!
We are so pleased to be able to share the beauty, wonder and talent of our artists and artisans, with the whole wide world.
After 8 years of building an amazing creative-filled community in our tiny village of Bowser, on the east coast of Vancouver Island, we are excited to reach out and build a community here on the web. We have so much to share and we hope you will want to be a part of it.
The Salish Sea is a combination of three bodies of water, stretching from Campbell River on Vancouver Island south to Washington State. In 2010, in a ceremony of reconciliation with the coastal First Nations, and Canadian and American governments, the Strait of Georgia, the Juan de Fuca Strait and Puget Sound were given the name Salish Sea. This is to honour and recognize that this area is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish nations.