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What’s the Buzz – Be in the Know is our Blog.

Once a month in ‘From Light to Layers’, one of our remarkable artists will be featured. It will be a chance to get to know a little more about each artist. How they got started, their inspirations, how they do their art, mentors and lots more.

 

We will also keep up to date on what’s happening at The Art Hive such as giveaways, contests, auctions, and more.

 

We will work on bringing any information about art, questionaires, and anything else we find interesting.

 

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What’s the Buzz – Be in the KNOW

What's the Buzz - Be in the Know is our Blog. Once a month in 'From Light to Layers', one of our remarkable artists will be featured. It will be a chance to get to know a little more about each artist. How they got started, their inspirations, how they do their art,...

Investing in Canadian Art – A Tax Perspective

Investing in Canadian Art - A Tax Deduction Having art in our space just makes it better. Art adds personality, evokes emotions and makes a blank wall beautiful.  The Canadian government has implemented alluring tax incentives to promote the purchase of original...

Art is Good For the Soul

Art is good for the soul!   In your Home it can.... Reduce your stress Increase the resale of a house Promote creativity Create a sense of comfort Set the mood or tone of a room Make a statement Stimulates young minds Improves your quality of life     In...

7 Successful Tips When Decorating Your Oasis

7 SUCCESSFUL TIPS WHEN DECORATIONG YOUR OASIS Tips for investing in artwork you love By Kelly Cushing   Buying art can be overwhelming and feel intimidating. The notion that art is for the ‘well do to’ and ‘elite’ is not the case. Art is a personal venture, just...

FROM LIGHT TO THE LAYERS with Kathy Nay

FOR A LIMITED TIME, Get 10% OFF all of Kathy's Artwork.  USE Coupon Code: kathynay EXPIRES April 30, 2021  ARTIST EXPOSE: Kathy Nay   Who are you and what do you do? I am Kathy Nay and I am a watercolour and acrylic artist. Kathy NayHeritage Apples How do...

ARTIST EXPOSE: Jessie Somers

FOR A LIMITED TIME, Get 15% OFF all of Jessie's pieces.  EXPIRES MARCH 31, 2021  ARTIST EXPOSE: Jessie Somers   What jobs have you done other than being an artist? When I'm not in my studio, I work fulltime at an outdoor childcare center in Port Coquitlam. I...

Cornerstone Custom Framing Collaborates with The Art Hive

See Our Work At Cornerstone Cornerstone Custom Framing has graciously collaborated with the Art Hive to showcase our artists work. Now we have a place for people to see the art in person. Cornerstone moved earlier in the year to a bigger location and had a large area...

Art Hive Thankful Giveaway

Art Hive Thankful Giveaway A Beautiful Beach Scene by Sabrina Gauthier A Liquid Acrylic Pour on a Gallery Wrapped Canvas. Measures 8x10 inches. Bring a piece of summer into your space. Value $89 Giveaway ends October 21, 2020 Enter today!!! Just follow this...

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From Light to Layers: Carol Kent – The Artistic Environmental Warrior

ARTIST EXPOSE: Carol Kent, The Artistic Environmental Warrior

Carol Kent, Canadian Wildlife Artist’s inspiration is clear immediately when you look at her work. This self-taught New Brunswick Artist’s love and adoration she has for nature and wildlife radiates onto her canvas.

Carol is the newest addition to The Art Hive family. Here is a little more about her from her own words.

Who are you and what do you do?

Carol Kent from Bloomfield, Kings County in New Brunswick – I am a pastel artist specializing in animal portraits both wild and domestic.  I identify myself as an emerging artist as I have only been painting full time for about 15 months.

Why do you do what you do?

I feel that I am finally doing what I have wanting to do my whole life.  Every day, I am so excited to see what will be created on my easel.

How do you work?

A typical day for me is heading up to my studio in the upper level of my home.  I work from a reference photo, usually found on one of my free artist reference photo groups or my local photography group.  Usually, I will sketch out the photo then transfer it onto my pastelmat by coloring the back with pastel and tracing it onto my pastelmat page. I work on a tabletop easel with a magnifying lamp.  I use pastel pencils as my medium, they provide beautiful detail and are very easy to blend and layer for the effects I strive for.

 

New Brunswick Artist, Carol Kent

Carol Kent

Plum's Promise by Carol Kent

Plum’s Promise

What’s your background?

I am a self-taught artist.  I have always been creative.  Honestly, I don’t remember a time when I was young when I wasn’t drawing animals. When I was a teenager, I had some of my bird drawings published in the Nova Scotia Bird Society magazine.  I had a teddy bear making business for quite a few years using my own pattern and recycled fur coats. I have dabbled in painting with acrylics, needle felting, and sculpting with clay, but once I found pastel pencils, I have not wanted to work with anything else.

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

Inspiration.  I get my inspiration from nature.  I look for images that invoke an emotional response.  The beauty of nature never ceases to amaze me.

 

Curiosity by Carol Kent

Curiosity

The Fisherman by Carol Kent

The Fisherman

What’s your most embarrassing moment?   

When I was in High School, I was chosen with a few of my classmates to go on a field trip to Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia.  We were on a guided tour along the beach and the guide told us that particular area was a spot for sea turtles to lay their eggs.  He told us that if you put your head on the sand, you could hear the baby turtles digging their way out.  Of course, I dove to the ground with my ear to the sand then heard the guide say, “umm, there aren’t any now, its October.”  Sigh.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist? 

My first job was working in a greenhouse that grew millions of baby trees, I spent hours planting and transplanting seedlings.  I worked with the Canadian Wildlife Service banding shorebirds and doing field research in local marshes.  I was involved in marketing and directed a Waterfowl Festival for 3 years and finally just retired from being an activity director in a Senior Care Facility.

Thank You Hooman by Carol Kent

Thank You Hooman!

Sunrise Surprise by Carol Kent

Sunrise Surprise

What is your artistic outlook on life? 

My outlook is to make the best of each day.  Sometimes, health or family issues seem to take control of things, but if I can accomplish bringing into the world a little bit of beauty for others to enjoy then that makes it all worthwhile. Certainly, I am also committed to increasing awareness of our native wildlife and the perils of climate change.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I really have been overwhelmed with the responses I have received from my work.  Some have been critical, which I love because it helps me to grow and develop new skills. But I think one of the most memorable was “I love seeing miracles happen like this” when referring to one of my pieces.  That blew me away!

Is the artistic life lonely?

What do you do to counteract it?  I don’t find the artist life lonely.  I am a bit of an introvert anyway, so I prefer being locked away in my studio for hours on end.  It makes me happy.

 

Skepticism by Carol Kent

Skepticism

The Catch by Carol Kent

The Catch

What makes you angry? 

Complete disregard for the environment.

What is your dream project?

Have the walls of a gallery filled with my work for everyone to see.

Name three artists you’d like to be compared to. 

I have two artists that I look up to and who I would love to be compared to someday.  Robert Bateman and Alex Colville.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Best advice ever given to me was Don’t Give Up!  If something isn’t working the way you want then step away for a bit then come back with fresh eyes.  You tend to see things that you missed before and will be able to rework it until you are happy with it.  I have only given up on one piece of work so far.  I’m pretty proud of that!

Professionally, what’s your goal?

To become rich and famous of course!  But seriously, if I can become successful enough to pay off some dept and become self-sufficient with my art then I will be achieving my desired goal in life.

What wouldn’t you do without?

My family, access to nature and my pastel pencils.

 

The Watcher by Carol Kent

The Watcher

The Shaman by Carol Kent

The Shaman

Investing in Canadian Art – A Tax Perspective

Investing in Canadian Art – A Tax Deduction

Having art in our space just makes it better. Art adds personality, evokes emotions and makes a blank wall beautiful. 

The Canadian government has implemented alluring tax incentives to promote the purchase of original Canadian works of art.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has established that taxpayers who purchase or rent Canadian artworks, either for their personal office or for the common areas of their places of business (such as the lobby or hallway) can claim a tax deduction for the cost of purchasing or renting the work.

If you own a business, there are some great tax benefits to collecting Canadian Art.

Buying artwork is considered as an capital expense for corporations or individuals who operate a business. An individual or organization may qualify for an annual tax deduction provided certain criteria are met.

Under the Tax Act, this purchase must meet the following criteria:

1. The artwork must have been created by a Canadian artist and must be related to the business’s commercial activities and exhibited in a place of business where it will be seen by clients.

2. A print, etching, drawing, painting, sculpture, or other similar work of art that is greater than $200 in value

3. Made by a Canadian artist at the time the art was created, whether a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident

4. If the buyer is a GST and QST registrant, he can recover the taxes paid at the time of purchasing the artwork by claiming input tax credits.

If the purchase meets these criteria, the buyer is entitled to a declining deduction of 33% of the cost of purchasing the artwork (class 8.1) at the provincial level and of 20% (class 8) at the federal level.

Some works of art are, however, excluded and do not qualify for a tax credit, more specifically works having a value of less than $200 or created prior to the 1900s – created over 100 years ago.

Of course, contacting your accountant for more specifics on this matter is highly recommended.

So, supporting Canadian art besides feeling good, supporting the Canadian economy and making your business stand out, is good for the bottom line.  What’s holding you back?

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Art is Good For the Soul

Art is good for the soul!

 

In your Home it can….

  • Reduce your stress
  • Increase the resale of a house
  • Promote creativity
  • Create a sense of comfort
  • Set the mood or tone of a room
  • Make a statement
  • Stimulates young minds
  • Improves your quality of life

 

 

In the Workplace it can…

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve customer relations
  • Inspire creativity and productivity
  • Add sophistication to environment
  • Promote a sense of legitimacy and accomplishment
  • Increases employer satisfaction
  • Staff feel more connected and engaged
  • Boost your companies branding (through philanthropy)
Trio of Canoes by Wendy Palermo

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Just Around the Corner by Wendy Palermo

From Layers to Light – Wendy Palermo’s Spiritual Connection with Nature

ARTIST EXPOSE: Wendy Palermo

 

From Layers to Light – Wendy Palermo’s Spiritual Connection with Nature

 

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a Canadian artist who has been painting in the Niagara Region in Ontario for over 40 years. I am a self-taught artist who worked as a memorial designer at a local monument company where I created many creative monuments for dignitaries and local families. In 1989, I received a prestigious award from the Monument Builders Association of North America for best design.

I have also received some awards for my artist abilities and have received 1st and 2nd place awards at local shows for my works in drawing and watercolours.

I now enjoy working in acrylic painting and creating landscapes that have a spiritual connection to the land we live on.

Huddled Canoes by Wendy Palermo

Huddled Canoes

How do you do what you do?

I primarily painting with acrylic paint on Canvas or Wood and enjoy plein-air painting when time permits. Most of my work I try to capture the light that falls on the various subjects.

How do you work?

I will often go walking to various towns or rural areas to find my next painting. I will gather a lot of photos of the area before settling on one idea. Then I will either paint on site or in my studio and plan out my composition and colour pattern. Once that is done, I begin to paint the painting.

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

I think it is important to develop a concept or message that you are trying to convey so that all decisions after that relate back to your initial concept/message.

 

Just Around the Corner by Wendy Palermo

Just Around The Corner

The Tool Shed by Wendy Palermo

The Tool Shed

What role does the artist have in society?

I think artists can have an impact on society by engaging the community in thoughtful discussions about the issues of the day. Many of my works show you the beauty in nature and that this treasure may be lost due to human’s impact on the world. My hope is that you appreciate the landscape more because of my works.

What has been a seminal experience?

I had taken a break from my art because I needed to reinvent myself and figure out who I was and what I needed to do. After going back to school and helping my family grow and returned to my art and discovered that I was better and enjoyed it more because I understood who I was and what was important to me (family, nature, art).

How has your practice change over time

I believe my works have a explored the beauty of Canadian Lands. I believe this is important as many of us go through life without appreciating the world around us. It is my hope that bringing attention to the landscapes that a greater interest in preserving the land on which we borrow.

Great Day for Fish by Wendy Palermo

Great Day for Fish

Falling Waters by Wendy Palermo

Falling Waters

What art do you most identify with?

Many of the artists that identify with are American artist, John Singer Sargent, Canadian artist Mary Pratt. Both artists works have a glow to the colours they use and John Singer Sargents brushwork is something I strive to achieve.

What work do you most enjoying doing?

I enjoy doing art outdoors and celebrate the moments of time that I can achieve this. With busy and hectic schedules, it is not always easy to find the time but there is nothing like painting outdoors to capture the energy of the scene.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

Once memory that stands out is that from a very young age, I was often seen tearing paper, or colouring.

What themes do you pursue?

I primarily work to present the Canadian landscapes and try to capture the beauty around us.

Trio of Canoes by Wendy Palermo

Trio of Canoes

What’s your favourite artwork?

Usually the most recent painting I am working on is my favorite probably because I learned from my past paintings and try to do better.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

I have often stopped mid conversations to capture a scene or pull over on the side of the road while driving to draw a sketch or take photos for my art.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

As mentioned previously, I was a memorial artist who created personalized monuments for peoples whose family member recently past. This was a family business, and I took over all the drafting and creative aspects of the job when my grandfather retired.

I currently work at the local college to place recreation therapy students in the community to complete the required experiential learning. My ability to be adaptive, flexible, and creative talents lend them to my paid position and my hobby.

Why art?

I come from a line of creative people.

What is an artistic outlook on life?

Appreciating the world around you, the colours the people the surroundings that most people pass by.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Many of my customers appreciate the work because it reminds them of places they were or places they would like to be. I often paint calm scenes and many people express that is what they see in my works.

What food, drink, song inspires you?

Jazz and Blue is great to paint to

Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?

Visiting with my colleagues when life permits.

Lily Pad Pond by Wendy Palermo

Lily Pad Pond

Pond Beauty by Wendy Palermo

Pond Beauty

What do you dislike about the art world?

 

That it seems to be less interest and appreciation for art now that digital photography makes it easy for everyone to have an image enlarged. What they don’t realize is that an exact copy is not the same as a painting.

 

What do you dislike about your work?

I would like to paint my loosely and I try to achieve this in every work I do. Sometimes I successful and sometimes I’m not.

 

What do you like about your work?

I love the colour blue and those are the paintings that speak to me the most.

 

Should art be funded?

Yes, with less and less people buying are it should be something that the government should sponsor as part of the cultural heritage.

 

What role does arts funding have?

To help not only new artists but established artists.

 

What is your dream project?

To be able to provide a large scale series to support those in need. Either to create a series of paintings for seniors in long term care homes or to help with funding for to support programs for people with additions and mental health issues.

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE

 

What wouldn’t you do without?

Opportunity to be creative. 

 

Catching the Wind by Wendy Palermo

Catching the Wind

Retired by Wendy Palermo

Retired

From Light to Layers – Jocelyn Bichard – Nurse to Artist

 Jocelyn comes to The Art Hive from the East Coast of Canada. She joined us at the end of 2020. 

She has just sent us a swack of new artworks, originals and prints. Find out a bit about this wonderful artist from New Brunswick, Canada. 

 

ARTIST EXPOSE: Jocelyn Bichard

 

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a maritime artist  living in New Brunswick Canada. I paint mainly Watercolor and Pastel but also do some mixed media.

I paint things I love or that I find inspiring as I wish for others to see the beauty I see.

How do you work?

I usually work in studio from a photo I have taken or a photo that has been taken for artist use. I do also work plein air when the weather allows.

Once I have my drawing or photo transferred to the type of paper or canvas I am working on  I then begin with my painting . I sometimes use a thumb nail sketch to work out my tones but not always.

 I tend to work all over the painting and have it come together as a whole as opposed to some artist I see work on one area at a time. If I am doing watercolour I usually work on more than one to allow drying time. If I am doing an animal of course the eyes come first. I am usually intimidated with backgrounds so I am now trying to do those first.

I used to just pick my colors as I go but now I plan my palate ahead.

 

What’s your background?

 I did not start painting until later in life as the small area I grew up in did not offer art in school. I have always been interested in art but never attempted anything since I painted Liquid embroidery . (Artex) with my mom when I was in high school. In 1992 I took a few classes for help doing a portrait of my parents for their fiftieth anniversary. I have taken local workshops with both a watercolorist and a pastelist but most instruction has been through books. 

 

Tenerife Parrot by Jocelyn Bichard

Tenerife Parrot

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

What I believe is integral to an artist is the way they see color!

 

What role does the artist have in society?

I feel an artist can give society as a whole a fresh way of looking at the world that they have not taken the time to look at something like that. Look outside the box not just in it. Perhaps that was what Picasso was trying to show us!

 

What has been a seminal experience?

I have been fortunate to have travelled and viewed a lot of art and feel it has inspired me to see the way I do.

 

Neals Yard London by Jocelyn Bichard

Neals Yard London

Italian Stairway by Jocelyn Bichard

Italian Stairway

What art do you most identify with?

The art I mainly identify with are wildlife artists but I also like landscape so I would say Robert Bateman.

 I love painting animals but I also love flowers!

 

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

My strongest childhood memory of art was a young boy who I went to school with who could draw wonderful portraits. I envied him even though he was poor and often picked on by other students. I remember on essay I wrote on War of The Roses and the wounded Knight I drew on the cover page that I was very proud of.

 

What themes do you pursue?

You will find my work is more realism and is nature based.

Sunflowers by Jocelyn Bichard
Sunflowers

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I have been a Registered nurse since 1975 and worked in Corrections from 1981 to 2006 when I went to community nursing. I retired four years ago but still work casual. While working at Saint John Correctional Center I encouraged many talented artists there with they art work and have some of their art. I also did an exhibit called behind the Tracks showing their visual works and poetry.

 

Why art?

Art is Beauty and Beauty is Art!

My art is often admired but not as often purchased as my prints.

 

What food, drink, song inspires you?

I love Caribbean music like David Rudder, Bob Marly or most Rasta. I also love Master KG Jerusalema! Love a beat! It goes great with Rum, Pepsi and lime.

 

Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?

I do not find being an artist a lonely life. I have lots of artist friends and often get together to paint with one.

 

What do you dislike about the art world?

The one thing I do not like about the art world is that certain galleries look down on artists that are not formally trained but often if you ask artists who have gone to college or art school they feel some of their talent or spirit was squashed by attending formal training.

 

What do you like about your work?

I enjoy doing my art and enjoy when people like it.

Boats on the Bay Print by Jocelyn Bichard

Boats on the Bay Print

Renforth Lighthouse Print by Jocelyn Bichard

Renforth Lighthouse Print

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

My best piece of advice I learned in Sunday School. Let your little light Shine!

 

Professionally, what’s your goal?

My professional goal is to sell more of my art and to influence my grandchildren.

 

What wouldn’t you do without?

I am finding it difficult to feel inspired with out travelling. There is beauty everywhere but Travel is in my Soul.

 

What’s your favourite art work?

My favorite paints are Monet’s, The Flowered Garden and   The Water Lily Pond Aka Japanese Bridge.

 

Irises 2 by Jocelyn Bichard

Irises 2

Pink Peony by Jocelyn Bichard

Pink Peony

7 Successful Tips When Decorating Your Oasis

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7 SUCCESSFUL TIPS WHEN DECORATIONG YOUR OASIS

Tips for investing in artwork you love

By Kelly Cushing

 

Buying art can be overwhelming and feel intimidating. The notion that art is for the ‘well do to’ and ‘elite’ is not the case. Art is a personal venture, just like the food you crave and the music you listen to, art is a personal preference. Do you like muted tones or bright and colourful? Do you like abstract or realism? Scenics or cityscapes? The options are endless.

You may be in the process of buying art to decorate your bedroom wall or you want to create a theme in your home. There may even be a particular artist or style of art that you love. Whichever you require, this article will give you guidance.

Where do you start? Start here with 7 Successful Tips When Decorating Your Oasis.

 

  1. MEASURE

    Is the space you have large or small? Measure the space you wish to fill in, order to determine the optimal space for your new art piece. Small spaces around the home to fill up may be a good place to start. Distant horizon lines and nature are powerful in helping small living spaces appear larger. You can always change its location.

If you do have a large space you want to eventually fill, think about photography. A large anchor piece is a good place to start and landscape photography is a good option. Photography generally is more affordable than the painting of the same size. Photography is also usually less expensive than the same size painting which is great for beginners.

Peony by Vickie Legere

White Peony” original by Vickie Legere, $350   SHOP NOW

 

  1. BUDGET

    Art pieces can range in price from $20 and up.  Original pieces are expensive with emerging artists usually less expensive than established artists. If an original piece is not in your budget, other options may be Limited Edition prints (numbered & signed by the artist) or the more affordable version in a standard print (which might be purchased online).

Remember if you purchase an original artwork, you are supporting a real, living person and not a commercial operation.

If you love it, save for it – or purchase a more affordable version of it – or purchase a similar artwork while you save for that perfect piece.

Buying off the internet is far from perfect, so follow your heart and take your time. Research the artist and ask questions if you want by emailing their website. Art is about being curious. Remember if you like a piece, and if its too expensive for your pocketbook, there is surely another piece of artwork that is similar and can fit your budget. If it’s important to you, you can start to plan and budget for that one perfect piece or artist.

Colourful Cabbage bu Sandra Marshall

“Colourful Cabbage” Original by Sandra Marshall, $70
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3. APPROACH BUYING ART AS A LOVE AFFAIR

Finding meaningful art for your home and lifestyle takes consideration.   Just as you shouldn’t ‘make a commitment’ after the first date, allow yourself the opportunity to determine what you really like.  What can you live with on your walls?   You need to explore & develop a relationship with art styles and artists work that you love. You may find different mediums and styles that unexpectedly resonate with you, provide visual pleasure, excite you and fill your heart.

Your search should be both methodical and spontaneous.  You may have your mind set on a certain type of art, yet experience ‘love at first sight’ for something completely different.

Enjoy the adventure!  Like any relationship, your art collection will develop its own story and have more significance for you as it evolves over time.

Buying artwork that you love is a reflection of who you are and an investment in your happiness.  You are worth it!

    Intriguing City by Elena Marin

    “Intriguing City” Original by Elena Marin. $1100
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    1. BE MINDFUL OF THE COST OF ORIGINAL ARTWORKS

    When you’re considering the money to buy an original piece, think of the impact it will have on the artist. When you’re buying art, it’s not just putting something beautiful in your home. You can have a true impact. You’re supporting a real, living person not a corporation. If you don’t yet have the budget to spend a lot, dip your toe with prints and photography.

    Framing can be expensive so buy unframed prints and find a creative way to hang them. Hang your art clothesline style with clothespins and Twine, simple and inexpensive. Or lean pieces on a shelf if they are on a wood or hardboard. Wrapped canvases don’t need to be framed, they look fantastic the way they are.

     

    5. DEFINE YOUR SPACE

    A common misconception is that art needs to match. Your home should look personal to you, not like a family photo album or a home décor catalog.

    Determine a loose color palette to help keep it all cohesive and ensure that it will integrate well with your décor.

    If you have muted furniture and décor, make a statement with your art but if you want your furniture to stand out, choose more understated muted art that compliments your décor.

    A great way to express your personality is to create a gallery wall using small pieces, you can tell a story and convey your personality.

    Like most design items, hang your pieces in odd numbers to provide a balance. Placing your art off-centre is another way to create a visual balance and add character.

    Play with textures and mediums. Pieces that have a texture to them create a new dimension to the space.

      In My Garden by Shirley Thomas

      “In My Garden” Original by Shirley Thomas, $149
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      1. GIFT WITH CARE

      Purchasing art is a very personal experience. This undoubtedly, makes gifting art complex. Unless you know this person extremely well and understand their tastes, purchase a gift card to an art gallery where you think they can find what their heart desires.

       

      1. INCREASES MENTAL HEALTH

      Although there are many studies of how creating art aids in mental health, there is also a growing appreciation that art can alter your mood and mental well-being. Having a space that gives balance, clarity and Zen is conducive to a healthier, happier environment. Art can inspire you, reinforcing the fact that buying the art you love is of the utmost importance. Art should be seen as an extension of your personality and values.

      Most importantly, choose art that makes you happy and resonates with YOU!

       

      “Granville Bridge Sunrise” photographed by Brad Koop$67.00  $760.00
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      Author of  7 Successful Tips When Decorating Your Oasis

      Kelly Cushing is a photographer and the owner of The Art Hive Collective. Feeling she was not talented to draw or paint, Kelly turned to photography to express herself and the world around her.  Being in love with art and the artistic influence it has had on her life, she put together the Art Hive so artists could do what they are meant to do, Create.

      From Light to Layers – Generational Creativity with Wendy Capp

       

      From Light to Layers – Generational Creativity with Wendy Capp

       

      Who are you and what do you do?

      Wendy Capp, Colourscapes by Wendy, I am an Acrylic Painter from Port Hope, Ontario.

      Why do you do what you do?  

      I am obsessed with Canada and our vast Landscapes and Locales and their differences from one season to another. Canada has so many unusual Landscapes from one Province or Territory to another. 

      Wendy Capp

      Wendy Capp

      Moody Saskatchewan Sunset by Wendy Capp

      Moody Saskatchewan Sunset

      How do you work?  

      I work in Acrylic Paint, using a brush and palette knife. I create my works from one or more photos of a particular area or landscape. I am not looking for a photographic experience but rather a resemblance from my own eye, with my emotional attachment to the area or scene.

      What’s your background?

      I completed my Degree in Fine Arts from Georgian College in 2000, and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies at Trent University in 2003.

      Winter at Hopewell Rocks by Wendy Capp

      Winter at Hopewell Rocks

      Through the Branches by Wendy Capp

      Through the Branches

      What role does the artist have in society?

      The artist relays a personal experience of a time or place, in the colours and brushstrokes and handprints they leave on their work to tell a story or reflect an emotion to the viewer.

      How has your practice change over time?

      I have worked in various mediums since finishing Art School, but I find Acrylic Paint is the most versatile for me. I am able to layer and build on the colours and they dry fairly quickly without the strong smell.

      Water Meets the Sky by Wendy Capp

      Water Meets the Sky

      Burleigh Falls Fall or Winter by Wendy Capp

      Burleigh Falls Fall or Winter

      What art do you most identify with?

      The ability to paint is like the ability to take a picture, where you can see the landscape and feel the artist’s emotional reaction to it.

      What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

      One of my strongest memories from Childhood is baking with my grandmother in her apartment kitchen, as well as watching my grandfather paint in their spare room. They were always creating, both of them in one way or another.

      Port Hope Water and Sky by Wendy Capp.
      Port Hope Water and Sky
      Drifting on a Thought by Wendy Capp

      Drifting on a Thought

      What themes do you pursue?

      I enjoy painting landscapes and especially Canadian Landscapes and locales. 

      What’s your favourite art work?

      My current favourite painting is Soaking Cedar (below), it is an intimate look at a water covered Cedar in the Winter. The snow is melting and you can feel the damp and cool weather.

      Winter Wonderland on Sturgeon Lake by Wendy Capp

      Winter Wonderland on Sturgeon Lake

      Soaking Cedar by Wendy Capp

      Soaking Cedar

      Icebergs in Bay Roberts by Wendy Capp

      Icebergs in Bay Roberts

      Mazinaw Rock- Bon Echo by Wendy Capp

      Mazinaw Rock – Bon Echo

      From Light to Layers: Vickie Legere Divulges Her Secrets

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      From Light to Layers: Vickie Legere Divulges Her Secrets

       

      Who are you and what do you do?

      Vickie Legere – I am an educator, portrait, fine art & event photographer.

      Why do you do what you do?

      I teach to share my passion for the art of photography. I create portraits to empower people and celebrate their unique personal ‘beauty’.  Event photography celebrates our lives & my fine art images reveal the ‘marvelous in the mundane’ – reminding the viewer to see the world with better eyes!

      How do you work?

      I educate in the classroom (physical or virtual) or in the field. I shoot portraits in studio or on location for all other types of photography. I work in the ‘digital darkroom’ to bring out the best in my images.

       

      Vickie with Camera

      Vickie Legere

      Into the Light by Vickie Legere

      Into the Light

      What’s your background? 

      I have been fascinated with photography since childhood.  I joined the Abbotsford Photo Arts Club in 1996 and I have been shooting & learning everything I can since then.  I belong to various art groups & international social media groups to keep the creative juices flowing.

      What’s integral to the work of an artist?

      The drive to create & express the passion within us – using whatever medium satisfies that need.

      What role does the artist have in society?

        The artist is a healer, a catalyst for change, a keeper of memories – it is our role to remind the world of the beauty within & without and to re-examine our souls upon occasion.  

      Wild Spirit by Vickie Legere

      Wild Spirit

      Rain Forest by Vicki Legere

      Rain Forest

      What has been a seminal experience?

      I was listening to a presentation by photographer, Platon – he has photographed the rich & famous as well as the unknown – creating powerful portraits that do more than ‘tell a story’! He ended his presentation by challenging the audience to ‘do more than just take pretty pictures’!  That was a pivotal moment that resounded in my soul & changed everything for me.

      How has your practice change over time?

      For many years I was a ‘generalist’ photographer – creating images of whatever caught my interest, often the small, overlooked details of the world around us.   3 years ago, I discovered a real passion for creating portraits, particularly of the over 50 generation, once it was drawn to my attention how little our ‘beauty’ and wisdom is appreciated in this age of social media.  I have been driven to intensely educate myself on all aspects of portraiture & have created V-Art Portrait as a result.  Educating others developed from presentation skills I learned during my government career of 31 years – it was an exciting transition to use those skills to share my love & knowledge of photography with others.

      Courage by Vickie Legere

      Courage

      Sunset Silhouette by Vickie Legere

      Sunset Silhouette

      What work do you most enjoying doing?

      Even though it takes more time than it should working in the digital darkroom, what I love the most is the end result.  From the initial inspiration and excitement, planning, timing and the actual shooting through taking that raw image to the conclusion of that initial inspiration.  Which is not always the final result – as I learn more I often go back & re-work an image to improve upon it even more!

      What themes do you pursue?

      I pursue portrait themes that allow a person to play or make believe, to be seen ‘as they wish to be seen’.  I am creatively drawn to fantasy, steam punk and ‘dark beauty’ themes.

      Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

      The 10 year anniversary of my late husband passing away.  I was partnered with 2 painters for a large gallery show and I wanted to create something meaningful and not show just a collection of random images.  I was inspired to create a series of self-portraits depicting the journey of grief – interspersed with fine art images that I created during that 10 year period.  I titled it ‘From Grief to Grace’ – alternating the portraits with quotations about grieving, change and transformation and the fine art images.  As it started to come together, I realized that I had created something very important.  Death & grieving are very uncomfortable topics which we as humans tend to avoid – my show allowed people to be in those moments with my journey and relate it to their own life experiences.   My audience talked, cried & expressed their gratitude for the impact of my show.

      Sunset Haze by Vickie Legere
      Sunset Haze
      Grizzly Cub by Vickie Legere

      Grizzly Cub

      What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

      I worked 31.5 years for the provincial government (the ‘welfare’ office) – as I progressed on my own personal journey of healing & becoming a better human being, I gave myself the title of ‘Vickie’s Information & Problem Solving Service’.  That was for clients, stakeholders, the public and staff – I loved it and thrived by treating everyone like they mattered!

      Why art?

      Because our creative souls demand an outlet to express our wonder, our joy, our pain & our curiosity.

      What is an artistic outlook on life?

       I see everything as artistic possibilities – storing serendipitous moments & scenes in the photo album of my mind.  If I cannot stop to photograph it, I try to imagine how I might re-create it or incorporate it into an image.  It has taught me to really SEE the world around me and my life is far richer than before the days when I was blind to marvelous.

      What memorable responses have you had to your work?

       Tears – both from my ‘Grief to Grace’ and ‘Cracked Perceptions’ series.  It told me that my work truly had an impact – my audience expressed appreciation for my courage to share my personal vulnerability as well as leading them to express their own hidden grief and pain.  Even though my viewers expressed pain they also loved the work that truly made them feel something.

       

      Wolf's Eyes by Vickie Legere

      Wolf’s Eyes

      Reed Reflection by Vickie Legere

      Reed Reflection

      Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it? 

      Any life can be lonely – I am an introvert (yes it is true) that expresses herself like an extrovert.  I joined photography groups, local arts groups & stepped up to the plate to volunteer my skills doing the things I love.  One example is my years of volunteering for the Harrison Festival of the Arts – I was doing some of the invisible, behind the scenes work, but was also sharing some of my images of the performing artists.  That lead to creating a photography team for the festival – putting me ‘out there’ interacting with performers, audience & volunteers while I am doing what I love.  I also share a lot of my work on social media – all those ‘likes’ and comments from people all over the world can really give a person a lift in the moment.  I am NOT alone!

       What do you dislike about the art world?

      That there is still a lingering attitude the photography is not really art.  I remember being included in two different gallery shows with my ‘music & passion’ series.  In the first show the curator loved the power of my series and it was showcased at the entry of the gallery for its impact.   The series was created specifically to be shown in the second gallery as part of a milestone anniversary scheduled for that year.  That curator reluctantly allowed me to participate only after her first choice had to cancel. I came to realize that this curator saw no value in my work.  My portion of the gallery show was very well received in and my art cards from the show remained in the gallery shop for over a year due to popularity.  It was my first experience with the attitude the photography is really ‘not art’.

      What do you dislike about your work? 

      Too many hours spent in the digital darkroom.

      What do you like about your work?

        I love the joy that my portraits & fine art images bring to the viewer.  I love that some of my series speak to uncomfortable and thought provoking truths.

      Should art be funded?

      Yes

      What role does arts funding have?

      It supports all types of artistic creation – visual & audio.  The world would be a darker place without it – we humans would wither & die inside without creative expression.

      Resisting Change by Vickie Legere

      Resisting Change

      Bleeding Heart by Vickie Legere

      Bleeding Heart

      What makes you angry?

      People with ‘ugly’ souls who take out their pain & anger on the world around us.

      What research to you do?

        All of it is related to becoming better at my craft and a better human being.

      What superpower do you have and why?

      I inspire others – with my energy, my passion, and my belief that everyone matters.

      Name something you love, and why.

      Music and dance – before I felt the need to become a ‘creative artist’ – I expressed my internal passion through dance and I still do today.

      Name something you don’t love, and why.

      Country music (either it whines or it is ‘wanna be rock & roll’.  Right up there is also jazz music – I find it is a disturbing distortion of melody – both grate on my nerves like fingernails on a blackboard.

      What is your dream project?

      My current dream project is to work with heart transplant patients and survivors. I’ve been asked to celebrate their stories and capture powerful portraits of people & their scars – we are looking at a variety of mediums to carry the message, to inspire & support this aspect of heart disease.

      Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.

      Joyce Tenneson, Jerry Ghionis & Sue Bryce

      Professionally, what’s your goal?

      To create enduring & powerful images becoming a successful portrait photographer.  That goal includes remaining open to new things & being a lifetime learner

      What wouldn’t you do without?

      Love, my fur babies, my camera & computer.

       

      Peony by Vickie Legere

      Peony

      The Last Leaf by Vickie Legere

      The Last Leaf

      Who do you think your photography is reminiscent of? Is there another photographer or artist that you would compare it to?

      When it comes to portrait photography, I would have to say the work of Richard Avedon really resonates with me.  Back in the 1980’s I subscribed to the Time/Life Photography book series and within discovered the work of many amazing photographers.  As I look back at images of his work, I recognize parallel styles.  Avedon created images of the beautiful, the mundane, the edgy and even the macabre – all themes I find echoed in my own work.

      For street photography I was influenced by Henri Cartier Bresson and Lee Friedlander.  Still life influence came from Edward Weston.  Landscape, floral photography was influenced most by members of the Abbotsford Photo Arts Club.

      FROM LIGHT TO THE LAYERS with Kathy Nay

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      ARTIST EXPOSE: Kathy Nay

       

      Who are you and what do you do?

      I am Kathy Nay and I am a watercolour and acrylic artist.

      How do you work?

      I am always looking for inspiration for my paintings.  When I am hiking, on a trip, or just looking out to my backyard, I always have my camera handy so I can take reference photos for future paintings.  Watercolour is an unforgiving medium, so I “think” a lot about my paintings before I even put brush to paper.  With my acrylic artwork, I feel a bit freer.  I can always “correct” any mistakes by painting over areas with titanium white.

      What’s your background?

      My first formal art instruction for watercolours was with Cheryl Fortier.  This is where I developed my limited palette of colours that I use in both watercolours and acrylics.  Over the years I have taken other workshops with various artists.  Sometimes you just have to go to your studio and paint!

      What’s integral to the work of an artist?

      I believe it is important to develop your own style as an artist; your style can also change over time.  I would like to think that if someone sees my work in a gallery or online they would recognize it as my artwork.

      What role does the artist have in society?

      Artists have the opportunity to capture the world around them at a certain point in time.  To share their experience, their point of view of what the world looks like to them.  To tell a story that others can identify with.

      What work do you most enjoying doing?

      I enjoy doing detailed work.  I love painting images that have strong light and shadow.  

       

      What themes do you pursue?

      Right now I am mainly focusing on themes of nature.  With the current situation of COVID, going out into nature has been an escape for many people from the stresses of the pandemic.  I am hoping that my nature paintings will bring people a sense of peace and hope.

      What memorable responses have you had to your work?

      The responses that I appreciate is when a person has a connection to my artwork – how it reminds them of something in their life.  I love hearing the story behind why they have chosen to purchase my artwork.

       

      Favourite or most inspirational place ?

      Right now my favourite place would be the ocean – watching and listening to the waves.  Seeing all the patterns and colours as the tide comes in to the shore.  

      What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

      “It’s only paper”!  “Not every painting is going to be a masterpiece.”  It’s important for artists to give themselves permission to recognize that not every painting is perfect and some paintings can be looked at as practice for the next “masterpiece”.

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      ARTIST EXPOSE: Jessie Somers

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      ARTIST EXPOSE: Jessie Somers

       

      What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

      When I’m not in my studio, I work fulltime at an outdoor childcare center in Port Coquitlam. I have always enjoyed teaching children and have worked at the Mission Art Gallery leading watercolor classes and day camps. I find it refreshing working with young minds, full of creativity and unafraid to make mistakes. I’m inspired daily by both my work outdoors and the time spent with growing minds.

      I also worked at Opus Art Supplies in Coquitlam for several years where I learned so much about different mediums and connected with so many local artists, all in different stages of their art practice.

       

      Oceana by Jessie Somers

      Oceana

      Why art?

      Art is the truest form of self expression. Be it painting, dance or music, all forms of art are important and nurture the soul.

      What’s integral to the work of an artist?

      For myself, art making is as much about the process as it is about the product. We tend to get caught up in the finished piece, when for me, being in the moment with my materials is the most enriching experience.
      Bird on Wood by Jessie Somers

      Chickadee on Pine

      Reflection Print by Jessie Somers

      Reflection Print

      What are your favorite mediums to work with?

      Watercolour has always been my first love. While working at Opus I discovered Alcohol Inks and Art Resin, which I use regularly on wood panel. Framing watercolour, especially larger pieces, can be an expensive challenge. By learning to apply art resin, I find it eliminates the need for a frame while offering UV protection and an immediacy that you don’t get when a piece is behind glass.

      I also greatly enjoy drawing, using traditional materials like graphite, ink and toned paper.
      Pink Lemonade Print by Jessie Somers

      Pink Lemonade Print

      Elegance Print by Jessie Somers

      Elegance Print

      Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?

      Not lonely, so much as it is challenging. It’s hard not to compare yourself, your work and your progress to others. What’s important is to step back, document everything you create and revisit what you’ve done. Celebrate your successes and ask for feedback. Keep an art journal and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Most importantly have fun!
      Minis by Jessie Somers
      Bumble, Coastal, Tundra, Bloom
      Jellyfish by Jessie Somers

      Jellyfish Garden

      Professionally, what’s your goal?

      I would love to get to a place where I can support myself 100% with my art, and that day may come and it may not. For now I pride myself on making connections with other artists in my community, doing artist demonstrations at Opus and showing my work in galleries all over the lower mainland. I aim for one solo show a year, and have my work available for purchase at Arts Off Main in Vancouver as well as through The Art Hive. Supporting one another is key to growth and enrichment. I have a solo show coming up in November 2021 at The Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre Gallery.

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      Salt Spring by Jessie Somers

      Salt Spring

      Sun Waves by Jessie Somers

      Caught in the Waves

      Aurora by Jessie Somers

      Aurora

      Nocturne by Jessie Somers

      Nocturne

      In Passing by Jessie Somers

      In Passing

      Watercolour by Jessie Somers

      Sunrise Meridian

      Cornerstone Custom Framing Collaborates with The Art Hive

      See Our Work At Cornerstone

      Cornerstone Custom Framing has graciously collaborated with the Art Hive to showcase our artists work. Now we have a place for people to see the art in person.

      Cornerstone moved earlier in the year to a bigger location and had a large area of empty white walls. Krista was meaning to talk to artists about filling the space. Luckily, we knew each other and she called me up proposing a collaboration.

      OH MY GOD, YES, Was all I could think. How perfect a fit and it would give our artists a chance to hang their work as if COVID hadn’t happened (which was the original plan for the Art Hive).

      Until the end of 2020, see some of our artists work downtown Chilliwack. Cornerstone is also following city COVID regulations for your safety.

      Chilliwack Progress at Cornerstone