Artist Tyrrell Clarke, seen here with her painting Deer in the Woods, is exhibiting her work on Gabriola Island for the first time. (Photos courtesy Tyrrell Clarke)

New Gabriola painter Tyrrell Clarke makes island debut at Hive Emporium

Work is part of Seasonal Reflection painting, photography*— and sculpture show

Whenever Calgary artist Tyrrell Clarke and her husband needed a holiday, they would visit their friends on Gabriola Island.

“It would just absolutely relax us and I really felt the creative juices flowing every time I was here,” she said. “So I’d come home all revitalized and get into my studio and paint.”

Clarke and her husband enjoyed their time on Gabriola so much that this August the couple moved to the island for good. Clarke quickly got her studio up and running and over the holidays she’s making her Gabriola debut.

Until Jan. 13 Clarke is one of eight artists taking part in the exhibit Seasonal Reflection at Hive Emporium. The show features paintings, photographs, sculptures and ceramics by Clarke, Carolyn Bell, Stephen Cole, Deb Dallyn, Dirk Huysman, Phillip McAdam, John Poirier and Graham Sheehan.

Hive proprietor Mark Parlett said the focus of the show was to represent all media and to welcome Clarke to Gabriola. He said the work is all nature-based and devoted to the island.

Clarke said the experience will be her “hello” to the island community as she’s still trying to break in. She said she’s already started making connections by attending meetings of the Gabriola Arts Council and visiting her fellow artists during the Thanksgiving Studio Tour.

“I kind of feel like I’ve got to meet my new friends,” she said. “I’ve got a little touch of loneliness because I came from some really vibrant, well-connected art communities where the artists were really collaborative but I think that exists here but this will help to get to know people.”

Clarke will be displaying large, floral paintings adorned with painted magnetic bees, as well as work from her ongoing West Coast nature series. Clarke has long been drawn to forests and their “energy,” painting the foliage on the Alberta side of the Rocky Mountains. Since moving to Gabriola, she said “now it’s like everything’s on steroids.”

“It’s just great to be around all the nature. It’s really enhanced my appreciation for it and the energy is like a higher vibration and stronger. I’m inspired every day…” she said. “Here it’s green all year long and the cedars actually get more beautiful in the winter and that’s a good time to be painting.”

Living on an island, Clarke said she’s also started to develop an admiration of the ocean. Her first painting in her new space was a six-by-four-foot whale.

“We’re really happy,” Clarke said. “I love it out here. I feel like I’m living in paradise.”

WHAT’S ON … Seasonal Reflection painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics exhibition at Hive Emporium, 9-575 North Rd., continues until Jan. 13. Venue is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.



arts@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Nanaimo Airport’s $14-million expanded terminal officially opens

Departure lounge, security and baggage areas improved

Nanaimo athletes shine at B.C. Winter Games

Youths from Nanaimo win 19 of Vancouver Island team’s 44 medals

Officials say no drought worries with below-normal snowpack

Snow pillow nearest to Nanaimo at 69 per cent of normal levels, says B.C. government official

Affordable apartments planned for Nanaimo’s Brechin Hill neighbourhood

Proposed development would be near Terminal Park plaza and B.C. Ferries’ Departure Bay terminal

Storm score a Game 2 win against Buccaneers

VIJHL playoff series between Nanaimo and Campbell River tied 1-1

Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 27

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Toddler killed in Squamish grocery store parking lot

Child’s mother taken to hospital but her condition is not known

Francophone festivities in Nanaimo this weekend

French Canadian culture and cuisine highlight Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Érable

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

B.C. mother, daughter return home after coronavirus quarantine in Asia

Jensine Morabito and her daughter were on Holland America’s Westerdam but did not catch the virus

Leap Year means we get an extra day in February, so how are you spending it?

People online have a number of suggestions and plans on how they will be spending Saturday

Greta sticker that drew outrage in Alberta not child pornography: RCMP

X-Site Energy Services has denied having anything to do with the stickers

Bald eagle hit by train in northern B.C. has a chance of survival

The raptor has been taken to OWL in the Lower Mainland for recovery

Most Read