Blown Ashore: Beach Treasures and Fine Feathers by Elaine Morton and Jessica Stein
Meet-the-Artists Reception: Friday, August 30, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This exhibition will feature paintings by Elaine Morton and jewellery by Jessica Stein.
Elaine will showcase her beautiful, detailed paintings of birds and of shells and corals.
“Blown Ashore” is a show that brings together artwork representing the convergence of wind and sea. In the air we find birds soaring such as the Great Blue Heron, portrayed in an acrylic painting. The American Widgeon painted in watercolour is seen reflected on the calm water of a lagoon.
From the shoreline, we can imagine ourselves casting our gaze downward to the beach sand. Treasures such as shells, coral, rocks and driftwood found there have formed the inspiration for many of the detailed and delicate watercolour paintings.
Elaine has had a paintbrush in her hand for most of her life. She credits the formal training at the University of Victoria for helping open her eyes to what is possible in the art world along with many years of practice. She sees her art as a response to the beauty of the natural world and as an environmentalist she hopes that shining the light on these natural treasures may help foster appreciation.
Jessica enjoys playing with colour and texture in her jewellery. She loves the wide variety of styles, from delicate to bold, intricate to minimal, one can produce with beads and wire. In this show, she’ll be featuring jewelry made from local Vancouver Island sea glass, feathers from a local peacock, glass and freshwater pearls, crystals, glass beads, seed beads, stones, and various metals.
Although Jessica has been beading for as long as she can remember, she started doing wirework fairly recently. She loves working with sea glass because each piece has a unique shape and texture, so no wrap is ever the same. For her team-up with Elaine, she had the added delight of being able to play with feathers.
Jessica will also be showcasing some of the sterling silver jewelry she created while being mentored by jeweler Anne Krauss. Holding, in her bare hands, a torch hot enough to melt metal has been an exciting and slightly terrifying new experience, and she hopes you’ll agree the results have been worth it.
Main Image: “Percy and the Snow” by Elaine Morton.
Gallery hours: 11:00 to 5:00 Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday). No admission fee.