Deryk Houston and Elizabeth Wellburn – artists at Sooke Harbour House

August 28, 2014

Sooke Harbour House is a very special place – on a beautiful beach, with a world class restaurant, it’s considered one of Canada’s leading resorts. 

So… Deryk and I are very pleased to once again be featured artists there! For the month of September, our show is called “Old Enough to Know Better!”

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This photo of the two of us on the lawn of the Empress in Victoria (during one of Deryk’s outdoor painting days) shows the birth of the title for our joint exhibition. We are old enough, but I’m not sure we know better.

Below are some of the pieces from the show – on view and on sale for the next few weeks. I didn’t get many good shots of Deryk’s work. He has about ten paintings on display in the gallery and I have about a dozen glass pieces of varying sizes.

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And I have small felt vessels on display as well.

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Hope you can visit this amazing location! 

Sooke Harbour House 1528 Whiffen Spit Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 0T4

telephone (250) 642-3421


Old enough to know better

August 1, 2014

“Old enough to know better” is the name for an exhibition I’m doing with my husband
Deryk Houston at Sooke Harbour House where we’re featured artists for the month of September. That’s only a month away!

The title of our show was inspired by one of Deryk’s recent paintings. He completed it on the lawn of the Empress one recent Sunday while I basked in the shade and it included the two of us floating above some farmland that has lots of the qualities of the Saanich Peninsula where we’ve been volunteering and building a labyrinth/sculpture park for Woodwynn Farms Therapeutic community for hopefulness. If you’ve seen this blog before, you’ll know that lot of our time is spent there… no wonder the beauty of the area permeates our work.

Deryk’s painting is here

Too Old to Waste Any More Time

Too Old to Waste Any More Time

“Old enough to know better” also relates to my hoarding (I call it collecting inventory) tendencies when it comes to vintage glass and to the titles of my pieces, which are named after old movies or old jazz standards. For me it’s all about linking the past to the present – through preservation, upcycling, reworking, etc.

How Deep is the Ocean?

How Deep is the Ocean?

This glass on glass mosaic got its title from an Irving Berlin song that was written in 1932 – old enough to…….
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNQMAEWU1pY


Setting up at Sooke Harbour House

July 31, 2012

Here’s a link to the set up for Sooke Harbour House.

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Thanks again to the Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery!


And here’s a slideshow of all the mosaics:
http://glass-on-glass.ning.com/photo/photo/slideshow?albumId=5066367:Album:11124

Deryk’s paintings are here: http://www.derykhouston.com/?page_id=2121

Thanks again to the folks at the amazing Sooke Harbour House!


Local Colour – an art exhibition with Deryk Houston and Elizabeth Wellburn

May 29, 2012

“Local Colour” is the name of the exhibition that Deryk and I will have for the month of August in the fabulous Sooke Harbour House.

Beautiful Soft Folds - acrylic painting by Deryk Houston

Beautiful Soft Folds – acrylic painting by Deryk Houston – $2000

Deryk will show several of his acrylic paintings (including this one, called “Beautiful Soft Folds.”)

“Local Colour” is an exhibition title that suits us both.

Thank Your Lucky Stars  (glass on glass mosaic)

Thank Your Lucky Stars (glass on glass mosaic)

Much of Deryk’s work is inspired by nature and the lush fertility of our great West Coast – he truly does depict the colors seen locally and he has an amazing feeling for movement and vibrancy.

More about Deryk’s work at: http://derykhouston.com/

See: a web page of all of Deryk’s paintings in the exhibition.

 

 

My work is made from recycled glass which I collect from friends, nearby thrift stores and yard sales. I love broken chunks and I melt individual pieces in the kiln so they are flat enough to adhere to my base glass — windows discarded from heritage houses that I use as my canvas. I think I am preserving some of the local colour as well and I am always inspired by the stories behind the discarded glass. I may not exactly knowthat those now-chipped amber water goblets were someone’s treasure back in 1960, but I can guess that there was a day when they got put in a box and sent to charity. When I flatten them and add them to a mosaic, I feel like I am giving them a new life.

Autumn Sonata - glass on glass mosaic

Autumn Sonata – glass on glass mosaic

I will exhibit about seven or eight glass-on-glass mosaics, including my latest pieces: “Autumn Sonata” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars” (as usual, these are named after movies).

More about my work at
http://glass-on-glass.ning.com/

Sooke Harbour House is a fantastic location. We are delighted that they will be showcasing our work. So, if you’re in that area during August, please drop in. The gallery can be viewed by anyone who comes by. You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel or restaurant, but you can count yourself among the lucky if you *do* happen to be there for a meal or a vacation. It truly is “world class.”