Dec - Jan
Wicaninnish Inn | Beach Building30 Dec 2023 - 2 Jan 2024

Artists In Action

Celebrate our regional artists as part of our annual New Year’s Artists in Action Series. This year, we are pleased to welcome three talented artists to our Wickaninnish on the Beach Building from Saturday, December 30th to Monday, January 1st, from 10am to 4pm and Tuesday, January 2nd, from 10am to 12pm :

Craig Benson | Stone Carving

Craig was born on Little Mountain in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1949. Carving became a hobby while he pursued an education in environmental studies. His post-graduate career in wildlife management and habitat protection kept Craig in close contact with his artistic subjects, and took him to many wild areas of North America. Following a stay in Rivers Inlet on BC's remote central coast, he moved with his young family to Victoria B.C. in 1987. His lifelong interests in art and nature called him to a full-time carving career in 1990. In May 1995, the desire to live closer to the rugged natural beauty of the coast brought him to Piers Island, a small community in the Gulf Islands north of Victoria, where he and his partner Lynn designed and built their new home and studio. Craig is passionate about life on earth, its mystery, magic, beauty and diversity. His work celebrates and honors the creatures with which we share this planet.

Location: Wickaninnish on the Beach Lobby

Frank Armich | Wood Carving

Born on Vancouver Island, Frank Armich developed a keen attraction to the inherent beauty of local woods from an early age. As a young apprentice in his father’s business of the production of burl wood furniture and clocks, tidal wave manufacturing, Frank quickly acquired the skills necessary to work with wood. Today, this talented West Coast Artist creates a vast array of unique pieces fashioned out of Old Growth Burl wood. Salvaged woods, such as Bird’s Eye Maple, Yellow Cedar, Red Cedar, Hemlock, and Spruce as well as other local woods, provide the landscape from which beautifully sculptured works of art are born. Frank invites you to share in his delight in each of the following categories of his work. From Mirrors to Mystical Trees, Bowls, Wall Hangings, Driftwood pieces and Windchimes. Frank also uses a variety of roots and driftwood to create one-of-a-kind chairs, tables, lamps and beds. His mirrors are spectacular works of art made from reclaimed, air-dried West Coast wood dating back from 1950 through to the 1970’s.

Location: Wickaninnish on the Beach Lookout Library

Kelly Corbett | Acrylic Painting

Nanoose Bay artist Kelly Corbett presents her expression of majestic British Columbia Holding diplomas in both Fine Art (UFV) and Photography Academy, Kelly combines academic training with her natural talent, painting with acrylics. Kelly’s style invites you to take a step outside, take a trip through the forest, or go on an outing by kayak to commune with the natural world. As an avid outdoorswoman, Kelly draws inspiration from her hiking, kayaking, and camping trips throughout BC. She captures the unique features of stunning wilderness scenes with her camera and uses the images taken as the muse for her paintings. For the outdoorsy, Kelly’s painting style invites you to recall your adventures and relive the sights and scents of BC’s natural environment. And for those who may not have the opportunity to get to remote wilderness locations, these paintings offer a glimpse into a world that is inviting and ready for you. Kelly takes pride in completing realistic paintings and offers all people the chance to see and experience the beauty of British Columbia.

Location: Wickaninnish on the Beach Henry Nolla Gallery


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