MONK is a West Coast Canadian Artist with a Gallery in Parksville, Vancouver Island and a beach studio in spectacular Rathtrevor Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Monk’s art is primarily from the endless ocean views, idyllic beach scenes, beautiful Gulf Island coastlines, spectacular old growth forests, serene gardens and ancient Read more [...]
With over 30,000 working artists, British Columbia has the largest percentage of its labour force in the arts, well above the Canadian provincial average.The Gulf Islands hold a particular allure for the artist, many of whom come for a visit and remain there for the rest of their lives. An excerpt from a 1955 issue of National Geographic sheds some light on this phenomenon:
“The calm leisurely atmosphere of the islands works its charm upon people from all walks of life. The person in worn clothing whom the newcomer mistakes for a beachcomber or country bumpkin as often as not prove to be a famous scientist, novelist, admiral, politician, or other notable… The sympathetic outsider may find himself being initiated into what may be one of the last truly civilized ways of life remaining in English-speaking North America.
Once that happens, it is unlikely that he will ever want to leave.”
Robert Held Art Glass, One of Canadas iconic glass artists, relocated to Parksville from the heart of Kitsilano, Vancouver. Visitors to our studio are welcome to visit, stay for a demonstration and learn about an ancient art form that amazes even today.Robert Helds art glass collections range from classic to Read more [...]