Andrew Tuline

Artist Biography
Andrew graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in 1981 as an Electronics Technologist. Most of his career has been spent in IT management. Since leaving full time work, Andrew has gone back to his electronic roots to create animated lighting displays similar to the colour organs from his youth in the 70’s.

Artist Statement
Andrew combines traditional lantern making with programmable LED’s in order to provide palettes of colours in his animated lanterns. From fire and flames to ocean waves, Andrew’s patterns provide a kaleidoscope of colours for night time festival attendees. Andrew also shares his display sequences (on github) for others to use and learn from and also assists users worldwide (on Reddit) in learning how to program their own displays. He has also held lantern making workshops around Burnaby/Surrey/Delta.

Ari Lazer

Artist Biography
Ari Lazer balances his studio practice for private clients with his work facilitating environment and stage design for West Coast festivals and special events. He has created work for a wide range of organizations including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Beloved Presents, the BC Buddhist Festival, Bass Coast, Motion Notion, the Chicago Cultural Centre, Shambhala Music Festival, and Lumiere YVR, amongst others. He also has a rich history in curation, event production, and cultural work – as former Artistic Producer for Public Dreams’ Illuminares Lantern Festival and Parade of Lost Souls, and as a founding member of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret. Lazer has held his practice as an interdisciplinary artist, creating large public installations, arts events, theatre and commission work since 2008. He holds a degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of British Columbia.

Artist Statement
Inspired by the harmonic forms of nature, Lazer has focused his practice on modern exploration of the classical the Quadrivium – the study of harmonic proportion in geometry, number, music and astronomy. Working in wood, metal and mixed media, Lazer’s approach takes lens of geometric form and applies it to explore the stories of the natural world. Blending landscapes, vegetal forms, and dynamic geometric patterns, Lazer creates unique works that play with the viewers’ sense of space, visual perception, and their relationship to their lived world. With a focus on artworks that expand the viewers sense of time and place. He is well known for his polyhedral lanterns, his spinning kinetic pieces and his shoji screens. The lanterns, light boxes and kinetic pieces are a basis for his submission to Luminessence. Please see the the following links for video clips of the kinetic works in action:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B4FfiFgg73N/

Bill Thomson

Artist Biography
Bill is a clever visual artist working in the plastic arts, primarily in the area of assemblage sculpture and light based art works. He has numerous local and international exhibitions to his credit. Bill brings to the culture table a wide range of art making skills and community development experience gained through years of volunteer involvement with art based organizations and projects in the lower mainland area of BC. Bill is past president of Avenue For the Arts Society and the Burnaby Arts Council. He is currently the President of the Sculptors’ Society of BC.

Artist Statement
I work with found and recycled materials and apply basic fabrication techniques and processes to transform them into alternative forms and meanings. I utilize a variety of fasteners including screws, glue, rivets, twine and plastic ties in my art works and my tool chest includes a pair of tin snips, jig saw, hammer, paint and brushes. Another main ingredient in my art making is a liberal infusion of imagination, sweat and experimentation.. Most of my art works reference the human or animal form. Overall, I want my art works to introduce an element of fun, surprise, colour and curiosity to the viewer.

Claudine Gevry

Artist Biography
Claudine Gévry is a visual artist based in Vancouver, Canada. She spent most of her life immersed in Montréal’s rich artistic and cultural diversity. It was there that she studied Fine Arts at the Cégep du Vieux Montréal and Graphic Design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Juggling between painting, sculpture and illustration, her most recent endeavor brought her to create illuminated sculptures. Umbra & Lux was born in early 2019 when she partnered with someone passionate about using the latest technologies to help her achieve her vision. They were recently commissioned to make a sculptural light installation at the UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building. Hundreds of upcycled medical bottles & LEDs were assembled into a permanent cloud shaped hanging sculpture. Claudine won numerous prizes as an illustrator and as a painter. She looks forward to working with new mediums and challenge herself to create innovative kinetic art.

Artist Statement
Deeply influenced by my surroundings, my work is a reflection of impressions different environments leave on me. Since moving to Canada’s West Coast and it’s overcast winter skies, I have become fascinated by light. I like to study how it reflects on surfaces, the shadows it can produce & its capacity to uplift our spirits. My recent artistic practice has been mostly dedicated to sculpting abstract representation of clouds. I create kinetic sculptures in which I incorporate LEDs. By using reflecting surfaces I play with light and also with the moving shadows the artwork generates. This tension between light and shadows is a never ending source of inspiration and it pushes me to always explore the possibilities further.

Daphne Woo

Artist Biography
Daphne Woo is the natural dye artist and slow fashion advocate behind AMACATA. Prior experience includes more than 20 years in the apparel industry, after graduating from KPU in 1995 with a Fashion Design & Technology diploma. While AMACATA was born in 2010, it was rekindled in 2017 as a social venture, breathing with new purpose and joining the revolution against fast fashion. Daphne was first introduced to textile art and the craft of Shibori in 1991 from then instructor and now dear friend & mentor, Yvonne Wakabayashi. Recent works include: “Water is Life” for SFU Beedie School of Business, 2019; “Under Blue Skies” at ReDecor + Design in Sechelt, 2019; “Sunshine Coast Art Crawl”, 2019; and a monthly pop-up at Gibsons Public Market, 2019

Artist Statement
Through my work, the intention is to spread awareness towards slow fashion alternatives and (re)connectedness to nature, as a means to alter society’s reliance on fast fashion.  With nature as my guide, the hope is to tap into the Slow Movement through alternatives to a connected life.  Advocating a cultural shift toward slowing down life’s pace, thus supporting socially and environmentally conscious living.  The return to harmoniously working with nature rather than against it.

Diane Blunt

Artist Biography
Currently in her third year at Emily Carr University, Diane Blunt is an artist of mixed descent – Ojibway on her father’s side and German on her mothers. She is a member of the Kawartha Nishnawbe Nation. Diane is pursuing her BFA in Visual Arts where the nature of her work has been exploring drawing, painting, and material practices. She has been the recipient of multiple funding awards including the CIBC Foundation Award, the Brissenden Scholarship, the Ian Gillespie Aboriginal Scholarship, and the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Scholarship. Diane has most recently exhibited in the Solstice Lantern Festival and in the Talking Stick Festival 2019: Reality, Allegory, Dimension.

Artist Statement
A rare art form of my culture is the ancient art form of birch bark biting. This is where the bark of the birch tree goes into one’s mouth and is bitten down upon to create various designs and patterns. Once finished, light shines through to show the delicate designs. These birch bark biting patterns would have been used as templates for beadwork, or as a way to tell stories or to entertain children. I am inspired by the examination and revalidation of the histories of my cultures. By exploring stories, environments, creatures, plants and medicines, my work reconnects me to elements of my memories that hold important connections to my spirituality and heritage.

Grant Withers

Artist Biography
Award-winning photographic artist Grant Withers is an accredited professional and Craftsman of Photographic Arts with the Professional Photographers of Canada. Since 2012 Grant’s exhibitions around British Columbia (including 100 Braid St Studios, 2019) have featured not only ‘traditional’ photographs but also sculptural and collaborative interactive works and installations. This playful interdisciplinary artist challenges conventional ideas around lens-based art; he is a ‘camera-wielding visionary’ constantly pushing his craft, striving to be a leader in Canadian photographic art. Grant lives in Burnaby with his wife and daughter and is an active supporter of the arts in his community.

Artist Statement
I aim to break photography so that I may then play with the pieces. My interdisciplinary art practice focuses on photography, blurs artistic boundaries and is inspired by the bold painters, musicians and genre-bending innovators working beyond accepted conventions in their craft. My artistic path weaves through and connects creative disciplines and the new visual language which is emerging has the potential to elevate story telling. The richness of these stories peaks when art made as an outward expression to be merely received by a distant observer becomes art crafted as a meeting place between artist and participant/collaborator.

Helena Wadsley

Artist Biography
Helena Wadsley is a Vancouver-based artist working with performance and video, community-based collaboration, textiles, drawing and painting. Her work involves careful studies of the processes by which we develop a sense of belonging, through dress or language for example. She has participated in several residencies in the last few years, making work in Morocco, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the US, India, Bolivia, Portugal, Italy and Greece. In the past year and a half, she has had solo and group shows and screenings in British Columbia, the Yukon, New Brunswick, New York, Chicago, Italy, India, Bolivia, UK and Australia. She has been the recipient of Canada Council and BC Arts Council grants. Her writing has been published in Galleries West magazine and the Femme Art Review.

Artist Statement
Using a variety of media including performance, video, textile-based sculpture and drawing in my research-based practice, themes of physical and emotional relationships to place are key to my work. With a focus on gender and identity, I have been looking at clothing and how it is used to construct identity, especially for women. Women’s labour, which has been unacknowledged for a long time comes into play with the techniques and materials I use. The body and its existence as a gendered construct but also as a site of affectivity becomes a medium as much as pigment or canvas is. While this work has an intuitive starting point, it corresponds with the ideas put forth by French and Italian feminist thinkers who believed that women are absent from the dominant language, that modes of expression or communication can be created through the body, celebrating the poetics of the body using affect theory as an approach that hovers outside of language.

John Preissl

Artist Biography
John Preissl Burnaby based Environmental, Adventure, Wildlife and Indigenous First Nations Photographer. Freelance Photographer. My Photos have been published in the Vancouver Sun, Province Newspaper, National Post, Ming Pau, Burnaby Now, Vancouver is Awesome, CBC, Belgium TV/Radio and many other newspapers and media. I am a media expert with over 2 decades of media experience and consulting. I am of Squamish and Leq a Mel Nation Ancestry. My Great times 2 Grandfather was the Great Chief Joe Capilano. I lead many First Nations Tours in Burnaby from Deer Lake, Burnaby Lake, Burnaby Mountain and pretty well all over Squamish and Tseilwaututh Nations Lands. I work with Indigenous students from the Aboriginal Program at New Westminster Secondary School, teachers, Emily Carr University, BC Biodiversity Museum, Burnaby Art Gallery, SFU and many others. Grandpa Joe has a well known Legend of Deer Lake based at the lake. My photographs show this area year round.

Artist Statement
My passion is to show the beauty of Burnaby and my First Nations connection to the land, Salmon and Wildlife in Burnaby. I am a long time stream keeper and have done extensive work to Protect our Sacred Salmon Creeks. These photos show the beauty and changing seasons of Deer Lake and the different light throughout the seasons and day.

Kathryn Wadel

Artist Biography
Kathryn utilizes light as a medium to create projection sculptures and installations that visualize BC nature-motifs. In her projection sculpture, “Frequent-Sees”, imagery of Still Creek and surrounding trees ground the viewer in familiarity before transitioning into an abstract realm of light, movement, and form. Throughout the creative process of developing her work, Kathryn investigated the ecological relationships between humans and nature, exploring the social and scientific networks that generate fertile grounds linking cultural growth and environmental sustainability.

Artist Statement
Kathryn Wadel is an interdisciplinary mixed media artist based in Vancouver and lives in Burnaby, British Columbia. She graduated with a BFA degree from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and is an associate of the James Black Gallery. Kathryn’s ecology-inspired mixed media paintings and installations evoke forms that celebrate environmental and cultural diversity. She utilizes painting, drawing, projection and installation to express contemporary relationships between art, culture, science and social-engagement. Kathryn’s work has been featured in various exhibitions and festivals in Vancouver, BC and has work in private collections across Canada.

Kotone Natasha Frankowski

Artist Biography
Kotone Natasha Frankowski was born in Hong Kong and has travelled extensively and lived in Germany, Sydney, New York,
Osaka, Los Angeles, Tulum and Whistler. She draws a lot of inspiration from her travels and exposure to the variety of different cultures, people and environments. She is currently based in Vancouver. Her artistic inspiration has been heavily influenced by nature. Light has always played a huge part in her art work, whether photography or sculpture. As of late she has really shifted her focus onto more interactive forms of sculpture. She has always enjoyed large scale art. she is fascinated by how scale plays such an important role in perception and how it changes the experience of the viewer or participant. Kotone began her art studies at UBC and graduated with a B.F.A. in photography and sculpture.She then went on to complete her M.F.A. in Architectural Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

Artist Statement
A brain teaser is a form of puzzle that requires careful thought, dexterity but also perhaps a certain amount of pure luck and chance to solve. It often requires thinking in unconventional ways with given constraints in mind; sometimes it also involves lateral thinking. Think of this as fun, clever, and challenge your problem solving skills in unique ways. See if you can work with your friends and or strangers to solve this puzzle, how long will it take you and how many of you will it take? Who will take on what role? My work is a large interactive oversized brain teaser/puzzle for people to solve in a group. A number of individual blocks lightweight enough for people to lift and move. They are internally lit.

Paula Nishikawara

Artist Biography
Paula grew up in Vancouver, Canada, daughter of a Japanese father and Dutch mother. Informed by these cultural aesthetics akin to the mingling of nature and art as a key feature for the Japanese and the search for form, structure and design. She works mainly with acrylic paint on raw canvas, paper, water colour paints and dyes. Her traditional Gyotaku work stands as a sharp contrast to her other more abstract works and conceptual pieces but all maintain the same distinct handling of paint and materials that have come to be recognized as Paula’s designs. In the last 5 years, Paula has spent 3 years in art practise in Berlin, Germany and 7 months in Nigeria at an Art Centre in lagos. Her work has travelled throughout the U.S.A, Canada and Australia as part of a Smithsonian Institute Exhibition and she has shown work in Europe, USA and Canada. She graduated from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC.

Artist Statement
People, cultures, life, our minds, nature and science – the questions of existence – this intrigues me. My work might seem to skip around from one form to another and a certain handling of material to another……this is the seeker and the human in awe of the powers as yet unknown. My work is a reflection of my interactions in life, in my courageous travels, the global issues and character of where I go physically and spiritually. I am interested in the tactile nature and history of the materials I combine in my work. I am concerned and interested in the energy of each piece.

Ron Simmer

Artist Biography
Ron Simmer works in the area of Vancouver, BC mainly with found materials and objects. He searches for discards that speak to him with the promise of sublime creations that will amaze, tickle, surprise or give pause to think. He enjoys the mental game of taking consumer rejects and making the mundane and common into the unique and spectacular. Since we live in a world in which almost everything is commoditized it is his challenge to repurpose consumer products into the unusual, amazing and funny Ron recycles materials from our consumer culture to create fanciful commentary on modern society. He attempts to take people back to their childhood by creating large scale toys and colorful birds and animals. His art is created to be an interactive physical experience and often incorporates optical illusions.

Artist Statement
I search for materials and objects that speak to me with the promise of sublime creations that will amaze, or tickle or surprise or give pause to think. I enjoy the mental game of taking consumer discards and making the mundane and common into the unique and spectacular. We live in a world in which almost everything is commodified – it is my challenge to repurpose consumer products into the unusual, diabolic, amazing and funny.
Humor has always been a strong element of my writing and publishing, such as my series of Bizarre Patent Calendars. Juxtaposing the right combination of physical elements in an installation to produce a laugh is one of the most fulfilling experiences one can have and the most direct form of instantaneous communication……
I am disturbed by the downward spiral of environmental destruction and in my art I illustrate a possible future Anthropocene of flowers and animals made of twisted metal and shredded plastic.

Russell Kramer

Artist Biography
This is video based. art. Please review the demo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqYeHKF9mao Russell Kramer began his career as an electronics engineer in the commercial lighting industry. This led him to assisting design groups with lighting art, falling in love with the medium, and developing his own style. Russell’s art focuses on creatively repurposing overlooked facets of the electronic world. He draws inspiration from a deep understanding of visual technologies and an awareness of hidden complexities behind them.

Artist Statement
My major accomplishments include: An analog virtual reality machine during an art residency at Signal Culture NY, This was exhibited at VIVI Media arts in 2018 and James Black Gallery in 2019. A large scale lighting sculpture for BITF music festival (2017). The winning design of the 2017 Moog circuit bending competition. (Moogfest North Carolina).

Violet Finvers & Scott Alpen

Artist Biography
Scott Alpen
Scott is a rather eclectic creative being, having over the last 60 years explored the arts of photography, videography, painting, writing, producing, marketing, wine tasting, acting, music and sculpture. Having grown weary of working in the digital world as a director/producer, Scott turned to working with wood and through chance and exploration found a new creative path using wood scraps, driftwood, stump ends and reclaimed articles of interest to create lamps, candle holders and sculpture.
Violet Finvers
Violet started working with glass in 2008. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Canada and the US and was a finalist in E-merge 2010, an international, juried, kiln-formed glass competition, was the 2012 recipient of the BC Glass Arts Association Pilchuck Scholarship and a finalist in the Vancouver Magazine, 2019 Made in Vancouver Awards—Home Category. Scott and Violet were finalists in the Western Living, Designers of the Year 2019 — Makers Category.

Artist Statement These lighted sculptures are a collaborative creative effort between Scott Alpen, a wood artist and Violet Finvers, a glass artist. The pieces are inspired by British Columbia’s vast wilderness forests, mountains, lakes and oceans and are created from recycled and reclaimed wood and fused glass. The forms evolve from the grain, shape and colour of the wood and are beautifully complemented by organic glass elements, resulting in sculptures that are reflective of the beauty of our world here on the west coast.

Steven Smethurst

Artist Biography
Steven is an interactive installation artist based in Vancouver. He is a self-taught artist who has attained skills through local community meetups, online tutorials and his background in programming. His artistry is primarily influenced by the maker movement; which, empowers people to create while sharing their experience and skills with others. Stevens’ work casts repeating geometric shapes and patterns with sharp edges. Some of his pieces have included; the LED digital stained glass windows, Pocket Universe, CNC Zen Garden, and the Laser Kaleidoscope. His installations have been shown at over thirty exhibitions including Burning-man, Burn in the forest, Luminescence.

Artist Statement
Steven Smethurst is a Vancouver based maker, hacker, and installation artist. Steven primarily works with light and technology. Light changes everything around it. It’s messy and bleeds into and over everything. It is loud and demands attention but its effects are temporary. Remove the light from the environment and the environment returns to its natural, unaltered state. Steven’s technological background adds unique interactive elements to his work. His work reacts to people, inviting them to touch, play and interact with his installations.

Valerie Durant

Artist Biography
Valerie Durant is an interdisciplinary artist. She received her BFA (2002) from ECU and attended Cooper Union in NYC. She holds an MA in Planning (2012) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
In addition to numerous group exhibitions, she participated in Capture Photo Festival in 2019 and 2016 with Interweave and upcoming in 2020. She received a Canada Council New Media Grant for Points and Perforations (2001), an architectural, audio, and photographic installation, exploring the social & economic dynamism of Vancouver’s DTEside. Group exhibitions include Luminescence, Deer Lake, (2019), Looped, at Artemisia, Chicago (2003), and The Well, Surrey Art Gallery (2004). Durant conceptualized and cocurated Out of the Rain: A Project for Homelessness in Vancouver in 2005. Her work is held in public and private collections locally and internationally.