For me, art is instinctive and natural but not always effortless! My public artistic career began early, at age six, winning a poster design contest.
From pencil crayons and poster paints, I moved to oils and acrylics while attending high school in Prince George where I affected a hyperrealist technique that eventually taxed my patience -- I was longing to develop a more expressive style.
Later, while attending Art + Design college in Alberta, I experimented with other media and styles finally settling on acrylics and eventually gravitating toward impressionistic landscapes. Since moving back to the West Coast in 1990, after spending five years in Toronto, my art has appeared in galleries and public venues, solo exhibits, frequent café shows as well as private and corporate collections.
Along with a strong passion for colour, my artistic inspiration springs from omnipresent nature and movement, elements that also inform my contemporary floral or portrait commissions. Surrounded by the tranquil coastal mountains, I reside in Garibaldi Estates along the ‘Sea to Sky’ corridor pursuing my love of painting.
Phone: (604) 898-1895
Freda Hoff has been creating work as a Textile Artist for the past 30 years. She has a degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario, majoring in Textile Arts and Design.
Her current work is focused on the use of natural fibers, particularly wool, silk and rayon. She highlights the ability these materials have in absorbing dyes and producing varied and unexpected textures.
Her work often bridges the divide between art and fashion. Inspirations from haute couture as much as from the natural world are ingrained within many of her creations.
Address: PO Box 1345 Squamish BC V8B0A9
Phone: (604) 898-4188
Stan Matwychuk (MA-TWAH-CHUK) is a Canadian artist with international exposure. He has been orbiting Howe Sound Corridor for 10 years and has gained prominence in Canada and abroad. He presently lives in Squamish, BC. Stan has shown in New York City, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, Britannia Beach, the Cayman Islands and has work hanging publicly and privately in the corridor and North America.
Stan has shown with fellow international contemporaries like Shepard Fairy, Misk, and Swoon and all the while paying homage to his environment, which inspires his work. Locally in Whistler, Stan has collaborated with Chili Thom on the Terry Roberts Bridge Mural in Whistler (by the skate-park).
Stan also partnered with sculptor Mike Tyler on the entry Drop Box Public Art Piece in the New Whistler Library. In Squamish, Stan was the art instigator behind the Fields Mural Project in Downtown Squamish.
Stan's art stems from the intention to show the collective unity of our experience. How regardless of skin colour/ financial standing we are all the same global people. To find out more about Stan and the artist run centre Homebase Studios in Squamish.
Address: #203-37760 Second Avenue, Squamish BC
Web: Homebase Studios
Leilani takes inspiration from nature. Her favourite subjects are water, sky, mountains, birds, animals and eyes. Her favourite mediums are acrylics and oil paints. Leilani finds the positive and the beauty in the world around us and pours it onto canvas.
After graduating in 1982 with a degree in Fine Arts and Illustration in London England, Zoë spent several years working as a freelance illustrator producing imagery for Publishing, Design and Advertising. With her natural affinity to colour and movement her career began to gravitate towards the Animation Industry. Before settling in Squamish, Zoë lived a typically nomadic lifestyle moving from place to place following film contracts in Europe, the US and Canada. Her credits as a background artist include classically animated feature films such as “Anastasia” and “Titan AE”. In 2000, Zoë relocated from Arizona to Vancouver, BC to Art Direct several 3D animated Productions for which she was awarded 3 ELANs.
Zoë now balances her work as an Art Director and Illustrator with a passion for painting in watercolour and fluid acrylics. She is an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, the North Shore Artists Guild and is represented by Mountain Galleries in Whistler, Banff and Jasper.
"The expressive nature of watercolour continues to fascinate me and allows me to explore new ideas and themes. Against a backdrop of ancient Coast Mountains and Temperate rainforest, I find endless opportunities to study and document the changing cultural landscape around Squamish and the Sea to Sky area. I explore familiar places that have either changed by development, been abandoned or remain untouched by progress; places that are controversial, protected, endangered or that are simply breathtakingly beautiful."
Phone: (604) 329-9118
Fran Solar is a contemporary BC artist who combines textile techniques with unconventional materials to create unique woven sculpture, both free-standing and wall-mounted. Fran studied at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1960 with a degree in Interior Design. Her interest in design and textiles then found expression through weaving, which Fran pursued for many years. During this time she specialized in functional clothing and textiles, using traditional fibres and techniques.
In the mid-1990's Fran began to experiment with basketry as another textile art form, initially using traditional materials such as reed,but later, after taking workshops at Basket Focus conferences in Toronto, Ottawa, and the Okanagan she developed an interest in combining metals with textile techniques such as loom weaving,basketry and quilting. Her materials today include copper, brass, and stainless steel sheet and wire, and interesting bits and pieces of hardware and industrial surplus. These materials are further colored through the use of heat and chemical patinas.
She now finds she gets more satisfaction improvising arrangements of shapes, textures, materials, and colors than she did as a traditional fiber artist, and is intrigued with using these ‘masculine’ materials to create art with a feminine/domestic dynamic.
Phone: (604) 898-4377
"To promote, assist and develop all forms of performing arts activity in the community."
Howe Sound Performing Arts Association (1993) is a non-profit society. We are a vibrant and dedicated organization run entirely by volunteers.
This year we celebrate our 20th season!
We are proud of our past and current partnerships with many local businesses, people and organizations.
In 1997, the HSPAA worked with the Squamish Rotary to raise $37,000 to purchase a Yamaha C7 grand piano. Our grand piano is housed for performances at St. John's Anglican Church in the Garibaldi Estates. Our dream is to move our instrument, at a future date, to a new Arts and Cultural Centre.
Professional Concert Series: The HSPAA is known for bringing professional level performers to Squamish. We have have presented artists such as Janina Fialkowska, Jon Kimura Parker, Angela Cheng, Sara Buechner, Lorne Elliott, Borealis Quartet and Chor Leoni, to name a few. We recently hosted a concert by young up-and-coming piano virtuoso, Avan Yu. We are committed to bringing professional concerts to Squamish and creating evenings to remember.
Local & Educational Concerts: We work with the young talented students of Squamish and are thrilled to see them grow and learn. We hold several events throughout the year dedicated to education and fostering local talent. Home Grown Talent is held in the fall as a fund raiser for AME. Inspiration is held in the winter to raise funds of the Howe Sound Music Festival. Star Search is a local talent contest for kids and youth which raises funds for AME.
AME (Access Music Education): AME provides financial assistance to deserving music students. Applications are available on our website at the end of the School year.
Howe Sound Music Festival: The Howe Sound Music Festival is held each year in April. Performers of all ages are welcome to compete for adjudication by professional adjudicators, scholarships and the chance to compete in the Provincial Music Festival. Performances culminate in a gala showcase of top performers!
We welcome partnerships and look forward to a future of promoting, assisting and developing the performing arts in Squamish.
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you Everywhere"