There’s something special for everyone in the Gallery Gift Shop. A huge selection of beautiful items and a pleasant shopping experience. Our staff are here to help! Here are just a few of the gift ideas we have to offer. You will discover a variety of original art and fine crafts: pottery, paintings, prints, jewelry, clothing, glass, wood, books and sculptures.
With over 100 artisans, a trip to The Gallery is worthwhile. You will find such great gifts, you will be tempted to keep them for yourself! We are pleased to feature a special guest artist from around the Island on display in the Gallery with every new show.
Jennifer Lawson’s paintings reveal an impressionistic feeling for the structure of the land, from rural BC to the architecture of England. The essential feature of her style is lightness and vivacity: colour is the principal vehicle of expression.
The freedom and unlaboured representation of her subjects is due to her orthodox sense of the harmonies of watercolours. A romantic, devoted to direct experiences with nature, her spontaneity comes from painting on location. A plein air painter, her work reveals her as an optimist who is absorbed in the beauty around her.
Born in Yorkshire and having travelled extensively, Jennifer’s artistic personality emerges from a background of regional and international influences.
- Graduated University of Guelph Arts Degree with Honours 1979
- Graduated Georgian College with Honours – Design Arts – 1974
- Ontario College of Art & Design Advanced Watercolour 1981-82 Honour Standing
- Ontario College of Art & Design Watercolour 3,4:1984 – 85, 1987-88 Honour Standing
- The Schneider School of Fine Art Summer Program, 1975 – 85
- Bermuda Artist in Residence 2013
Jennifer has taught watercolour courses for 45 years – for the North York Board & now for MISSA and at her studio. She was a founder of the very first Studio Tour in North America – The Muskoka Studio Tour in 1982. Jennifer created the first studio tour – Visions – this side of Toronto in Cowichan in 1992 – which is still ongoing, also a founder of Cowichan Artisans – of which she is a member.
A partnership with the Chemainus Theatre Festival through its Gallery and Gift Shop is bringing the work of Chemainus Art Group members to the forefront.
Lorna Rivard, the Gallery and Gift Shop manager, came up with the idea, drawing from her sister Jayne Noftall’s experiences as an artist.
“She’s the one who inspired me to do this,” said Rivard. Read more … Story by Don Bodger, Chemainus Valley Courier