It's been six months since we closed our doors back in October 2018. It's hard to believe the time has flown by so fast!
A lot of things have happened in the last six months, it has definitely been a roller coaster ride of emotions and happenings. Many of you will already know that Bonnie, our wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and mentor, passed away on January 4, 2019. It was very difficult to see her go, but she went in peace with courage, surrounded by her family. We are still working through and coming to terms with losing her to ovarian cancer, but at the same time we are very grateful to live in such a supportive and compassionate community. We feel very fortunate.
A few weeks after Bonnie's passing, Ryan and his partner Tina addended the University of Hawaii for a two week residency in the art department working on Lithography. This was the second part of a multi part residency there, the first happening in April of 2016. The residency was very intensive as usual, lithography is a very multifaceted and detailed way to produce art prints in an analogue fashion, dating back to the late 1700's. It was a good time to get away and focus on art and healing in such a beautiful facility.
In March, Pat joined his youngest son Marc on a business trip to Japan. While Marc was working, Pat was exploring the country, particularly the practice of Shinrin-Yoku, or forest therapy. Pat has been working as a practitioner of forest therapy for a while now, and will be offering guided workshops throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall. If you are interested in forest therapy, feel free to contact him by email; firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone; 250-342-6819.
Over the last couple of months, Ryan has been working on re-envisioning Bavin Glassworks. He was successful in securing the studio space of the existing business and has been renovating and reorganizing the space to make it a working studio. Although the space is only half the size of what the business used to be, it will still be very functional along with a small gallery to show and sell his glass and photography. The studio will be open to the public again by May long weekend with an opening event and studio sale to celebrate a new beginning! Stay tuned for more info on this!
Many of you already know Shawna, who will continue to be the studio manager, and will show her amazing porcelain work as well. Pat will be showing his paintings of course, which are always evolving and continue to reflect his inspiration with mountain culture, forest healing, spirituality, and colour theory.
Ryan is very excited to get back into the studio and start work on new ideas. The studio will continue to be a hub of creativity into the future. Whether its glass, photography, paintings, ceramics, or jewelry, there will be an abundance of work shown with opportunities to see artists at work as well. Be sure to drop in to check out what we are up to!
Opening dates and times are still being sorted out, but we will be putting out more info shortly. If you have any questions you can contact us by email; email@example.com, through one of our social media platforms; facebook or instagram, or by phone; currently 250-342-8815 but a studio phone will soon be up and running.