Foyer Gallery

2015 Foyer Gallery & Squamish Logo Combined


July 5th  – August 1st, 2016

‘Celebrating Texture’

Walls: Constance Chapman, surface design on textiles

Cases: Sharon Roye, encaustics & mixed media

Opening Reception: July 10th, 2-4pm

By Hannah Rizun
Foyer Gallery Assistant

For artists Constance Chapman and Sharon Roye, long gone are the days of layering paint to achieve texture (think Van Gogh’s Starry Night). By incorporating different papers, threads, and even wax, both artists have shown how texture is something to commemorate, something to celebrate!

Foyer 1On the walls for the month of July, are works from textile artist Constance Chapman. And we’re not talking about traditional stitched quilts! For this particular series, she started with hi-tech digital printing to capture her foundation images on fabric. “I always have my camera with me to capture anything intriguing which I then transfer to my computer,” she says. “Looking through my camera lens has really made me appreciate the contrast of hard and soft, rough and shiny, and light and shadow which is vital to my end result.” To achieve this result, Chapman changes or alters an image she has taken and then prints it on fabric. Then, she embellishes the piece with pigments and adds stitching. Often times found gems of wood or metal find their way onto the piece as well. The effect is a wonderful contrast between the linear and circular stitching with a broad spectrum of colour, texture, and shape.

A formal artist for the past 40 years, Chapman says that she “more and more now embrace[s] the Wabi Sabi aesthetic of asymmetry, weathered aging and patinas of worn wood and old metals.”

Chapman’s fibre art is in response to the omnipresent natural world living on the Sunshine Coast. She admits, “Walking and kayaking with my camera produces an abundance of inspiration as do the materials themselves.”


Foyer 2In the display cases artist Sharon Roye presents her textural wax paintings, mini expressions in experimental encaustics. Growing up in small-town Saskatchewan, Roye started with quilting and then progressed to dying her own fabrics. However, several years ago she took an encaustic class, after which her art world changed!

Also known as hot wax painting, encaustic art involves using heated beeswax to which coloured pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—in Roye’s case, wood. The result is unique. Each painting has a soft and hazy quality.

With a background in quilting, Roye works with the intention of creating balanced pieces using the fundamental elements of design such as colour, shape, line and grids.

For this current series Roye’s creative stimulation started with several images that she was excited about exploring that would emphasize contrast between those components. “I love what wax does to different materials. Colours change with the layering process. Wax on paper vs. wax on fabric or wax on wood. I work with mono printing until I have created a palate that I am excited about. Then I move on to the wax colour and texture process.” Roye says of her ‘hands on’ creative process which is headed in a future direction of more collage and larger wax pieces.

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Meet the artists at their ‘Celebrating Texture’ Opening Reception on July 10th, 2-4pm at the Foyer Gallery in the Squamish Public Library.

On the ‘Young @ ART’ wall, a group of teens present project ‘Graphic Memoir’ original works. Through funding from the Squamish Arts Council, artist instructor Andrea Hoff has been leading a group of teens in making graphic novel memoirs with their collective works published. Original inks from the book on display by writer-artists: Cyparis Polman, Helena Jacobsen, Johanne Augland, Kai Levett, Leighlon Tower, Lochlan Page and Zoe Gruber. The Book Launch will be held on the evening of Monday, July 11 from 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Library.

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Upcoming Foyer Gallery Shows

Aug 2 – Sept 5 Walls: Curtis Suave, ‘If the Walls Could Talk’, abstract acrylic paintings
Cases: Andrea Hoff, ‘Sticks + Stones’, ceramics
Sept 6 – Oct 3 Walls & Cases: Charly Mithrush & Donna Stewart, ‘All in the Mix; a fusion of mediums to create the story…’ , acrylic, encaustic, cold wax, plaster, cement & ephemera
Oct 4 – Oct 31 Walls: Sarah Symes, ‘Sea to Sky Landscapes’, abstract fabric paintings
Cases: Rochelle Brubacher, ‘Star Trek 50th Anniversary Costumes’, textiles, sculpted clay & mixed media
Nov 1 – Nov 28 Walls: Jenna Robinson, ‘Chasing Light’, acrylic on canvas
Cases: Emily Tolmie, ‘Celebrating Culinary Rituals’, functional ceramics
Nov 29 – Jan 2 Artisan Holiday Celebration
Walls & Cases: Visuals Squamish Valley Artists, ‘Red Alert’, Group Show, various media
Sale Event: December 2, 3 & 4 Artisan Displays, Live Music, Art Demos, baking
Event runs: Fri 1–5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun 10–3:30 p.m.

Call for Artists

The Foyer Gallery at the Squamish Public Library is a contemporary space dedicated to the exhibition of excellent artwork. The gallery supports large wall works as well as smaller works suitable for display in three elegant glass display cases. Submissions from artists in all disciplines are invited or future juried exhibitions in the Foyer Gallery at the Squamish Public Library. We are booking now for the 2016/2017 season.

Application form for displaying your artwork are available at the Squamish Public Library or download the form here.

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Questions? Contact the Curator:

Toby Jaxon 604-898-1895

Toby jaxon
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