Side Street Studio in Oak Bay Village, Victoria, has been selling the work of British Columbia artists since 1984. Currently the Studio represents over 360 local B.C. artists and the web site www.sidestreetstudio.com has over 2000 pages of unique and beautiful local artists work. All of our artists work makes superb gifts for any occasion.
Unique, locally crafted and original pottery, jewellery, textiles, glass-art, wood turnings and carvings, sculptures and west coast photography; all unique and one-of-a-kind. There are gifts for every occasion, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, house-warmings, romantic events, thanks you's, good luck and just for you! You can see many of our artists work on Amazon.ca more...
Valentines Day arrives again this Friday. A recent survey reported that women would prefer something ‘thoughtful’ rather than a Diamond bracelet – I suspect that the survey was conducted by men but whatever.
So on this ‘thoughtful’ note – Side Street has a huge range of unique cards and gifts that are all beautiful and one of a kind!
The studio is open is open every day from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm. and today, Family Day from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm
With these bright clear Winter days this artists fused glass window displays will bring a burst of colour to any room in your home. Diane creates a huge range of Glass Hangings from Poppies, Orca’s, Sail Boats, Owls, to even Flying Pigs!
Born and raised in Victoria, BC, glass artist Diane Piercy creates eye-catching and original fused glass art called Sassy Glass. She learned her craft and developed her own unique style on Saltspring Island, where she lived and raised her two children from 1992 to 2003.
Now, back in her Victoria studio, Diane first sketches her designs, then draws and cuts each piece of glass used in her creations. The pieces are then meticulously assembled, and finally fused, or melted in the kiln.
Diane is inspired by both the beauty and whimsy in everyday life, and she hopes her work will brighten your window and add a smile to your day!
You can more of Diane’s beautiful work (including the Flying Pig) at http://www.sidestreetstudio.com/catalog/diane-piercy-m-80174.html
The first location for the 2014 shoot of Gracepoint, the Fox reworking of hit ITV series Broadchurch has been announced today.
Staring David Tennant, scenes from the drama will be filmed in the Vancouver Island village of Oak Bay. The news was posted by local councillor Michelle Kirby, who also confirmed that the shoot would take place between January and May 2014. The coastal community will be just one of the locations used, other locations are expected to include Santa Cruz in California.
A Very Happy & Joyful Christmas & New Year to all our Customers and Artists!
2013 Has been the Most Successful Year Ever for Side Street Studio!
As we enter into 2014, the Studio’s 30th year, we look forward to supporting even more local artists’ and providing beautiful, unique and great value work to our customers.
We hope that our customers can look at their purchases in another 30 years and still be delighted with the quality of our local artists’ work. In today’s world how often do items improve with age!
Tom Brayton has spent a lifetime working artistically in the medium of wood but only recently began to consider himself an artist.
A carpenter by trade and high school shop teacher by profession, retirement offered him the opportunity to more fully explore his artistic pursuits. The result is functional and beautiful pieces utilizing Western (Broad Leaf) Maple.
These range from boxes made from single wood pieces to facetted vessels crafted from steam-bent, figured Burl. Tom finds the intricate grain patterns of Burl intriguing and enjoys the challenge of working with this difficult material.
Tom’s work is all created in his home studio overlooking the water in Chemainus, BC where he lives with his special lady, Carole and their demanding cat, Marley.
When he’s not working with wood, Tom enjoys traveling, Dixieland jazz music, history, and loving the heck out of his five grandchildren.
You can see more of Tom’s beautiful work at http://www.sidestreetstudio.com/catalog/tom-brayton-m-80572.html
Venetian journals handcrafted in Victoria B.C
These journals are handmade one at a time by Nigel Picard of Victoria B.C. using the finest quality materials.
Each one is constructed of beautiful genuine leather, and recycled, acid free archival papers. They incorporate the ageless Venetian binding style with a rustic West Coast design. The hand stitching is superbly durable and also very user friendly allowing the books to open wide with very little crease.
The rugged leather covers gain character over time, and protect whatever treasures lay inside. Whether they are used for holding precious memories, recording favorite recipes, or everyday notes, these journals will enhance the writings and inspire the writer. You can see more of these beautiful Journals at http://www.sidestreetstudio.com/catalog/spellbinding-journals-m-80564.html
Sheila Smedley’s ‘Sarabande Treasures’ jewellery is on Sale
At Side Street Studio, Oak Bay Village http://www.sidestreetstudio.com/catalog/
When: Saturday 28th September
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Where we are: Google Map: http://www.sidestreetstudio.com/catalog/google_map.php
Fantastic bargains on Necklaces just $24, Earrings $12 and Bracelets $15.
All made by Sheila Smedley inVictoria.
Great Birthday & Christmas Gifts
CURSOR & THREAD
Cursor & Thread was unofficially started in the ancient times of 2011 by a pair of friendly humans who enjoyed men’s accessories, but had a hard time finding ones they loved (what else was a scientist and a philosopher to do together).
Cursor & Thread is based in sunny Vancouver and at the time of writing focuses on bow ties and suspenders (leaving pants and shirts up to seven squillion other brands). All products featured were manufactured in small batches, often by hand, in Canada by people you’d like.
Stephen & Jen
Gary Merkel’s life’s body of work can simply be summed up as his taking a humble yet temperamental and sometimes complex group of element‘s provided by nature to compose his lyrical and fanciful visions to be choreographed and composed in fine white porcelain.
Often riots of colour can be juxtaposed against the metallic and ruddy earth’s simplicity of clay. Strictly dedicating himself to hand building with clean lines and precision offers him no restriction of form, function, sculpture, or pure frivolity, always sustaining a vocabulary of own voice.
Place has always been of keen interest to Gary. Having spent equal time, both in the east and on the west coast of Canada. Surrounding himself with a balance of both natural and urban beauty, reflects itself in the work making organic and manmade meld into pieces that can be both work in harmony together.
Unapologetically he actualizes his work as stimulatory with a decorative bent. Exploring new Idea’s and working with other materials illustrate his capable skills always taking the viewer to new heights.
His work has found itself in many public museum corporate and private collections. He exhibits widely and has shown in many prestigious events such as S.O.F.A. in N.Y.C. and Chicago, to cultural exchange exhibitions from Morioka Japan, to Paris France. The art Gallery of Victoria recently purchased a piece of Gary’s work for their collection of influential Canadian ceramicists.
“Gary Merkel has been a ceramicist for twenty years. His art, which he masters to perfection, has made him well known throughout North America as well as internationally. His sculptural teapots are easily recognizable due to the fantasy and eccentricity of their form. Merkel’s work can be functional: a piece can be used to serve tea during mealtime. However, its use can be more philosophical in nature: the elegant, sometimes mysterious shapes of the piece can lead to reflection. One can say that gravity, in every sense of the word, is pronounced in the artist. The harmonious unbalance of the forms allied with unbridled imagination makes one instantly recognize the work of Gary Merkel.”( Le Sabord art magazine)
Gary now has his home in Victoria B.C. and his magnificent work can be seen at http://www.sidestreetstudio.com/catalog/index.php?manufacturers_id=80560
Allan grew up in Smithers and Campbell River with an early interest in art; always drawing monsters of one sort or another!
The biggest thing as he got older was that he needed artistic expression and took classes in figure drawing and stained glass, always looking for some medium that would allow his inner expression to be unleashed. After many different attempts at making extra money he met an artist named Patrick Logan who lived in Campbell River. His expression of art was something that he truly fell in love with.
He remembers saying to Patrick that if I was ever to paint that he would choose to block his colors as he did. Stained glass was his art of choice and every color is blocked by lead. It was during this period that he learned about himself as one of his big interests became philosophy and the study of his own human nature.
“Know thyself” comes to his mind and coupled with an ever widening regard of the great outdoors he became an outdoors enthusiast always looking to reach further out into the land and yet trying to always further reach into himself.
Whilst living in Victoria B.C. Allan and his daughter created banners for the Campbell River banner project and finally he found himself and started to paint. All the steps of a lifetime finally became realized in a melting pot of understanding that he had finally found his calling. He had found ways to limitlessly express himself in a way that was all unto himself.
“What I know is that if you put your mind to something that you love, something will come back to you ten fold in return and that the energy you put forth into something you love is an energy that feels as if there was no effort in creating it.”
You can find more of Allan’s beautiful West Coast Art at http://www.sidestreetstudio.com/catalog/allan-haan-m-80555.html