General News · 8th August 2015
The Old Schoolhouse Gallery opened its second last show of the season with a 3 woman show featuring Ayami Stryck, fabric artist, Chako Stryck, photographer, and Ester Strijbos, potter. The opening was well attended and sales were brisk. We were also entertained by the talented piano payer, Leo Bae.
HiDaMaRi, means roughly a gathering place that has been warmed by the sun. Ester in her entrance bio says she created her recent pieces with that theme in mind. She also describes the wonderful relation between a piece and the whole. “When I look up, geese fly over...Two loners are in our garden. Some others scattered in the field across the road. Separated now, still part of one...So my installations are that. Gathering of bowls, connected through patterns, design and colour. They are not sold as a set. Maybe a few people will choose one, others will choose three. Separated. But they will always be connected, still part of one.”
Her artwork, appliqué and glazing are superb. The three techniques used are Mishima, the red flowers on the left, Sgraffito, the white/black set in the middle and the 5 red/white bowls on the right back wall, and Decals, made from her drawings and photos, on the wall above couch and the geese. Google the first two to learn more.
Ayami chooses felting as her present and long lasting fascination. Eccentric but exquisite pieces lay about and decorate the space. Look carefully to discover them. Her mannequin dressed to the nines is by far, stunning.
Chako has presented us with nature based photographs that are uniquely mounted. Raised on Cortes and presently based in Vancouver as a costumer for film and theatre, she describes herself as new to photography, but that it is her new medium for personal creativity as it reflects her roots here on Cortes. This viewer was really taken with the watery glow that emanates from the geese on the water.
This show continues Saturday and Sunday August, 8 and 9 from 2 to 6 PM as well as next weekend, including Friday 6 to 9 PM.
Ayami's Figure of felt
Ester's Sgraffito group of bowls