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New Owner at Side Street Studio

Posted on March 29, 2018 by Jill Fitz Hirschbold | 0 comments

New Owner at Side Street Studio

Hello, 

Now that everything is settling in I would like to properly introduce myself.  My name is Jill Fitz Hirschbold and I am the new owner of Side Street Studio.

I have lived on the Coast for 30 years and my formal education is in the Sciences. I have a Diploma in Environmental Quality Control, a Bachelor of Science; I’m a Certified PADI Dive Master, a Paddleboard Instructor and spent 12 years working as a Laboratory Manager in Environmental Analytical Chemistry before starting a family.   When my daughters were born, in my early 40’s, I made the decision to leave my career to stay at home with them.

To be honest I could not have predicted what would come next.

Over the last 7 years I have created a home based business with my West Coast and Abstract Photography. It extends from a line of photo gift cards to large format art sales and photography services.  I have participated in Studio Tours, Arts Shows; have been a member of the Gage Gallery and for many years was represented by the Brentwood Bay Resort. I have organized art shows from the conceptual theme, curated participating artists, hung the artwork, scheduled staff, facilitated sales and fully planned the opening nights. My pieces have made their way to England, China and the US and many private residences in Western Canada.  I have participated and successfully sold at the Sooke Fine Arts show in 2015/17.  I have also volunteered my photography skills to Raincoast Conservation, Greenpeace Canada, FraserFEST, Watershed Watch, Tour de Victoria, Swiftsure, Santa Shuffle, many other community events and donated works to the Banff Mid-Summers Ball 2014/15/16/17/18, CNIB Art Appeal 2015/17, Heart for Hospice 2015, VGH/UBD Night of 1000 Stars Gala 2015 and YWCA Woman of Distinction Awards 2016/17.  I have participated in over 20 shows and have self-published three books of my images paired with my writing.

You would think with all this and raising children it would be say enough but I was missing the daily interaction that comes with working outside the home. Then this amazing opportunity came my way. I have sold my cards at Side Street for many years so was very familiar with the Studio and the business model. It is a perfect fit.

My goal is to continue to build on the vision and many years of hard work, by all of the previous owners, that has made the Studio a success.  To maintain the standard that is expected by customers when visiting the store and online, to keep all the artists that customers have come to know and love but also add in new talent so there is always something new to see.  I also hope to meet each of the British Columbia artists that are represented in the store and try and understand a bit about how their process works.  It is that personal connection that can be translated to the customer when we sell their handmade artwork. 

This is truly the key to this success……Art comes from the Heart.

My wonderful staff, Kathy, Jean, Samantha, Heather, Joanne Sheila, and I invite you to come down to the Studio and see what we have been up to.

Best,

Jill

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NEW! FUNKY FUNGUS CERAMIC MUGS

Posted on November 01, 2017 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

FUNKY FUNGUS CERAMIC MUGS

Carmen Callison is Funky Fungus and has been making Funky Fungus Pottery in Parksville, B.C. since 2005.

FUNKY FUNGUS MUG

 

She is very passionate about our island forests and the precious treasures found within.

FUNKY FUNGUS MUG

Each of her whimsical creations is skillfully hand-carved and hand painted by Carmen before their final firing.

FUNKY FUNGUS MUG

Food-safe, Dishwasher & Microwave safe. Size: 

FUNKY FUNGUS MUG

STAY WILD! :)

FUNKY FUNGUS MUG

 

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Recycling At Its Very Best!

Posted on October 25, 2017 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

Bruce Coney of Studio Coney has for many years been recycling glass bottles and turning them into useful and functional Cruet bottles.

CRUET BOTTLE

To create a cruet pourer Bruce sources a recycled bottle cleans off all labels and markings, washes and sterilizes and paints it by hand with a special glass paint.

CRUET BOTTLE

The bottle is then fired and the paint cures and bonds onto the glass. A pourer is then added and, voila, you have a very useful cruet bottle that can be used for olive oil, vinegar, salad dressing, dish detergent, liquid soap - virtually anything you can pour.

CRUET BOTTLE

All glassware items can be washed with hot water and detergent.

Handcrafted on Salt Spring Island, B.C.

See more: Here

CRUET BOTTLE

 

 

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Fine Handmade Jewellery, Beautiful Scarves, Functional Local Pottery, World Class Glass Art and Magnificent Wooden Bowls. All at Side Street Studio

Posted on October 13, 2017 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

Some new work from our artists;

FLOWER BOUQUET CLASSIC VASE

Robert Held Glass Art

 

CERAMIC SWIRL MUGCERAMIC SWIRL MUG

 

STERLING SILVER CIRCLE EARRINGS - RUBY

STERLING SILVER CIRCLE EARRINGS - RUBY

 

WILD BLACKBERRY SOAP

wild blackberry soap

PEAR DESIGN BUTTER DISH

pear design butter dish

 

MAPLE BURL WOOD SALAD BOWL

 

 

maple burl salad bowl

 

 

STERLING SILVER EVERGREEN TREES AND SEA PENDANT

stirling  silver pendant

 

SOFT HAND WOVEN SCARF

SOFT HAND WOVEN SCARF

 

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FALL SALE! WOODEN SALAD BOWLS

Posted on October 06, 2017 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

FALL SALE! WOODEN SALAD BOWLS

Some of the finest large salad bowls that you can find. All hand turned in B.C. by woodturner John Topham. These bowls have been turned from some of oldest trees in the South Okanagan. All are from salvaged trees and given a new life as beautiful bowls.  See More bit.ly/2fNj3w1

MANITOBA MAPLE SALAD BOWL

Was $300 Now $250

 

MANITOBA MAPLE SALAD BOWL

This gorgeous bowl is turned from Manitoba Maple originated from Westminster Street in Penticton. This tree was planted more than 80 years ago, salvaged and given a new life as a beautiful bowl.

 

 

SILVER MAPLE WOOD SALAD BOWL - LARGE

Was $290 Now $240

SILVER MAPLE WOOD SALAD BOWL - LARGE

 

This magnificent salad bowl is turned from Silver Maple from Gardiner Court, Penticton. This tree was planted more than 100 years ago and believed to be one of the oldest Maples in the South Okanagan. It has been salvaged and given a new life as a beautiful bowl.

 

SILVER MAPLE WOOD SALAD BOWL - LARGE

Was $270 Now $225

SILVER MAPLE WOOD SALAD BOWL - LARGE

This magnificent salad bowl is turned from Silver Maple from Gardiner Court, Penticton. This tree was planted more than 100 years ago and believed to be one of the oldest Maples in the South Okanagan. It has been salvaged and given a new life as a beautiful bowl.

 

SILVER MAPLE WOOD SALAD BOWL LARGE 

Was $290 Now $240

SILVER MAPLE WOOD SALAD BOWL LARGE

This magnificent salad bowl is turned from Silver Maple from Gardiner Court, Penticton. This tree was planted more than 100 years ago and believed to be one of the oldest Maples in the South Okanagan. It has been salvaged and given a new life as a beautiful bowl.

 

WESTERN RED MAPLE SALAD BOWL

Was $250 Now $200

WESTERN RED MAPLE SALAD BOWL

This beautiful Red Maple salad bowl has an impressive two-tone rim of Silver and Western Red Maple. It has been turned from wood that came from the 'Doherty' property on North Victoria Road, in Summerland. This tree was planted by Jim Doherty in 1963 and the tree has been removed, salvaged and recycled into a useful product.

All these beautiful bowls have been created by John Topham. See more HERE

JOHN TOPHAM SALAS BOWLS

Side Street Studio

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Beautiful Handmade Local Jewelry

Posted on October 01, 2017 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

 

Just click on the title to watch!

 

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Marcia Stacey's Joyful "Celebrations".

Posted on July 24, 2017 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

SMALL "CELEBRATION" WALL HANGINGS

 

Marcia has been painting her loving, joyful figures for over 20 years. Each painting is original and is called "Celebrations"

Marcia Stacey Art

After a long period of constant refining, my designs have matured into a series of images that appeal to one’s soul. The ‘Celebration’ images were inspired by cave drawings but quickly evolved. Androgynous people became women and men, they began to sing and dance, and before I knew it, families came onto the scene.

Marcia Stacey Art

The symbols took on specific meanings, and new characters like mermaids, fairies, and angels have emerged. Who knows what will happen next! In order to paint my pictures, I first lay out the pieces and scumble three coats of acrylic paint over them all, then add texture with clear gel.

Marcia Stacey Art

Next, I paint the image using a squeeze tube, let it dry, then apply a glaze of antique colour. Finally, I highlight the image with metallic paint. After applying the hanger, cutting and preparing the glass and matting, I tape all three together. Then I use copper metal tape to form the frame.

Marcia Stacey Art

After cutting, curling, and hammering the copper wire, I glue on the corner pieces.The last step is to apply the Celebration legend to the back. The legend explains the images and my philosophy regarding them.

Marcia Stacey Art

I hope that you enjoy my Celebrations!

Marcia

Marcia Stacey Art

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