Wednesday, October 12, 2011

new address

This blogsite will be discontinued as of now and the Duthie Gallery collections, exhibitions and events will be posted on the new website.

Please note our new email address.

The Duthie Gallery will be closed for the next two months except by appointment. Please call Sarah at 250-537-9606 to arrange a time to visit.

We are touring sculpture parks in Europe and will be posting frequently at NEWS on the new website.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Congratulations Brent

For Immediate Release

The Duthie Gallery is pleased to represent the new winner of the 2011 BC Achievement Award, Brent Comber. Congratulations, Brent.

Sept. 1, 2011
Office of the Premier
BC Achievement Foundation

Award recipients for BC Applied Art and Design announced

VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark and British Columbia Achievement
Foundation Chair Keith Mitchell are pleased to announce the four
recipients of the seventh Annual Carter Wosk BC Creative Achievement
Awards for Applied Art and Design.

"I congratulate these talented British Columbians for inspiring us with
their work in applied art and design," said Premier Clark. "They
demonstrate the strength and vitality of our applied arts and design
community and highlight our Province's record of creative achievement."

The recipients of the 2011 Carter Wosk Creative Achievement Awards for
Applied Art and Design are:
* Joel Berman, Vancouver - Glass
* Brent Comber, North Vancouver - Wood
* Shawn Place, Prince George - Furniture
* Dina Gonzalez Mascaro, Vancouver - Jewellery

Each recipient will be recognized at a presentation and exhibition event
in the fall at Shaw TV Studios. The award recipients will receive $5,000
and a British Columbia Creative Achievement Award seal to signify their
creative excellence.

The Carter Wosk British Columbia Creative Achievement Awards for Applied
Art and Design are named in honour of B.C. philanthropist, academic and
visionary Dr. Yosef Wosk, whose financial support makes these awards
possible and for Sam Carter, B.C. educator, designer and curator.

The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation
established and endowed by the Province of B.C. in 2003 to celebrate
community service, arts, humanities and enterprise. For information on
British Columbia Achievement Foundation, visit

Brent Comber, North Vancouver
Wood Design
Building on a deep connection with the materials he uses and with his
natural surroundings, for over 20 years Brent Comber has designed and
created original wood furniture pieces. Self-taught, he has
conscientiously used salvaged, scavenged and historically significant
wood to create modern urban forms, including his iconic 'Alder Cube'.
Comber has received international and national commissions and his work
has been displayed from New York to Dubai to Shanghai.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

studio workshops

Here is a link to the Salt Spring Arts Council and a program of studio workshops being presented on the island this fall. Headlined by a seminar and demonstration by Robert Bateman and including a range of courses from painting, photography, writing and ceramics to year-round vegetable gardening, artisanal bread-making and cheese-making, offered in the intimacy of artists' studios.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


The new Summer Lights show is brilliant, illuminating, enlightening, sheer delight. The experience of being in the dark with the flickering Illuminati, the glowing Treerings and the cave of light created by the colossal Sentinels is sensational. July and August - 5 nights a week, Don’t miss it!

The new Illuminati lanterns by Peter Pierobon are refined, sophisticated and altogether dazzling. Three indoor: Fine Plumb, Serpentine Plumb and Paper Plumb are formal variations on the classic instrument for measuring verticality, the plumb bob, in use since ancient Egyptian times. Outside a giant plumb,, 9’ feet, and bird and yellow cap,are forms from nature. and fit into the landscape harmoniously

Peter Pierobon’s new sculpture reflects his new passion for garden design; he recently completed the excellent Master Gardener program at Van Dusen gardens in Vancouver. ‘Plant Deconstruction’ is a graceful 12’ high construction of aluminum and yellow cedar, representing the reaching and branching upwards of growth, the opening wide of leaves to catch the essential sunlight. Artfully and meticulously crafted this piece evokes the essential logic of plant growth.

aluminum and yellow cedar
H 12'6" x W 3’ x D 2’

Yellow cedar slats and finials,
12v waterproof LED light source
H 9 feet x W 28 x D 28

photos by Kyle

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

July 1st Gala

The Summer Lights show 2011 is AWESOME. Featuring Peter Pierobon, Brent Comber, Judson Beaumont, Michael Dennis, Ken Guenter and Ron Crawford, it is unlike any other show anywhere! Come and see.

The gallery is open daily throughout July and August: 10 am - 5 pm and the Night Gallery is open 5 nights a week - Thursday - Monday from 9 to 11 pm throughout July and August.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Sentinels

These past days have seen local events of considerable magnitude (ie. game 7 and ensuing riots) but nothing has been as thrilling as the installation of Brent Comber’s new landscape art -- 'The Sentinels' -- at the Duthie Gallery on Salt Spring Island. It is, in the true sense of the word, awesome.

The 9 'Sentinels' stand 9’ high in a circle 18’ in diameter. Carved maple slabs, shaped and polished and tinted flesh tones for the soft inside and blue-veined on the burly outside, they are conceived as a circle of elders, guards, sentinels, circling protectively and leaning forward, to counsel, to warn, to tell their collective generational stories. Abstractly human, each individual distinct; they exhibit the marks and rings of their long growth and great age.

The colours, hues and shadings of 'The Sentinels' change constantly in the changing daylight. At night, at the Night Gallery, they are illuminated and become a brilliant visual and sensual experience in the dark; they loom more closely (and dramatically) inwards, the darkness looms outside of the circle, the colours glint and the shadows shift; they form a tighter circle, a perfect place to listen to the stories these old figures tell. The precisely ordered arrangement of the figures in the circle creates an audio phenomenon, an echo in the centre as in a dome. ‘The Sentinels’ conjures an exhilarating and profound experience of mystery and power. (Brent Comber: The Sentinels - $125,000)

Summer Lights 2011
at the Duthie Gallery

Opening Gala July 1 at 9 - midnight.

Come and experience Summer Lights in the summer nights:
Lighten up at the Night Gallery

The Night Gallery is open 9 - 11pm. Thursday to Monday
Gallery open daily 10 - 5

July & August

Friday, June 10, 2011