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


Come to the gala opening - July 1st , after dark, 9 - 11pm

Summer Lights

The newly renamed DUTHIE GALLERY is preparing a show of special magnificence for this summer. Lighting up July 1st , after dark, the new Summer Lights show at the NIGHT GALLERY is dazzling and the rare experience of illuminated art in nature, in the DARK -- is delightful. This year the show features:
an elegant medley of Peter Pierobon lanterns (Illuminati), a monumental new landscape installation by Brent Comber (The Sentinels), and lots of fabulous and original light creations by Judson Beaumont (& his crew at Straight Line Design) and Camosun master craftsman, Ken Guenter.

The most noticeable change at the gallery is the expansion of the outdoor exhibits and the creation of the NIGHT GALLERY. Landscape art has become the consuming passion at the Duthie Gallery; inspired by sculpture parks from Storm King in New York, Fondation Maeght in St. Paul de Vence, France, Fundación Montenmedio Arte Contemporáneo in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain, and by the numerous displays of public art from Regents Park Frieze show to Vancouver’s Biennale. In the past several years the outdoor exhibition has spread over approximately 7 acres including the 2 acres around the gallery where the Summer Lights show takes place and in the nearby Hastings House and Harbour House fields where Michael Dennis' monumental figures loom. Art in nature enhances nature and is itself enhanced by it.

The name change also signifies a shift in focus at the gallery from old style fine furniture to the dynamic and sophisticated Vancouver studio furniture movement which is distinguished by original design, distinctive styles and innovative use of materials. And, now freed from our former designation (Salt Spring Woodworks), we have expanded the collection to include work in other materials: beautiful bronzes by Michael Dennis, stately stone benches by Ron Crawford and Terry Bieman, stunning glass and wood designer furniture by Jess and Nicolas Meyers and Sabina Hill and woodblock prints by Richard Tetrault.

The first Summer Lights show in 2010 was a hit. Visitors came again and again, hung around for a long time, brought their friends, bought art. Brent Comber’s Shattered Spheres were hot. This year the Night Gallery will be open 5 nights a week, 9 - 11 PM --Thursday through Monday nights throughout July and August, for enhanced nighttime viewing of the Summer Lights 2011 show.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sabina Hill

The Duthie Gallery is pleased and proud to represent Canadian architect, designer and studio furniture artist Sabina Hill.

Sabina creates fine art, limited edition furniture and custom installations which merge the rich mythology of North West Coast aboriginal culture with a contemporary design aesthetic. She skillfully integrates Native motifs into her work creating a unique, contemporary expression that evokes the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and celebrates the convergence of two distinct design cultures.

On exhibit in the gallery now:

Ovoid Coffee Table - Salmon Trout Head
Sabina Hill with Andy Everson of the Comox-Kwakwaka'wakw nation

1.5” solid walnut top with ebonized walnut inlay, walnut legs, glass and stainless steel-standoffs. L 55.5” W 29” H 16 ”
Edition 2/10

The distinctive shape of the table and glass top is inspired by the most characteristic shape used in Northwest Coast art, a rounded rectangle, termed the ovoid. The salmon trout head motif in the table is a design element featuring fish head elements in profile.

Salmon Wall Panel
Sabina Hill with Andy Everson [kwakawakaʼwakw]

H 30” W 30” D 1.75” Edition 11/25
Custom high gloss black lacquer finish with red salmon egg motif, clear anodized aluminum, and stainless steel standoffs.

The salmon is “the giver of life.” A symbol of bounty, steadfastness, and dependability, the salmon is a vital food source of the Northwest Coast peoples.

Eagle Wall Panel
Sabina Hill with Andy Everson [kwakawakaʼwakw]

H 24” W 24” D 1.75” Edition 18/25
Custom high gloss red lacquer finish, clear anodized aluminum with stainless steel standoffs.

The eagle is a symbol of peace and friendship. The eagle belongs to the supernatural world and is next in line to the Thunderbird. It is synonymous withpower and prestige.

Visit the Duthie Gallery on Salt Spring Island. We are open Thursday through Sunday 10 am - 5 pm for the month of May, or by appointment.

Here is the link for previous posts under the old name Salt Spring Woodworks.

Also our old website is still up and shows much of what we have in the newly renamed Duthie Gallery

Friday, April 29, 2011

Jess & Nicolas Meyer

In the newly renovated and renamed Duthie Gallery...

new stunning original studio furniture:

The eSk Desk

By Jess & Nicolas Meyer of Nico Spacecraft.

Esk Desk
71.25" x 27.5" x 29.5"h
solid poplar, glass

Nico Spacecraft is a small progressive 'Design & Build' studio in Roberts Creek, focused on pairing handcrafted durability & detail with fresh design.

Jess and Nicolas Meyer are professional designers and Swiss-trained craftspeople who manifest their passion and expertise for design in the context of studio furniture, architecture and sculpture. The story of the eSk desk is the collaboration between Jess and Nicolas Meyer and between traditional and non-traditional craftsmanship.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Duthie Gallery

Welcome to our now officially newly renamed gallery DUTHIE GALLERY and to our new eponymous blog:

Much of what we have exhibited in our former designation, Salt Spring Woodworks, we continue to show; our focus is on landscape art, studio furniture, sculpture and fine art by many talented artists throughout the North West.

T-cups by Brent Comber

We represent Michael Dennis, Brent Comber, Judson Beaumont, Peter Pierobon, Kurt Dexel, Christian Woo, Arnt Arntzen, Enrico Konig, Paul Tellier, Ken Guenter, Jeff Trigg, Francis Lemieux, Michael Moore, Seth Rolland, Ben Burnett, Darren Bertuccio, David Greig, Wes Giesbrecht, Richard Tetrault, and Kurt Frost in a constantly changing and growing roster of designers and artists.

Stone Pillar by Ron Crawford

The Duthie Gallery will launch the spring/summer season with a May show of new stonework by Ron Crawford.

Summer Lights will light up again in July with illuminated installations by Peter Pierobon, Brent Comber, Ken Guenter and Judson Beaumont. The NIGHT GALLERY will be open from 9 pm to 11pm Thursday to Monday night July and August.

Plumb by Peter Pierobon

Here is the link for previous posts under the old name Salt Spring Woodworks.