Tuesday, 17 November 2015

oneTree Exhibit Project

Phenomenal Art Exhibit opens at the Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria BC

From 1 - Century-old Maple Tree, 42 artisans took 4000 hours to create $150,000 Value-added Art.

For almost a century, a Maple Tree stood on a Vancouver Island dairy farm but had to be removed for health and safety reasons. Instead of chopping up the tree for firewood, artists from across Canada were invited to apply to the oneTree project and by salvaging its wood, make functional art from it.

The oneTree exhibit project is a collaborative effort of Live Edge Design, the Robert Bateman Centre and wood artisans from Vancouver Island and across Canada. The project celebrates the beauty and stories of this 100-year old Cowichan Bigleaf Western maple tree by making sure its legacy lives on in new creations.

Robert Bateman is one of Canada's most recognized internationally renown wildlife and landscape artists. Many of his paintings are showcased at the Robert Bateman Centre located in Victoria's downtown inner harbour (www.batemancentre.org

Robert Bateman Painting
I was blessed to attend opening day on November 14, 2015. When the Gallery opened it's doors, there was already a long line of patrons patiently waiting and hoping to be the first to view this new showcase.

In particular, a number of relatives came together to celebrate the creative achievement of Bud Hnetka, a family friend known as SolarBud, who works in the medium of Solar Pyrography

Solar Bud's Pyrography
SolarBud's “Forest Seal” solar pyrography on maple wood was the result of 28 layers of burning and 350 hours of labour.  Hnetka describes his work,  “I made this pyrographic carving using a lens and the sun. The magic began when I discovered the seals in the wood and the sun came out.” (www.solarbud.ca)

There is a large one-of-a-kind conference table surrounded by 10 chairs! A comfy rocking chair!  Miscellaneous musical instruments – a classic guitar, electric guitar, violin, flutes and a drum! Beautiful bowls, cabinets, knife wood block, and functional furniture. Amazingly unique works created by 42 master craftsmen!

Christen Dokk Smith's Woodcarvings
It's impossible to miss the beautiful real-life boy created by Christen Dokk Smith, a Norwegian wood carver who now lives in Tofino. (www.christendokksmith.com)

For anyone living or visiting the Canada's beautiful West Coast islands, it is well worth making a point of attending the oneTree Exhibit which runs until January 15, 2016.