Cindy Gibson is a designer-maker of domestic-ware pottery, sculpture and ceramic lighting. She holds a BFA (hons) from the University of Manitoba, and a Pottery Apprenticeship done in Heidelberg, Germany. With a multi-media background she also includes painting, printmaking and textiles in her studio practice.
Cindy’s artwork has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and Canada. Her tiles and sculptures grace Tudor homes and gardens in England and numerous pieces are held in private and corporate collections around the world.
Arts-sector employment such as teaching, freelance curating and technical consulting has added depth to Cindy’s career. She is also a popular workshop presenter who enjoys encouraging the skills of others.
Cindy has been an active member of several guilds, group studios and artist-run galleries such as the Surrey Guild of Craftsman Gallery (UK), where she served as juror, board member and curated many exhibitions.
Cindy was employed in the Art, Ceramics and Textiles Department at Farnham College (UK) before moving home to Canada and settling in Victoria in 2003.
Tristram Lansdowne (b. 1983) is based in Toronto. He holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2016) and a BFA from the Ontario College of Art & Design (2007).
His practice, which includes watercolour, sculpture, installation and print, is focused on themes of progress and idealism in landscape and architecture. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across North America and the UK, and can be found in various public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada. He is represented by Galerie Nicolas Robert in Montréal.
Having worked in the arts for over 30 years, Heather Wheeler gained management experience in a number of Victoria’s art galleries before opening her first art gallery downtown in 2000. In 2002, she expanded and moved to a new venue, The Avenue Gallery, in the prestigious Oak Bay Village. The area, dubbed “The Avenue”, continues to be the most interesting and eclectic gallery row on Vancouver Island.
Showcasing contemporary Canadian fine art, The Avenue Gallery carries a broad spectrum of modern art that appeals to people new to the contemporary art scene as well as knowledgeable collectors. Patrons are treated to ever-changing exhibits and have access to unsurpassed collections by painters, sculptors, ceramicists, glaziers and jewellery artists.
Heather feels blessed to have the opportunity to be surrounded by spectacular art, artists and art lovers—as well as to live and own a business in Victoria. She is constantly in awe of how our beautiful surroundings influence the variety of work local artists produce. From exciting abstractionism to stunning classicism, she believes all genres of art bloom in this creative environment.