Current Exhibition 
Shorelines: Work by Pnina Granirer and Gregg Simpson

March 29 to April 30, 2012

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 8

Noon to 4 pm at Coastal Patterns Gallery on Bowen Island

Three Stones by Pnina Granirer

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Bowen Island, British Columbia
March 31, 2012
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2012 Exhibition Schedule
Pnina Granirer
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Cool Art Destination
Featured Painting
Featured Collector
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Gregg Simpson & Carol Cram
I'm so excited to share with you the 2012 Exhibition Schedule at Coastal Patterns Gallery. We have an amazing line-up of exhibitions that you won't want to miss.

Please note that you are receiving this newsletter either because you have visited the gallery on Bowen Island or because I'm hoping you'll enjoy reading the art-related content and maybe visiting us one day! If you prefer not to hear from us, you can unsubscribe below. 


In this issue, you can learn about the wonderful Museo Granell in Santiago de Compestela, Spain, learn how to do grattage (the art of scraping), and meet Pnina Granirer, our featured artist in the current exhibition ("Shorelines"). You'll also meet our featured collector, and check out this issue's featured painting--Towards the Channel.  Find out about other exhibitions and check out the CAWES benefit auction. I welcome your comments and feedback.



Carol Cram

Gallery Director 

Schedule2012 Exhibition Schedule
Coastal Patterns Gallery is very excited to welcome several new artists in 2012. Following is the schedule of our upcoming exhibitions. Please join us for our openings where refreshments will be served. All openings run from noon to 4 pm on Sundays.



Pnina Granirer and Gregg Simpson

March 29 to April 20

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 8 

Balanced Passage by Gregg Simpson

 Psychic Trash

Katharine Vingoe-Cram

May 3 to May 21

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 6

Bears by Katharine

Out of the Mist

Gregg Simpson

May 24 to June 18

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 27

Fragments by Gregg Simpson

Plunge and Skitter

Kim Kasasian

June 21 to July 16

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 24

Kim Kasasian

 Stitch & Burnt

Sarah Haxby and Gerald Morrisseau

July 19 to August 6

Opening Reception: Sunday, July 22

Home and Hearth Series, Sarah Haxby

Shi Zen West

Marc Baur

August 9 to August 27

Opening Reception: Sunday, August 12

Winters Beach by Marc Baur

West Coast Mediterranean

Gregg Simpson

August 30 to September 30

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 2

Path to the Mountain by Gregg Simpson

pninaPnina Granirer

Stones and Shadows by Pnina Granirer
For the month of April, Shorelines features paintings and drawings by Pnina Granirer and Gregg Simpson. The exhibition is a great opportunity to view both artists' visions of rocky coastlines. Pnina's work is inspired by the rock formations found on Gabriola Island and Gregg's work draws inspiration from the Cote du Granite Rose in Brittany.
Biography of Pnina Granirer
Pnina Granirer completed her studies at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. She has lived in Canada since 1965 and has exhibited her work locally, nationally and internationally. A forty-year retrospective of over 100 works at the Richmond Art Gallery in January 1998 celebrated her artistic development over her long career. The lavishly illustrated book "PNINA GRANIRER: Portrait of an artist" by Ted Lindberg (Ronsdale Press) was launched at the opening of the exhibition and a film by the same name was launched in 2005 on BRAVO!TV.

The Trials of Eve, a major work of 12 mixed media drawings has been widely exhibited and published in an award winning limited edition book. A film based on this work was shown at the FIFA in Paris, on Knowledge Network and other venues. The work is now in the collection of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, AB.

Granirer's 2001 exhibition at the Yukon Art Centre in Whitehorse introduced a new experimental group of works on clear mylar that resulted from a collaboration with dancers. From 2004 to 2012, Granirer has exhibited her work in France, the US, Prague, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Coimbra, Portugal and Santiago, Chile. In 2010 one of her works from the permanent collection of the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem was included in the major 18 month exhibition 'Virtues of Memory; Six Decades of Holocaust Survivors Creativity'.

Granirer's works are found in numerous private and public collections, such as the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, the Yad Vashem Museum, Jerusalem, the
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Art Gallery of Hamilton in Ontario, the Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, BC, the Richmond Art Gallery, the Museo
Granell, Spain and many others.

Join us for the opening reception on Sunday, April 8, 2012 from noon to 4 pm. Refreshments are served.

Shorelines runs from March 29 to April 30. 
GrattageGet Into a Scrape!  
Midnight Dance created using grattage techniques
In each issue of the Coastal Patterns Gallery newsletter, we'll feature a different art technique that you can experiment with. Artists use a whole toolbox full of techniques to get a wide range of effects--and you can too.
In this issue, we focus on the technique of grattage--or scraping. If you've ever painted a dark coat of paint over a brightly coloured ground and then scraped to reveal shapes and patterns, then you've done grattage!

granellCool Art Destination: Museo Granell in Spain


El nacimiento de los pájaros, Eugenio Granell

If you're heading off to Europe this year and find yourself in the northwest corner of Spain in the pilgrimmage town of Santiago de Compostela, then you must visit the Museo Granell. Established in 1995, the museum features the work of the surrealist painter Eugenio Granell (1912-2001) who spent his childhood and youth in Santiago de Compostela.


Granell began his artistic life as a violinist and became politically involved in Madrid while he was studying music. At the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939, he was exiled to the Dominican Republic where he began to paint. Granell frequently said that he had always been a surrealist: "I was born a surrealist, as a child I did architectural drawings and drew fantastic palaces and when I met the surrealists I knew I had already done all of that". Granell's identification with the surrealist movement was made soon after meeting André Breton, the author of the "Surrealist Manifesto" (1924), in the Dominican Republic in 1941.

Museo Granell in Santiago de Compestela, Spain

The Museo Granell features work by Granell along with work by other surrealist artists including Miró, Lam, Caballero, Copley, Rodríguez Luna, Esteban Francés, Duchamp, Steinberg, Césariny, and Cruzeiro Seixas. The Museo also features  objects and masks from different countries visited by Granell and his wife.


In 2005, Gregg Simpson took an exhibition of west coast surrealists to exhibit at the Museo Granell. The exhibition included work by four west coast artists: Pnina Granirer, Gordon Payne, Martin Guderna, and Gregg Simpson.


The four artists also exhibited that year at the Chateau Grimaldi in Cagnes-sur-Mer in the south of France.


Besides art exhibits, the Museo Granell also offers theatre, workshops for students and diverse groups, chamber concerts, conferences, and guided tours. The Museo owns a growing library principally dedicated to surrealism and the art of the 20th Century.


Check this space in future newsletters for more cool art destinations. Whenever we travel, Gregg and I make a habit of seeking out art museums and foundations that specialize in modern art.


paintingFeatured Painting - Towards the Channel

Towards the Channel by Gregg Simpson is featured in the current exhibition at Coastal Patterns Gallery. Entitled Shorelines, this exhibition features work by Gregg Simpson and Pnina Granirer. 

Towards the Channel by Gregg Simpson

Towards the Channel was inspired by the fantastic Cotes du Granite Rose coastline of Northern Brittany. Centuries of wind and water have sculpted huge granite blocks into amazing, other worldly shapes.  Gregg's painting captures the impressive surreality of the landscape. 

collectorFeatured Collector - Stephanie Williams
Stephanie Williams with "Bather" by Gregg Simpson
Stephanie Williams purchased Bathers by Gregg Simpson from Coastal Patterns Gallery when she was visiting Bowen Island from her home in Toronto. Here's what Stephanie has to say about her painting:


The way I came to acquire Bather is a perfect example of 'I'll know it when I see it' , combined with 'Buy what you love'.  I had almost decided on another piece, but when Carol happened to show me Bather as another option, I just knew it was 'the one'!  I love the bold shapes, the earthy colours and the beauty of Gregg Simpson's creation.  I'm not an art expert, nor a seasoned collector, but true to form, going with my gut didn't steer me wrong.


Have you purchased a piece from Coastal Patterns Gallery? Would you like to be featured in one of our newsletters? Contact us!


NewWhat's New? 
Picnic in Hell by Gregg Simpson will be featured in his solo exhibition in
Estremoz, Portugal
From July 22 to September 2, Gregg Simpson's work will be featured in a solo exhibition, The Atlantean Years 1970-1975 at Museu Dom Dinis in Estremoz, Portugal. This exhibition is the culmination of many connections with Portugal and the Portuguese and European surrealist groups.

Gregg and Carol will be traveling to Estremoz this summer, leaving Coastal Patterns Gallery in the capable hands of Kim Kasasian. Kim's solo exhibition "Plunge & Skitter" will run from June 21 to July 16.

CAWESCAWES Benefit on Bowen Island
Help out a good cause at the CAWES Benefit concert.


You can go online and place a bid on a great collection of products and services, including a selection of gift items from Coastal Patterns Gallery. Check out their auction site. The auction goes live on April 1!  

Gift package from Coastal Patterns Gallery available for auction for the CAWES Benefit