Denman Island Artists
Denman Island provides art lovers and collectors with a large selection
of local, handmade arts and crafts. Many nationally renowned artists
and writers call Denman Island their home, where they are inspired
by the area's awesome natural beauty. The artists of Denman Island
produce pottery, jewelry, textiles, woodwork, paintings, sculpture,
books, and music. Below is a listing of some of Denman Island's
This welcoming studio/gallery at 5305 East Road, Denman Island
is en route to the Hornby Ferry. Open year round, it offers a
large selection of paintings by Dawn Stofer as well as featuring
sculpture by Michael Dennis. Visa and Mastercard accepted.
Leslie Dunsmore is a BC-born painter whose recent work captures
the simplicity of silence.
Inspired by years of observing forests, marshlands, lakes, and
oceans, Leslie’s paintings explore distant and magnified
images of nature. Largely self-taught, Dunsmore has studied
at a number of prestigious institutions including London School
of Art, Vancouver School of Art, North Island College, and
Italy's Santa Reparate Graphics Studio in Florence. She's had
numerous group and solo exhibitions.
To visit her studio, please call the number below to arrange
Lorraine Martinuik is a multi-dimensional artist whose work explores
the act of mark-making, the origins of language and visual art,
and the inner workings of creative process. She questions the
impulses that lead human beings to record things, to use visual
markings to express ideas, to build elaborate systems of communication.
Her work has been exhibited over the past thirty years in both
group and solo shows all over British Columbia—Vancouver,
Richmond, the Fraser Valley, Courtenay, Denman Island, Wells—in
South Africa, and in New Zealand.
Richard Menard is a sculptor and carver who works from his studios
on Denman Island and Tofino, BC. Inspired by First Nations and
Buddhist traditions, as well as the beauty of nature, Menard's
pieces exude a contemplative and serene presence.
Fine Art Publishers
MiMa Fine Art Publishers and Gallery was established in 2005
by Internationally established artists, Mitra Ghaffari and Mark
Prior. Mima presents a variety of contemporary art works, including
original water colors (using Chinese ink, vegetable and mineral
colors on rice paper), calligraphic ink and brush paintings, and
limited edition giclée prints from originals, photographic
and digital art work. Subjects vary from abstract to realist wildlife
and landscapes, social documentary and travel photography, monochrome
Cynthia Minden is a well-known mixed media artist who takes the
art of basketry to new heights by integrating collage and non-traditional
materials. A Denman Island resident for over a decade now, Cynthia
shares her passions for basketry and paper making by teaching
Handmade Judaic & Buddhist furniture and glass pieces designed
and crafted by Avigdor Schulmanm who has been designing
furniture and cabinetry for over 20 years. His work has been
shown and sold in Marin County, CA, New South Wales, Australia,
Vancouver Island and the lower mainland of British Columbia.
Annie Siegel's figurative and landscape paintings are rich in
colour and movement. She works in acrylic, as well as conte watercolour
crayon, pencil and pastel. Her work is currently showing at galleries
in Tofino and Parksville, BC. To view her work, please see anniesiegel.com.
Arts & Crafts Stores
- Denman Island Craft Shop; over 70 local artisans shown
- Denman Island Art Gallery; open seasonally, Jun 22 - Aug 28
- Abraxas Books & Gifts; pottery, books, glass
- Down to Earth Gallery; ceramics
Links of Interest