Cedar Basketry with Eloise Charet
Watercolor Painting with Grigg Stone
Pottery and Sculpture with Elly Scheepens
Drumming with Paul Gibbons
Painting with Koko (Tsuneko Kokubo)

Cedar Basketry with Eloise Charet

Eloise is part Meti Native Canadian, who has an inherent love for the land. Nature is her greatest teacher. Eloise has stood for many environmental issues, especially water. She has walked across Canada while collecting water from a wide variety of water sources in her handmade cedar water holder. She has gone to jail for the stand she took around water issues. Now she lives and works in the forest bringing wood added value to the logging industry by using cedar bark for basketry. Her style is free form, creative and primitive using traditional basket techniques.

Working with her is an experience in itself.

Watercolor Painting with Grigg Stone

Watercolor painting wet on wet.

This type of watercolor painting is a "Waldorf" technique. You don't need any technique or experience. The objective is to spontaneously play with primary color and watch the result unfold. The exercise is exciting and direct. You will be encouraged to experiment and to be productive. The finished works can be framed or used for other means such as cards, bookmarks, picture frames, covers for specialty items etc.

The goal is to immerse yourself in color, breath color, feel color, and play with color. The wet on wet allows paint to be pushed around for a while, which creates a window of opportunity for expression.

Grigg has been a painter for many years. She works in oils, but she loves the freedom and spontaneous process of wet on wet watercolor painting as a balance. She has taught this process in schools to children along with complementary stories along with it.

Pottery & Sculpture with Elly Scheepens

Working with clay brings out a fundamental part of our selves. After all, it is the very substance of mother Earth. By molding and shaping the substance we get in touch with that very energy. Clay brings out a deep natural desire to create. It is an ancient form of art practised worldwide. One does not have to be an artist to work with clay. With some technical guidance and appropriate tools anyone can make an artwork that will be of great value for times to come.

I regularly share my studio and abilities with others in an informal fun way. I have been a potter/sculptress for many years, and I feel just as passionate about my work as when I first began. I work on the wheel throwing pots as a meditation, and I sculpt as an expression of my experience in life as a woman, as a mother, as a person. Furthermore I have an extensive knowledge about sculpting materials and methods and processes.

Drumming with Paul Gibbons

Paul is an artist at heart, although his educational background is anthroposophy. He has lived and worked together with his partner Koko in Vancouver where they founded the Snake in the Grass Moving Theatre. Paul wrote many plays and performances with his exquisite talent and wit. His creativity expresses now mostly through music. Paul is a fine musician mastering several instruments. His specialty lies with percussion. Paul also plays bansuri (bamboo flute). His studio is lined with drums in all kinds of shapes and sizes representing many different disciplines.

At the moment Paul is busy building a new house to accommodate their lifestyle and their art.

An Invitation

The tour usually gets invited to spent creative time on Paul's and Koko's beautiful land. They open their studios, their hearts, and their home for the day to share their expertise with the tour participants. Koko always creates an artistic practice to take advantage of the beautiful view from their land, which usually results in memorable works of art.

Part of the day will be spent learning and practicing drumming. The group usually bursts out in a spontaneous jamming and dancing, which is a very Kootenay thing to do.

Painting in the High Country
with Koko (Tsuneko Kokubo)

Koko is a versatile and wonderful artist. She has spent many years in theatre as an actress and a dancer. The theatre world has also greatly benefited from her gift as a costume designer. She has worked for several accomplished theatre companies.

She also has been founder of the Snake in the Grass Moving Theatre together with her partner Paul Gibbons. Ten years ago they left the Vancouver art world to settle in the Slocan Valley. They live and work now from their exquisite home high up in the mountains facing Slocan Lake with fantastic views all around.

Koko has been painting large impressive floral scenes inspired by her garden. She, of course, is an avid gardener. Being close to nature she is drawn to paint the seasons. In the fall and winter she paints winter scenes from her studio. She is famous for her grasses series. Now Koko is looking beyond their fantastic mountainous views, into the celestial worlds, where she perceives angels.

© Copyright Elly Scheepens, 2009

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