Local artist Sue Pyper, along with other selected artisans, will be taking part in the “One Tree” exhibit at the Robert Bateman Gallery, Victoria BC November 16 2019 to February 29 2020.

The OneTree series celebrates the life and value of a single tree by inviting participating artists to create as much beauty from its wood as possible.

This year is set to be the biggest portfolio yet, with over 70 individual and original works. Each one will be unique in its interpretation and style, with artworks varying dramatically in scale and design – from furniture to musical instruments, wooden creatures to performance-based art and poetry – with a unifying theme of honouring the tree’s remarkable heritage.

Sue’s piece, titled “Coming Home”, is her largest piece to date. It measures 7.5 feet by 2 feet, and features spawning chinook salmon.

“When I first saw the piece of wood, I just fell in love with the grain that looked like water. It just had to be fish, and the salmon seemed an appropriate image given the challenges they are facing and the theme of nature for the show. I also produced a smaller piece that I am hoping will also be in the show (if they have room) which is called “dancing with the wind between us”. And is on the most perfect piece of tree shaped wood”.

Sue will be attending opening day, on November 16 as part of the “meet the artist” days that happen on saturdays throughout the run of the show and would be happy to answer any questions.

Sue has time lapse videos of the works during their creation to show her process and they are available on Youtube:

More of her art can be found on her website www.suepyper.ca, on Facebook and on Instagram.

Six other Comox Valley artists are also participating in this exhibition: 

  • Andrea Keenan, Cumberland, BC. Steam bent lights.
  • Kathryn Miller, Miller Modern, Cumberland, BC. A bent lamination settee.
  • Larissa McLean, Aquila Studios, Courtenay, BC. A wood burned/ woodcut (printed) design.
  • Reuben Forsland, Joi Guitars, Comox, BC. oneTree emblem guitar.
  • Tammy Blair, Blair Woods, Comox, BC. A Kolsch Kranz or “Beer Wreath”
  • Wyatt Wilkie, Royston, Mandolin of original design.

The show runs from November 16 2019 to February 29th 2020, at the Robert Bateman Gallery in Victoria.

The Tree’s History
Around 1815, an indigenous Bigleaf maple tree began to grow in the Chemainus Valley, in the traditional territory of the Halalt First Nation. The river was full of steelhead, trapped in weirs to provide a rich food source to the inhabitants of the land. Chemainus was settled by Europeans starting in 1858 as a logging town, and by 1865 a house was built near the tree. At this point the oneTree was around 50 years old and touched the lives of great adventurers, naval heroes and after 200 years of bearing witness to the history of Vancouver Island, the tree’s life is now entrusted to our community to create new stories and memories.