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Grant Shilling is a writer, artist,curator, surfer and homeless outreach worker.
He has worked with diverse populations including the Gaza Surf Club, Maple Pool United street soccer team and skateboarding youth in Ahousaht. He is the author of two books: The Cedar Surf an Informal History of Surfing in BC and Surfing with the Devil:In Search of Waves and Peace in the Middle East. He is the founder and chair of the non-profit Get on Board which uses board sports for youth outreach.
Sharon Lalonde has been creating since a very early age, using all forms of artistic expression. Since moving to the Comox Valley in British Columbia in 2012, she has been able to immerse herself in painting and has achieved Active status with the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Art is my therapy. As a child growing up in the forties and fifties, a time when children were to be seen and not heard art was a way to express what I could not verbalize. It was a way to escape the family dysfunction and chaos. Although art was not the occupation I chose it remained a necessary constant in my life. The most difficult aspect was accepting myself as an artist, which I really did not do until a few years ago and after struggling with anxiety two years ago I am finally able to understand the healing power of Art.
My work is mainly an exploration, I make art to investigate what I don’t have answers for. At this time I’m looking at “Denial of Access”, to home, shelter, education and many of the accouterments that go along with them. I am a multi media artist and like the crossover between materials. The materials I choose have a relationship to the work. My art is also a social comment not a judgment. I try to provoke thought from the audience.