When we were in Salt Spring Island, we went to the Saturday Market, and I instantly fell in love with this man's work.
Salt Spring artist Lorne Tippett uses wine-barrel stays to create a hanging frame, and carves the designs from reclaimed wood. We splurged and bought one. It's not like we're spending money on anything else this year! It's now hanging on our covered deck.
|We hung it where you can also see it from inside the house.|
I love the shape of the wooden base; it echoes the mountains we see all around us. The fish are carved from Pacific yew, spalted yellow cedar, black walnut, and gory oak.
Shortly after this, something amazing happened.
Our favourite restaurant here is Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro. It is open only from May through the end of September, and has far and away the best food and most creative menu in our region. The food is not just great for our area, it's just great food.
This year we tried to go as often as possible. Cluxewe hosts Chris and Julie had a raffle going for a spectacular piece by a well-known Indigenous artist, Trevor Hunt. (There are many artists from the same family.) I bought several tickets -- and was beyond shocked when we won!
This piece would sell for almost $4,000 in a gallery. Its monetary value is not what makes it special, but I mention it to emphasize that we could never dream of buying art like this.
|On the back|