The Kube is located in Gibsons, BC, on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Our shop is unique as we have 11 working artist studios, an art gallery and thoughtfully curated retail. We pride ourselves on sourcing high quality, hand-crafted artisan products.
Workshops & Events
Please visit us between July 7th through August 2nd to view Vancouver-based Helen Gedde's beautiful gold bird paintings. ARTIST STATMENT: My work is a practice of observation. Whether contemplating how a garden
Please visit us between July 7th through August 2nd to view Vancouver-based Helen Gedde’s beautiful gold bird paintings.
ARTIST STATMENT: My work is a practice of observation. Whether contemplating how a garden is put together or observing how a plant grows, seeing the small details in living things brings a daily joy.
My current work, The Goldbird Variations started from a conversation about Verdi’s Golderberg Variations. (First published in 1741 and originally written for harpsichord. First performed by Johann Goldberg). Wouldn’t a Goldbird variations be fun to do? And the idea stuck and took hold and has not let go. So began my opus.
Each time I paint a bird is a meditative practice of looking. The world disappears as I translate my observations into paint. Each bird begets a personality as I look and wonder what it is saying or thinking. This personification will perhaps begin a thread of caring consideration to the plight of birds today. A huge decrease in the population of songbirds Vis a Vis habitat destruction, tall building strikes and mauling by domestic cats is a devastating blow to the ecosystem.
The fate of birds may seem an unimportant problem when the world is dealing with huge dilemmas in these unprecedented times but I feel it is important not to lose sight of what is in front of us, singing their hearts out.
If the viewers find themselves able to connect with these new found feathery friends, that are usually so fleeting in their appearances, my job is done. Their momentary presence in body and song is a joy I don’t want to live without.
I want to think again
of dangerous and noble things
I want to be light and frolicsome
I want to be improbable and beautiful
and afraid of nothing
as though I had wings.
A portion of sales will go to the bird sanctuary in Burnaby.
July 7 (Tuesday) 11:00 am - August 2 (Sunday) 4:00 pm
Coralie Swaney believes that laughing matters. Her art reflects this premise both in her paintings and in her sculpted characters. She hones in on the quirks of humanity and serves
Coralie Swaney believes that laughing matters. Her art reflects this premise both in her paintings and in her sculpted characters. She hones in on the quirks of humanity and serves them up with a twist of irony and a dash of humour. Borrowing from the masters and pop culture alike, Coralie applies a smile-inducing contemporary edge that makes the work relate-able to today’s audience. She works in acrylics and oils on canvas, and polymer clay and wood for her figurative sculptures. Stylistically, she thinks of her work as lifelike rather than realistic, and quite often she is inclined toward complete suspension of reality. Originally from New Zealand, Coralie now makes her home in Gibsons, BC where you will most often find her happily hunkered down in her Smiling Seagull Studio.
Artist Statement: I have always been impressed with the candor of cartoons and comics. They typically portray the world as it is, reflecting our human idiosyncrasies under the guise of humour or satire. At the same time I’ve always admired the quality and aesthetics of the old masters. The light and dark values, the lost and found edges, the mystery and stories that allow the viewer to get involved in the painting. And like today’s cartoons, they also portrayed the popular culture of the times. For me, it seemed a natural fit to meld the two and in doing so, possibly incite the viewer to ruminate on the absurdity of life as we know it.
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August 5 (Wednesday) 11:00 am - September 3 (Thursday) 9:00 pm