Collective Members

Collective Members

Bruce Ray, Writer/ Graphic Artist
Erin Altomare, photographer
Haisla Collins BFA, Artist
Pierre Leichner MD, MFA, Artist
Stella Castell, Artist

 

Board Members:

Bruce Ray – President
Lara Fitzgerald, BA, Artist – Member at large
Quin Martins – Member at large
Bernadine Fox – Vice president
Jessica Numminen – Member at large


Bruce Ray

BIOGRAPHY

I’ve been an artist ever since I was a child. I was educated on commercial art -at Victoria Composite School in Edmonton. I have been a member of Galley Gachet for twenty years. I have had six solo shows and taken part in various group shows. I have worked in acrylics, lino blocks and I’m currently creating in Photoshop. I also play guitar and write songs . I have published three books: a chapbook of poetry, a graphic novel and a book of short story cartoons. I will have another book of one page cartoons come out in the coming spring. I have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia since I was twenty one. I currently take medication and I am relatively stable. I am proud to call myself “outsider” artist and in this way I work to remove all stigma -that comes out of oppression. This is why I am happy to be a part of Gallery Gachet. I have hope that what we do here will be an example for others in the outside world. I have lived a long life and I see myself as a survivor. I have also put together a book’s list of available material on mental illness. In this way I am working to give choices to my companions and peers. I am sharing my vision with a larger community.

STATEMENT

I believe that all dreams are as real as waking life. We who live in the outside world are not always aware of the inside world. Art is a way of evoking this; the ritual of creation is a revealing of essence. Often times the process of expression is seen as a fit of madness. Most of us are hypnotized by paradox -paralyzed by an oppressive reality. I see the plight of the mentally ill as an alliance with other marginalized movements. In the fight for human rights we are together -and we share our testimonies. If a dream functions as true consciousness -we know it in our lives. Faith only comes out of knowing the Truth. And if we see with faith -we know the unseen. All art is the ability to see beyond the illusion. How a soul with a mental illness can only doubt existence. But a dreamer is loyal to the spirit of the dream. He knows that reality is elastic and always returns to itself. Surrealism and symbolism are both ways of evoking illogic. Even so I believe it’s all about telling narratives. A fairy tale or an allegory is envisioned as metaphor -this itself is the secret language of the poets. There is not one world or two worlds -but many shining worlds. Every artist is a prophet -their visions are a foretelling of the future. What was once imagined is now proven. We at the Gallery Gachet work to give opportunities to those who are forgotten by society. A basic human right is the pursuit for knowledge. How we break the barriers and speak out as free thinkers. In order to organize -we must be able to share our stories. In this way truth is a virus and change is inevitable.

Pierre Leichner

Pierre Leichner has changed career from a thirty-year as an academic psychiatrist to be an artist. He obtained his BA from Emily Carr University, Vancouver in 2007. Early works reflected his view of the artist as an observer and commentator on society. He obtained Masters in Fine Arts from Concordia University in 2011. Since then, his practice has shifted towards environmental and socially engaged work. He is a member of the Art Is Land Network environmental artists collective and the Gallery Gachet artists collective. He is on the board of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver.
Since 2005, he has had 15 solo shows, participated in 35 group shows and presented in 8 art conferences.

CV Arts – Pierre Leichner

Stella Castell

2016_Stella_City2Stella Castell is an European artist  residing in Vancouver. Stella has been involved in arts all her life.  She attended music school in Europe and currently she is studying fine arts here in Vancouver.

Stella uses art to express her  intense  emotional response to the world, reflecting on her inner feelings. Her inspiration for paintings comes from the beauty of nature which Stella finds healing and therapeutic.  She paints landscapes, dreams and visions, and also abstract. Stella intends to produce beautiful, real art with a deep message and meaning.

Stella is currently adding more pieces to Beauty of Nature series. She is also working on a series of paintings expressing the soul hidden behind our faces in everyday life. Her next upcoming project is a series about social issues and problems of people who are marginalized in our society, who are struggling without any help, and nobody gives them a chance.

For info/queries contact:  StellaCastellArt@yahoo.com

Haisla Collins

Haisla Collins is a mixed media Vancouver artist and is indigenous to territories of northern BC (Tsimshian, Nisga’a Gitsan). She is an award winning artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University and has been practising art production since 1992. She has a history of drawing, painting, printmaking, beading, mixed media and textile art. Her work is magical, expressionist and incorporates stories and cultural elements from indigenous peoples across Canada. She is an experienced community organizer and instructor with artists and communities in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver BC and beyond.
Her work has shown in professional and community art shows since 1993. And she has been involved in mural projects such as Through the Eye of the Raven (which is the largest piece of public art is Western Canada), the Big Print Project Chinatown (where she produced 8’X4′ block prints printed with a steam roller in Sun Yat Sen Garden Plaza) and has recently worked on windows at the Orange hall (BC Housing) and is lead artist for the wall at 600 block Beatty street called Spirits of the Realms (which was won through the 150+ Vancouver Mural Contest.) Haisla is also lead singer and harmonica player for blues and roots band Haisla with Nasty, Brutish and Short.

Erin Altomare

Erin Altomare is involved in Vancouver’s noise/experimental music community as
a photographer and performer in the harsh noise duo Molena. Her solo photo exhibit Show Was Great, No One Was There was part of the 2014 Big Joy music festival at the Remington Gallery, Vancouver. Many of her photos can be seen here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/roseselavy/

Bernadine Fox

Bernadine Fox, a trauma survivor who lives with CPTSD and Dissociation, also has some 30 years of advocating for mental health issues. She has worked as a support worker for survivors of severe childhood trauma, as a consultant around trauma issues and as a public speaker. She ran the Expressive Arts Group for the West Coast Mental Health Network in conjunction with both the Richmond Mental Health Dept and Gallery Gachet. As an Associate Member of Gachet and now on the Board, Bernadine participated in a variety of programs along with the production of the magazine entitled, The Ear. She is on the board for Kickstart (Disability Arts and Culture) working to ensure that disabilities (whether physical or emotional) impact less and less on the ability of folks to engage with art. Bernadine knows how to talk with folks about hard issues. She raises her grandson and currently lives in the forest with two cats and two rats.

Quin Martins

Born in New Westminster, Quin Martins is an interdisciplinary artist and curator whose practice incorporates painting, photography, installation, and film-making. He moves freely through disciplines to create work that subverts and disrupts accepted social expectations of the artist and issues relating to mental health and marginalization. He holds a BFA in Visual Arts from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

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