New Mayne Island Gallery in the Woods

Once upon a time there was a Canadian contemporary landscape painter, Terrill Welch, who needed to create a new gallery space on small rural Mayne Island on the southwest coast of Canada, right in the middle of everywhere. She thought and thought and considered and then considered some more. It was the end of October 2021. The commercial space that she had rented since the summer of 2017 in Miners Bay was closing and she needed to secure a new show space for her paintings and those of the other artists she is showing with the gallery. What could she do? Commercial space was extremely limited. In a swish of inspiration during a sleepless night, she had an idea. Terrill thought “what if I was to use a small container designed for this specific purpose and placed it at the our front gate?” 

Following a faint trail of internet crumbs, she found the website of West Coast Container Homes. They were making “Office Pods” close by on Vancouver Island. One look at these and it wasn’t even a stretch to imagining a Gallery Pod. So, after a couple of design conversations with founder Adam Benning, followed by a few weeks of a special offer of paintings to the gallery’s generous art collectors, the funding was secured for this new adventure and it was scheduled for creation. With supply chains being what they are, we did have a wee bit of a delay. However, our new Gallery Pod arrived mid August 2022 and is sporting its first show. Come have a look! 

There are smaller paintings near the entrance…

Then larger paintings farther along. All of these paintings are by Terrill Welch, except the guest painting on the left in this image which is the work of fellow painter Jody Waldie.

The painting on the far wall is of a view at Trafalgar Park lookout along King George Terrace in Victoria, British Columbia. We decided it was the perfect summer painting to open the first show.

Of course, no Mayne Island inspired landscape painter would open a new gallery space without offering paintings of arbutus trees and the Salish Sea.

There it is! Our first show in our new Terrill Welch Gallery Pod is ready for your visit!

Feel free to take a candy from the mug, sign the guest book, leave your email address if you wish to receive our newsletter and take a business card to further explore our paintings online at your leisure.

The official opening is 11-4 Thursday, September 1st through Tuesday September 6th, when we will have both the Gallery Pod and the Home Studio open for walk in visitors. After the special opening days, the Gallery Pod will be open during the fall shoulder season for walk-in 11-4, Thursday through Monday or by arrangement on other days. The Home Studio will remain open by advanced arrangement or impromptu visits if it is possible. However, if you are in the neighbourhood between now and the official opening days, it is possible to visit the Gallery Pod immediately. We will turn the lights on and put the “OPEN” sign out from 11-4 each day. 

The road signs will be put up soon as well. There are directions on our website with a map for finding your way to the Gallery Pod and Home Studio at 428 Luff Rd, Mayne Island HERE. This map also shows where to find our other Terrill Welch Gallery adventure – the ISLAND TIME ART room located at 492 Dalton Dr. in the Dragonfly that is in the blue building above the ferry terminal in Village Bay. ISLAND TIME ART offers smaller original paintings and usable art such as totes, aprons, greeting cards, coasters, zipper pouches and more. Between the two locations we can offer great options to consider for your art collection and gift giving needs. 

We are totally thrilled with the outcome and so are our first gallery visitors. You will have to come see for yourself or we can do a video or FaceTime visit for you. It will be fun. Browsing is encouraged. 

Do let us know if you have any questions. We are always happy to assist. 

Thank you for your interest and all the best of today!

ONLINE GALLERIES include –

ArtWork Archive original paintings and acrylic sketches currently available

Redbubble painting and photography prints and merchandise

Website: TerrillWelchArtist.com 

Additions to the Red Line Series and more

In an ambitious effort to get more of Terrill Welch’s work available to art collectors and fans during our special Gallery Pod opening offer, we have released two more paintings and two painting studies. Three of these works are in Terrill’s developing Red Line Series about the impacts of climate change on our much loved landscapes. Let’s start with the latest of these paintings first…

Artist notes: Emerald Lake is a compelling mountain location with a stunning lake below. This work started with a plein air study just as the ice was breaking up. The broken part of the red line is to leave a little bit of hope in our ability to change our behaviour in the face of the consequences from environmental impacts.

Red Line Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park by Terrill Welch, 20 x 30 inch, walnut oil on canvas.

For more details click HERE.

Next up is a small study following major atmospheric river flooding on the west coast of British Columbia last November.

Artist notes: I started from an intuitive place with no plan or sketch, just a haunting idea that comes following the recent flooding in British Columbia and the amount of debris that ended up on our Mayne Island shores. I have a very old night terror of being in a car that slides off the road over a steep bank into the Fraser River on the way to town where we lived and then starts to fill with murky water. My earliest memory of this nightmare are about the age of five and it repeated itself every few months with further embellishments right up until sometime in my mid thirties when in my dream state I somehow figured out how to get out of the sinking car and float to the surface. Then the nightmare never came back except as a waking memory now and again and when watching and reading about the flood mudslide victims.

Red Line 04, Flooding, Strait of Georgia by Terrill Welch, 9 x 12 inch walnut oil on unstretched canvas.

For more details click HERE.

Then there is this small study on paper in gouache…

Artist notes: The waves and sea move towards the shore with no visible evidence of their hidden challenges. I did this in gouache as a study on paper and it is unframed.

Red Line Study of Waves and Sea by Terrill Welch, 8.25 x 12 inches, gouache on 140 lb paper.

For more details click HERE.

There are two more Red Line paintings just about ready for release and we anticipate these to be out within the next few of weeks in anticipation of the second group of featured works in our new Gallery Pod.

For the final release this week, we have what is primarily a memory that is revisited every year or so when Terrill goes home to spend time with her parents living on a farm outside of Vanderhoof. This is a landscape of her childhood and the first that she drew and then started painting in oils when she was just fourteen years old.

Artist notes: The early morning mist filtering sunlight through the willows, poplars and cotton woods beside the Stuart River is a magical time of day and filled with years of memories.

Early Morning Mist by Terrill Welch, 16 x 20 inch, oil on canvas.

For more details and my artists notes click HERE.

We wish you all the best exploring these new releases while we are working on hanging the first show in our new Gallery Pod for you to view.

We will be opening our first show in this new space 11-4 on Thursday, September 1st at 428 Luff Rd, Mayne Island BC, Canada. More about the Gallery Pod and our opening is available in ”A Brush With Life” at: 

https://www.getrevue.co/profile/TerrillWelch/issues/a-brush-with-life-issue-111-over-the-moon-1297358

We look forward to welcoming you!

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ONLINE GALLERIES include –

ArtWork Archive original paintings and acrylic sketches currently available

Redbubble painting and photography prints and merchandise

New Gallery Pod Space Opening September 1st

Pssst! It is here. The Gallery Pod is sitting is on location as of Wednesday August 17th. Yes!!! We will be opening our first show in this new space 11-4 on Thursday, September 1st at 428 Luff Rd, Mayne Island BC, Canada. More about the Gallery Pod and our opening is available in ”A Brush With Life” at: 

https://www.getrevue.co/profile/TerrillWelch/issues/a-brush-with-life-issue-111-over-the-moon-1297358

We look forward to welcoming you!

Never Miss the Good bits! Sign Up Now for “A Brush with Life” the curated editorial Terrill Welch Gallery newsletter published every second Friday. (You will receive a confirmation email. Check your spam folder if you sign up and it isn’t in your inbox. If you do not reply to confirm you are not subscribed yet). 

ONLINE GALLERIES include –

ArtWork Archive original paintings and acrylic sketches currently available

Redbubble painting and photography prints and merchandise