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!
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