“Tafoni: Coastal Influence” – A Group Exhibit – August 2nd – 27th, 2023

Exhibition Dates: Aug.2nd – 27th, 2023

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00am – 2:00pm


Some extraordinary places in nature can immediately connect us to the universe in a spiritual way. Tafoni, the natural sculptural rock formations located on many of the Gulf Islands of BC are such places.

Four artists who share an interest in, and appreciation for, these beautiful, sculpted rock formations, have come together to present this exhibition. While we are from various parts of Canada, we have, by chance, all experienced the Tafoni rock formations off BC’s coast, finding inspiration for our individual art practices. We all experienced a visceral and intuitive response to the erosion-based formations, patterns and textures in different ways.

Each artist in this exhibition offers a unique perspective and creative focus. Some explore processes, texture and materials while others are motivated by intuition, self-discovery, exploration and environmental concerns. The group represents all skill levels and works in a variety of media — ceramics, sculpture, photography, painting, collage and mixed media. 

Carolyn Sullivan

Sande Waters

Denise Jeffrey

Ellen Pelto

3rd Sunday at The Gallery

Event Date: Aug. 20th, 2023

Event Hours: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Join Carolyn, Denise, Ellen and Sande, for an artist talk & presentation where they’ll share “our various artistic approaches stemming from our experiences of the beautiful Tafoni rock formations off BC’s coast.”

The talk will include introductions to the different art practices, from 2D to 3D, and allow time for small group discussions divided up by choice of medium. 



Denise Jeffrey, a Burnaby-based ceramic artist.

Denise obtained a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1999, majoring in ceramics; she first established a studio near Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The recipient of numerous awards, she has exhibited her work in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Washington State and British Columbia. After moving to British Columbia, Denise became involved with the ceramics community in BC, serving as President of the Potters Guild of BC (2012-2015) and the North West Ceramics Foundation (2016-2018). She currently serves as Treasure to the NWCF.



Ellen Pelto is an abstract artist who works in acrylics, oils and cold wax medium. Her work balances complexity of surface with succinctness and simplicity.

Her approach to painting is spontaneous and intuitive. She applies multiple layers of paint and paper and continues to manipulate the surface to reveal visual depth and texture. Her focus is on neutral colors, surface, texture, and mark making.

For the past 30 years she has balanced a busy professional career with creating art. She discovered the joy of clay and ceramics before transitioning to painting. She studied visual arts at the University of Victoria and has subsequently taken many courses and workshops with many renowned artists.



Carolyn’s photographic career has been like a tripod, three strong areas of development,

which she travelled from analog film to digital computer.

      1. Commercial photography: photographing small products to human studies

      2. Instruction, and curriculum development for photography, and digital media courses.

      3. Artistic expression of fine arts photography,

All three areas that she worked in simultaneously helped her create her professional status in many ways, and engage with the technology, as she stays current with the new apps. Each of her 3 areas was expandable like various heights throughout the years, and each area was important, and helped balanced the rest of her photographic career.





Sande received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver and MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, California. Currently she volunteers as an assistant Art Curator at Lions Gate Hospital Foundation Healing Art Donation Program. She was previously Vice President, Board of Directors at the Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC and on the Board of Directors for the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver as Chair of the Artist Prize. Sande’s artwork has been shown and collected in Canada, USA, and Europe. She lives and works in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC as a guest on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, Stó:l?, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.