Pique Article: Artist Terlesky makes her mark with Quest course

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Artist Terlesky makes her mark with Quest course

Telling a story through art is aim of six-week continuing education program

  PHOTO SUBMITTED - Concentration Artist Laurel Terlesky at work. Her course, Local Narratives in Mark Making, is being taught as part of Quest University's continuing education program.
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  • Concentration Artist Laurel Terlesky at work. Her course, Local Narratives in Mark Making, is being taught as part of Quest University’s continuing education program.

One of the most powerful images in art is a handprint, the outline of a human hand painted 32,000 years ago on the walls of Chauvet Cave in France.

Director Werner Herzog captured the image, which shows the world as seen by Paleolithic humanity, in his documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

What comes through is the power of mark making. Drawing who we are turned us into cognizant beings that recorded our lives. The cave painter may not have known this, but it still impacts us today.

Squamish artist Laurel Terlesky is offering a course, Locating Narratives in Mark Making, at Quest University, as part of its continuing education program. It runs on Tuesdays, from Oct. 14 to Nov. 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Course fees are $185.

She wants her students to tell stories through drawing, tapping their sensory awareness through pencils and charcoal, sounds, actions and other materials.

“My focus is creative practice in my own work. I look and I work with materials and make inquiries through materials,” says Terlesky. “We’re focused on drawing in this course, but through interacting with charcoal or pencil on the paper, what can we further learn about ourselves and our mediation of how we see the world and how we interact with things in the world.”

Originally from Calgary, Terlesky has been an artist for years, her paintings gracing walls around the region, including Whistler.

She had also taught visual effects for media at BCIT in Vancouver and was an advisor to an arts program on CBC Radio.

But her interests evolved.

“My work has shifted a lot in the last two-and-a-half years because I’ve been doing more… my goal with my degree was to merge my media background with fine arts. I’ve feel I’ve definitely entered the realm where I can hold the title ‘artist’ more,” she says.

She recently received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Practice from Transart Institute (located in Berlin and New York), but taken at the University of Plymouth in England.

Terlesky’s creative practice explores knowledge through the generation of objects.

An example of this is her most recent installation, Ouch, which was on display at the Beaumont Studios in Vancouver this past spring.

Ouch is a large box covered in white plastic, “the same material an iPhone is made with.” There are holes in the top of it spelling brail for “ouch.” Stuffed into the holes are soft nylon stuffed cotton forms, which Terlesky calls “polyps.”

Terlesky put out a call through social media for people take their iPhones or recorders and record themselves saying “ouch.” This went into the piece’s audio track.

“I wanted to look at how our social networking works. We’re on computers all the time, we’re talking through Skype, we’re emailing more. What are we losing by not being face-to–face with somebody? I’m interesting in looking at that,” she says.

“My initial research this year was to work with the intersections of vulnerability, technology and empathy. I used these materials while I was speaking to people. It’s a tactile dialogue about the exchange between us.”

In 2013, Terlesky worked with 10 motherless daughters, creating an installation on their loss.

She says about the experience: “I realized that doing a process like this you could work through trauma in certain ways, (it could mean looking at ) mental health or (you could) just widen people’s lives to make it a bit more interesting and deeper. Understanding sensitivities, things that give you a better understanding of yourself.”

Along with the course, Terlesky will be artist-in-residence at Quest University in February and March, and will be building an installation with the students.

For more information visit www.questu.ca/sub/continued_Education_2014/continuing-education.html.

Homebase Studios celebrates its second year

Homebase Studios celebrates its second year

Squamish studio holds Swank Deu-lux soiree Sunday

by Stephen Smysnuik

Homebase homies The Homebase Studio artists stay classy at their first soiree last year, celebrating their one-year anniversary. From left to right: Stan Matwychuk, Chantel Roberts, Nate Smith, Laurel Terlesky, Samera Gibson and Amber Butler. - Photo by Kevin Soo/Kevin Suoo Photography
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  • Homebase homies The Homebase Studio artists stay classy at their first soiree last year, celebrating their one-year anniversary. From left to right: Stan Matwychuk, Chantel Roberts, Nate Smith, Laurel Terlesky, Samera Gibson and Amber Butler.

Homebase Studios is celebrating its second birthday this week. A big round of applause guys. You made it.

And with this anniversary comes an optimism about the studio’s future from its creative director, Stan Matwychuk.

“It’s been a pretty exciting road,” he says. “There have been lots of cool projects and I’ve met a lot of great people. It’s definitely getting stronger, you know?”

As a thank you to the community, Homebase is throwing the Swank Deu-lux anniversary party this Sunday at the studio, including an art auction featuring local artists, food and drink from local presenters and a performance by Squamish’s indie-folk duo Step Twelve.

Matwychuk founded the studio in 2010 as a creative design and consulting business centre, where Squamish artists would collaborate on myriad projects, from art exhibitions, to event management, to artist promotion. Matwychuk, along with artists Laurel Terlesky and Amber Butler, as well as a revolving door of other local artists, created it as a grassroots organization to promote Squamish artists and other creative professionals.

Matwychuk says he’s quite pleased with the studio’s successes so far.

“I was revisiting my business plan and the goals have all definitely been attained,” he says. “I was actually quite surprised in reading through it (the first business plan). A lot of the stuff has been set out for us to be a grassroots group of artists and have (our) own little niche that we’re working toward while collaborating in a bigger context and reciprocate the energy that you get from the community.”

The studio has been heavily involved with Squamish’s Business Improvement Association in helping to revitalize the downtown core. While the BIA’s focus is on businesses helping businesses, Matwychuk says Homebase is now ensuring that local arts and culture will help businesses as well. This has included murals and community arts events, including the upcoming street art festival during LIVE at Squamish in August, where a downtown alley will be transformed into a live mural painting.

Matwychuk also curated State of the Art at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in April. He’s worked as a creative consultant for Sea to Sky Community Services and done outreach at local high schools, among other things.

Perhaps Homebase’s greatest success so far has been helping to establish a precedent in Squamish for earning a living through one’s art.

“The most challenging issues are connecting the business to the art and I’ve been fortunate enough to connect the dots and involved people to make things happen on a community scale. It’s been humbling to see that happen,” he says.

Within the next two years, he says he plans to broaden Homebase’s scope in partnering with organizations that are defining the Sea to Sky Corridor’s culture, from the Squamish Arts Council, Whistler Arts Council and groups in Vancouver to help bridge what he sees as a “gap” between the two areas.

“I’m also just figuring these things out as I’m going because it’s constantly changing,” he says. “Having these things in black and white is definitely valuable and I’m not fully there yet, to be honest. I’m always trying to figure out the next goal, you know?”

The Swank Deu-lux soiree starts at 7 p.m. on Sunday. The dress code is “semi-dressy.” Everyone is welcome.

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Swank Deu-lux!

SWANK Deu-lux!An evening to celebrate Homebase Studios 2nd year anniversary. Join us in dinner jackets and heels for a silent art auction, wine + appies, music and take in the sunset from our rooftop patio presented by Squamish Community Radio and live music by Step Twelve.

Seven creatives. One Space. One Community.

Stan Matwychuk
Laurel Terlesky
Amber Butler
Kevin Su
Sanaz Busink
Zoe Evamy
Nate Smith (The Vacuum).

For more information go to homebasestudios.ca

#203 – 37760 2nd Ave, Squamish BC

Sketch Night!

Sketch Night! June 7, 2012Homebase studios is pleased to present another Sketch Night!

Thursday, June 7, 7pm (doors at 6:30, drawing starts promptly at 7pm)

Bring your pencils and papers to Homebase Studios and relax in a chill atmosphere while a costumed model strikes poses, and you try your hand at life drawing. All abilities welcome – this is a fun, supportive and comfortable environment.

featuring the lovely Krista Dutton

Doors at 6:30, drawing starts promptly at 7pm.facilitated by local artist Laurel Terlesky

call 604.771.4425 if you need directions

RSVP so we will have enough chairs, wine and extra supplies on hand.

“We Love this Stuff so Much…” exhibit at the Lynn Valley Public Library presented by the North Vancouver Arts Council

The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is proud to present

District Library Gallery
Lynn Valley Main Library
1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver

Apr 25-June 19, 2012
Opening Reception:  Sat, Apr 28, 2:00-4:00pm

Laurel Terlesky
Through a surrealist pop culture approach to portraits, Laurel explores our dependency on electricity and power and the future
of sustainable energy practices.  Created on large canvas using oil, acrylic and aerosol she presents electricity as part of the human sense of self.
After travelling through the United States, tapping into the touch-and-go atmosphere of pop culture from New York to San Francisco as well as footing through a handful of Canadian cities from Montreal to Vancouver, Laurel made her home in Squamish, BC. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a major in Painting from the University of Victoria in 1999 and has been actively creating and contributing to the artistic community in which she surrounds herself.

District Library Gallery
Lynn Valley Main Library,
1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
Mon-Fri 9am–9pm, Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 12-5pm

North Vancouver Community Arts Council
335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC 604.988.6844    www.nvartscouncil.ca

State of the ART – TWSSF

Opening night – Friday April, 13th, 8pm

TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival is all about the riding, the free concerts, the nightlife and for the discerning palate, the art. At State of the Art, all pillars of the WSSF come together to provide a platform for mountain town inspiration.
There are no rules and this is not a paint-inside-the-lines event. Sub-cultures and anti-movements are celebrated and portrayed in gritty and thought-provoking mediums. Invited artists come from far and wide to create a community of urban street and snow ingenuity, and push the boundaries of the State of the Art. There’s no entry fee, and you can stroll around the Grand Foyer of the Whistler Conference Centre, immerse yourself in artistic talent, rub shoulders with the who’s who of the creative world and even pick up a one-of-a-kind piece for yourself.
State of the ART Opening Party, 8pm, Free
See what happens when fashion and art collide. Live painting on live models to create the ART-pocalypse Collection – the last word in wearable art.
Live painting by TJ Schneider for Lifetime Collective
Live painting by Olga Cuttell for Prior Skis & Snowboards
Whistler Arts Council present ‘Artists in Wonderland’. Live art daily plus your chance to create a masterpiece on the digital graffiti wall (Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15).

A few new works inspired by water will be on display at the festival this year. Giclee prints will be available from my series “We love this stuff so much…” at the SOA store.

Come by and say hi to me while I live paint during the festival at the Whistler Telus Conference Center – Wednesday April 18 2  – 6pm and during Intersection from 8pm on.

Paint Your TOMS

Tuesday April 10 3-5:30pm
Join me at Fetish Shoes on Cleveland St in downtown Squamish on April 10th 2012 to paint your TOMS shoes from 3-5:30pm!

TOMS is a truly amazing company, you can go online at onedaywithoutshoes.com to discover and learn about the TOMS movement. TOMS gives a pair of shoes to a child in need every time a purchase is made all over the world. Millions of children live without proper footwear, exposing them to injury and disease every single day. TOMS is providing these children with shoes in order to give them opportunity and a chance to live a healthy normal life. GO TOMS!

The Proof – Whistler is Awesome Feature

Whistler is Awesome just posted this feature:


The Proof: Laurel Terlesky

March 6, 2012

Laurel Terlesky is more than an artist – she’s a visual architect representing our current relationship to nature, ourselves, modern behaviors, and that in which we are environmentally dependent on for source. There’s a beautiful struggle shown in her work – The striking of a fluidity in the inter-dependence of the modern world and our most natural state. By plugging in we can become unplugged, and she displays there’s a fine balance between the two. We are in need of the contemporary tools of electronics and media to communicate our ideas, but in the process, as a society, this disconnection can be the very demise of us. Terlesky’ s images tell the tale that unplugging from nature can leave us in a desperate state, but by plugging into it with partnership strikes the cord of true connection. ~Kate Power, founder, Fleet Jewelry. (Fleetjewelry.com)

laurel terlesky, artist, whistler, the proof, whistler arts council

The Photos

01 I like to start my day by living near the boundary. A snowfall the night before makes for an especially wonderful morning.

02 My two beauties share some loving with me throughout the day… morning cuddles are the best! (Keecha (Kitten in Ukrainian, a lynx point Siamese.) and Tigger-tronics (earned her nickname because she likes to hang out near speakers when electronic music is on. Tried recording her purr once and turned that into some electronic sounds).

03 Creativity gets underway daily at my studio on 2nd Ave in downtown Squamish.

04 Things are constantly changing in the studio – keeps me inspired!

05 Homebase Studios is next door to my space – it’s a shared space with resident artists Stan Matwychuk, Kevin Su, Amber Butler and Sanaz Busink. We hold events and workshops here. Drop by anytime!

06 Getting new works together exploring themes around water. This subject will be my focus for the next two years as I complete my MFA degree where I will be combining my new media & painting practices for some new pieces.

07 I live in such a beautiful place – where the water meets the mountains. In the afternoons I take a short break for a walk or run around Nexen beach.

08 The best days are when I finish off with a class at The Yoga Studio. Some of my favourite yoga teachers make their magic here. Thanks Sarah, Lydia and Chris.

The Questions

What neighbourhood do you live in?
Squamish (more precisely Garibaldi Highlands)

What do you do and where?
Artist: Painting, Drawing and New Media. I also freelance mainly in motion graphics for tv & film, and also website & print design. I also teach new media at BCIT in Vancouver. Most days I can be found at my studio #204 37760 2nd Ave Squamish. Stop by any time for a visit.

What are you working on?
Getting a few things ready for some upcoming exhibitions. Starting to experiment on some new works combining projection and painted surfaces. Also gearing up to start my MFA this summer which will take me to Berlin and New York a few times over the next couple of years.

Where can we find your work?
Until the end of March at Raw Canvas in Yaletown (1046 Hamilton St., Vancouver), mid-April until mid-June at the Lynn Valley Main Library (North Vancouver) and hopefully State of the Art, (although that isn’t confirmed yet – fingers crossed!). Lastly, always at my studio and on my website: laurelterlesky.ca

The Space In Between art exhibit

I’m really excited to be part of a fabulous group art exhibit exploring the concept of “The Space In Between” in Vancouver which is opening on Friday, October 7th!  Please join us for wine and refreshments…

Please RSVP to:  http://bit.ly/thespaceinbetween                   See you there!

follow the exhibit thru Atta Glanz on  Twitter:  http://twitter.com/#!/attaglanz
you can also view the invitation on-line at http://attaglanz.ca/eng/thespaceinbetween.html


Join me in Whistler this Friday for the World Premiere of the Sherpas latest film: All.I.Can. There is an art exhibition component to the film release night in the foyer of the Telus Conference Center. I’m hanging a few of my new paintings. There is also a sustainability conference in the afternoon. See you there!