Located at 580 Clark Drive and Frances Street, Studio 580 Collective is comprised of several artists working in a variety of media including, painting, mixed media, jewelry and glass art. Over the years, Studio 580 has been home to numerous Crawl artists and is readily accessible by transit with free parking on side streets. The “studio with heart”, the 580 Collective actively engages with the local community through fundraising events and donation drives. In 2019, their series of Art Slam events raised more than $4,000 for the Kettle Society.
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Donn Bennett uses repurposed materials, sculpting compounds, and resin to bring a vibrant, 3 dimensional aspect to his paintings. As a mixed media artist, his experiments with substrates inform the artwork arising from it. The use of rough, reclaimed wood adds a layer of texture that can’t be found in the tabula rasa of a smooth blank canvas. He works in a variety of upcycled materials, including reclaimed wood, tempered glass, and discarded building supplies.
My love of glass art began with learning stained glass techniques in 1981 while living in New York. Then, after returning to Vancouver in 1983, I attended Pilchuck (the now famous glass school created by glass blower, Dale Chihuly). It was there I was introduced to fused glass by Richard Lalonde (a pioneer in the art form). I love the interaction between light and glass and the transitions from solid to molten and back. I create jewelry, functional objects and pure glass “art” that I hope helps people to feel the "light" when they look at it or hold it. The medium can be very challenging to work with and I try to see mistakes as design opportunities. I love to turn disasters into a higher level object of beauty!
Kayan Hamadeh is a self taught painter based out of Vancouver, BC. She is best known for her dreamy scenic landscape oil paintings on canvas and paper. Originally a portrait artist, Kayan’s muses have evolved into primarily scene scapes all the while maintaining her memorable style and techniques. Since childhood, visual art has served as a form of self expression and meditation, allowing Kayan to step out of the frame and observe the world around her. Her work is heavily influenced by the beauty of what some may find mundane moments in daily life. She finds inspiration in her natural environments and in the little things in life that bring her joy: from landscape and architecture, to fashion and figures. The calming colour palettes used in her work help capture those sneaky moments of peace in what is otherwise a busy life. Kayan's work has been featured in multiple public gallery exhibitions including PxP Contemporary Gallery, Light Space and Time Gallery, Collective 131 (Saratoga Springs, NY) and Art! Vancouver (Vancouver, BC). She has also had the pleasure to have been featured in multiple world renown art publications including Divide Magazine and Create! Magazine. Kayan is self-represented and sells her work online, shipping directly from her studio in Vancouver, BC.
Bronwyn McIvor is a Vancouver-based artist whose practice is focused on painting and drawing, with an interest in exploring the intersection of the beautiful and the grotesque. The core of my artistic practice is the tension between the beautiful and the grotesque, the mundane and the otherworldly, that which attracts and that which repulses. My two main bodies of work both explore this in different ways: The Undiscovered Kitchen With my food paintings, I begin by looking at the very everyday detritus of meal preparation, taking pictures from unusual angles along the way and getting closeups of hidden or overlooked aspects of this mundane matter. I use these photos as references for my painting, often compositionally collaging different images into one painting, transforming it through paint into something otherworldly, with its own character, depth, and strange life. I aim to transform the mundane, relishing its detail and its drama, and in the process animating it with unexpected vitality. Commonplace foodstuffs become landscape, portrait, or strangely unrecognizable presences. I hope that these depictions give the viewer pause to appreciate the surreal qualities hidden in everyday life. The Townsfolk My monstrous Townsfolk are an evolution of my long love of the eerie and unusual. A Townsfolk character might originate from a mental image or feeling, or take inspiration from the found imagery that I collect: historical costume, artwork, vintage photography, documentation of plants and animals. These all merge into new chimeras of my own making, and while some of them may be disquieting or monstrous, it is essential to me that they all have a sense of individuality and character to ground them, no matter how strange they may appear. Beginning as ink drawings, over time these drawings have coalesced into a growing body of work that developed its own interconnected narratives and mythology as I collaborated with local authors and was in turn inspired to create new artworks. In recent years I have expanded the scope of this project again, this time painting in oils to create new characters and revisit existing ones. The Townsfolk are each a surprising combination of friendly and fearsome, handsome and hideous, funny and unfathomable. The characters' individual quirks invite the viewer to look closely and imagine these folks' strange stories, finding common ground with the monstrous and otherworldly.
Living and working in Vancouver B.C., Alison Powell inspired by her grandmother, a surrealist collage artist who created fantastical landscapes. Using drawing, collage, and photographic techniques, Powell raises questions surrounding the human-earth relationship. Creating juxtapositions between the natural and constructed - between the cultural and the organic - she questions histories of human "ingenuity." Powell earned a bachelor's degree in Art History and Visual Art from Concrdia University in Montreal and a master's degree in Art History with a concentration in Museum Studies from the City College of New York. She has attained three Therese McCabe and Connor awards on behalf of her academic excellence and works to advocate for environmentalism in the art world through her research and writing.