Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Passage of Time - photos by Andrée Fredette

June 24 to August 2, 2017
At the Saturna Cafe
101 Narvaez Bay Road, Saturna, BC

Everyone is cordially invited to the opening reception of my  exhibition,
June 24, 4 to 6 p.m, which will be followed by a dinner prepared
by chef Hubertus Surm.
(Reservations for dinner: 250-539-5177)
The Passage of Time, an exhibition of photographs by Andrée Fredette at the Saturna Cafe, June 24 - Aug. 2, 2017.
"Narrative is anchored in the passage of time. A story unfolds in the tension between a beginning and an end. Singly and in juxtaposition, these photographs by Andrée Fredette are replete with stories. An image of a seemingly deserted Mayne Queen is paired with a photograph of a ghostly Saturna, producing a tinge of anxiety and uncertainty. Again, an empty path in the forest tells a tale of fear and disquiet. Further, the infinitely small (feathers) and the infinitely vast (the awesome sky) are conjured up. There are no figures in these photographs despite the great variety of subject matter. An irony resides in these works: it is suggested that they evoke the passage of time, yet photography congeals duration. This irony adds a layer of complexity — a dialectical interplay — to our experience of these artworks: we move from duration to time’s suspension and back again. Also, some of these works underline the materiality of the photographic medium, a salutary move in the era of digital media. Meditation portrays an ethereal, almost monochromatic sky — the surface of the photograph is underlined. Also, grains of sand and the grain of the photographic object conjoin in a literal manner. There is a hint of nostalgia in all these works: the backing in aluminum recalls photography’s metallurgic substrate —silver—and the quasi alchemical nature of work in the darkroom, a process which has almost been entirely eclipsed by digital technologies." -- Jean-François Renaud

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Tour des Îles 2017

On June 23 - 25, Saturna Islanders will participate in the 2017 edition of Tour des Îles, three days of special events, local music, natural beauty and art displays on the Southern Gulf Islands.
Join the fun and visit the islands. For more info and boat travel details, check Tour des Îles or its Facebook page.

Saturna Artists and Studios,Tour des Îles 2017 map

Artists and crafts people are hoping that you will stop by their studios and have a chat.
See you on Saturna during a fun weekend!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

You are invited to an OPENING PARTY for a new art showcase at the PRISM. It's near the ferry dock on Saturna Island.

 Come enjoy some wine, cheese, art, and conversation: Monday, May 22, 2017, 4-6 pm (free)

Open most weekends this spring and summer; other times by appointment(

Looking forward to seeing you,



Saturday, October 01, 2016


painting shown is mid panel of triptych (click for full view)

It's going to be a special evening, as you can see by the invitation. So soon upon returning to Canada after a remarkable year of living in France and Italy, Esprit is the title of my new solo show, right here in this remarkable spot in the sea, Saturna Island! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

2016 Studio Tour

Save the dates: on July 30 and 31, artists will invite you to visit their studios, and will also show their work at the Saturna Café and the Saturna Lodge, on sunny Saturna Island, BC.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

I have created a new website.....same domain ( new format and images. Anne Popperwell turned me onto this template at and I've used some of my "down time" while I recover from shoulder surgery to update my website.  Anne has also created a new site using this template which shows her most recent work.  My show at Saturna cafe has been extended through March 17 and after that Tony Green is putting up a show of his travel sketches and watercolours which will open March 19.  Watch for posters from Jean-Francois!  

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Saturna Artist Abroad by Janet Strayer

This year (2016) I have the pleasure of living and painting in Europe for some months while also writing a column, called Artist En Route, for the Canadian Arts Avenue magazine.

I've expanded these columns dealing with Anticipation/Preparation, London, Provence, and Sicily (so far) with more info and many more photos on my blogsite:
You can visit it, if you like, for travel tips and other matters.

Provençal Suite 1: Abundance
Provençal Suite 2,

My first several months savored Provence, one of the most beautiful regions of France. With Cézanne as my nearest and constant neighbor, I was living inside a painting. The abundance of simple daily experiences inspired a series of  still life paintings (Provençal Suite) and some large landscapes (Autumn, below.
Onward to intense Sicily, where exhilaration and overpowering contrasts led me to seek inner refuge and to create a set of unexpected ink wash paintings/drawings.

(if interested, see more of this series and other monochromatic works done in Sicily at

 Then to Umbria, Italy, where I continue to live, travel, paint, and write.

Those Beautiful Ruined Cities,

Life continues to hold many adventures, sought and unsought.

Happy Valentine's Day,