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I am a contemporary outsider artist that believes in the healing properties of the natural environment. I paint landscapes in abstract as an expression of my connection with nature and its ability to provide me peaceful inspiration. As organisms on this earth I believe we are interconnected with nature and highly interdependent.

But as the psycho-social environment we live in today gets ever increasingly complex its effects on us are becoming more pervasive, corroding and sophisticated. However, the energy, peace and serenity of our natural surroundings can provide a way of grounding our senses and healing our minds. I try to capture the interrelationship between my mind and nature as I see and feel it; it’s an expression of my soul captured on a physical medium and in a point in time. Going through the process in itself contributes to balance. An at times creativity can be the hammer of which to raise consciousness about pertinent issues that affect our world.

Driven by my own lived experience, I am a self proclaimed arts-based advocate for mental health and strive to demystify and eliminate stigma around these issues. I have also come to find the combination of nature and creativity as powerful forms of medicine.  My initiatives in this regard include being a past collective member of the artist-run Gallery Gachet as well as many other collective art projects in Vancouver. A number of my projects are express through the different forms of community engaged programming such Sound Therapy Radio, Sound Therapy Arts TV, Wild Salmon Warrior Radio broadcasting on community based networks such CJSF 90.1 FM and on Shaw Cable 4 Vancouver.

I have a true belief in human potential and in the statement; ‘art is a means for survival’, a term coined by Yoko Ono.

J Peachy


Landing – with paddles up, we come with honest intentions

landingThis work is inspired by the Wild Salmon Paddler journey in 2010, who journeyed down the Fraser River to raise awareness for the protection of Wild Salmon against destructive fish farm practices and in anticipation of the Cohen Commission and the collapse of the 2009 Fraser River Sockeye.  During canoe landings, paddles are raised in order to symbolize that landings are in peace, paddlers announce their intention and ask permission to land from the host territory.

Crossfire – Dedicated to the wounded Matriarchs

'Crossfire'

My Sister’s closet is a social enterprise run by the battered women support services group of Vancouver and happens to be around the corner from my studio. I have been shopping there for a few years as they have good selection of used mens clothing.  I pop in  store occasionally with Star to come for a visit and to see what donations have come in. Over the past few months, we have collaborated on a few creative projects, combining art and expression. I’ve come to know a little bit more about my sister’s closet and the many people who volunteer there.

In the social and environmental movements that I am active in, I have been witness to some very courageous and dedicated women to their causes.  I have seen them work against forces of oppression, psychological violence and ridicule but in spite of that they remain wholly focused on the task at hand. These women have a true belief in what they are doing but as well maintain a powerful commitment to compassion. Crossfire is a depiction; analogous to a brave tree standing strong against everything that comes directed at it; if it endures all the forces of nature it undoubtedly will bloom and inspire others.

Holiday Tea Train, Port Moody Station Museum. Sunday December 23rd

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Port Moody Station Museum once again hosts its annual Holiday Tea Train.

Drop by the Venosta a 1920s rail car to enjoy cookies and a warm drink in a festive holiday atmosphere.

Presented by:

Port Moody Station Museum
Canadian Sound Therapy Arts Society
J Peachy Gallery – Star Traveller TV Series
Featuring Tea from West Coast Edibles

West Coast Edibles

Date: Sunday December 23
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Venosta Rail Car, Port Moody Station Museum. 2734 Murray St
Cost: Donation, $5 Recommended

Non-Perishable food donations in support of the local food bank are also being accepted

Directions:
http://portmoodymuseum.org/visitor-info/directions-parking/

for more information please contact: coordinator@jpeachygallery.com

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Wild Salmon Warriors Creatively Unite!

WILD SALMON WARRIORS CREATIVELY UNITE!

Musqueam Nation hosts Wild Salmon Warriors and associates at a Gathering to be held in their Cultural Pavilion. Please come to creatively celebrate your love for the Wild Salmon and the other beings that surround it.

Expect interactive art, food, music fun for kids and elders of all ages and those in between.

This is a celebration for all Wild Salmon Warriors from all Nations for their work in educating and inspiring others in a powerful and peaceful way.

Hosted by J Peachy, Wil D. Salmon and a cast of other eco-aquatic creatures.

Featuring Entertainment from: Kookum’s Kitchen, Gunargie O’Sullivan, Archie Peters, OSTwelve, Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Exhibiting Artists
Abelone Edwards
Seairra Courtemanche
Audrey Siegel
Maria Siegel

Silent Auction in support of Wild Salmon Defence

Be a Chum and join the fun Saturday December 8 11am-5pm.

We are looking for volunteers, artists and non profit groups to participate.

Event is FREE. Everyone is invited.

DATE: Saturday December 8th
TIME: 11am-5pm

LOCATION: Musqueam Cultural Pavilion, 4000 Musqueam Avenue. (Corner of Salish and Musqueam Avenue)

http://www.musqueam.bc.ca/contact-us

Inspired by and dedicated to N. Rose Point Musqueam Elder

Anmore Nature’s Home

I recently completed a project for the Village of Anmore, the place of my future home. The village is a bit of an outpost in Greater Vancouver. Not many people are aware of its existence, although many have travelled here on their way to Buntzen Lake an idyllic, man made lake. Anmore has a very unique heritage, in the time since people settled here, it has transitioned from mass resource exploitation, to family homesteading, to a radical resistance from urban sprawl. It also is not immune to the rapid development of real estate fueled by the debt based economy. Where once 40 acre farms were home to self sufficiency, now multi-million dollar mansions co-exist.

Here’s a collection of Anmore stories produced by my friend Lisa G.

Granville Street Shared Art Studio

650 square foot Studio Space on Granville Street available for use on a daily (8 hour) or half day (4 hour) basis.

Suited for Visual Artists, Videographers, Photographers, Songwriters and Poets.

if you are interested in the space please contact coordinator@jpeachygallery.com

A community project of the Canadian Sound Therapy Arts Society.

if you are interested contact us by email:

coordinator@jpeachygallery.com