Artist Damaris Oakley works in her studio. She will demonstrate her craft at the Campbell River Art Gallery on Saturday.

See artist in action

Damaris Oakley’s will demonstrate her skill in making unique artglass jewelry and sculptural pieces

Damaris Oakley’s unique artglass jewelry and sculptural pieces have a huge following in the local area, so fans will be delighted to see her demonstrate her skill.

She will be at the Campbell River Art Gallery Saturday from 1-3 p.m.

Oakley, who works from her Redroom Artglass Studio in Nanaimo, said she is “addicted” to creating with glass.

“Glass has it all,” she said. “Colour, dimension, clarity, and reflec-tion.”

Oakley’s medium is melting glass, and she describes each glass bead she creates as a new adventure.

She’s inspired by the West Coast landscape, especially the ocean at low tide, spring flowers and fall colours.

“These inspirations present endless stimulation to explore colour, shape and movement,” she said.

Her work has evolved to include torching her own glass beads as well as fabricating sterling silver, copper and brass components, which she then transforms into one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.

As well as jewelry, she creates functional kiln-formed art glass at her studio.

The Campbell River Art Gallery’s Christmas Arts and Crafts Market, sponsored by Chan, Nowosad and Boates, Chartered Accountants, is open from Mon. to Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Christmas Eve.

The market features the work of dozens of artisans from Campbell River, Quadra Island, Cortes Island and regional communities.

Also, new artisans have been joining the market weekly, so be sure to stop in to see the latest offerings.

And, be sure to visit the Gallery Saturday from 1-3 p.m. to see the talented Damaris Oakley at work.

For more information, stop by the Gallery, call 250-287-2261 or email contact@crartgallery.ca