Includes Susie Cipolla, Richard Cole, Robert Lemay, Sarah Martin
Saturday March 3, 2 - 5 pm

Showing Elka Nowicka


Presenting both established and emerging artists in this exhibition Canada House Gallery offers a diverse glimpse at a loved and revered subject – BEAR. Situated in Canada’s First National Park and a World UNESCO Heritage site, we adore all that makes our place sacred, and that includes our wildlife. Bears represent the whole of nature, and we cherish their safety, their habitat, their future.

Richard Cole and Robert Lemay have been anchor artists at CHG for years, yet the BEAR is a relatively new subject for them. We are pleased to welcome emerging artists, Susie Cipolla & Sarah Martin to the gallery and our collectors and show how BEAR inspires them in their work.

A portion of the proceeds will go towards WildSmart; a program of the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, a non-profit charitable organization. Established in 2005, WildSmart is a proactive conservation strategy that encourages efforts by communities to reduce negative human-wildlife interactions. Their goal is to develop a coordinated approach to education/outreach programs and help support direct management activities that will aid in increasing public safety and enjoyment as well as contribute towards sustainable wildlife populations.

The funds that you will be donating to WildSmart will be used to recruit and train new volunteers for their Wildlife Ambassador Program. Come meet Nick de Ruyter, WildSmart Education and Outreach Coordinator, at the reception.

No artwork is currently available for display online.

Elka Nowicka achieves a unique mixed media approach to her art, incorporating layers of acrylics, gels, marble dust, gold leaf, and other exotics to realize exquisite depth texture. Currently residing in Victoria, BC, Elka was born in Poland where she earned her Masters degree in construction engineering. After her arrival in Canada in 1990, she pursued her love for the creative and established herself as an accomplished artist and designer.

“Layers of patina covered images… unveiling memories. I plunder the past for inspiration: weathered and crumbled plaster walls of Italy… dark, rich palettes of old European masters – with a contemporary perspective. Multi-textured technique gives each piece its unique beauty and individual patina. Multi textured technique intrigues me - it permits the control but allows the spontaneity in my creative process. My intent is to capture the intensity of emotions, reflections, experiences...”

. Nationality is Canadian


Construction Engineering, Poland, Masters Degree


2011 Focus Magazine, March: “Elka Nowicka’s Perfumed Memories”
2008 Magazin Art, “Weaving a Tapestry of Color, Texture and Light”
2008 Victoria Times Colonist “Strings attached”
2006 Victoria Times Colonist “Poetry on canvas”
2004 "Artistry in the Boudoir", Boulevard Magazine