PAULA O’BRIEN – June 13 – July 4, 2018

Artist’s Bio

My paintings are dynamic, lively and full of colour.

Originally from Montreal, travel, adventure and love lead me to Europe, the Caribbean and England where I continued my Fine Arts education. We planted ourselves with our growing family in Gibsons, BC in 1989.

Family and business life took precedence but I always approached my artwork seriously and continued to find ways to exhibit by myself and with others. I established a reputation and following as a textile artist with my wearable art, art textiles and sewing pattern line Pavelka Design.

I returned to life drawing in 2007 and my paintings shifted from works from imagination to figurative works from direct observation. My current body of work has shifted to the West Coast World with images of fishing boats and landscapes coming into view. Eleven years of life drawing and four years of plein air painting have built my sturdy foundation and anchor my artwork.

I mainly work in oils on canvas. I use a lot palette knife, working very fast in a loose alla prima style. My mark making is very deliberate and individual. My favorite mark making tools are cold wax, silicone tip and wooden skewers to squiggle through lines.

Digital painting with Adobe Sketch and Procreate on iPad allows me to take my full painting kit into even the most hallowed locations. Five weeks of plein air painting in Guanajuato, Mexico created a fabulous body of works.

My painting mottoes are:

  • be fearless!
  • juicy and colorful!
  • what’s the worst thing that could happen?

JANE KENYON – June 16 – July 15

Jane Kenyon will show a selection of her machine embroidered work and her paintings in Urbanity from June 16 – July 15th

Jane will discuss her work in Urbanity (date and time to be announced).

Artist’s Bio:

I was born in Canada in 1953 and currently work in my home studio in West Vancouver BC. I began my working life as a medical doctor but had always been drawn to a career in visual art. In 1993, I began to study and work as an artist full-time.

My early artistic life was as a fibre artist and a landscape painter, with the majority of my art career spent working in contemporary embroidery, by hand and machine. After a large fibre exhibition several years ago, followed by a long period of burn-out, I returned to painting in a search for a more direct and immediate form of artistic self-expression. I have been painting full-time for the past 4-5 years and am now working non-objectively, a fierce emotional journey of self-discovery.

My fibre art has been widely exhibited and collected in the past, and I have won awards in Canada, USA, Europe and South Korea. As a painter, I still feel as if I’m starting over, re-inventing my art and myself with all the freedoms and limitations of an emerging artist – thrilling and terrifying at the same time!

Jane will talk about her work in Urbanity on June 22nd at 10am.  You are welcome.


Mariana Frochtengarten is a textile artist living in Vancouver. She left Brazil to study at the Nova Scotia Collage of Art and Design, and has remained in Canada pursuing textile arts.

Mariana will be showing a collection of fibre necklaces in Urbanity from May 13-31. When I saw these fabulous necklaces  in her studio last November, I proposed she have an exhibition in Urbanity.

You can meet Mariana on Saturday, May 13th. The necklaces will be for sale.

We will be serving Brazilian treats during the opening.


We will be exhibiting the work of Vancouver Textile Artist Michelle Sirois-Silver during the South Granville Art Walk on June 18th.  See

Michelle will be showing two streams of work made up of larger wall pieces that use a hooking technique, and smaller, framed pieces that are made from fabrics that she has developed using surface design techniques.

The hooked pieces are made by pulling fibres through a linen backing. For these pieces Michelle uses wool yarns and fabric remnants. Michelle has recently started to use the snippets of fabrics that are left over from the process used by Vancouver clothing designer Katherine Souci who makes clothing from dyed waste nylon hosiery.

The smaller framed pieces are made up of treasures of hand printed fabrics cut and sewn together, and further developed using surface design techniques and hand and machine stitching. Each is a small delicate landscape that are profoundly engaging.

Michelle was born in the Gaspé and has lived in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver Island and has settled in Vancouver where she has her studio. She is active in the Textile community, exhibiting and instructing.

Michelle will be in the shop on June 18th to discuss her work and demonstrate the processes she uses. You will be welcome to try your hand at hooking and to leaf through her sketch and workbooks.


Sunshine Coast artist Jennifer Love is our guest artist during December 2015. Please join us on Saturday, November 28 from 1-3pm to welcome Jennifer.

Jennifer has been an artist and teacher for over 30 years. She studied textile arts at Capilano College in North Vancouver and was a founding member of Foxglove Fibre Arts Studio/Gallery on Bowen Island, serving as its workshop and exhibitions co-ordinator until 2005. She was the BC Representative for the Surface Design Association (SDA) from 2004 to 2014.

Jennifer creates abstract textile paintings using collaged hand-painted and printed fabrics, layering colour, pattern and texture. Her current work is inspired by issues of memory and selfhood, illness and recovery, and by the restorative beauty found in nature.

Vancouver artist Eleanor Hannan will be showing a selection of her hand and machine-embroidered gestures from June 21 – July 20, 2014.

Eleanor will be in Urbanity during the South Granville Art walk, demonstrating how she draws with a sewing machine. Please visit us on June 21st between 10 – 17, for a interesting and energizing event.

Eleanor Hannan is a visual artist and teacher. The core of her artwork is both drawing and the discipline of working everyday following the ancient adage accredited to Apelles of “no day without line”. Her art form is embroidery; drawing in thread.
 She has been awarded numerous grants the most recent to breakdown embroidered cloth and examine its emotions impact. She won the Wearable Art Award in 2006 for an embroidered costume based on the idea of rising from the ashes.
In addition to her art practice she is a teacher. She has taught design in a support capacity in the Textile Arts Department at Capilano University, surface design for textiles at University of the Fraser Valley in the Fashion Design Department and textile design in the Fashion Design and Technology Degree program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Vancouver artist Anna Milton is our guest artist during December 2013. Opening is November 30th from 12-17pm. Please join us to welcome Anna in Urbanity.

Anna Milton was born in Wales and has lived in Canada since the 1970s. She studied at Loughborough College of Art and completed her degree in Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art. She currently resides in Vancouver. Anna has been exhibiting her work around the world since the 1960s.

Elizabeth Topham  ( will be showing her work in Urbanity as part of the South Granville Art walk.  Elizabeth’s work will be shown from June 20st –  July 7th, 2013.

URBANITY invites young Vancouver artists to hang their work on the walls of the shop for a given period of time. The works are for sale, and URBANITY takes no commission. In this way the artists gain exposure, and the shop enjoys changing professional work on the walls.

Artists who have previously shown their work in Urbanity are,

Millie Balance | 
Suzanne Kay | 
WendyD | Marta Baricsa | 
Janice Wong
 | Sonja Kobrehel
 | Sheralee Regehr | 
Jessica Bell | 
Heather Craig | 
Catherine Fields

We also occasionally feature textile artists in “Spotlight” shows. Previously we have shown a series of dresses by Katherine Soucie, and part of a series of jackets by textile artist and designer Angelika Werth.

During September/October 2011, we hosted two exhibitions–English Knitted hat designer/maker 
Jools Elphick, and ‘Felt Amazing with 2 national and 10 international felt artists.

Welsh sculptor weaver Sue Hiley Harris visited Urbanity at the end of February 2012 and showed a small collection of her work in conjunction with two workshops arranged by Urbanity.