Gallery Q Opening Thursday, June 4 & June 5 from Noon-4pm. Saturday, June 6 from 10-2
March 3-July 3
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6 from 5-7 pm
Featuring: Graham Coulson
Q :: Explain what you make in the most elemental way.
GC :: I make mid-century modern-styled furniture out of solid wood but as time progresses I am experimenting outside of that bracket.
Q :: How did you come to make the art you make today?
GC :: During a period of unemployment in the 90's I started making things to kill time and eventually went back to university and got a degree in furniture design.
Q :: What sort of training or skills are necessary to make the art that you do?
GC :: I did high school design and shop classes. At University I first did an engineering degree before the furniture design one so I've always had a practical bent. In terms of making skills I guess I'm primarily self taught.
Q :: Which one artist or piece of art has had an influence on you?
GC :: I think the greatest initial influence were a couple of books my mom gave me. The first "In Good Shape" was a history of 20th century design with an item highlighted from every year. The other was "The Art of Making Furniture" by John Makepeace which is basically biographies of contemporary makers with projects they have designed for you to make.
Q :: What is the most satisfying part of making your art? What is the biggest struggle of making your art?
GC :: I think selling something is the best part, not only financially but realising that someone has invested their money in something you made that will hopefully adorn their home for years to come and may be passed down in the family. The biggest struggle, apart from shipping, is trying to come up with something new that is still good. I think in the design world there is a constant expectation to deliver new product.
Q :: When you are in an artistic slump, what is something you do to give yourself a creative boost?
GC :: Put yourself up for a show without having any idea what you're going to do. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say.
Q :: What is the most important tool to making your art, the one you couldn't live without?
GC :: I guess the table saw is the center around which all other tools revolve. It's nice having other tools as well though.
Q :: Where do you make your art?
GC :: My workshop is an old semi derelict schoolhouse (see photo above). My workshop is functional but the rest is a project. I'm hoping to get a well and septic in this year.
Q :: If you could give a piece of advice to your younger artist self just starting out, what would it be?
GC :: Get started as soon as possible. Don't worry about perfection. Get your work in front of people. Don't be afraid.
Q :: How has Gallery Q helped you on your artistic journey?
GC :: On a pragmatic level it provides an outlet for my work to a local audience. More than that it provides a creative community to belong to since working by yourself for long periods can send you a bit mental.
Q :: What new and intriguing things are you working on?
GC :: This show - Stumped - has sent me in new directions. Some may be dead end, others may have legs. Only time will tell.
Website :: grahamcoulsonfurniture.com
The idea behind the newest Q exhibit "Stumped" is taking something that was a cast off, or overlooked - like the actual stump from Graham's yard - and transform it into a thing of beauty. You will have to see for yourself how that manifests for Graham, as well as the other artists that decided to play along with him! See you at the Q!
Six times a year (every two months) the Gallery hosts a new show featuring one or more artists in the front of the building, while showing works of all the Q members in the back. Each new show features an opening reception where the public can meet the artists and enjoy food and drinks. Normally, these are on the first Friday evening (5-7) on the odd months.
Due to COVID-19 all receptions and specials events are canceled until further notice.
"Pieces to Masterpieces"
Quilting and Silversmithing
Featuring John Hartman
Featuring Encaustic artist Jessie Fritsch
Featuring Dan Sivek
Featuring Elise Thornton basketry
Small Works show featuring Gallery Q artists.