Summer Comes Softly…

“Bird Stories Again” by Anne Griffiths 36″x36″ oil & resin on canvas $1800

Summer comes softly here on the West Coast… in other places, Summer may arrive with a bang of bright turquoise water and lemonade yellow sunshine, but not here.  Here we have soft warm grey sand, velvety bone-white driftwood, teal water and beach glass coloured skies.

It’s not surprising that some of our favorite things this season are in soft tones that are perfect for our sun bleached summer.  Take this gorgeous RedFlag design bag:  It’s re purposed sailcloth that has been over dyed a subtle shade of grey.  The previous life of the material shows in the gradations of grey, which are distinct to each piece.  Most importantly, it’s roomy, simple and tough – perfect for carefree Summer days spent near the water.

We’re enjoying the softest of blue grey tones in the Trollbeads at the moment, and so many of our Troll ladies seem to be collecting in this palette as well… Beads like “Light Blue Stripe”, “White Petals”, “Silver Trace, beige-blue” or any of the beautiful, dichroic glass beads… These designs seem to glow from within, with a soft cool light that somehow just suits this time and place.  Try one of the Trollbead leather bracelets, and add just a few of your favorites, for an even more casual, summery feel.

It’s the soft time of the coast… enjoy…



Bird Dreams: New Works by Anne Griffiths

“Bird Dreams in Florence”

Oil and resin on canvas, 60″x36″ 2010 C$2600

We were delighted recently to receive a few new pieces by talented local artist, Anne Griffiths… Pictured above is a wonderful image that blends an urban landscape of Florence with dreamlike birds that are inspired by her west coast home.  This painting has a warm, peaceful feel about it, and the red bicycle parked in the bottom right hand corner is a wonderful punctuation mark.

For more information about the art of Anne Griffiths, please visit her page on our website, or come experience them in person at Tartooful in Edgemont Village:  3183 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver BC 604.924.0122.


“Paris Night”: the evocative art of Anne Griffiths

The lovely teaser above is just a taste of the truly gorgeous pieces of original art that we will be installing later this week at tartooful…

Anne Griffiths is a phenomenally talented artist who calls the Village home, but whose travels in Europe have also given her a deep appreciation for the subtle colours and textures of the old world cities.  Her “Patina” series evokes the well-worn streets of places such as Florence, Lyon and Paris….while her “Bird Stories” series celebrates the lush forestscapes and natural wealth of the North Shore.  Like anyone who has found that they really belong to two places, Anne’s life and work reflect her two, very different worlds.  However, in her upcoming tartooful exhibition, Anne’s masterful touch brings the two into perfect harmony.

Please join us to celebrate the opening of recent works by

Anne Griffiths

10.16.10 2 til 5

at tartooful