Wood and fabric artists Imagining in Duncan

Sandra Holmes -
Sandra Holmes
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Mention fine art and mediums like painting and sculpture come to mind.

Imagine That! is offering something different this month. Fabric art by Sandra Holmes and wood wall art by Todd McAneeley take centre stage at the downtown Duncan artisans co-op throughout April.

Holmes is a self-taught seamstress and designer who started by sewing fashions for herself, outfits for her children, and suits for her husband. In the early '70s she moved to Vancouver Island and became very busy sewing in her family taxidermy business, making vests, purses and hats from wolf and fox fur.

After 35 years in retail, she retired and went more into home d├ęcor with pillows, table runners and wall hangings. "I like one-of-a-kind clothing. My passion is still in the design of coats, vests and purses, which I still sew today."

McAneeley, meanwhile, has been involved in making wood creations in one form or another for 20 years. He started a custom furniture business, designing and building everything from bedroom suites to bookcases, cabinets and conference tables. After 10 years, he turned to the workshop in his backyard along with all his tools, creating artistic cremation urns for pets.

Seeking more artistic challenge Todd began creating wood art. He creates using salvaged wood from trees that have fallen in a wind storm or are removed for some other reason. He's happy to contribute to the environment by using this salvaged wood for art instead of firewood.

Their displays run until April 26 a6 251 Craig Street. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 250-748-6776 for information.

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