gilakas’la / čɛčɛ haθɛč, We are deeply grateful for, and respectfully acknowledge that the lands upon which we and all our Central Island Artists produce their creative work are the unceded traditional territory of Puntledge, Eiksan, K’ómoks, Homalco and Tla’amin first nations, and the Te’mexw Treaty Association.

Silver Bowerbird Studio

Map #37
Margaret McKenzie is a therapeutic artist, writer, and educator. She operates the Silver Bowerbird Gallery & Studio, and facilitates expressive arts workshops, community Pop-Up arts events, and art shows. After operating a commercial screen printing business for 26 years with her late partner, James Morris, Margaret has returned to her love of expressive arts and is happily exploring a variety of media.

A deep reverence for the environment has compelled her to use found media wherever possible in her artwork and has led to a type of metaphoric “Net Painting” which seeks to capture the essence of joy, journey, and spirit in a mixed media form.

Working primarily in acrylics and mixed media, Margaret explores the intuitive expression of emotion through art. Inspired by nature, especially the amazing seashore, you will find whimsical pieces, abstract expressionists, environmental assemblages made from litter found on the beach, and garden fairy doors with a seaside flavour!

You will be able to try out acrylic painting or a mixed-media creation during the studio tour! Join in and have fun. There will be refreshments available.

Other Artists at the Studio:
Elizabeth Phillips
James Morris
Anna Jellie

Yes, with a little help

Payments Accepted:

Cash, Credit


Call ahead for appt. (Back lane entrance, 479 4th St. Courtenay)

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