‘Hierophany’ – Revelations at Rice Lake


Digital metallic photographs mounted on aluminum – 18″ x 24″                                Exhibition Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 12 to 5pm (Thursdays 12 to 3pm)

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About Hierophany:

hiero: the sacred
phany: appearance

Contemplating the ‘space in-between’ is a theme to which I’ve returned for many years. For me, the dynamic place where things overlap – where the boundaries are blurred – is where the divine sometimes shows itself and where creativity is born.

Someone very dear to me was recently plunged into one of these liminal realms as the result of a coma, so for a time late last summer the concept of a place between worlds was especially on my mind. The images in ‘Hierophany’ were shot at Rice Lake this past September after a day of walking in the forest for hours, trying to come to terms with the fate of my friend.

Our long dry summer had left the lake uncommonly low – exposing a boarder of natural forms rarely seen, and offering the perfect metaphor for that ‘space in-between’.

Miraculously, my friend Georgia has resurfaced and is much recovered. This exhibition is dedicated to her, with my gratitude for having been led to find so many hidden things revealed.
Shannon Browne January 2015

About Artemis


Artemis of Ephesus

“What is Artemis ?” The question was asked by a lovely woman, just leaving the studio after painting class. It’s a good question, for lots of reasons, but especially because ‘Artemis’ is the name of the little art gallery/studio I established five years ago on Vancouver’s North Shore. That the question was ‘what’ and not ‘who’ made me realize I had a responsibility to do a better job of introducing ‘Artemis’ to my community. Although I knew how complicated it was going to be, I promised myself to eventually forge a comprehensive answer.

I chose the name ‘Artemis’ after several of my dreams dovetailed with my travels, and led me to realize that somehow ‘She’ was calling. I presumed that most people might know her as ‘the other Diana’ – Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon. That’s one of the initial reasons I thought this name & deity would be appropriate. Deep Cove, where I live, is situated on the most southern fiord of North America, with huge mountains that plunge down into a narrow channel of the sea. Facing east, it’s the best place to catch a spectacular moonrise. But other signs of Artemis were all around me – evidence that she (known by one name or another) has been here all along. Mythology tells us that the lush-green wooded mountains are where she wanders; little fish in the coves are guarded by her gaze; the bear and deer, always close by, are two of the animals most sacred to her.

Some people may know about the Ephesian Artemis, who was such a revelation to me when I first visited Turkey. But few will have guessed her many names or all the realms over which she is said to preside. My own epiphany came two years ago on a ‘chance’ journey to the tiny village of Patara in south-western Turkey. I found that the people there, both ancient and modern Lycians, claim the goddess Leto, and her twin-children Apollo & Artemis, as their own. I apparently had stumbled upon the birthplace of Artemis, which made me even more curious to understand the breadth and depth of this goddess and the mythos that surrounds her.

Since then, my personal definition of ‘Artemis’ has expanded almost beyond words. But, as I’m still determined to answer ‘the question’, watch for a series of concise, incremental posts on the new ‘blog’ portion of this website, where I plan to share what I’ve discovered, along with some simple visual offerings – to Her.

Shannon Browne
October 2014

Statue of Artemis (detail) taken at the Ephesus Museum, Selchuk, Turkey, 2008.
(Excavated from the ruins of the great temple of Artemis at Ephesus)

Water-Colour Painting Classes: Winter/Spring 2015

Water colour classes with Enda Bardell start up again January 2015 at Artemis! 

Tuesday Sessions:    10AM – 1PM 
$140.00 for 4 sessions
January     13, 20,  27
February    3, 10, 17, 24
March        3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April           7, 14,  21,  28
Saturday Full-day Workshops:    10AM – 5PM
$90.00 each Saturday

January   17th
February  21st
March      21st
April        18th
To register or for more information contact:

Mbira Event ~ ‘Invoking Memory’

Traditional Mbira Music from Zimbabwe
Featuring Erica Azim playing mbira and sharing the songs and
culture of Zimbabwe
Saturday, November 8th – 8:00pm (doors open at 7pm)
Suggested Donation:  $20.00
Mbira is a sacred music which connects the living with those who have departed the physical plane, and therefore a timely offering at this season of remembrance.
This is an mbira concert PLUS:
Space to make art (bring art supplies if you have some), write poetry, knit, sing songs, dance, or simply listen deeply. 
Bring a small image of a departed loved one, if you wish.
Erica Azim will play mbira and lead singing. 
You can hear examples of mbira music at  www.mbira.org.
All donations will go to the MBIRA Musicians Fund, and will be distributed to over 200 Zimbabwean traditional musicians (who earn less than $100 a year)
Please note, this event is in affiliation with:
Friday, November 7, at 7pm
Saturday, November 8, all day
Sunday, November 9, until 5pm
Location: 2057 Panorama Drive, North Vancouver, Deep Cove
Cost: $300.00 USD for all three days
All levels welcome; no experience required; instruments available to use during the workshop.Fee includes 3-day workshop with instruction by Erica; cooked vegetarian meals; Saturday night mbira event and sleeping space for those who need it.

For more information contact:  Natalie 778-833-4088 or Chris 604-929-8757 or register through www.mbira.org