Artist in residenc

Falcon Residency

Artists in the cabins » Alerry Lavitt

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Our December artist in residence was Winnipeg-based award-winning artist Allery Lavitt. Her current work explores natural landscapes and constructed environments that stir up subtle emotion and invite the mind to relax. During her stay in the Merganser cabin Lavitt worked on both oil landscape pieces and on a mixed media project creating emotive bowls made from repurposed fur.

Here's what Allery had to say about her time spent at the resort:


My Falcon Trail residency projects are reflections and explorations on human experience,  and connecting these with the spirit of the boreal and coastal forests. 

Some time ago, I had the inspiration to make containers - bowls- out of fur.  The bowls would not  be usable bowls for storing items, but would house less solid things.  Their purpose is to house emotions! A place to put joy, anger, frustration, grief, confusion, bliss, wonder, all the feelings that overflow from our bodies and feel so much larger than life.  The sensuality and natural power of fur attracted me so strongly, and the concept of tapping into the essence, mythology, strength and power of the creatures I was working with gave the project solidity.  

During the residency I played with patterns and design for building small scale bowls, with a goal to make them on a large scale for future use.  

As I was working, I meditated on my materials.  Holding repurposed wolf, bear, coyote and fox in my hands, feeling them, I realized that these furs were literally pieces of the boreal forest.  We are so attracted to fur for its beauty, wildness and sensuality, and forget where it really comes from, and the lives of its creatures.  As I worked spontaneously, I began to make little abstractions of the forest.  In my own small way, conceptually bringing the essence of the animals back into their full circle of creation.  Perhaps it is a way to show respect for the land and its creatures.  I love the idea of returning them, in a small way, back to the same boreal forest that they once lived in, now becoming a part of a record of the forest’s beauty and wildness. 

The third project as part of this residency was to develop paintings from a 7 day backcountry hike of the West Coast Trail I did in the Pacific Rim National Park in Fall 2017.  Based on photographs taken during the hike, the smaller paintings are studies for a larger scale series of the trail and the amazing forests and oceans of coastal BC.

Thank you to Emily for this opportunity to develop my work in such a perfect setting, and for the gift of free, unfettered creative time that every artist so deeply needs!  That is where the magic happens :)

A big thank you to Allery for coming out to the resort and sharing her art with us. You can check out more of Allery's projects at her website: alerrylavitt.com

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Artists in the cabins » Rachel Schappert

Photos by Emily Christie and Kyle Schappert

Last week, amongst the gorgeous fall weather and bright orange colours, we welcomed Winnipeg based artist Rachel Schappert to the resort. Rachel's current art practice involves themes that explore the interconnected relationship between people and nature.

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Rachel set up shop on the High Lake warm up shelter, and spent the week building on-site sculptures which incorporate, decorate, accentuate, and play with the natural features of the sweet little site hidden along the High Lake trail.

The sculptures are hidden in and amongst the trees and rocks of the site. A delight for hikers to enjoy and explore. Each piece is full of details to be discovered, such as the single juniper berry in each copper and glass capsule on the piece, picked from the forest in which the sculpture now sits.

The High Lake shelter served as Rachel's indoor studio space, providing an escape from the wind and storage for her tools.

Here’s a view of one of the installations on a Jack pine tree I was collaborating with near a warm-up shack on a short trail that leads to a gorgeous lookout point at Falcon Trails.
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Whether viewed as a window, portal, the trees aura or its eye... for me weaving is symbolic for interconnectivity in many ways. The pieces change with what is reflected in the centre. We may see ourselves mirrored in the tree or we may peer away from ourselves and view the forest with tree branches swaying in the wind with a vast backdrop of sky.
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Either way I perceive the interplay of reflections as weaving invisible threads that connect nature and human viewers, as well as creatures that might interact with them. I watched various insects and even a squirrel pay interest and it was a delightful experience! ...
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Also, I placed bits of reindeer lichen from the landscape in each copper piece encapsulating and radiating the energy of the boreal.
— Rachel describing some of the inspiration and emotions behind in forest sculptures.

Some videos Rachel captured which demonstrate the amazing light interplay between her pieces and the surrounding environment.


During her residency, Rachel's brother Kyle Schappert, who just so happens to be a renowned photographer, came out for a visit and also snapped a few shots to capture Rachel's beautiful piece:

The  Mahigan cabin  at High Lake, where Rachel stayed during her residency. Photo by Rachel's talented brother Kyle Schappert.

The Mahigan cabin at High Lake, where Rachel stayed during her residency. Photo by Rachel's talented brother Kyle Schappert.



It was an honour having Rachel out to Falcon Trails, and we couldn't be more excited about the gorgeous addition her art makes to the beautiful High Lake warm up shack site. Definatly worth checking out.

Rachel's sculptures will remain in place at the warm up shack. Be sure to hike out and check them out! They will remain in place in the winter, but might be a little harder to find under the snow.

You can check out the trail there (look for the warm up shelter point) on the trailforks map:

High Lake service trail on Trailforks.com

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Artists in the cabins » Richelle Bergen

Last week we welcomed artist Richelle Bergen from Altona, MB to the resort. Emily had the pleasure of popping in and taking a few shots of the project Richelle was working on.

Richelle creates block printed artwork, inspired by nature, botanical patterns and seemingly ordinary daily details.

I believe less is truly more, that less allows us to appreciate the simple shapes, patterns and colours that surround us every day. This is what I seek to create with my artwork.

Richelle spent her time in the cabin carving an intricate woodland scene on artist's linoleum or rubbing carving block, later to be hand printed with eco-friendly inks onto premium papers. 
Because of the hand printing process, each print may have slight variations, which make each one unique and original. We can't wait to see the finished product!

To learn more about Richelle, or to purchase some of her stunning prints, go to her website at richellebergen.com.

Photos by Emily Christie