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Assenheimer's family home was on a West Coast acreage where she enjoyed a robust existence amongst the towering evergreens, blackberry bushes, moss, and mud! This early connection to the natural provided the ground for a budding imagination that would eventually form the foundation of her art practice.
Early on, Assenheimer discovered that actualizing the notion was her magic! This way of self-expression would develop and eventually carry into her adulthood. Though not formally trained, she successfully provided interior design services for clients in greater Vancouver that included Keg Caesars, The Trolls, and Metrotown’s Tuscany Coffee House. The hands-on approach was very natural for Assenheimer, so she would often take on the decorative finishing of walls and wrought iron furniture for these projects. She also painted large backdrops for stage and catering events. Progressing to the canvas was a fait accompli.
In 2001, Assenheimer began studies at Ontario’s Dundas Valley School of Art to bolster the years of observation and desire to paint her visual interpretations on canvas. When Assenheimer eventually settled in Victoria she attended Vancouver Island Art School where she completed the “Certificate Program” in March of 2017.
The relationships between humankind, the perpetual cycles of the Universe and the immediate environment inspire Assenheimer’s work. This artist looks at the ephemeral qualities of life and tests the notion that knowledge from the past can inform the present and the future. These concepts are layered with imagination, memories and a painting process that uses loose, broad strokes, bold colour schemes and her signature mark making. Assenheimer is widening her scope of expression and is now creating sculptural forms of concrete, steel and plexiglass.
Assenheimer's first experience in showing her work to the public began in 2010 with the Scattered Artists Studio Tour in the Victoria area. She has exhibited her artwork at Art Atelier 546 and since the spring of 2014, at other Victoria venues including, Inn at Laurel Point, Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, the Victoria International Airport, Muse Winery, Cedar Hill Art Gallery. Assenheimer was a founding member of Gage Gallery Arts Collective and was a leading force in developing this gallery from 2014-2018. An Active Member of the Canadian Federation of Artists, Assenheimer’s artwork is held in private art collections in London, England; Seattle, WA; Greater Vancouver and the Okanagan and Victoria areas.
Assenheimer was awarded the “Jurors Choice” at Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts 2015 show. Robert Amos of the Time Colonist’s, commented, “….attractive work with an adept competence" and “Between décor, message, abstract and representation, these confident canvases keep the viewer engaged.”
Shelby Assenheimer (b. 1951, Canada)
2015-2017, Certificate Program, Vancouver Island School of Art, Victoria, B.C.
2001- 2003, acrylics, colour and design theory, Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario
1990 -1998, Interior Design Projects: Tuscany Coffee House, Keg, Cookies by George, Troll’s and Fleming Graphics, Greater Vancouver, B.C.
2017, “To Watch II”, Gage Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2017, “To Watch”, Gage Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2016, “Convivium”, Gage Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2014-2016 Scattered Artists Studio Tour, Victoria, B.C.
2014, Moka Coffee House, Victoria, B.C.
2016, “Cycles,” Langham Court”, Victoria, B.C.
2015, “Big Ones & Little Ones”, Cedar Hill Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2015 & 2014, Serious Coffee House, Victoria, B.C.
2015 & 2014, Muse Winery, Victoria, B.C.
2014, “Wood & Canvas”, Gage Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2017, “One Fifty Plus”, Gage Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2016, “Red Thread”, Gage Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2016, “Staccato”, Gage Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2016, “Summer Small Works”, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, B.C.
2016, “Gage Squared”, Gage Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2016 & 2015, “TD Moss Street Paint-In”, Victoria, B.C.
2015, “Melange”, Art Atelier 546, Victoria, B.C.
2015, “Conjunction”, Gage Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2015, “In Cahoots”, Slide Room Gallery, Vancouver Island School of Art, Victoria, B.C.
2015, “Spring Show”, Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts, Mary Windspeare Centre, Sydney, B.C.
2015, Saanich Municipal Hall, Victoria, B.C.
2015, Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa, Victoria, B.C.
2015, Victoria International Airport Café, Victoria, B.C.
2013–2015, “Saanich Studio Tours”, Cedar Hill Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2013 & 2014, CACGV “Look Show”, Bay Centre, Victoria, B.C.
2012-2015, “Scattered Artists Studio Tour”, Artist’s Studio”, Victoria, B.C.
January 2016, Robert Amos, Times Colonist, Victoria, B.C.,
February 2015, Robert Amos, Times Colonist, Victoria, B.C.,
2015, “Jurors Choice”, Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Show, Sydney, B.C.
2015, Inn at Laurel Point, Artist in Residence, Victoria, B.C.
2015-2017, curating, administration, Gage Gallery Arts Association, Victoria, B.C.
2014-2016, administration & treasurer, Scattered Artists Studio Tour, Victoria, B.C.
2015, group art show assistance, Canadian Arts Council of Greater Victoria, B.C.