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Assenheimer's family home was on a West Coast acreage in British Columbia where she established an early connection to the natural world that would stimulate her imagination and form the foundation of her art practice.
In the 80's, though not formally trained, Assenheimer successfully provided interior design services for clients in the greater Vancouver area that included Keg Caesars, the Trolls, and Metrotown’s Tuscany Coffee House. She often took on the decorative finishing of walls and wrought iron furniture for these projects and also painted large backdrops for stage and catering events.
In 2001, Assenheimer began studies at Ontario’s Dundas Valley School of Art to bolster the years of observation and desire to paint on canvas. When Assenheimer eventually settled in Victoria, B.C. she attended Vancouver Island School of Art where she completed the “Certificate Program” in March of 2017.
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 and Cedar Hill Art Gallery. Assenheimer was a founding member of Gage Gallery Arts Collective and 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 and corporate art collections in London, England; Seattle, WA; Greater Vancouver and the Okanagan and Victoria areas of B.C.
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.”
Assenheimer draws from nature and its universal cycles while considering the effects of the historical layered with the present. Her painting technique adopts this layering practice and combines it with expressive brush strokes overlaid with her signature mark-making. Bold colour schemes and movement in these works capture the dynamics of an ever changing universe.
Assenheimer is widening her scope of expression and is now creating sculptural forms of concrete, steel, plexiglass and natural crystals. The artist continues to explore the complexities of nature in these works as she combines contrasting materials into one, simultaneously highlighting each member's unique characteristics.
Through her artwork, Assenheimer endeavours to ground the viewer to the resonating rhythms of the universe--past, present and future.
Shelby Assenheimer (b. 1951, Vancouver, B.C. 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 in the Greater Vancouver area: Tuscany Coffee House, The Keg, Troll’s and Fleming Graphics
Solo Shows & Exhibitions
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, Moka Coffee House, Victoria, B.C.
2010-2012 Scattered Artists Studio Tour, Victoria, B.C
Duo Shows & Exhibitions
2018, "Naturally", VAC Fort Street Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2016, “Cycles,” Langham Court”, Victoria, B.C.
2015, “Big Ones & Little Ones”, Cedar Hill Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
2014 & 2015, Serious Coffee House, Victoria, B.C.
2014 & 2015, Muse Winery, Victoria, B.C.
2014, “Wood & Canvas”, Gage Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
Group Shows & Exhibitions
2017, "This Ain'st No Xmas Show", 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.
2015 & 2016, “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.
2013-2015, “Scattered Artists Studio Tour”, Artist’s Studio, Victoria, B.C.
Reviews & Articles
January 2020, Modern Home Lookbook, Volume 3, Artist Interview, www.victoria.modernhomemag.ca
January 2016, Robert Amos "Vibrant canvases engage the viewer", www.timescolonist.com
July 2015, Travis Paterson "Trowels bring texture for Saanich artist, www.saanichnews.com
February 2015, Robert Amos "Come for coffee, stay for the art", www.timescolonist.com
2015, “Jurors Choice”, Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Show, Sydney, B.C.
2015-, Active Member, Canadian Federation of Artists
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, Scattered Artists Studio Tour, Victoria, B.C.
2015, group art show assistance, Canadian Arts Council of Greater Victoria, B.C.