2016 SHOWS


JUNE 11 to 26, 2016

Opening Saturday June 18 at 7pm

The June show of Peter Mennacher’s work included 2 large wood sculptures and some new prints.

The highlights of Blizzmax’s first show of the 2016 season was Peter’s 2 Arte Povera pieces, Retrofocus and Plein Soleil, on which he  worked on for almost 10 years. Square and circular in form, respectively, these large wall pieces are made up of whittled wood. Plein Soleil, with 16,611 single pieces and recently completed, was shown for the first time. Peter’s whole print series (to date) of Hypolythe and Yolanda was also on display, along with a series of abstract pieces painted over the winter.

Click here to see more images of Peter’s wood art.


JULY 2 – 24, 2016

An exhibition pairing 9 artists and 9 poets.
Opening night Saturday JULY 2 @ 7pm

The Artists: Peter Blendell, Buffy Carruthers, Sharon Fox Cranston, Graham Davies, Tracy Douglas, Don Maynard, Peter Mennacher, Rhonda Nolan and Kato Wake.

The Poets: David Carpenter, Roz Bound, Janet Davies, Janice Edwards, Olga Everaert, Brian Flack, Shauna Haugen, JC Sulzenko, and Gerry Vise.

Artists and Poets were paired and each pair interpreted their ‘partner’s’ work. Brian Flack created a chapbook which documented the exchanges. The chapbook was on sale at the Gallery opening night.


AUGUST 13 to SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

This exhibition was organized in partnership with SPARKBOX STUDIO
ARTISTS: Kyle Topping and Chrissy Poitras from Spark Box, and Peter Mennacher from BLIZZMAX. Also showing are Michael Ciesieslski, Phoebe Cohoe, Rebecca Cowan, Josh Dannin, Genna Kutsch, Pam Loebb, Jeff Macklin, Otis Tamasauskas, Larry Thompson, Jessica Veevers, Terry Veevers and Jan Winton.
A bookplate is a decorative little label usually plastered on the inside front cover of a book, that are emblazoned with “ex libris“( Latin for “from the library of”) and then some persons name.  They were a big thing not too long ago.
Bookplates were used primarily by well-to-do folks who had the money to afford large personal libraries. Books were valuable possessions and the bookplate was simply a way for book owners to identify their books and perhaps encourage their return when they were lent out to friends and family. The first bookplates were used in Germany in the 16th century by Christian monks, and the practice spread among European gentry. The custom came to America in the 1600s.Bookplates were widely used throughout the 19th century by both Europeans and Americans, but the practice began to fade by the 1950s.
The designs on bookplates were highly personalized in order to clearly identify a book’s owner, using common motifs including family crests and badges as well as Latin or Greek mottoes. In the early part of the 20th century you begin to see more personalized bookplate designs that move beyond family heraldry.
Bookplate collecting is a surprisingly robust hobby filled with passionate enthusiasts. Consequently, you can find thousands of bookplate examples online, with a rich variety of designs. And many contemporary print artist create ex Libris stamps for those collectors.


SEPTEMBER 10 to 25, 2016

Furniture, objects and other surprises, designed and hand made by:

Peter Blendell, John McKinnon, Peter Mennacher and Brian Woods