Introducing the artists at the Old Foundry Building

Introducing the Artists working at 1790 and 1760 Vernon Drive,
The Old Foundry Buildling (map link)

The artist at the Old Foundry Building. We are stone and wood sculptures, sketchers, painters, jewerly makers, metal workers, designers, cooks and more. Come visit us November 26-27 28th Friday Saturday and Sunday for our OPEN STUDIO EVENT exhibits and sales during the 14th Annual Culture Crawl.

A bit about the "Old Foundry Warehouse" We do not have a date when the warehouse was built but it originally was a foundry. Some of the things that were made and repaired at the foundry were varied and spanned several industries. There was marine parts, wood processing, railway parts and mining supplies - wheels to bollards. Cast steel, cast iron, bronze and copper were some of the materials used to produce items. Now the Old Foundry Building houses many small businesses from several artists, to a fitness centre, to a dog day care and there remains one iron worker.

Marie Bortolotto


Marie Bortolotto is a sculptor living in Vancouver, BC Canada who works primarily in stone and wood to create contemporary sculptures based on simple organic forms found in nature. She graduated from the NSCAD University, 1996, with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree focusing on sculpture and performance art. During this time, she lived and worked in Pietrasanta, Italy, a mecca for international stone sculptors and artisans. Currently, her work explores the vessel form with its multiple uses as a functional object and a ceremonial one. Intrigued by how all life feeds on life, her hand carved vessels articulate an awareness of the responsibility of feeding beyond oneself, into the invisible realm of ancestry and memory where reverence and gratitude are evoked. Overall, her work is inspired by the underlying belief in the power of art to transform, renew and sustain our modern human lives. See website

Russell Broughton


Russell Broughton graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. He studied stone carving in the Vaucluse region of France. The current body of work represents the past year’s exploration of various organic and structural themes.

Russell makes his home in Vancouver with his very patient husband and two busy little dogs.

Deb Chaney

Contemporary Abstract Painting

Deb Chaney is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, since 2007. She has been painting for over ten years both large and small layered mixed media abstract paintings on canvas and paper.

Her work is exhibited at SWITCH Boutique in Beverly Hills and Castle Estate Dealers of Kerrisdale in Vancouver. Deb was recently commissioned by RainMaker Films, Inc. and her art is held by private collectors throughout the world.

She is predominantly self-taught, she has enjoyed privilege of studying with several prominent Californian artists such as Ann Baldwin, Bob Burridge, and Adolfo Girala.

Deb is also a published writer. She is the author of The Little Inspiration Book, Ideas to Empower Women [2000. Trafford Publishing.] and a contributing author to Sand in my Bra, Funny Women Write From the Road [2002. Traveler’s Tales Publishing].

As well as maintaining her own studio practice, she teaches Illuminate the Artist Within™ workshops, and weekly abstract painting classes at Brock House Community Center in Vancouver.

Heather Craig

Painting and Drawing

Heather Craig earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. She continued her education at Simon Fraser University where she received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. Her first career was in health care, practicing as a nurse in numerous capacities in various parts of Canada and the USA. Along side the practice of art Heather is active in other fields. Currently she is working to change the way we treat people with mental illnesses by raising funds for research in depression, through speaking engagements, through writing and as an educator at the University of British Columbia in the School of Medicine. Her continuing studies, her observations about life, and her engagement with volunteer and professional work informs her artwork. Heather lives and works in Vancouver, BC.

Rojia Dadashzadeh

Painting/Greeting Card

Rojia Dadashzadeh lives and works in Vancouver. She comes from a diverse creative background. She graduated with honours in fine arts from University of Waterloo. She continued her post graduate studies at Sheridan in New Media Design. She worked in Vancouver for numerous creative studios including VRX Studio, Studio B production and Coastal Jazz (Vancouver International Jazz Festival) as a graphic and web designer. She then moved to Paris where she attended Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School and became a chef in cuisine and pastry. She returned to Vancouver in September 2008 and has been actively involved in the art community ever since. At the moment she works at her studio in the Old Foundry Building. She also works in the Kitchen at John Bishop's restaurant and teaches art at John Oliver High School. She is studying character development through clownology at the Fantastic Space Enterprise.

Oliver Harwood


Oliver Harwood was born in Paksong, Laos in 1969 Oliver grew up between Laos, Thailand, South

Africa, Switzerland and Canada. Oliver took a 4 year Bachelor of Arts in

History at University of New Brunswick, then attended Nova Scotia College

of Art and Design, graduating with a BFA in 1996. At NSCAD Oliver focused

on drawing and sculpture and was accepted for his first solo exhibition by

the end of first year. In his second year Oliver received a scholarship to

study in Italy where he lived and carved in the famous region of Carrara.

Surrounded by the beauty of Tuscany, Oliver found himself working in the

vicinity of numerous international sculptors, learning much through

discussion and observation. Since art college Oliver has produced several

bodies of work for exhibitions and has complete several private and public

sculpture commissions. His work is collected in Canada and USA. Since 2004

Oliver has lived in Vancouver, BC and continues to develop his sculpture

for exhibition and public art. or

Rosa Quintana Lillo

Painting and Drawing

For the last fifteen years, Rosa Quintana Lilo has worked on mixed media paintings out of her studios in Vancouver and Agassiz and at various Residencies at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan and Mexico. Her work communicates an introspective reflection of psychology and nature. Immersing herself into the atmosphere of her surrounding environment is where she finds the catalysts needed to paint her inspired works. Her lines and textures are expressionistic conveying mood, affecting the surfaces in unpredictable ways. Her paintings incorporate mixed media acrylics, inks, waxes and glues. Her work is in collections throughout Europe, the US, Canada and Mexico. She has worked for some of Canada’s most prominent West Coast First Nations artists, Bill Reid, Robert Davidson and Susan Point. Her primary work for these artists was the production of carvings, rubber moulds and castings in various materials. She has worked for the Vancouver Film Industry as a sculptor and Props maker, as a mould maker and caster for contemporary Vancouver artists and as a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University and The Art Institute of Vancouver.

She is currently working on the production of ongoing/new bodies of work out of her studios in Vancouver and Agassiz, British Columbia.

Simon Muscat

Stone Carvings and Jewelry

' Yap' sterling silver and leather neck piece.

Simon Muscat at the age of 18 emigrated to Canada from Malta to pursue a career in jewelry. In my twenties attended various arts and craft schools in Ontario,exploring a range of mediums and materials . My twenties and thirties living in Toronto and supporting myself through my jewelry making. By my early forties had a wonderful opportunity to move to the west coast to Salt Spring island to start gem carving with one of north America foremost gem carvers. This allowed me to integrate gem carving to my jewelry making. Now in my mid fifties, have turned my focus to carving granite in conjunction to building .