Denman.Rocks! A Collaboration of Art and Geology Group Show


A Collaboration of Art and Geology

Group Show  – Denman Island Artists and Rock Lovers

Opening Night Reception: Thursday August 22, 7 p.m.

Show Hours: Weekdays and Saturdays 11-4 p.m. and Sundays 1-3:45 p.m.

The final show of this 2019 summer gallery season promises an all-inclusive event created by a number of Denman’s unique and talented artists of all age groups; each united and inspired by their love affair with rocks; whether as the subject or as a unique component of their artistic media. 

Curated by two of the island artists, Laurena Fairbairn – a lifelong Denman resident and devoted rock hound and Shannon Ford who has taken the use of minerals in her own paintings to new levels, together with Roberta Pagdin; this diverse show presents 16 of Denman’s artists and rock lovers and promises to end the summer season with not only a visual display of rock inspired art in various formats, but a fun island-wide treasure hunt and a “rock talk” by a local expert. 

Art meets geology shouldn’t really surprise anyone who has wandered the shoreline that surrounds our beautiful island.  Each area offers the curious an opportunity to view incredibly unique and diverse rocks shaped and colored by varied geological origins.  Laurena encourages local rock collectors to display their treasures at the show and invites interested persons to contact her at

At the end of last school year, in preparation for this event, Laurena and Shannon visited the Denman Community School with Pelka Wiltshire.   Every student was the proud creator of a work of rock art that will be on display throughout the show.   A mini-fundraiser supporting ongoing rock and art studies at the school will be available to art center visitors.  And for some summer fun, visitors and islanders are invited to search the islands’ public spaces to find your own unique painted work of art, created by an artist from the show.   They promise to stand out as found treasures with their creatively designed colorfully painted surfaces. 

A special night is planned mid-event, on Thurday, August 29th at 6 pm. at the art center; local rock expert Steve Carballeira will do a “rock talk”.  

For more information on this season finale show, an extravaganza grown with synergy and vision by island artists, please visit Denman Rocks and Denman Rocks Rock Talk events pages on Facebook.   

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