Gallery 222 – is our gallery in Qualicum Beach featuring gifts and artwork by Chris Dahl and Jan Bell-Irving. We create and sell unique original ceramics, paintings, prints and fused glass tableware and garden sculpture. Visit us in person or online – we ship worldwide.
Island in the Sea
In early 2019 a group of us from Qualicum Beach, Lantzville, Cumberland and Sydney on Vancouver Island began making plans to meet in Greece to visit our dear friend and musical partner who now lives there full time. I have played in many bands over the years with David Rutter and about 5 years ago, when David still lived in Victoria and would travel up island to visit us, I introduced him to Bill and Donna Konsorado and Todd Harmon – musicians I had started playing music with occasionally. David added his bass playing and vocals to our mix of original music and covers and we all bonded musically and as close friends. When David decided to retire to the small town of Douliana on the island of Crete we missed him and realized that the only way we were going to see him again was to visit him. So in May of this year we landed there and played a couple of gigs that David had set up, recorded the song included on this video and enjoyed many road trips around Crete during the two weeks we were there. Thanks to Jan Bell-Irving and Diana Fletcher for shooting much of the video footage and also to the lovely new friends we met during our stay in Greece.
Christopher Dahl Ceramic Artworks
Two years ago I made the shift from painting on canvas to glazed ceramics. I’ve become inspired by the immediacy of this new art form and the many surprises it brings. I love working in three dimensions and have become enamoured with the textures, colours and lustre that can be created with glazes.
The Spanish Inspiration
Following a visit to Spain and enjoying the gardens of Alhambra in Granada and the Sorolla Museum in Madrid my wife Jan Bell-Irving and I were inspired to redesign our garden in Qualicum Beach BC Canada. With the expertise of local contractor Trevor Johnson and his wife Renata, we scraped the garden down to raw soil and built a waterway, tiled surrounding path, pergola and new fencing. I made this video which can be viewed on Vimeo.
Chris Dahl Music Now Available at iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Spotify
Words Unsaid is about my experiences on Canada’s West Coast – lovers, family and friends who have shaped my life. Guitar and vocals: Chris Dahl plus contributing musicians David Rutter (bass and vocals) and Bill (Keyboards) and Donna Konsorado (Banjo).
Sea to Sky is a collection of instrumentals I composed and recorded for various video projects and soundtracks. These are available for licensing by contacting me at email@example.com or call 604.396.1070.
Smoke + Shadows is a collection of instrumentals I composed and recorded for various video projects and soundtracks. These are available for licensing by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.396.1070.
We visited Alert Bay on Cormorant Island recently and enjoyed strolling the boardwalk along the village shore and taking in the sights of this picturesque and historic community. The town is located in traditional Kwakwaka’wakw territory and approximately half of the village’s residents are ‘Namgis First Nations. We toured the U’mista Cultural Centre and viewed artifacts and historical photos – some of which are shown in this video. Video and music © Christopher Dahl 2019.