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“Wood Wall Wonders” by Todd McAneeley @GVPL Central Branch

5 December 2022 – 21 February 2023
GVPL Central Branch
735 Broughton St, Victoria, BC

Artist Statement:

The wood art I create comes from my deep love of wood and nature. They both have many textures, colours and aromas, and each of them are natural, beautiful elements in my everyday life.

My artwork is a creation from salvaged woods that inspire my creativity to design unique and intriguing artwork from abstract to representative art. My medium is the same wood that so many people chop up and turn it into ashes. Seeing the beauty in wood ‘offcuts’ makes me feel I am making a contribution in cleaning the air we all breath. Nature is filled with wondrous landscapes, so I will continue to be inspired and turn salvaged wood into works of art.

About the Artist:

Todd came into this life in 1963 in a small town in Saskatchewan named Humboldt. He was the 4th of 5 children, all boys, of Basil and Olive McAneeley. He lived and went to school in Humboldt up to the age of 15, when the family moved to Campbell River, BC. Todd went to college at Malaspina College in Nanaimo (Vancouver Island University) and studied architectural drafting. After he graduated, he worked for a few architectural firms, but decided to go out on his own and opened a business in Winnipeg where he designed and drafting house plans for 7 years.

In 1998, Todd opened a custom furniture business in Duncan that made anything made from wood from coffee tables to conference tables. He truly enjoyed the challenge of creating furniture and cabinets from wood species from all around the world. In 2014 Todd opened a business called Live Edge Mirrors where he makes and sells his mirrors both locally and online throughout Canada and the US and is proud to use the scrap wood for art instead of it turning into ashes.