Bio of Gord Hynek and Maureen Barrat
Originally from the Lower Mainland of B.C., Gord and Maureen have lived in the Sicamous area of the Shuswap
since 1993. Gord has a
B.Ed. and almost 20 years experience teaching the applied arts in various high schools. He is currently on a leave of absence. Maureen is an artist with little formal training but plenty to say. Together they have raised three sons, become grandparents and, as performers with many years experience in music and theatre, co-founded Ananke Productions in Sicamous and are founding members of the Sicamous Visual and Performing Arts Society. They have entered several art exhibitions in the area,
both as individuals with 2D art and as a team with found-art sculpture and driftwood furniture.
We've always been attracted to the wood that characterizes the shorelines of rivers, lakes
and oceans. The distinctive sun-bleached, bonelike shapes suggest strange and mysterious stories from another time. We think of their journey and wonder where they came from and how they arrived here. We walk beside the big ones, climb them and sit on them. We pick up the small ones to hold
them - feel them. We marvel at their shape, their colour and their eccentricity. Some inspire a new life while others tell their last tale as they crumble into the earth.
We search for the ones that desire another
To Go Where No Driftwood Has Gone Before -
Art Furniture With
Gord and Maureen's Art Furniture has been
featured in Cottage Magazine (Dec. 2003 issue) and in
British Columbia Magazine (Fall, 2004 issue), and has been
displayed at the Vancouver International Airport. Their work has been displayed at Log Home, Timber Frame Expos in Portland, OR; Tacoma, WA; and Chilliwack, BC. It has also been on display at BC Log Home, Timber Frame and Country Living Show in Abbotsford, BC, March, 2008; the Calgary, Alberta Log and Cottage Show, April, 2008, and the Outdoor Décor Yard and Garden Show in Chilliwack, BC, March 2009.