🐝Bee Month, Supporting Our Magical Pollinators!✨

Posted on May 14, 2021 by laureen barker


🐝All May long we are celebrating our magical pollinators!✨

Honey Bee candles has created the beautiful Peek-A-Bee candle to raise awareness about saving our bees!

All donations are given to the Honey Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph. 

To learn more about Honey Bee Research click the link below

We have a finite amount of these candles so stop & pick one up to support the cause!🕯️


 We are also giving away a big, beautiful basket of Honey Candles! If you want to enter just send us an e-mail at with your name & phone number! We are also giving out clover seeds in store for you to help by planting attractive flowers for pollinators, make sure to stop by! 🍀

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Interview with Artist John Proulx

Posted on February 23, 2021 by laureen barker

Ontario born, long term B.C. resident John Proulx, talks to us about his art, inspiration and spiritual pursuits! His super psychedelic art is available in art cards at Gaia Rising!

                             Follow him on Instagram @gascanjohnny


Gaia Rising: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Background, where you grew up, just a brief history of YOU.

John Proulx: When I was about 2 yrs old my parents inherited my great uncle Rosere's trap line in Caramat, Ontario. There we lived off grid until I was about 9 yrs old. I attended an on-room school house, attended by maybe 10 students in total. At 20yrs old, I began my career as a Laboratory Technician and successfully managed Laboratory Services for about 18 yrs.

Gaia: What prompted your interest in art? Were there any art pieces, or was there a moment of inspiration that compelled you to pursue becoming an artist?

John: My biological father was a traditional carver and allowed me to help out in the shop as a small child. I was managing an Aggregate testing Laboratory in Surrey, BC and on a slow day I noticed that some of the stone in one of my samples was quite soft. I spent the afternoon carving the bust of a woman using a flat head screwdriver. After work I presented it to my wife and she insisted that I pursue stone sculpture as a hobby

Gaia: I noticed in your bio that you said you were a self taught sculptor, what kinds of materials did you work with to create your pieces? What did you sculpt? Why switch over to the other mediums that you work with now? Do you still create sculptures?

John: I sculpted stone and did a little wood work. I preferred working with stone though. For some reason I  found the weight of the stone very satisfying and really enjoyed working with hand tools. Almost all abstract pieces that are surprisingly similar to the shapes in my current work. I just started sculpting a piece a couple months ago but I'm at a stand still until I acquire a couple of specialized tools.


Gaia: How does the experience between drawing and sculpting differ for you? Do you feel like you express different parts of yourself through creating different types of art?

John: I don't feel as though they differ much except that one is more labour intensive than the other and you can't hold a drawing the way you can hold a sculpture. Ok, now that I'm thinking about it; that represents a huge difference in that I have a more physical relationship with the stone.

Gaia: Can you tell us what influences your art now? Your designs are rather psychedelic… are you tapping into other realities through any practices like meditation?

John: Absolutely, for the most part I scry my sigils and Transcendental magick in the tradition of Louis Constant, Austin Osman Spare and George Cecil Jones. This practice is big part of my day to day life.

Gaia: Do you have any other creative or artistic pursuits that you like to express yourself besides sculpting, painting and visual art?

John: I do a little writing mostly on the subjects of Magick and Mysticism with a strong emphasis on left hand path traditions.

Gaia: Any projects you are planning that you want to share about?

John: In the short term, I'm working diligently on amassing enough work to show at Frog Peak Cafe in March and Mamma Sita's in May. In the long term I'm working on a Tarot deck.

Gaia: What is your favourite spiritual tool or what spiritual tools are you interested in?

John: Scrying mirrors, hands down.

Gaia: What is something positive you wish to see happen in this world?

John: I'd like to see our society (as a whole) move toward taking responsibility for encouraging and helping to secure the ultimate freedom of the individual. Rather than the current policy of stick and carrot control mechanisms designed to promote a false sense of order through uniformity and mindless conformity.

Gaia: What would be in your shopping bag at Gaia Rising 😊 ?

John: A new scrying mirror (currently scrying in black coffee) and a copy of the Book of Thoth.


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Meet Steph Kellett, beautiful artist 🎨

Posted on February 09, 2021 by laureen barker

"I'm pretty sure I entered this world holding a crayon. I've always been the daydreaming artsy kid. It was coming to the Kootenays that inspired me to become a full-time artist."

Steph supplies our store with cards made from her beautiful artwork. Specializing in nature, but not short on imagination, Steph's artworks captivate the heart.


Gaia: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Background, where you grew up, just a brief history of YOU...

Steph: I grew up in Penticton, BC, with my mother and sister, our dog, many cats, and my hamsters. My youth was spent swimming, building forts and lego castles, and exploring the sagebrush covered hills with my two cousins. I loved being outside and I loved making things.

 I decided to go to art school in Kelowna almost directly out of high school, where I studied video and photography, and then finished my degree in art history at Uvic. Each decision was made from an urge to follow my curiosity, and as such I decided to follow my curiosity and a dream of a romantic winter in the Kootenays to teach myself how to paint. That was the winter of 2009, and I'm still here. The Kootenays have allowed me to live my dream in a way that no other location really could.

Gaia: What prompted your interest in art? Were there any art pieces, or was there a moment of inspiration that compelled you to pursue becoming an artist?

StephI'm pretty sure I entered this world holding a crayon. I've always been the daydreaming artsy kid. It was coming to the Kootenays that inspired me to become a full-time artist though. I was in a car accident on my way to the Kootenays, and I sustained some injuries that kept me from returning to my more physical work back in Victoria after the winter ended. Art was something I could do, and also be able to take time to recover. I love what I do, and perhaps I would have become a full-time artist more organically further down the road, but life gave me a kick in the pants to just jump right in, and I'm grateful to it.

Gaia: I noticed in your bio on your website that you take immersive trips into the wilderness to inspire and assist in your artistic process and projects. Do you find yourself re-visiting some of the same places or do you like to explore many different landscapes? What type of environment do you find most conducive to sparking your creativity and why?

Steph: Yes and yes. I LOVE drier landscapes. I'm born of the desert, and I feel a constant pull towards grasslands, deserts, and tundra. I've visited areas of wilderness in the Chilcotin Plateau, the grassy foothills of the Rockies, and the south-western tundra of the Yukon, all more than once. I love these places because of the colours of the grasses, the space between the trees, the hues of water, and the expansive vistas. These areas are also rich in wildlife, and the chances of having encounters with them are high.

I'd love to explore places like Iceland and the south-west of the States, but there are so many thousands of unexplored kilometres in the areas I've already been to that I could happily return to them for years to come.

Gaia: We love the different animals in your pieces. What animal would you consider your “spirit animal” or what is an animal that you connect to deeply and why?

Steph: Hands down it's the fox. They are so curious and playful. They're also able to adapt to different environments, much like coyotes, and can live in pristine landscapes, crumbling urban ones, and all the spaces in between. I feel like I have that kind of adaptive quality. I've also had multiple encounters with red foxes and they delight me to no end.

Gaia: Besides your spirit animal, what is one of the animals you enjoy painting and why?

Steph: I love painting grizzlies. I've had a lot of beautiful experiences with grizzlies, some at arms length. They have such a calm power to them; they are gods in their own right. I think certain animals speak more to certain people than others. I don't feel I have the same connection to black bears even though I've also had many lovely encounters with them. It's definitely influenced by the fact that my partner is a former grizzly biologist, so I have access to his knowledge and first hand experience with them. But it's also something else... it's this thing that I also feel with foxes and lynx, but not with cougars. Some I'm meant to work with, and others I'm not


Gaia: On your site it says you mainly work with acrylic but what other mediums do you like to work with?

Steph: Pen and ink, oil pastel, and collage. I'm also attempting to learn gouache.

Gaia: Do you have any other creative or artistic pursuits that you like to express yourself with (ex, music, dance, textiles) and how does it feel different to you from painting? Does it enable you to express yourself in ways that painting does or does not?

Steph: Every medium allows a different nuance of expression to come through. Different mediums vary your amount of control and often involve different processes. I also work in video, both alone and in collaboration with my partner, Robert Livingood. I find that video allows my storyteller to come through with much more ease. Where my paintings are frozen moments of emotion and time, video is a moving, living entity.

Gaia: Any projects you are planning that you want to share about?

Steph: My partner and I are currently creating an audio/video piece for a local theatre piece scheduled to be performed at the Capitol this March. Of course with all things Covid, we'll see how the timing actually plays out. If people are interested in knowing more, they can sign up for my newsletter on my website, and I will send out more information as the spring

Gaia: Last but not least!....What would be in your shopping bag at Gaia Rising?

Steph: I love Gaia Rising. What a fabulous community business we have here in Nelson. Let's see, I'd have the staples – white sage, beeswax candles, essential oils, and I also have my eye on one of their beautiful crystal bears.


Valentines Day is coming! Don't hesitate to wear your heart on your sleeve with one of Steph's beautiful cards. Drop by Gaia to pick one out! ;) 

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