Blood Star Gallery
The Art of Susan Taylor and Frank Ducote


(posted on 27 Nov 2021)

Season's Greetings everyone,

We hope this finds you well and getting in the holiday spirit despite biblical floods and plagues. 

The big news from the Blood Star is that we're moving... but only for a month. We're having a pop up show in Steveston for the month of December. Frank will be showing new digital work focussed on the beautiful and historic settings in Steveston. Susan will be showing new ink drawings - small drawings of birds and nests, and the occasional moth.

We're very grateful to have the opportunity to be guest artists at the Steveston Museum. Please pop in and say hi. We'll be at the Museum for several hours every day. See our poster below for location and hours.

If you happen to be in the vicinity or haven't taken in the delights of Steveston recently, we'd love to see you. You might want to make a day of it - fish and chips or chowder on the waterfront, a walk or bike ride on the dyke, kite flying at Garry Point Park, a tour of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and the Britannia Heritage Shipyard, or shopping in the village.This is where we'll be. Please share with your friends.


our best to you,

Susan and Frank

Blood Star Gallery

778 891 9437




(posted on 30 Oct 2021)

Dear art lovers and friends of the Blood Star Gallery,

It's just one week until our annual end-of-year anniversary sale. We're happy to say the Blood Star continues to thrive, even during the pandemic.

Next Saturday and Sunday, November 6 and 7, to celebrate our 22 years in operation, we are offering 22% off any purchase of work on our website, in person at the Gallery, or Frank's digital work on exhibit at Poets Cove Resort. Hours at the Gallery will be 11 to 4. Online, contact us anytime.

In the words of Dr. Henry, be kind, be calm, be safe, everyone.

Susan and Frank

Blood Star Gallery

phone/text 778 891 9437


(posted on 3 Jul 2021)

It's been six months since you've heard from us and we're thrilled to announce that ART OFF THE FENCE, the 25h anniversary edition, will be happening on the grounds of the little church on South Pender Island two weeks from today. If you're on the Penders or you're able to get here, we so hope you'll join us.

In the meantime, the Blood Star Gallery is open most days (please text to confirm) 11 am to 4 pm. Do drop by. We've missed you.

And keep an eye out for the elk when you're down our way. We've seen blurry photos taken by others and we've heard him bellowing nearby at 4am - but so far haven't caught a glimpse of him.

Our best to you,

Susan and Frank

Blood Star Gallery

South Pender Island

778 891 9437 (text or phone)

(posted on 8 Jan 2021)

Dear friends of the Blood Star,

After the monumental events of this week in the United States and elsewhere, we think it's time to talk about art. We hope you agree.

So with that in mind, here is our brief update.

Susan will be showing a recent nest drawing in the upcoming juried Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) Works on Paper exhibit that runs January 25 to February 7 on Granville Island.

A Red-winged Blackbird's Clutch, ink, watercolour and graphite on paper

Frank will be showing his folk art piece titled Ubu Roi in the juried FCA Artists Choice exhibit which runs from February 8 to 21, also at the FCA Gallery on Granville Island. With this week's anarchy in mind, it's a fitting coincidence that this piece was selected for this show. The original Ubu Roi was a character created by Alfred Jarry in a play by that name in 1896. Ubu was considered a malevolent clown who people mocked until he gained power and wreaked havoc. Enough said!


Ubu Roi, wood and found objects

During these winter months the Blood Star will be open occasionally so your best bet is to phone or text us at 778 891 9437. We have covid measures in place. Masks are required.

As DBH says - be kind, be calm, be safe.

Our best to you, 

Frank and Susan


(posted on 4 Nov 2020)

Dear art lovers and friends of the Blood Star Gallery,

Every year at about this time we celebrate the Blood Star's anniversary by offering you savings on everything in the Gallery, It's our 21st anniversary this year so you can take 21% off any work on our website or in the Gallery this Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8. The gallery will be open 11am to 4pm both days. Please wear a mask if you visit. We have corvid safety measures in place.

Masked Ball by Frank Ducote, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 24

We hope to hear from you.

Stay safe everyone.

Susan and Frank

Blood Star Gallery

(posted on 4 Oct 2020)

Dear art lovers and friends of the Blood Star Gallery,

Have you visited the Audain Museum at Whistler? It's something we've been wanting to do for a couple of years and finally managed this week. What a wonderful collection and it's just the right size - not at all overwhelming. Works by Emily Carr and EJ Hughes were prominent. Hughes' saturated colours were particularly uplifting. The First Nations' masks are masterful. And the current eclectic photography exhibit even includes a few of Wilson Bentley's photographs of snowflakes from the 1920s. Bentley took 5000 photos of snowflakes and demonstrated that no two snowflakes are the same. 

Opening tomorrow, October 5 at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery on Granville Island is the CRISIS Exhibition. Works by sixty juried artists reflect the importance of nature to our collective and individual wellbeing - more important than ever in this time of coronavirus and climate change. Susan was delighted to be invited to be a juror for the show. There are powerful images of environmental degradation as well as work that inspires redoubling of our efforts to protect the environment we hold dear. One of Susan's pieces from her The Importance of Plankton series is included in the exhibit which runs until October 18. If you'd prefer, you can see the show online at

The Importance of Plankton VII, acrylic and resin on wood cradle, 30 x 30

The Gallery at Hope Bay on the Pender Islands has a new show up now and until November 1 - Forest Life and Flights of Fancy. There's work in wood, felt, photography, clay, paint and more by the many talented artists of the Penders. Frank is showing a folk art bird from his corvid series and Susan is showing a nest from her ongoing nest series.

Strutting Corvid, painted wood and found object, 11.75 x 14 x 4


Home III, ink and watercolour on paper, 6.5 x 6.5, matted and framed 13 x 13 

Frank is currently working on folk art commissions in anticipation of Christmas giving. Here's one of his works in progress. What a cutie!

We'll be returning from our mountain break soon and the Blood Star will reopen on October 8, 11 to 4 with covid measures in place. Please wear a mask if you plan to visit. We'll look forward to seeing you.

Be safe everyone.

Our best to you,

Susan and Frank


(posted on 8 Aug 2020)

Dear art lovers and friends of the Blood Star,

In 1896 Alfred Jarry published and produced the play Ubu Roi. The title character Père Ubu is a gluttonous, greedy and cruel individual who is willing to sacrifice anybody to accomplish his ends and ultimately proves himself a coward. Circumstances in the US brought this play to mind for Frank as he produced his sculpture Ubu Roi, aka The Mad King.


Ubu Roi (The Mad King), painted wood and found objects, 25 x 13 x 12

This piece as well as his landscape Craddock Beach can be seen in the 2020 ART OFF THE FENCE Show and Sale (disrupted) in the display case at the Penders' Driftwood Center for the next week or so. Frank's fascination with crows and ravens continues and one of the birds from his Conspiracy of Corvids series is also in this exhibit.


Craddock Beach, acrylic on wood cradle, 16 x 20


The Big Guy, painted wood and found object, 12 x 17 x 4.5


Susan is showing two larger pieces from her The Importance of Plankton series. Interest in plankton has built over the summer and most of the pieces in this series have now sold. A recent trip to Galiano Island to view plankton under a scanning electron microscope has reignited Susan's interest and delight in plankton and she now has new plankton pieces underway.


The Importance of Plankton III, acrylic and resin on wood cradle, 16 x 16

Frank and Susan both have had work accepted by the jury for the upcoming Small Work Exhibition at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery on Granville Island, Vancouver. The exhibition opens August 17 for two weeks. If you can't make it to Granville Island, it will be viewable on beginning August 17.

Deep in Thought, acrylic on wood panel, 14 x 11 (image size), framed

Home II, ink and watercolour, 15 x 11 (image size), framed

The Blood Star Gallery is now open outside each day from 11 am to 4 pm weather permitting. If you're on the Penders, we'd love to see you.  The weather is constantly changing these days so confirming that we're open by texting or calling 778 891 9437 before you visit would be a good idea.

We hope every one of you is keeping safe and finding joy within your respective bubbles.

Our best to you,

Susan and Frank




(posted on 14 Jul 2020)

Dear art lovers and friends of the Blood Star,

At the end of each day, weather permitting, with our respective drinks in hand, cinzano with a twist of lemon for Susan and a beer for Frank, we pull up chairs outside to catch the last rays of the sun. It would normally be gin and tonics but we can't get any bloody tonic. Tonic is like TP was in March - very rare!

On three consecutive days last week, just as we sat down a bee flew in front of us carrying a leaf and dropped it at our feet. At about the same time each day! Susan thinks it's a lovely gift from the bee; Frank thinks that's too woo woo and that the bee is just startled to find us in its flight path and drops the leaf in surprise. Whichever is the case, it's one of the delightful surprises offered up by Mother Nature recently. And now we know about leaf cutter bees.

The seriously disrupted 24th annual ART OFF THE FENCE Show and Sale continues. We are changing the exhibit weekly in the display case at the Driftwood Centre on the Pender Islands, as well as on FB and Instagram at Art Off the Fence.

This week Frank is showing a digital painting, an acrylic painting and a folk art corvid.

Elephant Garlic, digital painting, face mounted print, 12 x 9

Hello Kitty, acrylic on canvas SOLD

Strutting Corvid, wood and found objects


And Susan is showing two pieces from her ongoing The Importance of Plankton series and one of her bigger nest drawings. It's such a pleasure to see the plankton work, that celebrates the beautiful micro-organisms that produce half of our oxygen, going to the homes of new fans.

The Importance of Plankton XI, acrylic and resin on wood cradle, 10 x 10

The Importance of Plankton XII, acrylic and resin on wood cradle, 10 x 10


Home II, ink and watercolour on paper, 15 x 11, framed

If you're on the Penders this summer you'll find us open outside 11 to 4, weather permitting. To confirm, please text or call

778 891 9437.

We wish you joyful summer times with those near and dear to you.

Frank and Susan

(posted on 7 Jul 2020)

Dear art lovers and friends of the Blood Star Gallery,

We're adapting to the current challenges, creatively - like so many others.

The annual ART OFF THE FENCE Show and Sale that we've taken part in for most of the past 24 years, continues. This year we're very happy to have the opportunity to exhibit our work at the commercial hub of the Pender Islands. It's not our usual one acre site for one weekend but a 24 square foot display case for six weeks and we're putting new work in the case each week and also posting it on Facebook and Instagram at Art Off the Fence.

Whether you're on the Pender Islands or the other side of the world, we hope you'll check out our new work.

This is week 2 of ART OFF THE FENCE.

Frank is showing faces, his favourite subject.

Amadeo Modigliani, acrylic on wood panel, 14 x 11, framed


In the Temple of Beauty I, acrylic, transfer and collage on wood cradle, 24 x 24


In the Temple of Beauty II, acrylic and transfer on wood cradle, 12 x 12


Susan is showing just one piece (because it's BIG, well, big for the 24 square foot display case anyway); it's titled The Importance of Plankton VII, and includes a few of the estimated one million microscopic plankton organisms. Susan's thinking is that by showing their beauty in her current plankton series, it will draw attention to plankton's importance to our way of life and to the importance of protecting our oceans from pollution and warming. Every second breath we take is thanks to the oxygen produced by plankton.


The Importance of Plankton VII, acrylic and resin on wood cradle, 30 x 30

We're keeping the Blood Star open 11 to 4 each day by moving our work outside, weather permitting. If you'd like to visit, we recommend sending a text or calling 778 891 9437 to confirm that the weather is co-operating in our neck of the woods.

We'd love to hear from you. How are you staying creative?

Our best to you,

Frank and Susan

(posted on 7 Jul 2020)
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