Blood Star Gallery
The Art of Susan Taylor and Frank Ducote


(posted on 11 May 2022)

Dear friends of the Blood Star,

The weather remains cool and wet here - perfect weather for preparing new work for upcoming summer shows.

Frank has been experimenting with abstraction over the past few months and has produced a new series titled A Day at the Races. These digital painting and collage works are available as sublimation prints on aluminum in limited editions of three. Here's the one titled The Race is On! It can be printed up to 48" x 64".

Susan is continuing work on her chocolate box series. Life is Like a Box Of Chocolates IV was accepted by the jury for the current Federation of Canadian Artists online 365 Exhibit. You can see it at

Here's another recent chocolate box.

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates III, ink, w/c, acrylic on paper mounted on wood cradle, 6" x 6"

The Pender Show: Putting Our Best Foot Forward will be the kickoff show in Pender Island's Sea Star Winery roster this summer. We're thrilled that the Winery will again be offering art exhibits this summer and has accepted our pitch to exhibit some of the best work created by Pender artists and artisans. One piece from each artist not previously seen on the Penders. We're excited! Art lovers won't want to miss this show, July 1,2,3 with the opening Friday night. Make your ferry reservations now.

And then two weeks later, the greatly-loved Art Off the Fence will also be taking place at Sea Star Winery. Our usual venue on South Pender lies beyond what's now benignly referred to as The Dip. The repair schedule for this disintegrating section of road is unknown so we're very happy that Sea Star has welcomed AOF to the Winery, July 15,16,17 . There'll be an opening Friday evening 4-8 pm and the show will continue Saturday and Sunday. Mark your calendars and again, do book your ferry reservation. The coming months promise to be busy! 

May your fledgling gardens lift your spirits and begin to fill your plates over the coming weeks.

Our best to you,

Susan and Frank

Blood Star Gallery

Pender Island

778 891 9437



(posted on 10 Apr 2022)

Dear friends of the Blood Star,

It's just a few days until Easter and for us that means the South Pender Easter Art Walk that we started 23 years ago to recognize and support the artists of our little island. This year there'll be ten artists to visit at nine venues. You'll find wire drawings, prints, paintings in watercolour and acrylics, stained glass, hand crafted jewelry, folk art, digital art and more. It's a family event. If you're on the Penders, we hope you'll include the event in your weekend plans.

The Blood Star is at #9 on the Art Walk map below. We think you'll leave inspired.

Frank will be showing new digital work and new acrylics from his Shipyards series.

from Frank Ducote's Shipyards series, acrylic on cradled wood panel, 10 x 10


Susan will show new work from her recent series Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates. Isn't it just! These works are inspired by an over-the-top box of delicious chocolates she received from Frank several years ago.

from Susan Taylor's Life is Like a Box of Chocolates series, ink, w/c, coloured pencil, acrylic on paper mounted on cradled wood panel, 6 x 6

Both Frank and Susan have work in the ongoing exhibit Food is Everything at The Gallery at Hope Bay on North Pender. The exhibit is on until early May. Another varied, interesting art show to enjoy over Easter.

Susan's nest drawing, done in one of the "atmospheric rivers" we experienced several months ago, is in the juried Federation of Canadian Artists Small Works Exhibit on now through April at the FCA Gallery on Granville Island. You can see the Small Works Exhibit online at if you can't make it to Granville island.

Susan is thrilled to have a poster presentation of work from her ongoing Importance of Plankton series accepted for inclusion in the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. It's an international conference organized by the University of Western Washington and endorsed as a UN Ocean Decade event in recognition of the conference's role in guiding solutions to the challenges facing the Salish Sea. You can find information about the conference at Contact Susan directly if you'd like to see her presentation.

As we pine for sunshine and warmer temperatures, we remind ourselves that we are not homeless, not hungry, nor thirsty and not being bombed. We feel lucky every single day.

Our best to you,

Susan and Frank

Blood Star Gallery

(posted on 27 Feb 2022)

Dear friends of the Blood Star,

We've had a great run at the Steveston Museum over the past three months and as we prepare to call it  a wrap tomorrow we'd like to thank the Steveston Historical Society and its staff for the cordial welcome. And the Stevestonians and others from away who visited our exhibit, and especially those who collected our work. We count ourselves very fortunate to have your support. 

Renovations will begin soon to make the front of the Museum more conducive for the presentation of art and we look forward to seeing the work of other Steveston artists there in the coming months. 

In other news, we're happy to report that the annual South Pender Easter Art Walk is a go. On April 17, Easter Sunday, you'll be able to tour the studios and galleries of a dozen South Pender creatives. After two years of covid induced isolation, we're all glad to be opening up, with the usual cautions in place. If you're planning to be on the Penders on Easter weekend, the Walk, now in its 23rd year, has become a much-loved tradition for many families.

Susan is thrilled to be showing some of her plankton paintings at the upcoming virtual Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. More on this April event next month.

Frank will be showing a couple of his digital pieces in the upcoming Scottsdale, Arizona Xanadu Gallery catalogue. Fingers crossed as the Blood Star continues to cast a wider net.

Susan has a drawing accepted in the upcoming juried Small Works Exhibit at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Granville Island in early April.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is the work of a thug. We applaud the creative measures the Canadian government and those of numerous other countries have taken to isolate him and his fellow oligarchs. In case you don't already know, the Canadian government will match donations made to the Canadian Red Cross for Ukraine. We've both taken the opportunity to do this and encourage you to do so, if you're able. In addition, if Frank's Waterfront Village sells before midnight February 28, he will donate the proceeds to the Canadian Red Cross.

Waterfront Village, digital painting, 18 x 24 by Frank Ducote $500

Spring is in the air and it can't come soon enough for this pair. Our best to you,

Susan and Frank

Blood Star Gallery, South Pender Island



(posted on 1 Feb 2022)

Dear friends of the Blood Star,

Just a quick note to let you know that we're staying on for another month at the Steveston Museum. We've added new work to our exhibit and would love to see you if you're in Steveston Village.

The Museum is open every day but we're not there all the time. We'd be happy to meet you there though with a little notice.

 text/phone 778 891 9437

All Along the Watchtower, digital painting, 24 x 24 by Frank Ducote


Spring is on Its Way, ink and watercolour, 10 x 10 matted and framed by Susan Taylor


Our best to you,

Susan and Frank 

(posted on 9 Jan 2022)

Dear friends of the Blood Star,

We're happy to report that we've been "held over"  at the Steveston Museum!

We wanted to introduce ourselves and our work to a new audience on B.C.'s Lower Mainland during the month of December and we 're delighted to have formed new friendships, new fans and collectors among the lovely people of Steveston. Feeling pretty chuffed!

Thank you to everyone who visited us in Steveston. If you'd still like to visit, our exhibit is continuing at the Museum throughout January. The Museum is open every day. If you let us know you're coming (778 891 9437), we can meet you there with a little notice.

A couple of the pieces from the exhibit...

Urban Rural Interface by Frank Ducote, digital painting, 39 x 24

Dislodged in the Storm by Susan Taylor, ink, watercolour and gouache, 4.5 x 4.5

We hope you're staying calm and creative in the continuing pandemic storm and wish you a happy new year full of good  times with loved ones - whether virtually or in person.

Susan and Frank






(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

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