The Deakin family—10 siblings, with Patrick Deakin the eldest—are a well-respected, long standing Port Alberni family. Four of them are putting on an art show on Easter weekend to display their unique medium designs.
The family will be displaying their works of art at Char’s Landing, 4815 Argyle St. on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8 from 2–8 p.m. On Saturday evening sister-in-law Janet Deakin (who recently starred in Suds, the Rocking ‘60s Musical at the Capitol Theatre) will entertain through her music. Patrick will be guest speaker.
The journey that led up to the Art Show began in 2011 when Kelly Deakin started Wonders of Open Wings, Art by Kelly. She knew she had to take a step out of her comfort zone and into the world in order to start getting her work out there and recognized.
Kelly has been into arts and crafts since she could hold a crayon.
Kelly’s brother Tim has a creative streak that allows him to see the potential in almost any item that most people would discard. He says he finds his inspiration in old tool stuff to cool stuff to tossed out and not so new stuff.
Brother Sean began his journey of ancient stone carving more than 20 years ago. More recently he has shifted his creations to reflect his Celtic heritage.
Sean co-owned a company called Precision Laser Works, where he was contracted to design the entrance stone work at Best Western Tin Wis in Tofino.
Kelly’s nephew Clinton, Tim’s eldest son, lives in Fort Smith, NWT and plans to take a leave in the summer to apprentice at a tattoo shop.