Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we are showcasing a local spotlight who captures love in a very special way.
Sticks and Stones Gallery
Angie Bisset, the talent behind Sticks and Stones Gallery, has a special knack for setting all of life’s special memories into beautiful pebble art.
She was born and raised on Vancouver Island, so has a strong love for being out in nature, and especially being near the ocean. A favourite family pastime of hers is beachcombing. They search for special stones, beautiful pebbles, frosty beach glass, detailed shells, and unique pieces of driftwood. These beach treasures become the inspiration for her pebble art designs.
How it all Began
Angie’s first shadow box design was a bride and groom pebble art made as a gift for her sister who lives in Calfornia. While walking the beach one day, a beautiful oyster shell caught Angie’s eye. She envisioned a tiered wedding dress, much like the one her sister was going to wear. Everything sort of evolved from that shell to create a unique, one of a kind wedding gift, and not to mention a little something that would remind her sister of home.
Since that time, Angie has made almost 1200 pebble art shadow box designs from the comfort of her home office studio space in Nanaimo.
Through Etsy and her website, Sticks and Stones Gallery has an online presence that allows people worldwide to enjoy and purchase her designs. And enjoy they do! The reviews from satisfied customers speak loudly to the quality of Angie’s work.
About the Designs
Each piece is original, yet share an underlying theme of love and tranquillity while portraying the celebration of life’s special occasions.
Showcased in black wood shadow box frames, these unique creations are surrounded by navy blue, hunter green or black matting and set on a pearly white background to highlight the natural variations in the stones.
At the buyer’s request, Angie will often add personalization to a design. This could include adding names, initials or a special date. She also offers a complete custom design option. Customers send in their requests and Angie comes up with a design that matches their vision. She’s created everything from a couple standing in front of San Fransico’s Golden Gate bridge to a couples design that also includes the dog, two cats and their pet turtle.
Sticks and Stones Gallery truly has the ability to create one of a kind unique gifts for every occasion and everyone!
Angie comments that when she’s sitting quietly creating her pebble art, she can almost hear what the gathered materials have to say. It’s as if they have their own story to tell. This is one of the reasons why she feels that creating the art is a treasure in itself.
She’s extremely thankful for the customers she’s met over the years and their own incredible stories they’ve shared with her. These stories and the art that’s created from them help build a business she loves and the incredible opportunity to work from home.
Prices vary depending on the detail of each design. However, most of the designs are between $120.00 -$145.00 CAD, plus shipping.
Custom orders require a 50% deposit and may cost more depending on the nature of the work involved and materials used.
Find Sticks and Stones Gallery
Keep up with the latest designs from Sticks and Stones Gallery by following Angie on her website and social media.
If you’d like to see the designs in person, you can find them at the following local stores:
Islandish – 1420 Wingrove Street, Nanaimo (Departure Bay area)
Alcove Homegrown Living – 689 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach
So tell me, if you were to get a design unique to your life’s special moment(s) what would it be?
Please let me know in the comments below.
I personally have purchased two custom designs. I have one of my family (including my dog and cat) and one of Vancouver Island, which holds a special place in my heart.