Certified Picture Framer (CPF) and Mixed Media Artist
Meg Nicks graduated from Concordia University’s fine arts program in Montreal (Quebec), then went on to find the perfect fit for her background in colour and design – picture framing. She purchased Sunny Raven Gallery in 1983, and welcomed Paul Goutière as a partner in 1997.
While she is very busy running this Bow Valley framing business, she continues to find time to create art. For Meg, nature’s flow, rhythms, design and patterns offer an endless source of inspiration. Working with many mediums, including drawing, painting, collage and photography, Meg’s art captures the spirit of the Canadian Rockies and blends the traditional and the innovative to uncover new ways of looking at our environment.
Meg has studied at the Banff Centre and Kyoto, Japan, and has taken a variety of workshops. In 2013, Meg was the featured artist chosen to have her artwork ‘Looking Closely’ installed as a permanent public work of art for Canmore’s Recreation Centre, Elevation Place.
Custom Framer and Photographer
Paul Goutière’s love of cameras inspired him to become a newspaper photographer. He later spent many years in audio-visual technology and industrial electronics. He joined Meg in the framing business in 1997 and brought his wonderful problem-solving ability to Sunny Raven’s more unique pieces. Paul designs object mounts and shadow boxes in addition to building unique picture frames that showcase the heart of the piece.
When Paul isn’t working in the frame shop, he continues to pursue his interest in film photography, using medium format cameras. His wonderful photographs can be seen on display at Sunny Raven.
Our Name and the Raven Story
The Raven has a special meaning for us. Unlike migrating crows, Ravens are year-round residents of the Canadian Rockies, living in valleys and frequently seen flying high over mountain passes, soaring with the winds. Ravens are among the most intelligent of birds, long-lived, playful and family-oriented.
Raven and the Sun
Many First Nations stories are told of the deeds of this ‘Trickster’ bird in North America. The Northwest coastal people have several Raven legends which include Raven bringing the stolen sun back to humankind, so that we all don’t freeze in the dark.
Ravens around the World
Legends from many cultures feature the Raven. There are many intriguing Raven stories, and it’s certainly worth exploring them:
French anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss suggested that the Raven, like the Coyote, has been seen as a mediator between life and death
the Norse and/or Germanic god Odin was often associated with ravens where two ravens acted as his eyes and ears and were known as Thought and Memory
the Raven appeared on banners and coats of arms for the Vikings and the Isle of Man
The Morrigan, one of the triple goddesses in Celtic mythology, had a raven as a companion and sometimes appeared as a raven
the name of the Welsh god, Bran the Blessed, translates as Raven
a superstition holds that the Kingdom of England will fall if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London
the Hindu deity Shani is often shown seated on a raven
Orthodox Hindus see the crow as a messenger from the ancestors
the Chinese have a legend about the Raven bringing the Sun to earth