New to the Market: The Octilius Group
At the Thunder Bay Market, we can’t stress enough how many talented artists and artisans we are proud to feature in our lineup of vendors. All are unique in their own way, which provides the market with the unique shopping experience it has become over the years. Without our artisans, we certainly wouldn’t have the variety of products we have today.
Our feature this week falls onto two of our newer members to our group of artisans, The Octilius Group, consisting of Andrew Dorland and Colin Rackham. According to Andrew’s website, an Octilius Group, by definition, is an organization consisting of one writer and two artists. And since Andrew and Colin both make up this group, it’s safe to say that their business name gives a clear understanding of what these two do.
Both Andrew and Colin have been individually dabbling in painting and illustration for a few years. This has now become a special side business to both, where they’ve been able to take their talents to the next level. They began combining their artworks together as a group about a year ago, and haven’t looked back since. Though both are born and raised in other parts of the country, their paths have led them both to Thunder Bay, where they also met each other and have since formed The Octilius Group.
This past summer, these two inquired about showing their work at the market. They officially joined our lineup in July, and can now be found here every Wednesday from 3:30 to 6:30pm as well as Saturday mornings from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Andrew has become known for his detailed illustration work, including that of his most recent achievements, a self-illustrated comic book, Scarabs. Colin has become a self-taught painter, and offers market shoppers prints of his original works. You’ll also find his caricatures quite amusing.
Besides the market, these two can be found at the city’s annual Thunder Bay comic convention, Thundercon. They’ve also taken part in a few annual art shows around Thunder Bay and area, including the recent Art Valley Festival held at Belluz Farms.
Located on the upstairs floor of the market building, Andrew and Colin would be happy to explain their display of artwork to interested market shoppers. It’s another one of the many great reasons why the Thunder Bay Country Market provides such an array of unique products!