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Lyle Sopel  -  Jade Sculptor

Collectors of Disctinction

  • Former President of USA, George Bush Sr.

  • Duke & Duchess of Westminster, UK

  • Former President of Germany, Richard von Weizsäcker

  • Former Prime Minister of Sweden, Ingvar Carlsson

  • H.H. Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan III, Paris, France

  • Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, London, UK

 Numerous Commissioned works in Private Collections


Notable Commissions

2015 Presentation gift, 20th Anniversary of Sister Province Relations, BC Ministry of International Trade, Guangdong Province, China

2015 Jade Buddha Statue Head, Celebrity John Assaraf Private Collection, San Diego, CA

2010 Jade Shri Chakra / Yantra, India Cultural Centre & Temple, Memphis, TN

2008 Dept of Music Permanent Public Exhibition, University of North Texas, Dallas , TX

2003 Largest Jade Buddha to be created in North America, Private Collection, Palm Springs, CA

2000 Commemorative stamp design collaboration for 2001 Chinese New Year, Canada Post Corporation, Vancouver, BC

1992 World's largest Jade Buddha, appointed as Sculpting Advisor, Bangkok, Thailand


2016 Hawaii Public Radio interview, Lahaina, HI

2015 LIVERight Gala, Canadian Liver Foundation, Vancouver, BC

2014 Celebrity guest, BC Jade Day Inaugural Event, Victoria, BC

2014 Invited guest, Faberge Symposium, St. Petersburg, Russia

2014 Invited guest, Hermitage Museum Private Tour, St. Petersburg, Russia

2013 Attendee, Private Art Vault Presentation, Bank of Beijing, China

2013 Gift presentation to Oprah Winfrey from Mayor of Montreal, Montreal, QC

2013 Honorary guest artist & speaker, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI

2013 Boardroom presentation, York House School, Vancouver, BC

2012 First edition hard cover book launch, "Alluring Presence", by Dr. Ross King, Pablo Mandel, Colette Gauthier, and Lyle Sopel, Vancouver, BC

2012 Invited guest , German Gemstone Museum, Idar-Oberstein, Germany

2012 National Travel & Life Magazine Event, Vancouver, BC

2009 Canuck Place Community Celebration, Vancouver, BC

1987 Commonwealth Imperial Conference, Vancouver, BC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Lahaina Gallery, Healdsburg, CA

2014 Creations Gallery, Napa Valley, CA

2014-16 “Art of Aloha” Lahaina Gallery, Maui, HI

2014-16 Lahaina Gallery, Bend, OR

2014-16 Lahaina Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

2014 World Jade Symposium, Vancouver, BC

2013 Creations Gallery, Rosewood CordeValle Luxury Golf & Spa Resort, San Jose, CA

2013 Lahaina Gallery, Healdsburg, CA

2013 Lahaina Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

2013-15 Lahaina Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013 Lahaina Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

2012 Creations Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012-16 Creations Gallery, Victoria, BC

2012 “Art of Aloha” Lahaina Gallery, Maui, HI

2012 Lahaina Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2010 Lahaina Gallery, Healdsburg, CA

2010 Olympic 2010 Collection, Izzard Gallery, West Vancouver, BC

2009 Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York, NY

2008 “Art of Aloha” Lahaina Gallery, Maui, HI

2007 Lahaina Gallery, Healdsburg, CA

2007-08 Lahaina Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

2007-08 Lahaina Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006-10 Lahaina Gallery, Bend, OR

2005 Lahaina Gallery, Healdsburg, CA

2005 Lahaina Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

2004-10 Creations Gallery, Victoria, BC

2003 Art of Man Gallery, Victoria, BC

2002 North Shore Arts Council, North Vancouver, BC

2001 Sopel Fine Arts Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2001 “Jade, the Ultimate Treasure of Ancient China”, Vancouver Museum, Vancouver, BC

1998 New York Art Exposition, New York, NY

1995 Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, Vancouver, BC

1993 Sage Brush Gallery, San Sable Island, FL

1991 Lahaina Gallery, Maui, HI

1988 Canada Corporate Art Conference, Toronto, ON

1987 Southland Museum, Invercargill, NZ

1986 Expo ’86 Exhibition, Canada Pavilion, Vancouver, BC

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012Terminal City Club, Vancouver, BC

2010Creations Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

2003Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB

2003Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

2000Tilting at Windmills Gallery, Bonita Springs, FL

1994-99Whistler Village Art Gallery, Whistler Resort, BC

1992-98Brousseau & Brousseau, Quebec City, QC

1991-99Art of Man Gallery, Lake Louise, AB & Victoria, BC

Corporate Collections

  • BC Ministry of Tourism

  • Carborundum

  • CIBC World Markets

  • Fortis BC

  • Grosvenor Americas

  • Genstar

  • IBM Corp.

  • The Jim Pattison Group

  • Ledingham McAllister

  • Mining Association of BC

  • Nikken of Japan

  • ProCura Real Estate Services Ltd.

  • Royal Bank of Canada

  • Swiss Bank Corporation

  • Teck Resources Ltd.

  • Vancouver Board of Trade

Donnie Wanner - Metal Sculptor


Donnie Wanner is inspried to bring metal to life in a way that stimulates enjoyment.  His collectors agree that everytime they gaze upon one of his masterworks, they are richly reqarded with a deep sense of pleasure inspired by awe.   Yes, awe... because Donnie has succeeded in taking metal art sculpting to a new level.  By adding chrome, copper, bronze sculptures, real chemical coloring called patinas he has been able to create an unmistakably three dimensional feel to an art form previously believed to be depth restrictive.


His artwork can be enjoyed from many different angles taking on some of the same characteristics of great wall portraits whose eyes

tend to follow the viewer around the room. Ultimately his joy is watching people draw from his art the memories of relationships, hunting trips, vacationing in the mountains, or other experiences that have molded and changed their lives. When collectors revive those moments through one of his creations, it is a thrill that continues to inspire him.


Donnie Wanner takes great pride in the purity and integrity of each piece of art.  Though he does editions of scenes, each one

has its own fingerprint of originality. These works of art are one of a kind limited editions, which add value and collectability for the discerning art collector.


     "I am always searching for more. never quite content, I am always  seeking that next level of beauty in the illusions we call art."

- Donnie Wanner


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