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I have not recently posted on this blog because the summer months are my time to take a variety of classes and learn new techniques/methods etc. So I thought I would write about one of those classes I attended. It was in Red Deer as part of the Series program that runs annually every summer. The class was based on abstracting the landscape and taught by Susan Woolgar, one of my favourite instructors (based out of Red Deer). The class was very intensive and I took copious notes,although I know I missed out on some Susan's many demos. I also participated in a week long glass class (photos will come at a later date)..so here are some images from last week in Red Deer.
If you want to visit my art show in Fort Saskatchewan you only have tomorrow to stop by from 11-2 p.m. as the exhibition will be taken down on Monday. Some of my monotype prints are displayed in this show and then will be moving onto Sherwood Park in July to hang in the atrium in City Hall from July 15 to October 11.
Shout out to the St. Albert Gazette and writer Scott Hayes. I am featured as "Artist of the Month" for June and appear in this week's Wednesday paper. The article features my interview with Scott and photos of my fused glass works found at the St. Albert Art Gallery are featured. Thanks so much to Pam G. at the art gallery for recommending me to the paper and Scott for taking my verbal ramblings and making them sound coherent and intelligent.
Yesterday with the help of my highly analytic brother I installed my show at the Dow Centennial Center (Fort Saskatchewan) in the Alberta Lottery Fund Art Gallery. I do not know how I could have possibly put up close to thirty pieces of art work on a variety of walls and movable columns without his help. I would have just used my "artist's eye" to hang the pieces but my brother used the tape measure, pencil, paper, calculator to find the perfect placement and alignment for every picture. I just needed to pound in the nails. All and all it only took two hours which I think is a great time considering that I probably was more of a hindrance than an asset. I am very pleased with the overall look of the exhibition.
The gallery is open every Thursday and Friday from 11- 2 p.m.. and my show runs until June 24 when I have to take it down which will be a much easier endeavor (I hope).
There is a debate among artists whether to donate an art piece to a cause. I have decided that in my career I would donate at least one art piece every year. This year I am donating one pastel landscape to the Strathcona Community Hospital Foundation. They will be holding a golf tournament and silent auction on May 30 with and dinner and silent auction at 6:30 at the Broadmoor Golf Club House. There will be many items to bid on.
I finished and framed my last piece that will appear in my next solo show at the Dow Centennial Centre (Fort Saskatchewan). It was a bit of a struggle as I have been producing many new works this year for my solo shows. It is wonderful to be accepted for solo exhibitions but I did not realize how much work these shows are! For each show I had to produce quite a few new pieces (naively I thought I had enough inventory). For one show currently at the Londonderry Public Library I produced ten new acrylic paintings of varying size. I can not believe how many pieces artists who exhibit in larger venue must produce. Kudos to them for all the hard long work that is required to create some wonderful art.
So, my last BIG solo show is in Fort Saskatchewan at the Alberta Lottery Fund Art Gallery (Dow Centennial Centre). It opens May 28 and runs until June 24. The gallery is open every Thursday and Friday from 11-2 p.m..
Along the River Bend (my last piece)
The work I submitted to the Northern zone show (ACACA) hosted by the Edmonton Art Club has been juried to move up to the province-wide show held in Drumheller. This show opens at the new Convention Centre/Library on July 4 and runs until July 28. I am hoping that my work is well received by the public and the jurors (could move up to the Alberta Spirit show in Edmonton). Keeping my fingers crossed.
The Road Home
Yesterday helped in hanging the upcoming Strathcona Salon Series at Gallery 501, Sherwood Park. This annual exhibition showcases local artists from the Strathcona region and beyond. The show looked amazing. I am always inspired by the talent we have in our little part of the world. P.S. I have two pieces in this show.
This past month I have been quietly working but in a new direction. The subject matter has remained constant (the Alberta land) but I have moved into acrylic paint. The sizes of my paintings vary from 8 x 8 to 18 x 24 and all on cradled birch panels. Most of these new works are in preparation of a small solo show at Londonderry Public Library for the month of May. I am enjoying this new venture more than I anticipated (I never really embraced acrylic paints prefering the "juiciness" of oils). By using a glazing medium with the paint I am able to build up layers of colours similar to my pastel works. I have also incorporated the palette knife in many of my works. I think that these early paintings are a good start in a new direction...
My new solo of acrylic paintings featuring quilt patterns is up at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. The exhibition runs until June 27. You can view my work at the Art in the Inside Gallery (lower level).