well, it has been a very busy few months! In May/June I was approached to join 6 other local, female artists (we are 9 now) and form an Art Collective with views to opening our own gallery to display our work. We decided to share space with an exercise studio, as they had a great downtown, storefront location, close to the Public Art Gallery. They of course, use floor space, not so much the walls and they run classes in the morning and some evenings. WE will run our gallery in the afternoons and take turns sitting in the gallery. It is an interesting partnership where we can share rent and both benefit from a great location. We opened up on JUly 6th with a "soft" opening, giving us a chance to "practice" if you will. We have been open 4 business days now...so far so good! There are lots of things to learn, change and accept and we are hoping for a reasonably successful run. Wish us luck and by all means come for a visit! Lazuline Gallery, 101 Hudson Ave. NE, Salmon Arm, BC
Today I received word that 2 of my paintings have been accepted into the FCA TNSC Chapter, "Spring Art Show"
"Skullduggery" and "Upon Reflection" will be on show at The Old Courthouse in Kamloops, BC from April 20 until April 29th, 2018.
In the meantime i am working on a commission of a dog portrait and experimenting with my art work and a light box for a show coming up at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery in November. Most of the works in this show will involve "light" in some way, should be interesting!
"a funny thing happened on the way" to Spring...I was honoured to have 2 paintings chosen as "People's Choice in the last 2 months. My painting "Go Fish" of the Harbour Seal was at a show at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery (tied with a lovely lady named Mary Thomas). My painting "Gun Boat Bay" was at the Courtyard Gallery in Enderby, BC. "Go Fish" has also sold and an inquiry has been made for "Gun Boat Bay" Happy days!
2018 is providing new inspiration and new venues to pursue! I am planning on entering new shows and putting some of the ones that I have participating in for many years, on hold for this year. I simply cannot enter ALL of them, so choices have to be made. With that comes new excitement and ideas though. I started off the new year with entering the "18" show at Salmon Arm Art Gallery, an exciting show with something like 330 pieces of art work, all had to be 18" x 18", or 18" x 18" x 18". All the flat work is hung within centimetres of each other like tiles from floor to ceiling. Although it goes against the "rules" for hanging art, it looks amazing! In February I am hanging one or two paintings in Enderby's Courtyard Gallery, a new venue for me. I entered two paintings in the on-line FCA show, both got juried in and one received an "Honourable Mention". I plan to enter the Kamloops FCA show in April and participate in Salmon Arm's Culture Crawl in August. I will be paired with From The Neck Up, a hair salon, and hang several paintings in the shop. October brings me to Armstrong's Art Gallery where I will be having a show with Jamie Frazer, Gail Dyer and Molly March. In November I am doing a project for a show at the Salmon Art Gallery involving light or lights...the show is called "Dark Nights". And that is what is on my calendar so far... I think I will be busy!
It is always great to be accepted into a juried exhibition, and the Shuswap Artist's Annual Juried Members' Exhibition is no exception. I am looking forward to opening night especially, I love meeting and talking with everyone, artists and patrons alike. I am excited to see what my fellow artists have entered too.
These kind of events are very inspiring as well. I have a new drawing/painting on my desk at the moment, I have finally arranged a still life with some of my many treasures and mementos and am working from that "tableau". I see now why I haven't done this very often...space! Its difficult to find the room to make up an arrangement of objects, leave them there and hopefully not have them get messed up! (no fingers pointed...but, I do have a curious cat). I am looking forward to seeing how this painting progresses, there are some different elements involved that I haven't tackled before.
I haven't participated in The Shuswap Lake Festival of Arts for many, many years...this year I received a lovely emailed invitation to participate. How could I refuse? Summer is a very busy time for art shows and events - as you can imagine! I have to pick and choose and decide what I have time for and what I can handle with out causing stress to me and my husband. But I am pleased to be participating this year and hope to see lots of familiar faces when I volunteer on Saturday, July 25 from 12 until 2. The show starts Thursday, July 23 and ends on Sunday, July 26.
I have also been accepted for Art Walk in Lake Country again this year. Sept. 12 & 13
Today I found out that 2 of my paintings "China Town" and "Winter Marsh" have been accepted into the FCA's first on-line show. It will be up soon on their website Artists.ca (or go to "links" at the top of the page and look for Federation of Canadian Artists) and will run until Dec.31, 2014.
Its a busy day, I got an email confirming my inclusion in the "Under 100" show at Lake Country Art Gallery too! Most of the art work will be 100 sq. inches, my paintings will be 6" x 8" and 5" x 7". It starts Nov.22 and goes until Dec.20. This should keep me busy!
Sept.6 and 7, 2014 10:00 am to 5 pm I will be attending my booth in the Large Gym (near the middle where the stage is set up), I will have 17 art pieces of variuos sizes and price points and I hope to see some familiar faces there! I always have a wonderful time speaking with attendees and other artists and I always come away with new friends. : )
Recently I visited The Red Gallery in OakBay near Victoria, its a really nice space in a lovely location on Oak Bay Ave. The owners are very friendly and welcoming as well. I found out that they were holding a "Mystery Show" in June . It is a "lottery" style draw to see who gets first, second, third etc. pick of the paintings to buy. There were 103 artists vying for a chance to participate and only 40 were chosen...lucky me, I was chosen! All the paintings are 10" x 10" and only signed on the back. thats where the "mystery"comes in...potential purchasers chose the paintings they want to buy only by what they like, not by price or artist's name! All paintings are the same price - $295. Should be fun!
Salmon Arm Art Gallery presents “Saga: The Art of Storytelling in the 21st Century” opening reception at 7pm with live music, storytelling and refreshments. Admission by donation. Everyone welcome. I have been one of 10 artists chosen to design a "book cover" for the new show at the art gallery. Opening night is Friday, May 2nd @ 7 pm. It has been a challenge to come up with a book cover idea as there is no "theme". I enjoyed doing this art work and hope it meets with approval - you can find my finished piece under "Art Work", the title is "The Saga of a Culvert". I hope to see some of you at the opening too!