Frieda Martin
Pen & Ink / Watercolours


(posted on 23 May 2014)

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!

(posted on 14 Oct 2013)

I am pleased to say that have been accepted into the Lake Country Art gallery's "Under 100" Exhibition. It will run from Nov. 23 - Dec.21, 2013. Art work must be under 100 and under $100, or under 200 sq. in. and under $200 or under 300 sq. in. and under $300. Most of my pieces will be under 100 sq. in (6" x 8" and 8" x 8"). Looking forward to a new experience by entering this show, I hope some of you can make it!

(posted on 10 Sep 2013)

Thanks to everyone who came by my booth to say hello and chat awhile. I had a great time and enjoyed meeting old friends and new friends. it was a very busy year this time at Art Walk, Saturday and Sunday were both steadily busy all day. I sold 3 small paintings and had lots of inquiries about commissions, I always find it quite energizing and inspiring. Meeting so many great artists and seeing what they are doing is always fun and inspirational. i also have 2 small 8" x 8" paintings in the Lake Country Art Gallery, also on Bottom lake Rd., they will be there until Oct.4. Please stop by and see the show and have a coffee next door at the funky and friendly Lake Country Coffee House!

(posted on 3 Sep 2013)

I am all packed up and readt to set up my space at the Community Complex in Lake Country (Winfield). I will be setting up on Friday between 5 and 9 pm and i am looking forward to the event! i always meet such great people and artists and I am sure it will the same this year. I have 15 paintings this year, many of them are 6" x 8" and 8" x 8". All of them are "wrapped", by that i mean I have wrapped and adhered my watercolour/pen & ink paintings onto and around a canvas frame and applied a clear acrylic coating to the outside. This process allows me to hang the paintings without a frame or glass, much easier, lighter and less expensive!

(posted on 10 Jul 2013)

Today I received confirmation that I have been accepted into the Lake Country Art Walk again this year! Happy Days, I really enjoy this show. It runs the weekend of Sept.7 & 8, 2013. I have been busy creating art work for this for several months, I am almost ready! Stay tuned...

If anyone is in Kamloops on Saturday, April 27...Valerie Rogers and I will be working at the show from 1:30 pm to 5 pm! It would be great to see friends, family and fans while we are there, its a wonderful heritage building too! Looking forward to seeing you all there!

In the meantime I am also working on several pieces that will potentially go in the Lake Country Art Walk in September. I have to make it through the application process first though...crossed fingers!

(posted on 22 Mar 2013)

I am pleased to report that my painting "3 Bar Stools" was accepted into the juried TNS (Thompson Nicola Shuswap) chapter of the FCA (Federation of Canadian Artists) in Kamloops. It runs from Apr.20 until Apr. 28. !!

I am currently working on some bird paintings, it must be because so many birds are showing up, now that Spring" is here!

Some of these are in my "smalls" gallery and a larger one is plan is a Raven, so stay tuned!

(posted on 23 Jan 2013)

Happy to say that my painting did make into the juried show "Signs of the Season". Opening night is Friday, Jan.25 7 - 9 pm.

I am looking forward to seeing the other entries, as when i dropped mine off for jurying, all the other paintings were turned to the wall...usually I wander around admiring other's art work before they are hung! Opening nights are always fun, at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery there are always great treats to eat and sip and terrific live music. The best part is seeing friends, fellow artists (often the same thing!) and meeting new friends as well. The show will be on until Feb.23 : )

(posted on 11 Jan 2013)

Well, feeling snowed in and house-bound! Maybe thats a good thing tho, lots of time to draw and paint. I finished a 12" x 24" painting of a young Birch tree trunk that I am submitting to Shuswap art Gallery for the Juried Member's Show. The theme is "signs of Spring" celebrating the "Calendario" project (a community art project by Runaway Moon Theatre). Jury day is Monday, January 21, I will know on Tuesday if my painting is accepted. Crossed Fingers.

As I had another 12" x 24" canvas and i really enjoyed the subject, I decided to do a similair painting. This time I am drawing out 2 Arbutus trees in a west coast forest. I love Arbutus trees, they have such lovely orange brown peeling smooth bark and green "skin" peeking through under that. Their trunks and branches are very graceful and interesting as well. Stay tuned! And have a cozy weekend!

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