Welcome to Spring!
I hope that it will stay, but I have lived in Calgary long enough to know not to trust it!. I had a lovely winter; skiing (downhill and cross-country), skating, and long walks in the quiet of the winter forest. Winter is usually a time of hibernation for me, but this year I have been hard at work in my studio getting ready for my seventh solo art show! All of this work will be revealed from April 2-27th at Framed on Fifth Art Gallery. (1207-5th Ave NW) The opening is on Friday April 5th from 6-9pm, and I would be DELIGHTED if you would join me in celebration. I will also be doing a demonstration at the gallery on Friday April 12 from 1-3pm if you are interested in seeing my process. I told you about the development of this work in my last newsletter, which you can find here if you would like to be reminded. I will have over 25 new pieces on display. My darling hubby, Dave, has hand crafted all the frames for my work, and I think they make everything look smashing! My artist statement for the show gives a glimpse into my studio:
“Free To Be Me!”
Isn’t that a crazy name for my 7th solo show?. I have been searching for its name for a while, but today it hit me! I have been making all this new work for my show, but rather than a cohesive whole where all the paintings resemble each other, the body of work seemed to separate itself into 3 varying degrees of abstraction: From extremely abstracted to much more representational, yet never going all the way to non-objective or realism. All the work is about the landscape that I love and live in, but just like the weather changes, so does my mood and desire. I have long resisted being pigeonholed into only one style, believing it to be the doom of a creative soul. I have fretted about it, threatened to tear up all my work and rip out all my hair, but I am coming to understand that this is who I have been created to be; fashioned unlike any other; meant to shine with my own Light. So I present to you my efforts and hope that you feel the joy and pleasure I feel when I am lost in my own little world in my studio. Welcome in my friend.
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING SHOWS
I am thrilled to be participating once again in the spring Calyx Distinctive Arts show. This year I will be ONLY on Saturday April 27th from 10-4pm. If you haven't attended this show before, it is a MUST SEE, with fine art and fine crafts and different artists each day, it is an extravaganza of beauty!
As well I hope to be participating in the Leighton Art Centre's Annual Juried Member's Show April 20-June 2nd; as well as the Annual Clothesline Show and Sale on June 1 & 2. The later is an excellent way to pick up some fantastic unframed work and stellar prices!
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
I do have a few workshops coming up to tell you about. I will be teaching a Colour Mixing for Every Medium at the Leighton Centre on May 4 & 5. Please click here for more info and to register. Also at the Leighton, I am teaching my most popular workshop: "The Illustrated Trek: A Traveller's Journal of Watercolur and Ink Quick Sketching". For more info and to register, please go here.
I want to take this chance to tell you how important you all are in my life. My calling is to make beautiful artworks that bring life and love into your homes, and to teach others to do likewise. It is such an amazing honour to have you supporting me in this big, bold adventure, and I cannot thank you enough!