Exhibition: Start with Art

  Start with Art  April 21 – June 2, 2018  Seymour Art Gallery , 4360 Gallant Ave, Deep Cove   Opening Reception : Sunday, April 22 • 2pm - 4pm

Start with Art
April 21 – June 2, 2018
Seymour Art Gallery, 4360 Gallant Ave, Deep Cove
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 22 • 2pm - 4pm

Start with Art... this weekend! Bring the whole family to Seymour Art Gallery the opening of Start with Art, an annual exhibition that focuses on encouraging young people to appreciate, collect, and curate their own art collection – with a special price list just for kids 16 and younger!

I'll have seven pieces on display, ready to add to your collection... unless they are snapped up by a young art enthusiast first!

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I'm proud to be showing work alongside a fabulous roster of local artists: Kristian Adam, Amelia Butcher, Sarah Clement, Shima Itabashi, Sandeep Johal, Anne Love, Ron Love, Megan Majewski, Liane McLaren, Meghan Parker, Tessa Reed, Robin Reid, Sarah Ronald, Bronwyn Schuster, M. A. Tateishi, and Kate Whitehead.

Word is there'll be face painting and button making at the opening! And they've even created a colouring wall. That's right, you... I mean, kids* can colour on the wall! Plus, there are free workshops being offered in May in tandem with Start with Art - including one that I'm presenting!

So pack up them babies and head out to Deep Cove for a family fun day of art, gorgeous scenery, and doughnut from Honey's (it's mandatory; be ready to show your receipt on your way out of town)! While you're there, be sure to visit the beautiful curated selection of special somethings at Room6, too!

* And also you. 😉

Mural: I've Gazed Along the Open Road

  I've Gazed Along the Open Road  Mural in  Manning Elliott 's Innovation Room  The Profile Coworking Business Club , Downtown Vancouver 535 Thurlow Street (between Pender and Melville)

I've Gazed Along the Open Road
Mural in Manning Elliott's Innovation Room
The Profile Coworking Business Club, Downtown Vancouver
535 Thurlow Street (between Pender and Melville)

What was I up to early last week? I was painting a mural, that's what! The piece is called I've Gazed Along the Open Road and is based on two wall sculptures of the same name that I recently completed for my solo show, Suspended in a Sunbeam, on until April 30 at Kafka's in Vancouver.

 Left to Right: I've Gazed Along the Open Road, #1; I've Gazed Along the Open Road, #2.

Left to Right: I've Gazed Along the Open Road, #1; I've Gazed Along the Open Road, #2.

I'm part of an artist group called THRIVE Mastermind that meets monthly at The Profile Downtown Vancouver. THRIVE has created a Mural Residency program that members of Mastermind can apply to - an opportunity for The Profile to have local artist's work on their walls and a chance for artists to create their art on a large scale.

One of the walls for this is in the Innovation Room, a meeting space at the Downtown Vancouver location that is sponsored by Manning Elliott Accountants & Business Advisors. The blue colour of the domes in these pieces was a match for Manning Elliott's brand colour and I think that may have sealed the deal!

 Left to Right: end of Day 1, in progress on Day 2, mural detail, and the completed mural at the end of Day 2.

Left to Right: end of Day 1, in progress on Day 2, mural detail, and the completed mural at the end of Day 2.

My paper work is often in the 5-7 inch range; this lovely is much, much larger at 6 feet wide x 5 feet high! I'd love to paint something even larger and perhaps more complex, adding shadowing and perhaps some 3D elements as well. So many ideas!

Having assisted on several murals, creating one of my own was such a great experience and I'm looking forward to doing many more. That's right - Vancouver has a new muralist for hire! If you'd like a piece for your wall, do say hello!

Thank you to THRIVE, The Profile, and Manning Elliott for inviting me to create this piece! If you'd like to see it in person (along with murals by current and past THRIVE Mastermind Members Kari Kristensen, Sandeep Johal, Morgane Billault, Alice Clair, and a piece by the founders of THRIVE, Tara Galuska and Jamie Smith), say hello to the good folks at The Profile to check out the space or to book a little time there to get some work done in their light-filled and art-filled space.


Exhibition: Suspended in a Sunbeam at Kafka's

 March 23 – April 30, 2018  Kafka’s Coffee & Tea , 2525 Main Street (at Broadway), Vancouver   Opening Reception : Friday, March 23 • 8pm - 11pm

March 23 – April 30, 2018
Kafka’s Coffee & Tea, 2525 Main Street (at Broadway), Vancouver
Opening Reception: Friday, March 23 • 8pm - 11pm

Join me Friday, March 23 for the opening of my solo exhibition at Kafka's, featuring recent sculptural and watercolour collage works. You'll be among the first to see the new wood wall sculptures I've created, too!

The titles of the exhibit and the two bodies of work featured in it, Suspended in a Sunbeam and A Mote of Dust, are derived from a line in a famous passage from Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot). It's such a beautiful thing to think about how small we are in the vastness of it all. And how the image from Voyager 1 that inspired the passage, as Sagan states so beautifully, "underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
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There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994

Showing at Kafka's means a lot to me as its walls have displayed the work of so many Vancouver artists that I admire; it's an honour to follow in their footsteps. Thank you to Michael Schwartz, Curator & Arts Coordinator at Kafka's, for the chance to do so.

Also huge thank you to my beautiful friends who put all this work on the walls while I looked on with heart eyes! 😍 Kevin Krebs & Kari Kristensen (these kids are on the level!) and Sandeep Johal (siren of the spackle!).

The official opening of the show is Friday, March 23, with a reception that evening at 8pm (and you're invited!). For a sneak peak, pop by Kafka's this week.

To make a purchase, drop a line to Michael Schwartz at art@kafkascoffee.ca

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February 2018 Recap

 Have we reached peak rainbow? Never, I say!

Have we reached peak rainbow? Never, I say!

Such a fab February! It was a wet one for Vancouver, but all that rain means a green city and a rainbow or two when the sun peaks out. 🌈

My February focus has been preparation for Suspended in a Sunbeam, my solo show opening at Kafka's March 23rd. New pieces from my Suspended in a Sunbeam and Watercolour Collage series, as well as some wood wall sculptures, too! (You can see the pre-paint cuts of those in my last post!)

✏️ Sign up for my mailing list  for more about the works that are in the show plus pre-sale information, all in your inbox in mid-March! ✉️

I also assisted on two murals! Technically, one was in January but it was toward the end of the month and I enjoyed it so much that I'll count it here. 😊

First up, was an indoor mural with my lovely friend and glorious printmaker, Kari Kristensen. Kari brought her Imagined Landscapes series from the printing press to the main meeting space at The Profile Co-Working Business Club in Downtown Vancouver, translating her signature linework into paint. I'm so pleased she asked me to join her in making this happen. Watch for many more amazing things from Kari in 2018!

Next up was lending a hand to Tierney Milne and Brother Jopa on their Let's Be Friends mural, located in the courtyard of Vancouver's East Side Flea. The title is apt as many of their sweet friends showed up to help them bring this piece to life, colourizing this outdoor space for a bright spring and summer to come!

There were a couple of exhibits, too! I highly recommend visiting the Port Moody Arts Centre's Ann Kitching Gallery to see one of my favourite artists new exhibit. The pieces in Sarah Ronald's Spirits from Woods are so beautiful even without context; add the meaning she instills them with and it's almost too much. A must see. You can also catch Sarah at her THRIVE talk on March 22.

Sarah is one of 4 artists showing at PoMo Arts until March 22: the Canadian Pacific Gallery features Our Roots Exposed, a perfect pairing of new works by April Lacheur with woodturner Jim Johnson, and the Suncor Room is showing Industrial Revolution, incredible ceramic works by Amy Li-Chuan Chang.

It was only one day but the Get Lucky Art Show at Fortune Sound Club was really great! I just may have purchased two pieces there and they just may have arrived to me by mail yesterday and I just may be thrilled about both those things. One by Kyle Scott that is the perfect gift for a fab friend, and another from the brilliant Sara Khan (aka mindforking) as a gift to me! (There were also gourmet fortune cookies by The Cookie's Fortune Company. Chocolate Toffee = YES. 🥠) Hop on District Local's newsletter list for a heads up for next year's show.

And. There's. More! February marked the beginning of my second year as a member of THRIVE Mastermind. Several members of my group from 2017 have stayed on so I get to spend 2018 with them, plus some new members, too. I'm also leading another group so I get double the THRIVE this year! The monthly meetups and the community around THRIVE contributed beautifully to my development as an artist last year, and I look forward to all that it will bring (and that I can hopefully give back to it) in 2018.

Okay, I'm done now.  ❤️ Looking forward to a very artful March! 🎨

Makerlabs Tools for Women Residency

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Exciting news! I'll be part of Makerlabs Tools for Women Residency this spring! 🛠️👩💪💛

MakerLabs is a makerspace in Vancouver that provides you with the tools, space, and skills to make almost anything. The Tools for Women Residency is a Makerlabs membership with some exciting extras, including dedicated studio space, training, guidance from their fabrication team, and a place to share your work. One month of the residency is dedicated to learning and using the tools, and the second month you become a mentor to the next round of resident makers.

As someone who is so interested process, having the opportunity to dig into materials and tools that I have had limited experience with is going to be such a treat. And, as you can see from the image above, I've already started to dive into new materials. These lasercut wood pieces were fabricated for me by Makerlabs. They will form the base of wall sculptures for my upcoming show at Kafka's, Suspended in a Sunbeam. Soon, I'll be making my own! (Woodshop? Yeah! CNC? That's right! Metal shop? You know it! Welding! What? Yes!)

You should make something, too! You can become a member to use the facilites to create your own work, or you could instead have Makerlabs do the fabrication of your designs for you. Check out makerlabs.com for more on that and the residency, too.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Hanna Benihoud, Makerlabs Community Manager, for creating and organizing this opportunity!