Need something for that special person on your Christmas List?
Come to this year’s Artful Treasures show the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake. You’ll be delighted and impressed by the beautiful, unique, and high quality art and artisanal gifts on offer.
Along with my greeting cards and a selection of paintings from my studio, my framed mini-paintings are ideal for teacher gifts or gift exchanges.
I hope to see you there to wish you Happy Holidays in person.
Who needs an excuse to go to Niagara-on-the-Lake? A heavenly gem of a town that is full of hustle and bustle but still manages to stay charming, beautiful, and friendly. If the theatre, concerts, festivals, wineries, farm-fresh food, or boutique shopping don’t get you jumping into the car for a fun day by the lake, then how about some great local art at affordable prices? This year’s Art by the Lighthouse Show at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre will host new and returning artists both indoor and out at their picturesque site at the mouth of the Niagara River.
My paintings will be on display in the reception area. Among several new pieces, come and see my latest addition to the Blue Sky Series!
In this month’s issue, I have described the art challenge that was presented to the artists at this year’s Pelham Art Festival coming this weekend. Read about France Jodoin, the Canadian Artist whose art has helped inspire one (or two) of the paintings I am currently working on.
I have also included a quick update about an exhibit I will be in at the University of Toronto Faculty Club throughout June. Click on the website listed in the newsletter for more information.
I was sweeping up my Artcave – a bit of spring cleaning was in order – and what did I find but an old jotting pad. It got me thinking, and …
… I decided it might be easier for me to produce a small newsletter, called Painter’s Pad, to keep you updated about me, my paintings, and my exhibits and shows. Just click on the link below and the pdf should open on your screen.
Even though the chill in the air today makes it feel more like winter, the days are longer, I’m seeing more of the sun lately, and the doves have returned this week to start making this year’s nest in our porch lamp – all signs of Spring coming, if it isn’t quite here yet.
Could there be a better way to pass this in-between period, this “faux Spring”, than with a couple new exhibits? This year’s Poets and Painters unveiling ceremony and reception is Saturday, Mar. 4th from 1 to 4 pm at the Niagara Falls Public Library on Victoria Avenue. Each Writers Forum member has written a poem for a paired painting, and each of the local artists involved has created a painting inspired by a given poem. Only the titles of the new poems and paintings have been revealed to all of the participants and we have yet to see and hear all of the new creations. I can hardly wait! It will be both memorable and inspirational. If you have the time and find you are in Niagara Falls, make your way to the Rosberg Room at the Victoria Avenue Library after noon on Saturday. Join us for light refreshments following the presentation. This special exhibit of paired poems and paintings will be up until the end of March – don’t miss it!
If you’ve never been to the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton for one of the art exhibit receptions, you’ve been missing a great show! The gala opening reception for the 23rd Exhibit is on Thursday, Mar. 3o, at 7 pm. Admission is free but everyone is encouraged to bring packaged food donations for their regular collection. There will be live music, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and lots and lots of gorgeous art on the gallery-style walls of the enormous and bright atrium. I will have two of my Big Sky paintings on display there until the end of June.
In the meantime, I hope all of you enjoy the dwindling days of winter and the joyous coming of Spring.
When the cold weather broke this week and the temperatures rose to delightful double digits, my husband and I found ourselves at our favourite pub in Toronto: C’est What? Brew Pub and Eatery on Front Street near Church.
We still have fond memories of when we first discovered it: we would tuck up by the big fireplace and spend hours reading a special new book that we’d just picked up on the way at Nicholas Hoare’s. Even though Nicky Hoare’s is long gone, we still love to go to C’est What? to shoot pool, play cards, and enjoy the craft beers – he likes Steamwhistle and I like the Royal City. The aromas wafting out from the kitchen are to die for – I’m a big fan of their lamb burger and Mike loves the beef ribs.
This week, we did something new: we hung about 15 of my paintings. They have live music on the weekends and I’ve got my paintings hanging in the couple rooms near the stage.
The big news is that I finally finished Gumshoe, just in time for this exhibit. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the paintings – better still, go and see them up close and make your own memories at this special “Toronto local” near the St. Lawrence Market, on until Spring.
Plus, If you find yourself in Milton and in need of some lunch, grab a soup and sandwich at Mama Mila’s Café in Thompson Square. You can see my Touch of Love exhibit there, on through February. If you see one that you like at Mila’s, you can have it for the special price listed there. Let her know, and we’ll go from there.
Introducing my latest painting, Any Ole Port. It is the 8th in the Big Sky series of paintings. Some people see a boat braving a snow storm at sea, others see a lighthouse. Whatever the case, if you come out to Hernder Estate Wines this weekend for the Art Lovers’ Affair Show & Sale, you will be able to see it for yourself!
I was able to finish it just in time for this annual show put on by the St. Catharines Art Association in partnership with Hernder Estate Wines, just outside St. Catharines. The early reviews are in – it is an incredibly beautiful show full of breathtaking original art. Plus, there are gifts galore to be won by our wonderful sponsors.
Tickets are still available for the Live Art Auction and Celebration Saturday, Feb. 11th on Eventbrite (click here) – free wine, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, delicious sliders, jazz and pop standards by Tricia Cole, and our emcee and auctioneer for the evening, Joe Pillitteri. Come for the art, the auction, and the action!
I have more news coming your way in the near future about my other exhibits. Stay tuned!