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!
Something great is coming, and soon… The Art Lovers’ Affair Show & Sale at Hernder Estate Wines, just outside of St. Catharines.
If you missed last year’s fun and exciting Art Lovers’ Soirée, Show & Sale, you don’t want to miss this year’s. On from Thursday, Feb. 9 to Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, and renamed Art Lovers’ Affair, it is definitely bigger and we hope even better.
The big event is the Affair – the Live Art Auction & Celebration – on Saturday, February 11th. For only $35 a ticket, you will enjoy the swinging jazz and pop vocals of Tricia Cole, hot hors d’oeuvres and sliders, selections of the Estate’s wines, compliments of the SCAA, and door prizes. The featured event, the Live Art Auction, will start at 8 pm, and Joe Pilliteri, popular in the Niagara Region for his fun comedy routines, will be your emcee and auctioneer for the evening. Doors open at 6:30 giving you plenty time to mingle, munch, and peruse the art on display throughout the banquet hall. This includes the pieces that have been entered for the live auction as well as the art available each day in the Show & Sale on display boards and in the popular Silent Auction. Something is bound to catch your eye! Click here to see what I have entered for the Live Art Auction.
The evening promises to be memorable, so plan to come with friends and family to this 19 and over event. Tickets are available online – click here.
And everyone is welcome to come and have a chance to meet the artists and have an early peek at all of the art at the complimentary Reception on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2016 – doors open at 6 pm.
The Show & Sale will be on Thursday to Sunday from 10 to 5 each day. The art is beautiful, original, of all varieties, and affordable. Sample Hernder’s delectable wines while you are there. Go to http://www.stcatharinesart.com for more information, or visit us on Facebook.
The house, the tree, the gingerbread, the presents – you name it, Christmas gives me an unquenchable desire to keep adding those special touches to everything in my home.
I love to bake cookies and my husband and I enjoy decorating the house and making it twinkle as early as mid-November. We have family who leave at the beginning of December for their place in Florida so it has become a tradition to celebrate Christmas with them on the third weekend in November.
It is a busy time indeed, but never too busy to keep me out of the Artcave for too long.
I have just finished a matching set of abstracts but have yet to name them, and have continued to work on a few pieces that I hadn’t touched since the summer. In a recent posting of a favourite blog that I follow, it was recommended that painters should be producing an average of 80 pieces per year. Somehow that number does not sound too daunting to me, but the thought of where to store them does!
Keep checking my website for updates of my latest paintings, and if you missed one of my posts, check Blog Posts under Easel Tales for an update.
And ’tis the season to reflect on what means most to all of us. The very best to all of you this Holiday Season!
Was it worth the drive to The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre this past weekend?
A resounding YES!
For visitors and vendors alike, the Niagara-on-the-Lake visual arts centre was a bustling hub of unique gifts, gorgeous pottery and woodworking, the softest cowls, beautiful art, and yummy goodies, too. Tied into the annual Holiday House Tour, the Artful Treasures Show & Sale had it all this year.