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Bella Exhibition at Federation Gallery

My sculpture Eclipse was accepted as part of the Bella show and is currently at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver. It opened on the 17th and is on till the 29th and its about the celebration of beauty and the beauty of all things. We can certainly use some beauty right now. If you can’t get to the gallery, there is an online version of the show.

Playmates start their Journey

As I sit here looking at a large empty plinth, I feel the loss of a joyful presence that the resident of that plinth brought to our gallery. Playmates (two seals) has started their long journey to a new home in Australia.Playmates has graced our gallery with their presence for a while now. They brought a lot of joy and great memories especially seeing my granddaughter pet them every time she visited.The wonderful part of selling from your studio is that sense of connection that grows quickly between myself and the collector of the piece. Now I look at that empty plinth and see the thoughtful faces, recall hands gently sliding over the piece as they are getting to know it. Big smiles and happiness. All kinds of comments, some playful some more serious. One of my favourite “when I buy art I feel like a grownup “. All this leaves me feeling blessed to be an artist. It is such an honour for me to have something that I have created be given a place in an other persons life.

Water for Life

 I had designed and worked out several pieces for my time in India. I knew I wanted it to be celebratory and I wanted it to recognize our connectedness. Due to complications getting materials and properly working tools, I needed to let go of my original plans. What connects us with all other life on the planet – water! Why ? We are mostly water and simply would not be without it. So what is a reason to celebrate? Every single rain drop.

When a rain drop lands on the surface of calm water, it creates a crown splash as the crown starts to fall it sends a spike up in the center of the crown. It looks like a celebration all by its self.

Starting with a 1200 lb block of Dolomite (looks like marble but is a bit harder ) and a borrowed grinder I started my splash. It pushed up a wave which flowed over the edges and around abstract shelters and images inspired by my experiences in India.

I was blessed with making friends with some of the most fun loving creatives in my life. This wee video is the result of my playing with one of those friends Lizbeth Villarreal. I held the camera while Lizbeth executes her awesome idea. I wish someone was videoing us both there would have been some great bloopers. Thank you Lizbeth!

Water for Life. I had designed and worked out several pieces for my time in India. I knew I wanted it to be celebratory and I wanted it to recognize our connectedness. Due to some complications with acquiring materials and tools, I needed to let go of my original plans. What connects us with all other life on the planet – water! Why? We are mostly water and simply would not be without it. So what is a reason to celebrate? Every single rain drop.

When a rain drop lands on the surface of calm water, it creates a crown splash as the crown starts to fall it sends a spike up in the center of the crown. It looks like a celebration all by its self.

Starting with a 1200 lb block of Dolomite (looks like marble but is a bit harder) and a borrowed grinder, I started my splash. It pushed up a wave which flowed over the edges and around abstract shelters and images inspired by my experiences in India.

I was blessed with making friends with some of the most fun loving creatives in my life.

Global Art Festival

Travelling to India has always been a dream of mine and I couldn’t be happier to have been accepted as one of 50 artists from 19 countries to the Global Art Festival in Gujarat. There were a few sleepless nights waiting for the news and then the email came in. Wow – I’M GOING TO INDIA!!!

There will be festivities, art initiatives, collaborative creations and the artworks created will be displayed in an open-Air Gallery at the White Desert in Kutch. 

I need to thank my friends, followers and collectors for this honour. If it wasn’t for your support and amazing words I most likely would not have applied. I will do my best to share the gifts that I have gained from living in this wonderful country with people like you.

You can follow the festival on their Facebook page @GlobalArtFestival or you can come. I’m leaving Christmas Day. I will do my best to keep you posted.

We Pushed the Envelope

Shawn and I really enjoyed putting this show together and are excited to do another in the future. The show was a lot of work to organize and set up but it was worth every moment. Thank you to everyone for all your support and kindness. There is no doubt that art connects people in the best of ways. @ Gabriola Island

Pushing the Envelope Art Show

Pushing the Envelope Art Show

Shawn Becker and I would love to share an evening of art and conversation with you this coming Friday, June 28th starting at 7:00 pm. Children are most welcome. Show continues Saturday at 10 – 4 and Sunday 10 – 3.