Greetings from my Okanagan studio!

Greetings from my Okanagan studio! Currently, I’m fooling myself into believing I am cleaning and organizing my studio, but more accurately, I’m ‘rearranging!’ I try to be strict with myself in terms of purging materials that I had high hopes for, but have yet to find their way into a piece of art. Awesome things in my studio include: silk sari snippets from my lovely fibre artist friend, Denise, a large bag of wasp nests, rusted concrete ties found in a ditch by my glass artist friend, Cindy, while dog walking, some great leather scraps and LOTS more! As you can tell, my pals look out for me. I call them my picker sisters!

I am currently working on pieces for a show at The Peachland Art Gallery, coming this August 2018. I am part of ‘On The Edge Collective’ and our themed exhibition is titled ‘Mindscapes.’ My contribution to the group show is inspired by a quote from Jim Morrison:

"There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors."

Subject matter is...well...DOORS!! Funky, distressed and curiously inviting, but closed. Smaller pieces in the show are surrealistic ‘chairscapes’ in ethereal settings.

As well, I will be in the Peachland Gallery daily, from August 7 – 13 working at my easel as part of The Artists’ In Studio event. It is fun to interact with the public, I'd love for you to come say hello and check it out! 

September 2018 is the 25th anniversary of the Lake Country ArtWalk! I have been a volunteer for 5 years and a participating artist for the past 4. It is a fantastic and eclectic festival. Last year, I exhibited 6 large mixed media botanical type floral pieces. I was SO pleased when 4 did not get loaded back into my car! The other 2 were sold at the ‘Under 500 Exhibit’ at the Penticton Art Gallery. It was a first for me to have a small series ‘sold out!’

Other goings on in my world: my trip to NYC in October was beyond inspirational! Many of my recent works are inspired by days spent wandering through Brooklyn and Williamsburg exploring side streets and old brownstone apartments.

I've had the pleasure of teaching art to brain injured adults for Brain Trust Canada in Kelowna. I've also spent some time deciding what I am going to do artistically with some large, stencilled, patched and battered vintage canvas Canada Post mailbags, a few commissions, and a demo at Opus Art Supplies in Kelowna and some teaching in the fall! Stay tuned or check out my feed on Instagram for up to date visuals and shenanigans! Enjoy the studio pics!

Spring updates from my studio

The sun is out and it’s been a busy couple of months for me in and out of the studio. My volunteer work with the Lake Country ArtWalk continues.  Our theme  this year is ‘Colour Me Canada’ in recognition of our beautiful country’s 150th ‘birthday!’ I work as the Youth Art Coordinator and am also making application as a participating artist. This year, my late father-in-law, Egbert Oudendag, will have an exhibit and sale of works from the family archive in ArtWalk, as well! He was a master plein air oil painter. Put it in your calendars now, Artwalk takes place in Lake Country on September 9-10.

I’m still teaching various adult mixed media classes, almost monthly, at Leap in Vernon, BC. My ‘boss’, Melissa Dinwoodie is the owner of Leap and also an amazing artist, who does her own studio work in the gallery. I exhibit work in Leap, as well as teach.

I was pleased to be juried in to The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan’s (ARTSCO) ‘Artscapes’ exhibit. My work was shown in the Rutland Library and happily two of my four pieces went to a good home. Very satisfying when my work speaks to someone!

What a treat it was to do a workshop with a wonderful group of teachers, educational assistants and support staff for the School District here in the Central Okanagan! It was their Wellness Symposium. Nothing like losing yourself in some mixed media materials to enhance  your wellness, I say!

I had a great boost of professional development when I attended California artist Robert Burridge’s mixed media workshop in Calgary recently. Spending four days immersed and enthralled with this dynamic instructor was re-energizing for me and my process.

If you are in the Kelowna area, register at Opus for one of my demos! ‘Mixed Media Mantra’ takes place on Saturday, June 10! There is a morning and afternoon demo. Free and fun! I will also be doing a quick little session at Gallery 97 in Peachland, on Image Transfers, as part of their grand opening for the 2017 season on Sunday, June 4.

I am super pumped to be part of ‘Artists In Studio’ at Peachland Art Gallery! I will be setting up a mini studio and gallery. I will be working live and chatting with the public! Come by August 9th through 15th. Check website or call gallery for details.

If you are in the Invermere, BC area, please pop in to Village Arts on Main Street and have a look at my new work!


Autumn updates from my studio!

After a successful show and sale at the Lake Country ArtWalk (I sold 6 paintings!) in September, I thought I might have a bit of downtime to tidy up my studio and collect my thoughts, but happily, artist Shannon Wilson invited me to be part of The Red Barn Artisan Market! This will be my second year at the Red Barn Market, and I'm so looking forward to being a part of it again. Shannon is incredibly thoughtful about the vendors she curates for this wonderful annual event. The market takes place on Saturday, October 22 from 9AM to 4PM at 4409 Lakeshore Road. If you are in the Kelowna area, grab a coffee and come by to check out some of my completely new, affordable mixed media works! Plus, lots of other cool local art - it's a great place to get an early start on your holiday shopping! 

I had a great time at the Lake Country ArtWalk!

I had a great time at the Lake Country ArtWalk!

I'm also excited to be getting ready for my second showing at the Lake Country Art Gallery's biggest show of the year, their fun Under 100 exhibition, running from November 19 to December 21! The Under 100 exhibition is comprised of small, original artworks by Okanagan artists, all for sale for under $100, $200 & $300. It's a great chance to grow your art collection with affordable, original pieces. Even better, the proceeds from the sale go to both the artists and to supporting the Lake Country Art Gallery. There’s a funky coffee shop attached to the gallery, so grab some friends, get cranked up on coffee and take in the art. 

I am also teaching two workshops in November at the beautiful Leap Art Supplies & Gallery in Vernon. In this all new workshop, entitled Mixed Media Mash Up, I'll be guiding participants through a variety of exploratory techniques & media, including image transfer, quick collage, drips and pours, altered faces with magazine images, texture materials, & painting/mark making on a gessoed magazine paper canvas. We will work on a stretched canvas to work up an interesting background. Then, will insert or integrate words or text that inspire! You never what kind of surprises I'll have in store. If you're hoping to get in on the Mixed Media Mash Up, the November 26 workshop sold out in a week! Luckily, Leap's lovely owner Melissa Dinwoodie added a second class due to popular demand, so be sure to secure your spot by giving the gallery a call 250-545-0403. 

I also recently joined ARTSCO, The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, and was juried in to a very innovative show called The Downtown Gallery. The Downtown Gallery concept pairs local artists with downtown businesses to adorn their storefronts. Next time you're strolling through downtown Kelowna, keep an eye out for beautiful, original art in the windows of boutiques including Okanagan SpiritsFunktionalMilkcrate RecordsModern AccentsOlive and Elle, and my pieces which are proudly displayed at Inspired Eyes

My work, Pomegranates and Chinese Lanterns, sold from Village Arts this month! 

My work, Pomegranates and Chinese Lanterns, sold from Village Arts this month! 

In other news, I had a large still life entitled Pomegranates and Chinese Lanterns go to a good home, from Village Arts in Invermere, BC and two of my Love Nest pieces sold out of Leap. Back in the studio, my latest mad scientist meets artist efforts involve creating a cauldron of the perfect faux encaustic concoction! 

Finally, it was an honour to be a featured artist by the Alberta Society of Artists, thanks ASA! 

Thanks for checking in, I hope to see you out and about at my art events in the Okanagan in October and November! 

Highlights: August & September

This summer has been a busy time for me with lots of exciting exhibits and shows around the Okanagan and Columbia Valley. Here's what I've been up to and where you can find my work this summer and early fall:

  • 'Spokes ‘n Words’ at the Pynelogs Gallery in the fun and fabulous mountain town of Invermere, BC. I had several bike-themed pieces on exhibit with wheels, chain, brake pads, gears and other bits and bobs worked on top of a graffiti/grunge background. Some parts actually punctured the canvas to create a 3D effect!
  • Discarded Lives: An Obsession With Things’ on show at The Rotary Center for the Arts in beautiful Kelowna, BC. Brilliant brainchild of Gallery Coordinator, Shannon Lester. Let's just say ...doll heads are involved!
  • Art Abandonment mini workshop at Gallery 97 in peachy Peachland, BC. Thanks to Jaine Buse for inviting me to add some fun to an opening reception. 
  • Instructing at the Leap Gallery, a ‘Free Range Mixed Media’ workshop in verdant Vernon BC!
  • Coming soon … I'm very excited to be part of the Lake Country ArtWalk 2016 September 10 & 11 for the third year in a row. The theme this year is ‘Art Off The Rails!’ I will be part of this huge art festival. My mini gallery will be filled with big skies, bikes, floral still life with vintage books integrated into the mixed media and more.

Coming soon!

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