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into the wilderness

31 Oct

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 8.12.49 AMThis week marked the end of a month long solo show titled “into the wilderness” which was displayed at a small, local, non-profit art space called Visac Gallery. I showed over 25 of my traditional hand-pulled prints, which were also all animal portraits. It is always nice to have my creatures get out of the house and be seen by art-lovers and creative minds. It was also reassuring to go through my personal collection and realize that after making prints for half a decade, I finally have the capacity to put on a complete solo gallery show with almost no notice.

sculpture ride – year two

23 Sep

Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 11.42.40 AMHad a date with my beau this weekend, and it was lovely. Much like the little excursion we did last year (here and here), we decided to have a picnic lunch in the park and do the Sculpture Walk on our bikes. sculptureride1Castlegar’s Sculpture Walk is an incredible annual event that displays beautiful sculptures, created by over 25 different artists, all throughout our town. The three-dimensional works are installed in the downtown area, encouraging people to get outdoors and see our local businesses, all while experiencing some incredible artwork. Those who do the tour are encouraged to submit a voting ballot, listing their favorite sculptures. Cash prizes are awarded to artists in varying categories, along with people’s choice. The sculpture with the most votes is purchased by the city and becomes part of our permanent collection, and many other businesses, schools and organizations make bids on their favorite pieces.sculptureride3 sculptureride2The kinetic sculpture above, titled “Honkfest,” was my favorite from this year’s submissions. It is an immensely ornate and complex water fountain made by the talented Douglas Walker. Such a lovely mix of found brass objects put into fluid kinetic movement makes this piece so lovably quirky, much like a Dr Seuss story. See it in motion here with a video I took. Also, check out this incredible Vimeo that demonstrates Walker creating in his studio.

Below are several other sculptures that took my breath away:sculptureride8 sculptureride9Kevin Kratz‘s “Fir Cone” impressed me with it’s play on scale, tribute to nature and attention to detail. No surprise to see Kratz turn out another skillful piece, after co-winning the People’s Choice Award last year with his Ridgeline Metail Works partner, James Karthein, for their blue heron piece “Patient Hunter.” sculptureride4 sculptureride5“Head’s Up, Grizzly” by Cathy Jenkins depicts an impressive Grizzly Bear climbing a mountainside. The piece has the smooth softness of a soap stone carving, while also holding the power and majesty inherent in a bronze cast piece. I can’t help but also adore how this gorgeous she-bear watches over my fiancé while he is at work. (Yes he is on the radio, listen to him online here). sculptureride6 sculptureride7Lastly, a creation by Dee Clements that depicts three gorgeous cranes in varying poses (it is titled “End of Day”). As an avid animal lover and true texture junkie, this was easily a favorite of mine. So many things fascinate me about this piece: the outstretched wings reaching to the sky, the detailed foliage, the red enameled areas on the heads… must I go on?

I can’t wait to see all the creations in next year’s sculpture walk… A message to all of you sculptors out there: consider participating in this awesome event! The exposure is big, and there are plenty of prizes to be won. Apply here (you have until October 15th).

a week of rewards

8 Aug

hardwork3 hardwork4 hardwork6 hardwork5What is that old saying… hard work pays off? Well if so, you could apply that to my adventures last week in the Windermere Valley. I enjoyed 4 fun-filled days at the beloved Blackstar Studio, teaching kids some exciting ways to create. We learned about snail mail and made our own personalized stationery, pressed our own designs into buttons & magnets, got crazy with glue and paper during collage and also dabbled in the magical world of Shrinky Dinks. Kids always impress me with their excitement, eagerness and wild imaginations; it was a lot of work, but I had a blast, and I’m positive they did too. hardwork2 hardwork1The weekend caught up to me quickly, and before I knew it, I was participating in my 5th Columbia Valley Tour of the Arts! My parents were immensely helpful throughout the day (especially when it rained, twice), and surprisingly, despite all the random wet weather, I had a great and prosperous day. I owe tons of gratitude to everyone who supported me: small purchases like magnets are just a important to me as my framed etchings, so thank you for helping foster my practice as an artist. For those who couldn’t make it out to see me in person at Tour, don’t forget you can always pick up any of my goodies from my etsy shop.