Hansonward Newsletter: What’s up in the arts in Kelowna?

Cherie and Cameron have returned from the Disparate Voices show in Vienna, Austria in May. In three weeks they re-landscaped the backyard, painted the kitchen, totally gutted (including removing the floor boards and subfloor) the bathroom and rebuilt it including new plumbing.

three weeks ago

three weeks ago

Cameron is now a bonded contractor with his certified safety seal. He received 98% on the exam which is one of the toughest in the world.
He still wants to know what he
missed.

three balls of light, fun fixture

three balls of light, fun fixture

Cameron’s Summer gigs:
Thursday, July 9th Parks Alive at KLO Campus of Okanagan College. 7 pm until 8. Free

Calculated Risk: musicians nominated for Okanagan music award: jazz

Calculated Risk: musicians nominated for Okanagan music award: jazz

Friday, Saturday, July 10th and July 11th, Gray Monk Winery, Lake Country. 6-9 pm. Open to the public.

Cameron Ward, Danny Sameshima, Rob Dewar

Cameron Ward, Danny Sameshima, Rob Dewar

Saturday, July 18th, Peachland Barefoot Music Festival, 30 minute set between 4-7pm. Free
Saturday, July 25th, Sunshine Cabaret, Penticton, 7-9 pm
Friday, Saturday, August 21, 22, Gray Monk Winery, Lake Country, 6-9. Open to the public.
Saturday, August 29, Dirty Laundry Winery, Summerland, 1-4 pm. Open to the public.

most expensive item: $300 Italian faucet

most expensive item: $300 Italian faucet

Cherie’s gigs:
Art Donations to Penticton Art Gallery, Kamloops Art Gallery, Gallery Vertigo for auction.
Gallery Vertigo Auction is August 22nd, 8 pm.
Canadian Beige mixed media sold at the Rotary’s annual Lobster dinner.
Raw Whispers, Okanagan Erotic Art Show, Woodside Gallery
Bean Scene North, Elemental, August 1 to 30th, large mixed media geometrics
Art Walk, September 12th and 13th, Lake Country

Teaching:

1. The Outdoor Poet:           July 18       9 am – 2 pm

2.Digital Photographic Art:     July 25       9 am – 2 pm

UBC Okanagan Continuing Studies

www.ubc.ca/okanagan/continuingstudies

Email: ccs.ubco@ubc.ca

Tel: (250) 807-9981

3. August 16th, 1-3, Handmade books and cards, Gallery Vertigo information,
please call Judith @ (250)503-2297

judithjurica@shaw.ca or info@galleryvertigo.com

To contact Cameron for contracting, repair, construction or for guitar or bass: phone 250-718-0369
To contact Cherie for a viewing of her latest works, classes or private commissions: phone 250-763-4269

Does art hold its value?

Recent Work Candy Ribbon $650 multi-media

Recent Work Candy Ribbon $650 multi-media

Recently, an estate assessor came into my studio and talked to me about the “valuation” of art. It is, like everything else in life, about perception.

I remember when I was doing research on the best place to pursue my degree in teaching that I was looking for valuable stock. I was investing in my education and I wanted the most powerful degree I could achieve. Western Washington State College in Bellingham was give a top three schools in the West Coast rating in, of all things, Playboy magazine’s assessment issue.

large, flowing image, lyric multi-media canvas

large, flowing image, lyric multi-media canvas

Taking my degree at Western allowed me to be in a highly competitive position. I had a wonderful background in the humanities, in general science, in math logic, in physics and was introduced to the study of movement. We also had to learn to swim in order to teach. This comprehensive program was meant to turn out not little automatons but people with a rich understanding of our cultural history. It has given me grounding and depth in all that I do.

Research allowed me to find a degree of value.  It is the estimation of value in art as well, that has to be considered. The Estate Valuation of art involves the reputation of the artist. While some artists make money in the short term, other artists develop and maintain their value. Thinking carefully about where you exhibit, setting your goals with clear objectives, establishing skills and constantly working on the relationship between yourself and your work; yourself and your customer are central.

Star Shine Multi-media $1,000

Star Shine Multi-media $1,000

I was instructed that one must clearly and consistently sign the work. A biography, a story, an artistic statement should be placed on the back of the work so that as the work makes its way in the world the connection with the artist remains true. And the hardest work of all is to place value on yourself as an artist.

red-black sharp, three dimensional $650

red-black sharp, three dimensional $650

Obama: Can one man shoulder the future of the world?

Detail of Red Bannister image

Detail of Red Bannister image

fore ground, mid ground and back ground shift

fore ground, mid ground and back ground shift

It is easy to look to history to see what an inky stain one individual can make upon the pages of events. Hitler, Mussolini, Bin Laden all had the power to alter thousand if not millions of lives. Because I am imbued with my cultural beliefs, it is easy to perceive the pervasive force that unhappy individuals can unleash.

Why then, if we are ready to accept the transformative power of bad choices, can we not believe in the transformative power of enlightened forces? Perhaps it is the script of victimization, or fighting against the odds. We sing, “Against the wind.”

Obama has made some brilliant moves during his campaign and while preparing for the installation as the leader of a stricken nation. He has studied his mentor, ole Honest Abe. The photo op of the president elect with his still living predecessors had the effect of an anointment. In tribal societies it is important for the tribal elders to invest the new leader with power. As he stood shoulder to shoulder with the other figures, the succession seemed natural, inevitable. He looked at ease among other men of power. It was inspiried. The visual message was that he belonged.

Abraham Lincoln was known for selecting those who had most opposed him into his group of close advisors. His motivation was to expand his vision. We all know what it is that we believe to be the “truth” of life. We all know exactly what reality is. It is others who are mistaken, confused and dazed.

How much more can we learn if we set out to learn. Having to explain what we value and why will act as a fire. It will burn away that which is ridiculous, frivolous or just plain indefensible. But that which is left is now solidified. It shines with a greater brightness because of the fire.

Many individuals, countries and cultures are looking to Obama to take the world out of its downward spiral. Even my Koren friend is saying that she is hoping Obama will succeed so that Korea’s economy will improve. The consequence will effect her future and her family’s financial condition, she believes.

What a weight the man carries. However, he carries it with grace. Is it so hard to believe that there are far reaching positive benefits to a good person making considered decisions? Everyone feels more free and more expansive when there is hope. We all want to help ….when and if we see a way out.

detail of red and orange floating on gray

detail of red and orange floating on gray

original picture of a parkade bannister is altered

original picture of a parkade bannister is altered

What is art? Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art Show

Today I worked a few images that  are processed in the manner that is my practice. I selected photographs, worked the images in the Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 and then layered, highlighted and dropped worked images into worked images. Layering, distortion, filtering leads me to the jpg image. If a customer wishes to order an image from my bank… I print it out on canvas and the fun begins.

another sample at higher resolution

another sample at higher resolution

It is at this point in the process where I apply acrylic paint, metallic paint, India ink, metallic foil, various mediums including glass bead and tar.

The original pic of winter trees

The original pic of winter trees

Layer upon layer of processes lead me to the spot where I have a piece which has shifting planes and an energy that challenges the eye. It is all a dance of discovering and I joyfully lose myself in it.

So above are today’s images.

the image was sent in as jpg then printed

the image was sent in as jpg then printed

The Los Angeles public turned out

The Los Angeles public turned out

The show in Los Angeles sent through pictures of the opening at the Los Angeles centre for digital art. I am happy to share them with you. My image is tourquoise and was of a “reconstructed” aluminum paint tray.

Tourquoise aluminim paint tray second from top

Tourquoise aluminim paint tray second from top

All works were printed on paper

All works were printed on paper

My image is high up on the wall

My image is high up on the wall

newsletter… Art and Poetry of Canadian artist

Cherie Hanson: News from Kelowna artist

Dates to remember:Sa


There will be self-published books, chapbooks, book art, small press books and publishing house books. Gallery Vertigo’s inaugural book fair will have books, books and more books.

The exhibition of titles is running Tuesday to Dec. 13 and the fair on Nov. 29 in Gallery Two..

I have five poetry/art handmade books for sale.

Salon des Refuses
Artists@Work at the Rotary Centre for the Arts are holding a pre-Christmas sale of 100’s of items at deeply cut discounts.
December 13th: 10-4 pm.

One Woman Show by artist Cherie Hanson

Unitarian Fellowship 1310 Bertram Street

November and December

Viewing available to all who rent the space

Open to the public 11:45 to 12:30 Sundays.

My new Works are up at Energy Gallery and the lay out is great. This is a juried, international show out of Toronto. http://www.energygallery.com

Traces of Memory
Presented by Trevisan International Art
Imbarcado Rooms, Estense Castle
Ferrar Italy
from November 29-December 07

Salon des Refuses
Artists@Work at the Rotary Centre for the Arts are holding a pre-Christmas sale of 100’s of items at deeply cut discounts.
December 13th: 10-4 pm.
TEACHING

I am teaching classes in creative writing, hand-made books, poetry and in digital photographic art for UBCO continuing studies. Come to studio 205 to pick up a brochure and ask questions.

I am also teaching for the Rotary Centre for the Arts. You can go to the site www.rotarycentreforthearts.com or come onto my site for all information. While you are at it, check out my galleries on line.
www.cheriehanson.com

WRITING
I have had my second feature article published in in/ur magazine out of Portland. Check out the site and see a really contemporary, newsfilled on line periodical that has the ability to download printable pages for your enjoyment.

www.inurmagazine.com

All About Cherie
The three disciplines that I studied though out my green years were poetry, art and I danced and choreographed until I was 48. After over twenty years of teaching acting and English, producing plays and volunteering for various organizations, I now focus on my writing and my art. I have a blog, several galleries on line if you want to drop by and have a look. I never dreamed that I would be working full time as a 64 year old. Life is funny, hey?

Images for the Show

Today I picked up more images backgrounds to paint into for the upcoming show. Wow! Is it every wonderfuloriginal photo of metallic gift wrap

We walked away from all of the work piled up and enjoyed a coffee while reading books at Chapters. Get Smart was the movie of choice and we got a chance to laugh and eat crappy food. Really fun evening.

Walking out of the theatre into rain and sun edging the clouds neon pink, we smelled the fresh air on the first day of Summer.