Art Walk and Beyond: What keeps an artist going?

Shows, submissions, sales. The ssssing sound of energy.

working on the pieces in my studio

working on the pieces in my studio

On November 14th I will have a show at Kalamalka Library in Vernon. A supportive friend has provided the possibility for another show in a show home. Wilden show home by Authentec still houses some of my mixed media pieces. Some time in the future I will be hanging work again for Artscape in Kelowna.

smaqll threads are glued on the surface of this canvas piece

small threads are glued on the surface of this canvas piece

But last weekend, it was Art Walk.

red brick wall circle

red brick wall circle

Over six thousand people came past each day. Being with friends around me, fellow artists, was really enjoyable.

mixed media on canvas

mixed media on canvas

The images that I selected for the show are always a bit of a gamble. Does one select works that the public might understand, or does one go to the works that one loves.

My friend Rose looked great with two of my works around her.

My friend Rose looked great with two of my works around her.

This year I created mixed media pieces that I responded deeply to. Color. Moving Planes. Vibrancy. These were the direction that I explored.

Embrace is a sensual exploration of two people

Embrace is a sensual exploration of two people

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

When is a good time to write about an adventure?

During would be good if it weren’t truly an adventure. We spent so much time on the move and not hooked into internet during our journey that it was impossible to keep my site properly “fed”. However, now that we are back in Kelowna, I can begin to tell the tale.

overlooking vienna from a viewpoint

overlooking vienna from a viewpoint

The weeks preceding the journey were stressful and busy. With the passing away of my step-father, the journeys to take care of him and his affairs, time was distorted and disjointed. Two art shows right before I left further ate up my time. The actual preparation for the Vienna show seemed to take last place.

the beautiful suburb outside Vienna that we visited.

the beautiful suburb outside Vienna that we visited.

The plane trip took almost 17 hours and found us arriving at the Vienna airport in another time and space. The trip itself was smooth because Cameron does such a brilliant job of planning and anticipating transitions. We always knew exactly how much time we had to move from place to place. Wrangling the art work rolled in a lawn chair bag and carefully stowed in plumbing pipe that Cameron constructed as a waterproof tube was a feat. We had a backpack each. We each had a computer bag that we used as “hand bags” or in his case a “man bag.” In addition, we brought a suitcase with a suitcase in it.

We have travelled enough to know by now that that extra suitcase is necessary. We tend to pick up paper, books, receipts etc. until we expand and become quite heavy and awkward. From each trip we have returned with an additional, newly purchased suitcase. We decided that this time we would not add to our collection any further.

We were  very pleased to see Matthias’ smiling face at the airport. He took us to his cabin where we spent the first few days and we immediately went to sleep.

Vienna is a town full of parks

Vienna is a town full of parks

Very soon we were in the car to take my art work to the gallery in the suburb of Langenlois which is a charming winegrowing area. The town is typical of historic Austrian and Eastern European villages. The stones that the fields offered up each spring were used to construct the buildings. Covered with a mud-like substance, the walls were painted brightly and when the surface crumbles one can see the history of the area appearing in the walls.

overlooking the city and the river

overlooking the city and the river

Setting up the show went very smoothly and the gallery itself was spectacular. The view from the ultra modern structure of the village from the past was a delightful juxtaposition. The gallery owner’s family owns several businesses in Langenlois, including wine-making. They were wonderful hosts and went out of their way to make us feel welcome.

Summerland Art Gallery Show

Tomorrow I take the pictures down to Summerland to hang in the one woman show. Opening reception is September 28th from 7 until 9 pm. The Arts Council is doing a great deal of the work and I am very appreciative. Getting the Bean Scene North show hung, preparing for both Summerland and for Art Walk in Winfield has been very “crowded” in my day.

I hope a lot of people come out to see the new work in Summerland. I have been preparing for six months to have the images the way I imagined them.