What Gifts are Best for Christmas? Buy original art

Penticton Art Gallery now has two pieces of mine for their pre-Christmas sale, I will be in a show at the Rotary Centre for the Arts for three days November 12th on, then the next week Gallery Vertigo is letting me have a show at the Kalamalka Campus. Summerland Art Gallery is holding a pre-Christmas sale of art cards and books which has motivated me to get producing again.

photograph of my hand shadow on a scrap book page

photograph of my hand shadow on a scrap book page

Hand made books are a real pleasure to create and I want to have three or four more ready for Gallery Vertigo’s book store.

This thursday I will be in the Rotary Centre for our First Thursday Open house. Last month 30 students from UBC attended and it was lovely to have a chance to meet the up and coming art teachers that will be inspiring students in the high schools and elmentary schools.

texture abounds in this piece for a CD cover

texture abounds in this piece for a CD cover

I am a featured artist in Homes for the Holidays and will be putting up the pieces that I created next week in the show home. All of those great photos I took one day last winter after a heavy snow fall should look great in this old fashioned christmas themed open house.

star gazer lily in my neighbours yard

star gazer lily in my neighbours yard

Meanwhile, I am organizing an all candidates meeting to get more interest in the election. Only 22% of citizens turned out at the last election and there seems to be a more prevasive kind of negative inertia in our town. People are quick to complain and critize but don’t go out to the cities open houses or respond to on line surveys. I guess it is human nature to have everything be alright until it seems to be all wrong. What about the place between?

Sutherland park after fresh snow

Sutherland park after fresh snow

Cold weather, art, politics. That is my life right now. Happy November.

Reconnecting in a Confusing World

Neon Waves Design for CD jacket

Neon Waves Design for CD jacket

And the theme for today, ladies and gentlemen, will be reconnecting in a confusing world. This morning I had the opportunity to skype chat with Jean Francois Provost a painter from Quebec who is shown in galleries across Canada. The wonderful, vibrant artist Rian Kerrane sent through to me pictures of her new daughter.

On facebook I have now over 100 former students that I have in my friend’s folder. It is exciting and informing to see what people have made of themselves and what kind of life they have created. To see an adolescence’s face fleshed out and forty is almost magical. The last image I hold of some of these people is when they were 15 or 16. Now with families, responsible jobs and various ways in which they contribute to the community, they own the power that was once only a promise. It is wonderful to have one of them step forward and say, “Hey. It is so good to see you.” I did not expect to have so much emotion and such a feeling of gratitude for the chance I had to spend time with these people and make some kind of impression.

Today I must work two images and finish the graphic design for a CD cover. It will be slowly because I feel very weak, tired and have carried around a migraine for the last three days. My body is calling out for care. I need to reconnect with it and see what I can do to bring some ease into my days. I have pushed myself too far.

Reconnecting with artists who were at the Biennale and beginning the adventure back to Vienna. Reconnecting with more former students and settling into what the day will bring. Gently, gently.

Christmas Shows Kelowna’s Cultural Core

1. Ars Longa: nine person show

Art Exhibition and Sale

355 Cornish Road, Kelowna, B.C.

October 25th from 7 to 10 pm

Friday 24th, 12 to 6

Saturday 25th 10 to 5 pm

Sunday October 26 10 to 5 pm

2. “Reminiscence of Europe: Multi-media and photographic pictures of Rome, Florence, London, Paris.”

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.

All images for sale. Just contact me.

3. Potters and Artisans 18th Annual Christmas Show and Sale

High Quality arts and crafts, gifts for every occasion

November 7, 8, 9. at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna. B.C.

Friday 5-9, Saturday 10-8 and Sun. 9:30-4:30.

4. Livessence; A gift of color

November 14th and 15th in the Rotary Centre for the Arts Atrium

colorful drawings and paintings from figurative artist members of Livessence.

5. Salon Refuse

November 1st

Presented by the Artists@Work group of resident artists

Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Great place and time to pick up gifts of art at a new, lower price.

6. “Off the Wall” art extravaganza

November 7, 7:30 – 10 pm

Food, champagne, live entertainment $100 for two people

art sale fun-raiser for the Summerland Art Gallery

Mainstreet, Summerland

contact slandarts@telus.net

Gray Globe

7. Gallerie Diamante

On line Auction

33 artist/50 works of art

www.galleriediamante.com

You don’t have to go 100 miles to find spectacular gifts of art.