Extreme Makeover: Exhibition at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna

Extreme Makeover is the show which is currently on display at the Rotary Centre for the Arts at 421 Cawston Avenue and the corner of Ellis. The work that I have done for close to 13 years is on display for the public to view until June 1st. At that time it goes into storage and my life will move away from Kelowna.

My friends Angie and Lil did most of the work for hanging the show

My friends Angie and Lil did most of the work for hanging the show

This is probably the last opportunity Kelowna residents will have to view my work all at once, in one place. Large pieces such as red/black making a statement at 5 feet by 4 are difficult to show in many venues. The 7 foot pieces of Feng Shui which explore fire, earth/wood, wind/spirit, water and metal are all together as they are meant to be viewed.

contemporary condo overlooking water would be great setting

contemporary condo overlooking water would be great setting

The show is free and open to the public from 9 am until 8 pm. In the display cases are the inspirational door stops I have created, tee shirts and funky purses. All of these items are on at sale prices because I need to pull into storage and wish to have as little as possible to actually cart back.

detail of embrace, pearlescent paint shimmers

detail of embrace, pearlescent paint shimmers

My focus these days is preparing the storage facility, getting the house and yard in order and finishing up teaching my class for Okanagan College.

Embrace. Two spirits like hands intertwining

Embrace. Two spirits like hands intertwining

Today I will finish marking exams, begin to bring order to the yard and get some painting and filling of window gaps with the fun expanding foam that bonds permanetly to everything including clothing and skin.

The iris are in bloom and each year I forget how delicate and translucent the white ones are. They are wonderful filters for sunlight.

florescent green light on field of red, gold, black

florescent green light on field of red, gold, black

Two courses are coming up: UBC- O Continuing Studies classes in Digital Photographic art and a course in blogging. For information about these courses contact http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/continuingstudies/welcome.html

thousands of threads glued onto carpet canvas

thousands of threads glued onto carpet canvas

Also, I will be hosting some really fun workshop for the Fat Cat Children’s Festival. What amazes me is how the child’s creativity and bravery can open up the mother or father to try things. I always encourage the parent to join in and they are actually the ones who are most surprised at what they can create. Our focus becomes so much on our children that we can forget to experience our own journey. http://www.fatcatfestival.ca/stations.htm The actual stations are not up yet, but check back on this link and they will be in a few weeks.

glass and florescence make this piece dramatic Wind/Spirit

glass and florescence make this piece dramatic Wind/Spirit

Private commissions are looming. I have a commission for a couple who purchased a piece from me and want two more to go on either side.  That will be next after I create order in my home. I also have a CD cover to design in the near future. I really enjoy doing graphics for journals, book jackets, Cd covers and stage props. Really exciting to me are the various forms my art can take.

The sun is shining. I have had a delicious coffee. My friends are all around me. Watch out world, I am healing physically and emotionally. The adventure begins.

May you go in Joy.

Classes for Adults and Teens at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna

April 6th 6-8 pm
Selecting the Image: Photography with an educated eye
Adults and Teens $45 

April 8th 6-8 pm
Starting with You: Digital Photos
Adults and Teens $45

April 11 10 am- 2 pm
A Gift of Yourself: Creating a Chapbook
Adults and Teens $50

April 29th 6-8 pm
 From Dull to Delightful
Adults and Teens $45

May 2nd  10-2 pm
Writing Colourful Poetry
Adults and Teens $50
picture from sheet music which I treated in computer

picture from sheet music which I treated in computer

Wine Art and Music at the Rotary Centre for the Arts

Two nights ago the WAM event brought in 45 people to my studio space. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to share my work with others. Many of the attendees were residents of Kelowna. Even more pleasing is that locals are supporting local art.

Michael Garding put together a group for the show. Cameron came down after he finished his gig in Penticton at the wine festival there and sat in for a bit. He has played with the drummer, Martin Lord, in Just in Time. For three years the trio was the award winning Jazz group at the B.C. Music competition. And strangely enough NONE of the guys got ahold of friends or relatives and had them send in nominations or votes.

The leaves are turning intensely beautiful colors and are as my neighbour’s mother exclaimed, “Fairy Trees.”

I intend to load up my new photos from our travels through the area in the last couple of weeks so that you can view the beauty of the Okanagan in the fall.

Stay tuned for upcoming arts shows and great places to look at new works by local artists.

Happy Autumn. Fight the urge to hibernate.View from Knox Mountain of Kelowna

Art Shows: Opportunities

This morning I entered Snap to Grid with The Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art http://www.lacda.com/. I have entered many of their competitions previously and always make a point of being in their unjuried art show because it is good to have my work out in a field of other digital artists. The entry deadline is October 3rd so if YOU are a digital artist jump on the opportunity. I wished they would list the names of the participants because I really enjoy following other artists’ work.

Locally, I received the opportunity to hang work in the Mission Library. It is really wonderful when the local arts council takes on the responsibility of finding venues for artists to present their work. I was working on my business plan just this morning and examining my “perfect customer.” Most of my sales have been to people living in the Mission, so this is really a happy coincidence.

Arriving in my email was a newsletter from my hard working friend and fellow artist, Julia Trops. She has a studio downstairs from mine in the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna and she is actively helping the Livessence Figurative Arts Group with a newsletter. In addition, she has set up Gallerie Diamante as a fundraising site for the Rotary Centre. The idea of the art exhibition this year is to create an art auction open to the world through the web site www.galleriediamante.com

Livessence will hold a holiday show on Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15. A Gift of Colour will exhibit the work of members using the elements of color. I don’t see the hours posted in the newsletter however, the Rotary Centre at 421 Cawston Avenue is open from 8 am until 10 pm most days.

This Thursday is the First Thursday Art Crawl with free food and wine. Come down with your family if you are visiting Kelowna as a cultural tourist or if you are a tourist in your own town. To check out events and classes offered at the Rotary Centre go to http://www.rotarycentreforthearts.com

Now I am off to crate up my art to ship to Ferrar, Italy and to write some poetry for tonight’s reading at the

library. Sunlight beckons.

aluminun paint tray for Ferrar, Italy show

Upcoming exhibits and monthly art crawl

zephyr moons


There are a lot of things happening in my life. Art shows are coming up. Pieces are selling. I am moving into the multi-media, non representational, abstract geometric realm with gusto. Several years of secretly working these images has given me the confidence to start putting them out there. The images originate from my childhood when I would close my eyes when hearing music and see shapes and colors dancing. Now they dance for all to see.







You are invited to the following local exhibits by artist Cherie Hanson, Studio 205.


From April until October the Artists@Work group invites the public to the First Thursday Art Crawl at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. from 4 pm until 7 pm the first Thursday of each of the six months from April until October. Free Food, music and a chance to visit with the participating artists makes this a must-attend event.


July 1, 7 pm to 8:30 pm Opening reception for “Retrospective: A Second Life,” one woman show in Rotary Centre for the Arts Galleria and Atrium, 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna, B.C.


August 28 – September 27,Study in Transposition,” multi-media/digital abstract art. Summerland Art Gallery, 9533 Main Street, Summerland. B.C. The gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am – 4 pm. Sunday from 1:00 pm – 4 pm. Opening reception to be announced.
The definition for Abstract art is art that departs significantly from natural appearances. Forms are modified or changed to varying degrees in order to emphasize certain qualities or content. Recognizable references to original appearances may be slight. The term is also used to describe art that is nonrepresentational. Artist Cherie Hanson begins with a photograph that holds meaning for her and abstracts it. The resulting image is bold, colorful and visually intense. Foreground, mid ground and background shifts as well as movement on the surface of the image create images which “dance on canvas”.


September, 2008, Bean Scene North, “Rivers of Europe,” Giclee/multi-media photography of the artist’s visit to Florence, Rome, London and Paris. A series of large images taken in winter 2007 of the Seine, Arno, Tiber and Thames.


“What a society deems important is enshrined in its art”
Harry Broudy

“By enriching every aspect of life, the arts contribute to the quality of life in every community.” David R. Goode


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