Migration and Form Line Designs

With autumn, it is easy for teachers to fall into the pattern of exploring, with their students, the changing colours of the season, with a focus on leaves, trees, and soon after that, pumpkins.

Sometimes it nice to notice the other things that are happening during the season, one being, bird migration.

Today the students looked at the stylized geese images of our first nations, living on the west coast.  Respectfully, I’m going to begin by sharing a map.

First Nations Peoples of British ColumbiaWe talked a little bit about British Columbia vacations and I showed the students where you would be heading, if you were on an Alaskan cruise.  I Introduced them to Haida Gwaii and the people’s art of Haida Gwaii.  I showed a short video featuring Todd Baker’s prints and reflected with the students about the images, colours and shapes.

I then showed  the students this image so that they could see the various form line designs included the in these particular geese depictions and then we folded a standard sheet of paper to create sketch booklets for the purpose of experimentation and studies.

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I used the word ‘simulation’ with the students, reminding them that we are looking at and simulating the types of form lines that would be used by west coast artists.

For the depiction segment of the lesson, I askd the students to draw silhouettes of Canadian geese. What is a silhouette?  It is the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background, especially in dim light.

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Talk to the students about migration formations.  Ask them for their narratives and memories of watching geese migrate.

Have several exemplars of silhouettes for the students to use as references, reminding them to draw the simple shapes as large as possible.  Each student will be creating their own Canadian goose filled with form line designs.

Here is an example of one of the references used to show silhouettes..

Image taken from stock photos.

Image taken from stock photos.

Once the students settled on one of their depicted silhouettes, then they began to lightly include form line designs within their white silhouette drawings, in order to capture the spirits of the geese.

The students began their depiction, using the three main form line designs; the U shape, crescent shape and trigon shape.  If the motivation is big time, then try to create other animals using the same shapes.

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As the form line designs are used, the designs may pick up something similar to North West Coast first nations art.

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Demonstrate on the white board, the crescent shape, the U shape and the trigon shape.  Students may then begin colouring in their designs, using the specific palette, red, white and black.  I think because the edges need to be clean, the scented markers would like achieve the best result.  The other option, is to follow up this lesson with a construction paper collage, using the same colours and glue stick.

The designs, once finished should not show any of the under-drawing, but be strong bold patterns of red, white and black.

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For teachers who are curious and really want to explore this history, I love this movie.  Thanks, to Sara for her class!

Whirlwind

This is a beautiful day!  I got up early and Max and I headed over to the pond.  I made a decision to attend a later Mass again because light will be fading soon and our pond walks will be later in the day…it is time to soak up the beautiful morning light while it’s still possible.  It is another golden-blue day as tree branches become more exposed and the leaves move into a warmer shade of yellow.

Mass was inspiring.  With my church family, I was able to reconnect with a friend I hadn’t visited with for quite a long time and I felt as though I was able to be really present to her and to the blessed peace of the Mass.  I thought a lot about discipleship…and took pause to consider what direction these thoughts might take me in my community.

Once home, I ate a nice lunch and then visited with Dad on Skype.  Now, I am sitting in my pyjamas, ready to have an afternoon nap.  The sunshine is creating beautiful patterns on the floor near by.  This relaxed feeling that pours over me is quite a contrast to the whirlwind of activity that has been filling up my life since Enriquito’s departure and connecting with Dylan last week.  A few images as an archive…

Dragon Pearl Dumplings and Hot and Sour Soup…a family favourite and great for an art night.

Dragon PearlEsker Foundation autumn opening.  The snacks, as per usual, were amazing!  And it was such a nice thing to visit with Jim and Sue Hill again.  I bumped into people I knew, but it was especially good to share the experience with my daughter, Cayley.  I have to say that this exhibit is a challenge for me.  I’m looking forward to programs that will supplement the visual exhibit over the coming months.  I’m guessing I will learn more about art as communication and installation.  The programs began on Saturday, with an artist talk, but one needs to pace ones self.  Charlotte Moth: living images and Celia Perrin Sidarous: Interiors, Other Chambers will be on exhibit until December 20.

From this gallery setting, we headed over to Pith Gallery, meeting John Will in the center of 9th Ave, where funny enough, he stopped to talk.  Comic Con’t by Ryan Statz, had me in stitches.  Honestly, the work made me laugh out loud.  A great find!  Autobiographical in nature, this work was technically astute and in very good humour.

Lifted from the Pith Comic Con’t public share, I hope that Ryan will not mind me sharing this…sort of gives you the back story.

Ryan Statz – Biography

A native of Montréal Québec, Statz completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2000, and received his Masters of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in 2008. Currently based in Calgary Alberta, Statz’s work has been exhibited across Canada, The United States, and Europe.

Ryan Statz – Artist Statement

I am an idiot.

Anyone who knows me would likely admit that this is neither a stretch of the truth or the imagination – in fact, if I were a gambling man I’d say it’d be a pretty safe bet. Based on a personal, and experiential reality, my work owns up to this; however, because I also do not lead a life that is altogether interesting or exciting, the subject matter of the work references the mundane.

In the production of my work, I employ strategies from performance, executed with a deadpan fervour that includes elements of humour, wit, and humility – with just a hint of self-deprecation. Any self-flagellation, however, should not be taken as an admission of a lowered self-image; it is used primarily as a comedic device that addresses the notion of hegemonic masculinity.

Art History ubiquitously portrays the male artist as an iconic figure, a genius, and a hero. As I often approach things with a great deal of humility, I present the male artist (myself) as an individual who is not the sharpest tool in the shed, whose social status amongst his peers isn’t the highest, and whose success within the local, Canadian and international art context is virtually non-existent. So for my own purposes, and in the context of the male artist-as-bumbling-idiot, failure is always a viable option.

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From Pith Gallery, Cayley and I walked down to the Ironwood Stage and Grill where Steve Coffey and Sheri-D were performing a collaborative piece titled, Tales From the Moonshine Room.  Over a glass of wine, a snack of calamari and conversation shared with a writer out of LA, Cayley and I really enjoyed this performance piece.  On a few occasions, the spoken poetry brought me to tears.

Sheri-D and Steve CoffeeNice to see you again, Paul Forestell!

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Saturday morning began with an early morning pond walk.  Even when life is hectic, having a beautiful border collie (Max-Man) in my circle, causes a connection with nature and required exercise.

Kath's Canon, September 27, 2015 Heron 002 Kath's Canon, September 26, 2015 Heron, Pith, Open Doors 061From there, I headed up north for an Open Door YYC activity.  I had registered to see the warehouse where the City of Calgary stores and cares for the Public Art Collection.  It was fabulous!  Barb and Quinn did an superb job sharing such a ‘magical’ place with us. Articulate and genuinely passionate, their collaborative presentation was excellent. A staff of two, they manage a beautiful space and collection.  I was really glad to have seen this. (No pictures inside…and if you’ve ever attended to such an event, you would understand the logic.)

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DSC_1357Yes, Dad, I DID do this!  The best part of the line up was that I met up with one of my fans…just love this girl!  Hannah is in one of her dance poses for this photo. :0)

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I decided to opt out of the bus tour of the Shepard Land Fill site and headed home to chill out before sharing the evening with my girls, attending Alberta Ballet’s Balletlujah.

It was nice to sip (or would that be, down?) a gin and tonic at intermission with my daughters, reviewing the experience together and getting some Auld Triangle time (a little name we gave ourselves during a show put on Tom Phillips one night at the Ironwood).

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From Avenue Magazine: Photo captured of a moment in Jean Grand-Maitre's choreography for Balletlujah!

From Avenue Magazine: Photo captured of a moment in Jean Grand-Maitre’s choreography for Balletlujah!

Now…it might be that my readers will think that Saturday was over…but, no.  What did we do?  We stopped at the Blackfoot Diner OF COURSE.  We thought we would share a piece of pie.  But instead….this.

Breakfast after Alberta Ballet Kath and ErinI have much to be grateful for…I’m offered up so much in the way of opportunity…good food and drink…friendship and family.  It was quite a weekend!  Late this afternoon, I will drive out to spend time with my dear Ya Yas. But…for now…a snooze!

Autumn Close Up and Venation

Yippee!  A different group of grade 4s today!  With a slight breeze, spilling the leaves off of the autumn trees on a beautiful blue-sky day, what better topic than looking CLOSE UP at autumn leaves.  I like the format, in elementary art instruction, of always reflecting, depicting, composing and expression…the full dish every afternoon!

We reflected on some images, a leaf I had picked up on the sidewalk outdoors and a few Youtube videos.

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From the reflection time, we watched a step by step video, very simplistic in nature, about the venation structures of leaves.  We then spent about ten minutes drawing our studies.

Kath's Canon, September 25, 2015, Venation 040 Kath's Canon, September 25, 2015, Venation 039 Kath's Canon, September 25, 2015, Venation 038 Kath's Canon, September 25, 2015, Venation 037 Kath's Canon, September 25, 2015, Venation 036 Kath's Canon, September 25, 2015, Venation 035I handed out a photo copy of the patterned piece that my readers can view below.  I talked to the students about how artists use view finders to eliminate some of the busy information in their subject.  I had them trace their Be Great cards somewhere on the composition below to decide on one part that they wanted to use as a reference for their own art making.  I took the students through these steps, using my own as an example.

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These little Lunchable trays have become my favourite…a bit of water in one section and a squeeze of a bit of water colour pigment in each of the others.

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From there, they used a variety of water based felt markers to achieve a number of drawings based on their small rectangular section.  Enlarging anything at this age, is tricky!  So, rest assured, if you see only relative success in this aspect of the lesson, it is to be expected.  If the depictions in marker are very teeny, just steer the students to discovery by pointing out aspects of their reference and if still a problem, engage them in an inventive piece including many leaves instead of just a few.

Demonstrate how MACRO cell texture can be arrived by ‘doodling’ squiggly lines between the veins.  A fun learning experience for me and for the students!  Thanks, Colleen for your class!  I turned on Vivaldi’s Autumn and it all began.

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Rumble House: September 23, 2015 Equinox

On the autumn equinox, we gathered at the Rumble House to celebrate our love of art, family and friends.  It’s as though a magnet drew us to the Rumble.  For one last time, we could paint with Enriquito, laugh and cry.  Life is marked by “Happy Birthdays” and tears.  Last night it was so…we offered up another good-bye.  Selfismo, we love you.

I was quite late AGAIN…but I got started on a very long panel and will finish it next week at the battle.  I enjoyed conversation and the support of my friend, Michael.  I tackled a subject that I’ve wanted to paint over the last few weeks, but instead focused, on completing Chief Poundmaker.  It was great to connect with Dylan last night.

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And…onto the next painting.

A few weeks ago I was following the story of a great blue whale that had become trapped in fishing line and was showing signs of distress.  A search began to assist the whale, but once the weather had changed for the worse, the search was called off and the news story disappeared.

It isn’t any sort of secret what would be the demise of the blue whale, if not helped…it would be an exhaustive death and a drowning.  A disappearance.  A good-bye.

Crews Try to Save Blue Whale Trapped in Netting

“Whale watchers first saw the leviathan — estimated to be about 75-feet long — about five miles south of Point Fermin Lighthouse in San Pedro. It was pulling about 300 feet of line attached to a buoy, Salas said.

“We’ve seen a lot of blue whales these past few months, and everything seemed ordinary at first, but then our captain noticed the whale was dragging a buoy,” said Salas, who has been in the whale-watching business since 1990. “We immediately notified the Coast Guard and NOAA, and our captain stayed with the whale.”

Salas said the whale has been swimming, diving for the krill it feeds on and breathing regularly.

Blue whales are the largest mammals on earth and are thought to be the largest mammals to have ever lived on the planet.”

Later…CBS Los Angeles wrote ‘The rescuers tied a second, larger buoy to the buoy line to more easily keep tabs on the whale.’

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Fishing nets and gear are a huge challenge to cetaceans and again, because the story of the sea is not visible to us, citizens of the world forget or push the sad facts out of consciousness. What of our covenant with nature…what of our covenant with God?

The painting is in progress and will be completed next Rumble on September 30th. I want the piece to capture a dynamic between the pristine environment seen from the surface and the tension of the impact of our consumption and our disregard. Stay tuned.

Last night, I really spent time looking around the room at the faces of these people I love. I appreciate the thoughtful sharing of chicken enchiladas prepared by Christine…and chocolate cake provided by ‘the house’. Every week, we share and build a narrative and I am so grateful for being a wee piece of the family. Thank you, Rich and Jess.

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Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015, Enriquito Leaves, Rumble, Dyla 043First time at the auction…Megan….and always artists and audience, stepping up to take on the mic at auction.
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Nick…and only one more week to see the show at Essentia!  Go!
Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015, Enriquito Leaves, Rumble, Dyla 055An animated conversation broke out…and often does…discussion about the Enriquito portraits series painted by An Dong.
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Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015, Enriquito Leaves, Rumble, Dyla 067Loving words spoken at the microphone…look at those faces.
Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015, Enriquito Leaves, Rumble, Dyla 074Our missionary-artist…quotes beautiful scripture with us every time she attends.  She is embraced.  Ethiopia is her next stop.
Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015, Enriquito Leaves, Rumble, Dyla 075And then we broke out in singing Happy Birthday!  Tears started in many of us…I was thinking after singing, ‘how many of our group miss singing that song with their own family each year?’  It was very powerful!  Happy birthday, Cam…and thank you for all you contribute to this on-going vision.
Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015, Enriquito Leaves, Rumble, Dyla 077Internationally recognized artist, Francis Wiley, is a gift to us as well.  Follow his events and projects here in Calgary.  We are blessed to have him!
Kath's Canon, September 23, 2015, Enriquito Leaves, Rumble, Dyla 078Nick always explores literature with us…formerly, Lewis Carroll and last night, A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.
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Blue Heron in Autumn Pond

I taught grade four students in the afternoon.  I guided them through some free form water colour pieces, but first, encouraged them to complete four studies of the heron in order to understand proportions.

I shared some of my recent photographs of the heron that’s been hanging out, fishing, at Frank’s Flats.

Kath's Canon, September 22, 2015 early aft Frank's Flats Heron 030The students folded a piece of paper into four to use for their practice drawings.  This gave them the idea of how tall their herons needed to be…head touching the top, feet touching the bottom.  We used a very contrived series of steps, but step by step instructions are sometimes super helpful, especially when learning the basic structures of an animal or bird.  I used this one and projected it on the smart board.

Blue Heron Step by StepTo learn something of the water colour process, I did a demonstration and we used their favourite LARGE heron sketch and applied the water colour to the sketch.  I discovered that the most difficult two things about drawing a heron were, how to make it large enough and how to create that ‘S’ movement in the neck.  The final water colour painting was done on transparent paper that was placed on top of their coloured sketch and rendered with no use of pencil.

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We watched a couple of Youtube videos where WC techniques were explored in a minimalist approach.

And so…from there, this is what we used.  By the way, reuse those Lunchable snack trays for palettes.  I found those tucked in the storage room.  Also the students need pencil for their depictions, a variety of water colour brushes (soft bristle) a small squeeze of payne’s grey, blue, and later, yellow to be mixed with both for the bull rushes, a yogurt container with a small bit of water in it.  That should do.  Remember that if you don’t have a sink in your classroom, ask the caretaker to give you a wash bucket half filled with water.  Works great.

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Equinox Vigil 2015: Union Cemetery

This was the first time that I attended the Equinox Vigil.  I was primarily motivated because it was a lovely evening for weather.  For the first days, leaves were dancing down the street…a slight wind, warm sun, blue sky dappled in cloud, cool air.  It was a perfect autumn evening.  The fall equinox falls on Wednesday of this coming week.

I thought that I would bring to the non-denominational event, thoughts and prayers for my dearly departed Mom and my family.  I would open up to a reflective and prayerful evening in the Union Cemetery.  The evening opened with a beautiful sky and dance.  This piece, Rico. Michael was a piece created with Calgary’s departed, Michael Green, at heart.

Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 001 Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 004 Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 008Various musicians were present to the event…first and throughout the evening, Simon Fisk and Robin Tufts.  Their music was both haunting and spirit-charged.  Absolutely beautiful.  I stood in the dark at one point and just listened and was moved because of this powerful setting.Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 018 Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 019I wrote Mom’s name on one of the Memorial Lanterns, lanterns that would be processed twice throughout the evening…light in a dark place.  This ritual felt a lot like writing Mom’s name into the Book of Remembrance at my parish church.  Each year, when the Book of Remembrance is placed for all to see,  I pray for her peace and our peace…those left behind and missing her.

Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 020 Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 022Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 023 While I oriented myself to the setting and the event, I missed a couple of events that I had hoped to enjoy…one, the Quickdraw Animation film screen, a tribute to Chris Reimer, ‘Dude, That’s Insane’…

and Kris Demeanor, poet and musician.Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 026Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 028 Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 030At the top of the hill, at the M Horseshoe of the Union Cemetery Rayne-Anne Latchford illuminated lives, by sharing with us, a number of stories of personalities who lived in Calgary, but who passed and are now laying, for the most part, in unmarked graves.  She has a passion for history and for the narratives of people.  She also spoke beautifully about how ‘now’ is the time to share stories with one another and to connect with our families.  It is the stories that will remain.

Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 031 Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 033I could listen to historian, Harold Sanders for hours.  Thank you, for sharing with us history of Calgary’s cemeteries and letting us know just how much we can learn from the people who are resting in our midst.  I hope to have opportunity to return to Union Cemetery in the light of day and make some discoveries on my own. Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 037Being surrounded by music for the evening added to the atmosphere of the sacred.  Thank you to the Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players for their beautiful sound.

Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 039 Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 043Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 047 Kath's Canon, September 19, 2015 051Beautiful installations were sprinkled throughout the Cemetery pathways…this one, the Breath of Life Memorial by Eveline Kolijn.

As it became dark, I settled in with a hot cup of spiced tea and chatted with friends.  It was good to see you Michelena, Billy, Jenn, Bev, Bill, Steve, Don and friends and Dale.  Walking alone, down the hill, the sky appeared lighter than the ancient evergreens that flanked me.  I looked up and gave thanks to my ancestors.  I also prayed for the many students who have passed away since teaching them…for my daughter’s and son’s friends who have passed…for my relations, most recently, my Auntie Margaret and my Uncle Bob.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.

Amen.

Rumble House: September 16, 2015

I painted a two-hour Rumble in my kitchen on Wednesday afternoon.  I want to paint Chief Poundmaker as an offering to Dylan, for his continued success on a positive and rewarding journey.  For now, life seems to be blessed and it is because of some great choices.  I first met Dylan at the Gorilla House, while painting my studio chief sketches and so, it came to be that he shared his story.

Needless to say, the painting was not accomplished in two hours and so I took the panel with me to the Rumble, thinking I might complete it then.  Nopers. With the whirl of activity and lacking intense focus, I knew that I would be putting a soulful effort in at home, again.  It’s still not complete, as I make the effort to achieve a satisfying likeness.  This is just important to me. I am writing this blog as more work is happening and while drinking my morning coffee.  I’ve decided, however, to get the post about Wednesday night on my blog, with the painting in progress.  Otherwise, my readers won’t see the archive of work and enthusiasm that was poured into our latest Rumble.

It seemed to be Rico’s night at the auction!

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Ode to a Friend: Selfismo

I went Downtown Uptown 7th!

I hope you took a listen to that one…it’s a perky tune for your morning start!

There’s lots of paving going on right now, but I maneuvered my way into the City Parkade and made it to Enriquito’s solo exhibit, just as it was getting rolling.  A nice group of people gathered to celebrate the art of a prolific and inspiring young man, one we have been blessed to come to know as friend in art.

Snacks and drinks were available and good and uplifting conversations filled the wee vintage-gallery space.  I was grateful to get into some conversation with artists, Fernando and An Dong.  An Dong was pretty pumped to see Wendy Lees and the create! folk earlier in the day.  I had made the effort to see the create! exhibit that is presently happening in the main branch of the Calgary Public Library, but Fridays means a 6:00 p.m. close, so, I’ll have to come down another day.

Congratulations, Enriquito, on your beautiful work, but more importantly, for the friendships you have nurtured over these past years in Calgary.  We will always love and support you.

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Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 043 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 039I loved how this little group created an entire narrative for this painting…and went into huge depth and description of what they perceived was happening in the painting.  I just love art…love it! Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 038 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 037 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 036 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 035 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 033 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 032 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 031 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 029 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 027 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 024 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 023 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 022 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 020 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 017 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 014 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 013 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 012 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 010 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 009 Kath's Canon September 18, 2015, Enriquitos Show 008

The Tinier Gallery

This afternoon, in the sunshine and under a blue sky, I attended EMBEDDED MEMORIES by Solveig Agecoutay at the Tinier Gallery in Bridgeland.  Hosted by Carmen and Mark, this was a beautiful celebration of art and community.  What a relaxing and lovely time!  The piece itself was very nostalgic for me…bringing to memory back yard swing sets and macrame owls.  I had not met Solveig before and I think that this particular gallery allows us opportunity to meet with and mingle with new people and friend-artists.  As one gentleman stepped ‘into’ the gallery space, he professed, “I’m not saying that I’ll understand this…but…”  This and cat stories made me smile.  Congratulations on a dreamy event.  The crunch of carrots and perfect ice tea were refreshing!  The connection, a blessing.

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Painting the Town

Sometimes I forget that I live in a city. I spend a lot of time connected to nature; long walks, bird observations and just taking in the landscape.

Last night, I headed to the core…traffic, noise, outdoor patios, bright lights and energized-everything.  I went to Kensington’s Essentia and took in one of my favourite art exhibits in a long time.  Thursday night is always a lively time in Calgary and there were several shows that I wanted to take in, but I gave myself the gift of spending some focused time at a single venue and really enjoyed it.  As always, I will have to get down to the other shows through the month of September and I see that my calendar is filling up.  In fact, I’m hoping to get around this afternoon to The Tinier Gallery in Bridgeland and the exhibit, EMBEDDED MEMORIES by Solveig Agecoutay.

The exhibit, The Changing Face, is a beautiful collection of portrait paintings, covering a diverse number of styles and approaches.  I thought this show rocked it!  Featured artists are Daniel Audet, Amy Gaulin, Aaron Sidorenko, Rich Theroux, Nick Rooney, Brian Flynn, Doug Nhung, Ness Nelson and Shon Anderson.

The competencies and technical achievements in these various artists was so evident. Not only was it a power house show, but the space sang of community and support and lively enthusiasm for the arts in Calgary.  I think that Calgary is generating a lively spirit as art, artists and performance artists emerge through create! the East Village lofts, in mattress shops, cafes, open studios and Rumble Houses.  It is a very exciting time where art and experience are accessible to all.  I’ve a few photo archives, but I sincerely hope that my Calgary readers will get down to enjoy the show in real time.

From Kensington, I headed to Lynnwood Station, where I enjoyed a glass of wine with a friend and listened to some great Tim Williams music…it was good to end the evening spinning circles into the dance floor!