Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Wassily Kandinsky is considered by many to be the founder of the abstract art movement, and his love of shape, colour and repetition is evident in 'Colour Studies: Squares and Concentric Circles'. What a perfect project for a kindergarten class! Here you can see a photo of my little guy, Ben, working away on his painting while Kaili Elmhurst illustrates Kandinsky's technique to the students at Victory Public School.
Monday, April 15, 2013
We were thrilled when Guelph School of Art agreed to lead the art-making, and day 1 proved that they're not only a talented bunch, but endlessly patient and quick on their feet.
This project not only aims to provide fun and practical art instruction to students, but to also expand the children's understanding of 'community'. We can encourage our kids to be engaged, empowered, and creative...even while they're still in grade school. Below are a few pics from the day...
Sunday, April 14, 2013
- HistoryPin http://www.historypin.com/map
- Music By Map http://www.musicbymap.com/
- Sensory Maps http://www.sensorymaps.com/
- Shoes About Town http://bgpoc.productiveedge.com/
- Bristol Street Art http://www.bristol-street-art.co.uk/map-of-bristol-street-art
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Monday, January 02, 2012
I'm most proud of my first ever published essay for the Powerplay: Surroundings exhibition, my work with the OCC and my time spent volunteering (both with the Guelph Arts Council and with my dad). I'm also really proud of some of the photos I was lucky enough to capture:
Monday, December 05, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Have you heard about Fourth Fridays? Think Culture Days meets Nuit Blanche meets the Jazz Festival meets the Studio Tour meets art on the street. But with restaurants, local businesses and downtown residents thrown into the mix. It's an urban cultural mash-up you won't want to miss! Visit http://www.fourthfridaysguelph.ca/ for all the juicy details, and mark your calendars for the launch on Friday, October 28. Boo-ya!
Friday, May 20, 2011
I decided to bring the idea to a brainstorming session with a number of other local orgs, and to my pleasant surprise, my colleagues were game!
CultureCamp Guelph will take place on May 25 from 2-4pm at the River Run, followed by a few friendly beverages between 4-5pm. It's an ‘unconference’ – a participant driven workshop that brings members of the creative community together to engage, learn and collaborate. This event is meant to generate new ideas and uncover a shared purpose regarding the local arts community, and more specifically, for Culture Days.
Many thanks go to Brock Hart for providing both the inspiration and encouragement...and for allowing us to adopt the name.CultureCamp Guelph is a free event! Everyone is welcome! Bring your fresh ideas, your business cards and your enthusiasm!
Friday, April 08, 2011
The Ontario Crafts Council recently partnering with CARFAC Ontario to see if we could collectively broaden our reach. As two provincial arts orgs based out of the GTA, we're both looking to expand our regional membership without increasing our workload so we decided to present workshops together to make a greater impact. (And on the practical side, we now don't have two organisations doing all the same hard work twice, which saves time and money. Non-profits really like that!)
The OCC will also be collaborating with the Guelph Arts Council, the City of Guelph, the Cultural Careers Council of Ontario and the Guelph-Wellington Business Enterprise Centre to host the very first CultureCamp Guelph. Based on Brock Hart's fantastically successful KW CultureCamp, we hope to gather all the creative thinkers of G-Spot to spark a few ideas, specifically regarding CultureDays. Stay tuned...details of date and location will be confirmed next week.
Earlier this week, I attended Guelph's Creative Spacemaking workshop at the River Run Centre. If I look back at the notes I scribbled down while Tim Jones (CEO of Artscape) was speaking, he identified their formula for success as being vision + diversity + critical mass + collaboration + development capacity = momentum. If the entire creative community is off making their own separate plans rather than focusing on how they can work together to achieve a shared goal, then all we will ever have is fragmentation. Tim Jones also stated that 'shared vision is the key to building momentum and sustainability' and 'artists spaces should not just be built for artists, they should be build for the entire community in mind'.
As Guelph moves towards solidifying our creativity in the form of a creative centre, let's all approach it in the spirit of collaboration.
Friday, April 01, 2011
Monday, March 07, 2011
|Buskers on Bourbon Street|
My one solo excursion sans toddler was to the Arts District, which was about a 20 minute walk from our hotel. Julia Street is a must-visit for their concentration of galleries, but be sure to check store hours beforehand. (My first three stops were greeted with locked doors.)
One big disappointment was at the New Orleans Glass Works & Printmaking Studio at 727 Magazine Street. Their retail store contained countless 'no photos allowed' and 'do not touch' signs yet all prices, artist names and bios were out of sight. When I asked the silent staff member about their pricing policy, he seemed slightly annoyed and assured me that all information was on file and available to those that asked. (alas, my retail experience tells me that for every person that asks, there will be at least 3 that simply leave the store) While those behind the scenes may have valid reasons behind their retail policies, I found it uninviting and snobby and I suspect their sales also reflect this. It's unfortunate...the work was absolutely phenominal. Had I been allowed to take a photograph, I would have posted it here on my blog.
|Steve Martin Fine Art|
Galleries of note:
Ariodante Gallery, 535 Julia Street (contemporary craft)
Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp Street (multidisciplinary)
Steve Martin Fine Art, 604 Julia (painting, sculpture)
Food, glorious food:
Cafe du Monde, 800 Decatur Street (cafe au lait et beignet = yum)
August, 301 Tchoupitoulas Street (incredible wine selection)
Nosh, 219 Canal Street (cheap n' cheerful homecooking...try the BBQ pork slider!)
Commander's Palace (outstanding service, unbelieveable cuisine and hand embroidered silk wallpaper. Try the bread pudding. And on weekdays, they have 25 cent martinis.)
Perfect for kiddies of all ages:
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal Street
Monday, January 24, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Monday, December 20, 2010
Clearly, there's a need to address all of the above, but we decided to start here:
Guelph Arts Council and MSAC present
Jury Preparation for Visual Artists
NEW DATE: Tuesday, February 22, 2011
MSAC Lecture Room
358 Gordon Street, Guelph
FREE (Pre-registration is mandatory. Call 519-836-3280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
I've sat on numerous juries and after being on the receiving end of the 'why didn't I get accepted' question, I thought a panel discussion on jury duty would be a great place to start. Let's dispell a few myths. Let's address the questions that artists fear to ask. Let's put the best of the best together to share their experiences and put artists at ease. There's no reason why you shouldn't apply to a juried show or complete a grant application because of lack of knowledge or understanding.
We've got a stellar lineup of speakers and the workshop will be completely and absolutely free. Simply contact the Guelph Arts Council if you're interested in attending.
Artists and craftspeople from all disciplines are encouraged to attend this free and engaging workshop that will demystify the ever-so-fearful "Juried Application" process. Is my artist statement appropriate? Will the jury like my photos? Should my grant application contain the same information as my exhibition application?
Participants will hear from a knowledgeable panel of industry experts, and will have the opportunity to interact with fellow makers, share experiences and swap business cards. The following speakers will be present:
Greg Holman (Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition)
Greg is the Exhibition Coordinator for the TOAE. During his 25-year award-winning photography career, Greg produced international, national and regional advertising campaigns in Canada and the USA, and has exhibited his work in both Canada and Europe. Greg has assisted with key exhibitions including Ken Danby’s “Land, Water and Light”.
Lisa Wöhrle (Ontario Arts Council)
Lisa is the OAC’s Associate Visual Arts and Crafts Officer. She has also held positions in the areas of granting policy, administration and communication. Lisa has an Honours B.A. in Art and Art History from McMaster University.
Valerie Roy (One of a Kind Show)
Valerie is the Bilingual Exhibitor Relations & Recruitment Manager for the One of a Kind Show in Toronto. She deals directly with artists and craftspeople on a daily basis and has sat on juries for both the Spring and Christmas Shows, along with One of a Kind Vancouver.
Verne Harrison (Macdonald Stewart Art Centre)
Verne is the Gallery Coordinator at MSAC and an exhibiting artist. Verne was co-founder of the first student art gallery at University of Western Ontario, co-founder/coordinator of London’s Temporary City Gallery, co-founder/coordinator of AGOG Visual Arts and Media in Guelph, and has worked as the Education Assistant and Installation Supervisor of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto. He relocated to Guelph in 1992 to take the position of Preparator at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre which was then expanded to Gallery Coordinator in 1997, a position he still holds today.
Mary Calarco (Ontario Crafts Council)
I sit on the Board of Directors for the Guelph Arts Council and am the Southwestern Regional Coordinator for the Ontario Crafts Council. Before working for the OCC, I was the Marketing/Web Coordinator for the One of a Kind Show between 2001-2010. I've sat on fine art/contemporary craft juries in both Canada and the USA. I'm an OCAD grad, artist and resident of Guelph and I'm thrilled to be acting as moderator for this discussion.
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Yesterday, I spent the morning at Toronto’s historic Distillery District to attend the official launch of Culture Days, a cross-Canada celebration of arts and culture. Similar to the spOtlight pilot project, Culture Days will take place over the course of three days as a grassroots event that invites the public to celebrate and explore the arts in communities across the country.
Launch emcee Jian Ghomeshi reflected on his experience as a young musician, touring across the country and discovering big creativity in small towns. Smiling, he said he’s hopeful for the day when Tim Horton’s runs a commercial featuring proud parents sipping a hot cup of java as they watch their wee one perform at the ballet rather than the rink. If all goes well, Culture Days will be a “cultural Hockey Day in Canada” with just as much hoopla.
To date, I haven’t heard any mention of events taking place in Guelph, but I’d like to change that. I’m hoping that after reading this, you’ll forward it to a fellow artist, craftsperson, designer, musician, chef, actor, arts administrator, educator or policy-maker to ensure our community is buzzing with activity come September 24-26. There is no fee to register. You’re simply asked to give of yourself, share your creativity and offer a free, hands-on, interactive activity for all to enjoy. Guelph is an incredibly creative --yet strangely fragmented --city. It’d be great to see our community unified with a few unexpected collaborations along the way.
If you’re interested in registering an event or reading more about activities that are already scheduled across Canada, visit www.culturedays.ca .
Friday, March 05, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Sunday, June 07, 2009
This lively creation was a collaborative effort between spOtlighters Odessa and Gloria. They arranged paper, lipstick, teabag packaging and a transit pass on canvas. "Tea for Two" is clever indeed!
Saturday, June 06, 2009
A bashful visitor shows off her mixed media creation at today's collaborative art-making session. "Of the Perfect Love" is absolutely beautiful...nice work! (once it's dry, I'm going to seal it with a resin topcoat) spOtlight festival continues through tomorrow...please drop by if you're in the neighbourhood! Details below.
The owner of Snap Guelph dropped by our place this morning with his wife and son. His intention was to take some photos for spOtlight coverage, but I was able to lure all three of them over to my art making table. We were so busy creating a masterpiece that I forgot all about getting their names and taking their photo! Fortunately, Mr. Snap left his unfinished artwork behind, allowing me to add some finishing touches.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Bring Your Own Burlap…or an old T-shirt, scrap of wallpaper or even a cherished love letter to use as materials in a collage. Collaborate with me in my home studio as we work together to build a composition with textures and colours. All participants will have their artwork featured on this website following the festival.
Everybody who holds a love, interest or curiosity about artmaking.
463 Woolwich Street, Guelph. North of London and south of Division.
Because creativity is more fun than a barrel o' monkeys. And because it's free!
Saturday June 6 and/or Sunday June 7 between 10am-1pm
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
If you'd like to know what's going on in lovely Guelph, simply go to the spOtlight website and click on the Guelph Brochure to download the map with complete event details. Kitchener? Waterloo? Cambridge? Stratford? Same thing! Surprisingly, it seems as though Kitchener is leading in terms of hosting the largest selection of activities in the smallest number of locations. (less travelling = more art!) How very efficient...it must be the germanic influence.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The spOtlight festival website went live this week, so I thought it would be a good time to let you know I'll be participating this year! SpOtlight is free three day arts festival taking place in Guelph, K-W, Cambridge and Stratford. With over 200 artists involved, it's an opportunity for the public to learn about and experience the arts through various creative activities. More details to follow!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
By the time I reached grade 11 or 12, it had become apparent to me that I just wasn't like most kids. I had no interest in going to football games or joining the basketball team. I didn't listen to Bruce Springsteen or go to the SMH semi-formals. My friends and I wore black, hung out in the pool halls and listened to ska music. I'd go to the library to check out books by Leonard Cohen and Colin MacInnes. We weren't exactly viewed as normal. But things changed when I started going to OCAD. (or OCA as it was then known) I attended studio classes with women who wore tutu's. My peers preferred to their noses deep inside their sketchbooks than chat with the person beside them. Perhaps I was a normal human being after all.
Today I discoverd the artwork of Spanish artist Rosalia Banet (via Trend Hunter) and I'm once again feeling that there's nothing remotely unusual about me. In fact, I may even be a little bit boring.
On her blog Rosalia writes: "Last of all, I’d like to mention my most recent work, which under the name of “Carnicería Love” takes us to a butcher shop of human meat. The Carnicería Love (The Love Butcher’s) is a place where feelings are cooked. The women in Carnicería Love (in the photos, drawings and video) may, on first sight, appear to be preparing dishes with the bodies of other human beings. However, it is in fact, their own hearts that they pull out, chop, sauté and roast. In other words, they are cooking themselves."
Put your bib on and view one of her YouTube videos here.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I've been doing a few other things in an effort to get ready for work, like updating my Linked In profile, creating a Twitter account, getting my work email hooked up to my iPhone. So I'm starting to feel a bit more connected, but being back in an office environment will definitely be interesting...do I even know how to communicate with adults for 8 hours a day? Will my interludes of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean' be frowned upon? Will I get funny looks when I refer to myself in third person? "Mommy found a typo! Naughty, naughty typo."
Twitter has turned out to be really refreshing, and while I'm still feeling my way around, I'm starting to discover interesting people that educate and entertain. Designmeme in particular offers a great selection of links about online marketing and social media. I found him by simply searching for 'Guelph' on TweetScan.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
So, it looks like I can snap a few photos with my new iPhone (thanks Santa!) but I can't upload the images directly onto Blogger. Sheesh! I guess I'll have to see if there are any apps out there...
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Speaking of drip-drip-drip, Gareth Bate sent me a link to his new video, "Urban Honey Installation". I can only imagine what the clean-up was like...
Friday, November 14, 2008
They'll be in front of the Municipal Building until early March, so if you're up that way during the cold winter months, please take a gander and tell me how they're doing.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
So, I signed up for a quilting course. Not because I'm a quilter. In fact, I don't know the first thing about quilting and I'm not even sure I'm that fond of quilts. But I love pattern and I needed a creative outlet that was at least a few blocks away from zee bebe. (ever try painting with an infant around? No, me neither. There's barely time to fold laundry let alone mix paint or stretch a canvas.) So this was my sneaky way of getting out of the house to exercise my brain. And as I found out last Thursday night, my brain has been on a big, fat holiday for far too long. Who knew quilting was really math in disguise? We spent three hours standing, measuring and cutting. Ugh!
Greenwood Quiltery's 'Stepping Stones' class description reads as "If you love batiks, this design produces a lovely quilt and is great for learning..." Shocker number two: not only have I never quilted before, but I kind of hate most batik fabric, so I opted to select my own with a great deal of help from the kind ladies on staff. We're going for something bright-cheery-modern that can be used in both the nursery and spare bedroom-studio-office. I'll keep you posted on the progression...
Friday, September 26, 2008
- Become a fan of culture
- Learn about the various arts and culture policies
- Find out more about the candidates in your electoral district (Guelph, Toronto, other)
- Let Margaret Atwood tell you why 'to be creative is, in fact Canadian'
- Send an email to the organizers of the National Leaders Debate to ensure arts and culture stays on the agenda
- On October 14th, get off your ass and vote!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Another toasty day for Guelph's annual "Art on the Street". It would have been nice to participate again this year, but I still haven't had any time to paint since the wee one arrived. Instead, I volunteered at the Info Booth with a few other Guelph Arts Council peeps, and then took a quick tour to view some work and chat with a few artists. I was very surprised to run into David Marshak, whom I haven't seen since my days at Arts on King/Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery. (which, he tells me, has just reopened in Toronto) David is still painting incredible landscapes...what a pleasure to see his work again. Kristin McDonald had a booth full of exciting organic shapes and lighthearted colour palettes. She's got a web presence on Etsy but you can also catch her in person at the One of a Kind Christmas Show this November. Another inspiring find was Ginger Coons. A group of pedestrians had gathered around her booth to watch her sitting on the road cutting out paper figures with an X-acto knife...oddly entertaining.
(top left and bottom right: David Marshak; top right: Kristin McDonald; bottom left: Ginger Coons)
Friday, June 06, 2008
Today marks the beginning of 'spOtlight', a three day festival to celebrate the arts in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambride and Stratford. This new initiative, courtesy of Premier McGuinty, is being co-produced by the Ontario Arts Council and the provincial government. I love that artists outside of the GTA are being promoted, and if we're to believe the Status of Ontario Artists Act, the 'celebrate our artists' weekend will become an annual event across the province each and every June. (interesting that the dates coincide with Toronto's Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity, which also starts today)
A few of my spOtlight picks are as follows:
- Make Your Mark...collaborative painting at Whitestone Gallery (Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4)
- Improvise Your Life and the Music Will Follow...write, play and record your own songs at Jimmy Jazz! Yehaw! (Sat 2-7)
- Virtual Open House...with all the local artists at Guelpharts.ca (24/7)
- Make a Ring...learn basic jewellery techniques at Cynosure Jewellery (Sat & Sun 11-3)
- Be a Star...and visit the video booth in Victoria Park, courtesy of CAFKA (Fri 7-9)
- Sword Fighting 101...at the Registry Theatre. Oh ya! (Sun 3-4:15 and 4:30 - 5:45)
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Crying, changing, rocking, sleeping, feeding, burping, crying, feeding, burping, folding...the hours fill up so quickly, you can easily be fooled into believing your daily rituals are insignificant, or that no time has passed at all. There is beauty to be found in these daily tasks...but I wasn't aware of them until I stood back to view the patterns they'd left behind.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Baby seems to be quite happy with the current housing arrangements, which brings us to 5 days overdue. I feel great and the extra time has allowed me to mentally prepare for the big day, but I've been told this can't go on forever. At some point, I'll have to be induced.
Enter the beloved exercise ball. I perched on top of it last night and have vowed to bounce happily until gravity kicks in. If you're going to be bouncing for any extended period of time, I suggest you either be drunk, high or in possession of some very 'bouncy' music. Today, my song of choice happens to be "Concrete Love" by Habitat, but I think "Car 7" by The Barmitzvah Brothers would also be a fine selection. If you happen to have a stash of noteworthy bouncy tunes, please feel free to forward and I'll test them out.
Aside from bouncing, the day consisted of yet another visit to With the Grain, followed by a saunter through Greenwood Quiltery, and a few random pages of "Wreck this Journal". I was hoping to be a bit more creative during this down time, but my swollen hands are useless and methinks it'll be a while before they're back to normal.