Saturday, July 25, 2009

Catching Up

Wow. It's almost been two months of silence from this quarter. Mostly, that's been two months of no art, which is why nothing's been posted here. A couple of exceptions:

Oceans of Art

We attended the opening of this wonderful exhibition of the Bamfield artists' work in Nanaimo in June. Prior to the opening, a number of the artists & guests met for dinner at le Cafe Fran├žais for wonderful, simple French cuisine. We trooped across the street to the beautifully renovated Nanaimo Art Gallery, which used to be a bank, and admired the donations of the participating artists. As far as I know, five pieces sold from the show, the rest were shipped back to Bamfield and are still available for purchase through the Public Education Program.

Here's me at the opening, in front of "Exposed", one of my donations (also donated a couple from the "Flow" series"):

Gallery in the Garden

While not strictly an overwhelming success on the day itself (the weather turned from 30C the day before to about 12C in the powerful, probably almost gale-force winds the day of), I was happy to be invited to participate in the Delta Arts Council's Gallery in the Garden again this year. I sold a piece, and I was also invited to provide some works on consignment to the Upstart Crow, a delightfully eclectic gift shop in the village of Ladner. I might even be teaching some workshops through their facilities this fall; I'll keep you posted!

Katka, one of my printmaking buddies I've met through Wet Canvas! was kind enough to keep me company and brave the less than pleasant weather for a couple of hours. She provided me with a couple of photos of my setup and of me demonstrating printmaking to passers-by. You can read more about the day on her blog, The Blue Chisel.

Yes, I was freezing; unbelievably, I thought to bring a windbreaker, but didn't think about having anything warmer for my legs. I ended up, at the tail of the day, wrapping, sarong like, around my legs, one of the towels that I use to transport framed work. The wind didn't manage to take my tent, but I held on a couple of times just in case. It did take some other artists' tents and certainly blew down many displays, and damaged a few. Thank you, Dave, for your brilliant display stands (which he built for this event last year).

And what else, non-artful (or less artful) tasks, have I been doing in the interim, you might ask?

Well, as always, keeping Printsy (more or less) up to date with the (more or less) weekly "Who's Printsy" feature and the Printsy artist interviews. If you've not yet discovered the Printsy blog, definitely check it out - there are some incredibly talented printmaking artists selling their work through Etsy. If you're one of them, and are not yet a part of Prinsty, please convo me so that I can add your shop to the list.

And it's certainly that time of year again: the food production garden has been in full swing, and is just now starting somewhat to slack off a bit as the cooler weather crops come out and the hot weather crops are not yet ramped up to full production. I haven't posted any new canning recipes yet (although will, at some point, share all of my cherry preserve recipes that I tried this year), but you can always check out what recipes I've concocted or come across, as well as other stuff we're up to here, at my other blog, Roman Life.

8 comments: said...

Wow, Ame, these are great photps of The Artist Wearing Her Other Hat (Marketing & Sales". COngrats on the shows, and bravo on the sames. You (and your work) look fabulous.

Annie B said...

Good to hear from Burnishings again! Sorry you haven't had much time for art making lately, but as always your enthusiasm for printmaking refreshes mine. Thanks for that. And thanks for sending me over to Katka's blog -- good to see what she's been up to this summer.

Unknown said...

I don't know how you fit everything in.
I'm looking forward to reading about those cherry preserves. We've done just the usual strawberry and raspberry jam.
Looking forward to your next post.

Sherrie York said...

Whew! We missed you! Congrats on shows and sticking them out through weather thick-and-thins. I'm setting up this weekend for the first time at our local Farmers Market. We'll see!

Atelier Conti said...

Great work Amie. You know I just love your prints! It's hard to stay in the studio when the sun is shining. I'm sure that garden of yours is ultimately a great inspiration too.

Ellen Shipley said...

Love the tent display set-up you have. How kewl to show the whole process.

Maria Pinto said...

You're magic !
What a nice display !

nobody said...

Love these pics! :)