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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Fantasy

It's just 2 sleeps before Christmas and I thought I should show some Christmas work by a fellow Gallery 96 member Ev Scott. Ev does a lot of different things but makes some wonderful Christmas figures.

Ev does other figures as well, many needle felted critters and an amazing Ark .

Ev also has donkeys, an animal I just love. We had some in our barn for a short while. Such big soulful eyes and eye lashes any girl would die for. Here s Ev with one of her babies.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Nick Hendricks Animator

Growing up my son has always had two best friends, They are actually brothers, Nick and Christian Hendricks. Great young men following different career paths. We always enjoyed the dinner table conversation with these boys. And yes, it was an actual conversation, not your usual grunts and mumblings of some .

Nick is in his final year in Animation at Sheridan College in Oakville.I've watched this fellow grow up and I"m pretty proud of his work.

You can see more of his work and video clips on his blog.
Please check him out.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Textile Museum of Canada

The Textile Museum is located in Toronto's downtown core, easy to get to on public transit. It's a great place for research and has amazing exhibits. At the moment they have one by artist Kai Chan who is an icon in Canadian fibre arts.

Natural Rain wear from China and Japan

Drawing with Scissors; Molas

And the Permanent Collection

If you are interested in any of these and are going to be in Toronto, it's worth a visit. The images from the museum wouldn't dowload , so you will have to make a visit to the links.

School Tour

My school tour is over, I managed to get in the schools that had been canceled due to snow storms, a lot of them are closed again today because of the weather and road conditions. Very icy and snow packed with drifting....the joys of living in a snow belt.

Here are some more of the work done by students in our lines and dots workshop. They were illustrating Aboriginal and Maori legends using only dots for the Aborigine and lines for the Maori.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snow, Snow and more Snow

Old Granny Smith apples that never get ripe enough.

It's getting dark and the Christmas lights are on.
                                                       The rosehips hanging on the arbour

Monday, December 6, 2010

New Landscapes

I was in  a small show on the weekend. We were only allowed to show one media, so I chose needle felting.Here are a few of the new landscapes I did. They are all matted as 8" x10".


                                                                Autumn Drive

                                                                Western Shore

                                                                 Cranberry Marsh

                                                                    Last Sail

                                                               Trail of Wildflowers


                                                                   Fishing Boats

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

An evening for artists

We are hosting an evening for artists in our area, tomorrow night. The idea behind it is to help artists prepare submissions to galleries, etc. Most of us are flying by the seat of our pants on this one. After talking to Zhe it appears that it is a common malady amongst artist as she gets long wordy bios and CVs, vague artist statements, poor photos, etc. Some artists have mastered the business end of being an artist which includes the above, but many leave it because they are uncomfortable with writing about themselves and their artwork, or they would rather just make art.

As secretary for Gallery 96, I will be taking notes for posterity and will give you an outline on another blog entry. This should be an informative evening.

A “HOW TO” Evening with... ZHE GU


A “HOW TO” Evening with...

Executive Director

An invitation to all artists!

The evening will commence with a 40 minute talk on writing proposals to art galleries, building a portfolio, letters of inquiry, biography and resume writing, et al.

A Question and Answer period will follow.
You are invited to bring your samples, of above, for possible discussion.

Wednesday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Factory 163, 163 King St., Stratford, ON

Wendy O'Brien

Friday, November 19, 2010

Talent Next door

Well this is really my week, "The Talent Next Door", a book compiled by Craig Musselman, is coming out . Page 103 is all me and my artwork, not that I"m blowing my horn or anything. It's  a great book showing the work of many talented artists in this region and I"m delighted to be a part of it; along with two other Gallery 96 members, Wendy Orr and Glenn Elliott. You can see some of their work at

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Award of merit

I'm  so excited, the piece that was chosen for the show at the Glenhryst Gallery has won and Award of Merit.I've really just started submitting some of my work to public gallery exhibitions, so this is an big bonus.
I'm ready to try a few more. Part of the trick is to having something to submit that fits the galleries agenda. As lead time can be short , you have to have work on hand. I guess that means, nose to the grindstone.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

VineArt Donations

VineArt is this Saturday and I finally got my donations done and photographed for posterity. It seems like we are running from one deadline to another. Both these pieces are on the theme of " The River". The first one is machine appliqued woo roving, yarn and bits of glitzy stuff from and old Japanese obi I had made for a theatre production, years ago. It's called "Down River", for lack of a better title. Every piece has to have a name, but sometimes it's tough to come up with something, or it's a last minute thing done under pressure. Thistime it was under pressure as they needed label info and I hadn't even made the piece yet.

The next one is encaustic on canvas with beads, wrapped around cedar branches. It's called "River Run", as the branches look not unlike a boat skeleton. Rather a dark photo so I"m adding some close ups.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Saturday November 20th is Gallery 96 annual fundraiser VineArt, an evening of fine food , jazz music, miniature art auction and this year beer tasting of specialty brews. A little change-up for this year. I will add photos shortly of my contributions to the effort.