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    2016

    Arts and Music in the Gardens

    When: August 5, and 6th                   artsandmusic2016

    Time: 11:00 to 4:00

    Where: 505 Quayle Rd, Victoria BC

    Phone: 250 479-6162

    Website:  http://hcp.ca/event/art-music-in-the-gardens/2016-08-07/

    Admission

    You can purchase your tickets at the Gardens:

     
    • $12 adults
    • $9 seniors/students
    • FREE under 16

    The admission fee gives you multiple entry for BOTH days of the event!

     

    2015

    Car Free Day Victoria BC

    When: June 21, 2015

    Time: 12:00 to 6:00

    Where: 6 blocks of Douglas street between Fort Street and Herald St

    I will be with the Island Artisans Association group.

    We will have 2 tents will be located between Fisgard and Cormorant Street.

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    Hope to see you there.

    For more information check out: www.carfreeyyj.ca or

    downtownvictoria.ca or

    Twitter @CarFreeYYJ

    or Facebook https://m.facebook.com\carfreedayvictoria

     

     

     

     

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    Vic West Fest

    Sunday June 7, 2015

    10:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Free admission

    for more information check out the website:

    www.docksidegreen.com/event/vicweststreetfest

     

    Hope to see you there.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    August 9th and 10th

    Art and Music in the Gardens at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific

    From: 11:00 to 5:00 pm both days

    For more information www.hcp.ca.

     

     

     

     

    June 30 to July 8th  10:00 to 4:00

    Sitting Pretty in Sidney

    Sitting Pretty in Sidney 2014

     

    Acres of Art

    July 12th 10:00 to 4:00

    Art and Wine Festival : Fort Rodd Hill

    Sunday, July 27th  11:00 am to 4:00 pm

    tickets and info available at colwoodrotaryfestival.com

     

    Arts and Music in the Gardens : Horticultural Centre of the Pacific

    August 10th and 11th

     

     

     

     

    2013

    Imagine That! Artisan’s Designs

    IMAGINE THAT! Artisans Designs, downtown Duncan, BC, Canada IMAGINE THAT! Artisans Designs, downtown Duncan, BC, Canada

     

    Dates: September 3rd to September 29th

    Location:

    251 CRAIG STREET
    DUNCAN, B.C. V9L 1W2

    Phone: 250-748-6776
    Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Monday through Saturday

     

    Sitting Pretty 

    Location: Coast Collective

    From October 2 – 13th, 2013

    Reception: October 5th, 2:00 – 4:00

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    Gifts and Wishes

    Coast Collective

    October

    More details to follow

     

    First Chance Show

    Mary Winspear Centre

    November More details to follow

     

    Last Chance Show

    Mary Winspear Centre

    December

     

    2012

     

    November and December 2012

    My angels and ornaments can be found at:

    Station Street Gallery and Frame Shop

    139 Station St

    Duncan BC

    PH: 250 748-3311

     

     

    Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair

    Where: Mary Winspear Centre

    Sidney BC

    When: Saturday, December 8th 10:00 – 5:00  and Sunday December 9th 10:00 to 4:00

    More info: www.firstchancelastchance.ca

     

     

    Art and Music in the Gardens

    When: Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12

    Time: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm both days

    Address: 505 Quayle Rd Saanich BC

    for more details go to : www.hcp.ca

    It is going to be a fun event. Music, food, classic cars and lots of artists

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    Gorge on Art – June 23, 11am – 4pm

    This free community event features over 35 invited professional and emerging visual artists exhibiting their work along the scenic Gorge Waterway. Visitors have an opportunity to see paintings, sculpture, photographs, ceramics, jewellery and textiles. Ongoing artists’ demonstrations and musical entertainment, as well as, food and refreshments.

     www.saanichsunfest.ca

     

    Event: Black & White Show
    Place: Coast Collective Gallery
    When: Feb 8 – 26, 2012
    Time: Wednesday – Sunday 12 –  5pm
    Reception: Meet the Artists: Saturday Feb 11, 2 – 4 pm

    This is a black and white themed show featuring over 45 Artists.
    The show was juried and 3 of my pieces were accepted.

    Name of the piece: Star and Coils

     

    Name of the Piece: Black and White Gala

    Sold at the show.

     

          

    Name of the piece: Black and White Bowl

    The inside of the bowl is lined with velvet

     

    2011

    Dickens Fair

    When:  December 3rd, 2011

    Time: 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Where: James Bay Community School Centre

    Location: 140 Oswego Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 2A9

    A community tradition since the 1970s, the Dickens Fair is one of the oldest fairs in Victoria and this year offers you an afternoon/evening experience with hours from 3pm to 9pm.

    Make this your seasonal destination with friends or make it a family night outing!

    All works are juried and will showcase quality artisan and craft works for decor or function, in an affordable price range. Baking, eggs, farm produce, food products, and greenery will be available, so bring your carrybags.

    Take a break in the community cafe for a beverage, snack or light meal or listen in on the various entertainment offerings (schedule to be posted).

    There is something for everyone at this festive winter market, so mark your calendar!

    Click here to see the Holiday Gift Guide.

     

    2011 Moss Street Holiday Market

    When: Saturday, December 10th and  Sunday December 11th

    Times: 10 am until 4:00 pm

    Where: Fairfield Gonzales Community Association buildings, Garry Oak Room, Sir James Douglas School gym

    Plenty of free parking off of Thurlow St.

    OVER 70 VENDORS!

    Locally-made crafts, cards, art, clothing, jewelry, household items and arrangements.

    PLUS winter vegetables, live music, apple cider and much more!

    Get local and sustainable gifts this season.

     

    For more information please call 250-361-1747 or email info@mossstreetmarket.com

    If you would like to volunteer at the Holiday Market please email info@mossstreetmarket.com!

     

     

    Gifts and Wishes Show

    Where:  Coast Collective Art Gallery

    Dates: Thursday, October 27, 2011 -Sunday, October 30, 2011

    Reception:  Saturday October 29, 2011

    Wednesday,  November 2, 2011 – Sunday, November 6, 2011

    Hours: 12:00 pm  to 5:00 pm

    Location: 3221 Heatherbell Road
    Victoria, BC V9C 1Y8, Canada

                          (250) 391-5522

    More info: www.coastcollective.ca

     

    Coast Collective Collaboration

    When: Saturday, October 29, 2011

    time: 11:00 to 5:00 pm

    Location: Atrium in Parkside Resort, (Humboldt Street and Blanshard)

     

    Dickens Fair

    When:   Saturday, December 3, 2011

    Time: 3:00 pm  – 9:00 pm

    Where: James Bay Community School, Victoria BC

    More Info: www.jamesbaymarket.com/events/dickens-fair

     

     

     

    I have been having fun and what a joy it is to create figurines.  These are my newest adventure into gourd art and I must say I am glad that I leaped into the unknown and branched further into creativity.

    I have created several figurines in the past few months and I will continue to do so.  The figurines that I have just created use paverpol, gourd inks and dyes, little gourds to embellish, and ribbons.

    Montieth:

    Montieth the Apprentice

    Montieth the Apprentice

    Montieth (or Monty for short) is an apprentice.  He is still working on being a wizard and ready, willing and open to learning.  He is wearing a gourd wizard cap, embellished with little beads.  His cape is made out of cloth that has been hardened with paverpol.

    He is holding his bowl that will be filled with magic.  His arms are made of florist wire wrapped in red embroidery thread. His body is pyroengraved with lines and handpainted with gourd paints. He is balanced on a felt bottomed caster.

    Merdwyn:

    Merdwyn is carrying a bowl which can be filled with opportunities.

    She is open to anything the universe brings her way and ready to fulfill life with abundance.

    Her dress is has a pyroengraved design which is hand painted.  Her arms are made of flower wire which is wrapped with embroidery floss.  Her black is hair is made out of waxed linen. She has a gourd purse which is packed with magic.  The ribbons keep her grounded

    Merdwyn

    Merdwyn

    and she is balanced on a felt bottomed caster. Merdwyn stands approximately 9″ high and is about 3″ around her widest diameter.

    Emily:

    Emily is fully of mirth and glee.  She is mischievous but at the same time humble.

    Emily

    Emily

    Emily’s dress has a pyroengraved pattern of blues and greens and yello. Her hair is a beautiful carrot red.  She is holding a little blue gourd vessel and she sits on a felt bottom caster. Emily stands about 8″ high and is about 4″ around her widest diameter.

    Honour:

    Honour is dancing to life.  She is ready to accept all life gives her and acknowledges lifes turmoils as well as blesses.  She knows that she can handle life and embraces uncertainty.

    Honour

    Honour

    Honour has ribbonned hair that is coated with paverpol so it flows gently away from her body. She has several gourd vessels at her feet as she also honours nature.  She has pyroengraved feathers on her body as well red and green patterns which compliment her ribboned hair.  Her arms reach for the sky.

    Honour is about 13″ tall and about 3″ inches around her widest diameter.

    Mehdoe:

    Mehdoe believes in all that is nature.  She holds a vessel so that she can gather the blessings and magic of all that is natural.  She has red hair that hangs in tendrils.  Her dress has a pyroengraved pattern which has been handpainted with gourd inks and dyes.

    Mehdoe

    Mehdoe

    She stands approximately 8″ inches high and about 4″ around her widest diameter.

     

     

     

    Well another year has come and gone and it is the month of  May again and Spring time…..A month for Mother’s Day….  the Vic West Art Quest Studio tour and Vic West Fest.

    The Vic West Art Quest began in 2008 with a group of neighbourhood artists organizing the first studio tour.  I have been a part of this group since 2009 and have been welcomed with open arms as a gourd artist.

    Some times we have the studio tours and  some times we have a group show only.  This year, we have decided on the group show only with

    gourds in HC window VWAQ 2013

    shows stretched between three businesses in the Vic West village, namely Spiral Café, R Place and Hemp & Co.  This year Hemp & Co offered to display my pieces along with 2 other artists: Virginia Abbott and Ria Bos, in the front windows.

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    I have not created a lot this year so most of my pieces are from last year and earlier.  If you look at the pictures closely you can see my gourd creations attractively mixed with Virginia’s and Ria’s creations.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Well  the Last Chance Christmas Fair for 2012 has come and gone, but what I got out of it was incredible.  It was not the financial part that was incredible, but the amount of interesting people I interacted with.

    For instance, take the woman that flew  to my table on the Sunday morning and said, “Now, when you fall in love with something you know it is meant to be.”  She ‘fell in love with’ a medium size red and green striped gourd on my display tree, one that no one else had paid attention to all weekend!.  She held it in her hand as she spent the rest of the time looking at all my items on the table.  And in the end, after approximately twenty minutes or so she studied the treasure again, and said, No, she had to put it back and get what she needed, not what she wanted.  She placed the little treasure respectfully back on the tree and said, ‘We need to put it right here so everyone can see it.’  She said that she may be back and was on her way to check out the rest of the beautiful displays.

    About an hour later I saw her walk by with a wave and headed out the door. Read more…

     

    Well, it was the Moss Street Market Fair this past Saturday and Sunday and it was well attended as usual.  I met lots of wonderful people and traded all sorts of wonderful stories about gourds and life in general.

     

    I created a lot of small ornaments that were displayed on a little Christmas tree and a wreath.  I opted to set up my stand in the Fairfield Community Center this year; I was a bit apprehensive at first, because I have never had my stand in other place other than the Sir James Douglas gym.  However, it turned out to be a wonderful spot, easy to load and unload during set up and it was a nice little room.

     

    There was a large turnout on Saturday and people were in fine spirits.  As I mentioned I chatted with a lot of people and family and friends stopped by as well.

     

    I really enjoy doing this show as the people are wonderful who run it; the people who attend are pleasant and friendly and the crafters and vendors have become family.

     

    I hope to become more of presence this year at the summer market.

     

    Dickens Fair happened December 3rd this year, and the event planner decided to change the time  to a mid afternoon – evening event.  This way the fair was not competing with all of the other craft fairs happening in the city that had times from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

     

    It was a fun event  with lots of music, plenty of vendors with quality work; good food in the cafeteria and the event was well attended.  Spinners with spinning wheels were set up in the school hallway, and there was even a farmer with a live chicken on display. The vendors ranged from food, pottery; wooden toys; jewellry; glass products and of course my gourd art.

     

    I had a good time and I will definitely participate in the fair again, if invited.

     

     

     

    What a great day today.

    Vic West (a small community situated in Victoria Proper) celebrated a Corn Roast and the anniversary of Spiral Café.  I have lived in this community for 12 years .  Over the past 3 years I have been involved with Vic Wests group of artists and annual studio tours.  The Vic West Artist studio tour is called the Vic West Art Quest. (VWAQ)

    The VWAQ Artists decided to put up a booth and advertise their presence in the neighborhood.  We decided to have a mini art quest designed like  scavenger hunt.  8 of us participated.  The purpose of the game was to promote our art, let people know that we exist in the community, and to recruit other Vic West artists.  People searched for the 12 hidden pieces, stamped their cards at each site, returned to the tent and put their name in for a draw.  (Three of us donated small pieces for the prizes.  My donations consisted of a friendship gourd pin and a friendship ornament) Read more…

     

    So, I tried the DIY light box that of our gourd members mentioned in her posting, and it worked great!  I really like the way the bowl and the black, white and red mask turned out.

     

      

     

    I just slapped the light box together because I wanted to see how it would turn out.   The beauty of this project is that I can take it apart until next time now that I know how simple it is.  Here is the site I used and I just used the written instructions. http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html  There is a great how to video on this site as well. Read more…