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    First Chance Christmas Craft Show

    When: November 3 and 4th

    Hours: Saturday 10 – 5:00,

    Sunday 10 to 4:00

    Where: Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney BC, Canada

    Last Chance Christmas Craft Show

    When: December 8, 9, 10

    Hours: Friday 2:00 to 8:00 pm

    Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 pm

    Sunday    10:00 to 4:00 pm

    Where: Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney BC, Canada


    First Chance Christmas Craft Show

    When: November 5 and 6th

    Hours:  Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00

    Sunday, 10:00 to 4:00

    Where:   Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney British Columbia Canada

    3rd Annual Mighty Fine Art and Craft Sale

    When: November 25 to December 24

    Hours: 11:00 to 4:00 Friday to Sunday

    Where: Metchosin Art Pod,  4495 Happy Valley Rd, Metchosin British Columbia Canada

    Last Chance Christmas Craft Show

    When: December 9th to December 11th

    Hours: Friday evening

    Saturday 10:00 to 5:00

    Sunday    10:00 to 4:00

    Where:   Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney British Columbia Canada


    Scattered Artists 2021 Art Tour

    When: August 28th and 29th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm both days

    Where: 3390 Maplewood Rd

    Victoria BC

    There is no admission fee to visit the show.  Purchases and kind words are always welcome.


    Art “Fall” Ness

    Location: Oak Bay Beach Hotel,  1175 Beach Drive, Victoria BC

    When:  Friday, October 25th, 1:00 pm to  9:00 pm

    Saturday October 26th and Sunday October 27th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Artist Reception: Friday October 25th   from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
    Free Admission

    Put on by the Island Artisans Association

    Website: islandartisansassociation

    Facebook: Island Artisans Association

    First Chance Christmas Show

    Location:  Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney BC

    When:  Saturday, November 9th from  and

    Sunday November 10th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Last Chance Christmas Show

    Location: Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney BC

    When: Saturday December 14th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm  and

    Sunday December 15th  from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Coast Collective Art Centre

    When:  All year long

    Location:  103-318 Wale Rd, Colwood BC  V9B 0J8

    Hours: Wednesday to Sunday,  11:00 am – 5:00 pm

    The Coast Collective Art Centre is a project of the Society for Arts on the South Island



    September and October

    Fashion and Art Collective at the Westshore Mall

    This is the Coast Collective Pop Up store sponsored in part by the Westshore Arts Council. We feature a collection of art from local artists, which includes fashion, baby accessories, painting, jewelry, metal art, knitted sweaters and scarves as well some of my gourd art.

    I will be there demoing my art process on these dates:

    Tuesday September 25, 2018  from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Tuesday October 8, 2018 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

    November 3 and 4

    First Chance Christmas Craft Show

    Location: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave W, Sidney BC

    Time: Saturday 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

    December 8 and 9th

    Last Chance Christmas Christmas Craft Show

    Location: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave W, Sidney BC

    Time: Saturday 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

    November 13th – December 23, 2018

    Gifts and Wishes Show

    Location: Coast Collective, 103-318 Wale Rd, Colwood BC

    Time:  Wednesday – Sunday,  11:00 am to 5:00 pm


    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



    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!


    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.

    Hope to see you there.

    For more information check out: or or

    Twitter @CarFreeYYJ

    or Facebook\carfreedayvictoria


    Vic West Fest

    Sunday June 7, 2015

    10:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Free admission

    for more information check out the website:

    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

    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

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

    August 10th and 11th


    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


    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

    Sitting Pretty - 2b (2)

    Gifts and Wishes

    Coast Collective


    More details to follow

    First Chance Show

    Mary Winspear Centre

    November More details to follow

    Last Chance Show

    Mary Winspear Centre



    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:

    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 :

    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.

    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


    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.


    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

    If you would like to volunteer at the Holiday Market please email!

    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:

    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:


    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.

    Comfort: SOLD

    Comfort.  What is better and more soothing than a great hug.  Comfort from a friend, a family member.     Click on the picture to see full view.  The height is approximately 8″.  Price 325.00

    The Embrace:

    The Embrace is genuine.  They are holding each other out of love, trust, happiness, strength.  Click on the picture to see full view.  The height is approximately 8″.  Price 325.00


    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:  Sold

    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



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

    Emily: SOLD

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



    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: SOLD

    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 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: SOLD

    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.



    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.

    gourds in HC VWAQ 2013 2

    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.  There is a great how to video on this site as well. Read more…