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Saturday, 25 August 2018

All Good Things

All good things must come to an end.  'Gathering Places' will be on view at the Gallery at the Frances Morrison Library until the end of the month.  Here's the exact schedule if you are wanting to see it before it ends.  Parking downtown is free in the evenings.

Sunday Aug 26 (closed)
Monday Aug 27  10 am to 9 pm
Tuesday Aug 28  10 am to 9 pm
Wednesday Aug 29  10 am to 9 pm
Thursday Aug 30  10 am to 9 pm
Friday Aug 31  10 am to 1 pm only.

I'll be in on Friday at 1 pm to take down the show.

For those who can't attend, here's the rest of my pieces with their stories, following up from the last post.

'Marvel @ 99'
14" x 14"
Fabric and Thread on Canvas

Walking around downtown, I spied the big gold letters of the Marvel Beauty College. My mother graduated from this school in 1964! I took some photos and then headed in the side to announce that I was the daughter of a graduate.

"You guys must have been here for a long time!" I commented.
The woman at the front desk replied, "99 years to be exact! And we are closing in June."

I couldn't believe it. The whole network of colleges we're closing for good without even waiting an extra year to hit the magic number of 100. I gave my condolences and headed on my way. ***The next time I walked down the street, the big gold letters were gone and the windows above were taped over with plastic sheets. This particular piece is bittersweet because it is the one piece in my exhibition that doesn't exist anymore.

'Look at the Bright Side'
16" x 20"
Fabric and Thread on Canvas

This is a view of the Cambridge Court apartments in downtown Saskatoon. I stood on the sidewalk and looked up. I was so intrigued to find a little garden set up in the windows where someone lives. I thought about how beautiful it is that someone felt it important enough to grow plants for themselves even though they were without a yard. Fantastic!

'Six Hundred'
16" x 20"
Fabric and Thread on Canvas

600 was the address on the first building in this row of red and white matching townhouses. For a row of homes that are identical, they sure have a lot of character! Typically, I don't love cookie cutter style houses, but this one in City Park is just so incredibly charming. I don't mind at all. I tried to give it a friendly, light-hearted feel with the floral and bubble fabrics.

'The Glass Tower'
14" x 14"
Fabric and Thread on Canvas

I had just picked up my Double-Double from across the street when I stopped to look up at this tall building. It was so tall. It seemed to reach very high into the sky and it was all glass.

I was a little bit concerned about how I could not see in. It made me wonder what on Earth was inside and whether or not the people inside could see out. I couldn't tell which parts were windows and which parts were walls. It looks really fancy but secretive at the same time. I snapped a picture looking straight up, and really enjoyed the way it reflected all the sunshine, and the way the tree boughs worked to photobomb my picture.

'The Park Town'
20" x 16"
Fabric and Thread on Canvas

There's not much of a story to tell here except that it was a beautiful sunny day, and when I came up the walkway near the river, I saw the Park Town Hotel glowing in the sunshine! It looked like such a happy place. The more I've mentioned this venue to people, the more I am told stories about happy times spent here.

Okay now, bear with me.  Check out this next one.

'Lucky Parking Spot'
10" x 30"
Fabric and Thread on Canvas
This chunk of brick wall with the number 13 on it was inspired by an actual parking spot. I took a shortcut through a lot on the way back to work and saw the number 13 posted on the wall. I stoped and laughed and wondered if the person whose spot it was ever feels unlucky or cursed being stuck with that number. I snapped a picture with my cell phone and continued on my way.

I thought it would be quite comical to hold that parking spot in my hands, and to be able to say, 'I took someone's parking spot'.  : )  So I created this piece and I just love the humour in it. I decided to call it Lucky Parking Spot because 13 doesn't always have to be negative.

'Sturdy Stone'
16" x 20"
Fabric and Thread on Canvas
Oh, the Sturdy Stone Center. It is literally one giant block of dirty concrete. It's not the prettiest building, but on this dusty spring day before any trees had buds, it seemed to appear as a bright and happy place (at least somewhat). It's a bit of an icon in the city; some say of bit of an eyesore. It was designed in the 70s and when this brutal style of architecture was cool.

Inside, the building is full of art and sculptural pieces by ceramic artists and blacksmiths alike. It also happens to hold the Social Services offices.

One woman told me a very loving story of how this building brings back good memories for her. It was the place where she went for all her interviews and to meet the children she adopted as she built her family. I'm still overwhelmed at what a gentle and loving story it was and how that came out of such brutally designed building. You just never know! I suppose this is a good lesson in, 'never judge a book by its cover.'

I have a couple more pieces that have been juried into an upcoming event, so I'll hold off telling you those stories until closer to the next show.  I hope you enjoyed my tales. 

I really have enjoyed the interest people have has in this exhibition!  Last week, I was called up for an interview with the Saskatoon Express.  It's on local newstands now. Pretty exciting!  Here's the link BUT it's for the Current Issue, so after a few days, it won't work.  I'm on page 8 & 9 talking about the show.

Have a great week everyone,

Monday, 13 August 2018

Saskatoon Morning

Artists often wonder if anyone ever bothers to read the 'Artist Statement' that we are required to write for applications and exhibitions.  Of course, I was asked to write one for my show, 'Gathering Places'.  This time, I didn't mind because I knew I had a specific story to tell. I just told it like it is.  (It's two blog posts back if you need to see it.)

Leisha Grebinski from CBC was in the library and happened to notice the Gallery.  My Artist Statement is posted there on the wall.  She went in and read it... for real! What she read made enough of an impression that she phoned me up for an interview to share the story with more people. How sweet is that!? Leisha is the host for Saskatoon Morning on our local radio station. I went in last week for a live in-studio interview. I was so very thrilled!

Here is the interview if you would like to listen in!  : )  Thank you so much CBC Radio!

The exhibition is up on the second floor until August 30th. The Frances Morrison Library is wheelchair/walker/stroller accessible and open Monday thru Saturday in downtown Saskatoon.

Prairie Lily
12 x 12"

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Gathering Places

Hello!  What a big week.  My solo show of stitched architecture is up!

Here I am installing 'The Park Town' 

There are 16 pieces of textile art stitched onto painter's canvases.  All are based on my adventures while taking walks in the downtown core last year during my launch breaks while working at Saskatoon Open Door Society every Friday.  The art fills the gallery perfectly and the lighting is beautiful in there.  (Sometimes I've noticed the spotlights are off so please ask the staff to light up the the work if you are in.)

2nd Floor, accessible
311 23 St E Saskatoon
(Across from City Hall)  Free, open:
Monday - Thursday 10 am to 9 pm
Friday - Saturday 10 am to 6 pm

Here are a few of my favourites!

The Navy
30" x 15"

'The Navy' is just what it says.  It's the view of the Royal Canadian Navy, from the back alley in Saskatoon.  It seems so contradictory that if you want to join the navy, you would move here to train in our landlocked prairie province, but that's the truth!  As I stood looking at this scene, I was struck at how it actually looks like a big old ship.  The poles tower above like ship masts, and and wires dip and crest like waves on the water.  Isn't that an incredible coincidence!?

12 x 12"

This is an interpretation of some grafitti I found while coming out of a back alley the wrong way. It stopped me in my tracks. If someone with a can of spray paint was to leave a mark on a big wall, well my gosh - what a sweet message they left! It's been since removed, but honestly, I quite liked it. It made me smile.

Her Back Gate
16 x 20"

Of course, if you do art revolving around Saskatoon buildings, you are expected to include our beloved Bessborough Hotel which overlooks the river.  The back courtyard of this building hosts many events including outdoor concerts and festivals.  On this day, I was coming back up from the river's shore to get back to the office.  I found a set of steps and had no idea this is where it would lead me!  I loved the view.  I adored the blue sky reflected in all the windows.  I figured this might be a good one because it was a less traditional viewpoint of the Bess.

Look at Those Windows!
15 x 30"

I captured the original photo while heading out for coffee with a coworker.  There was a watermain break and we were all sent home from the office.  As we walked, I looked up and saw this very sight.  I stood there hollering, 'LOOK AT THOSE WINDOWS!!' over and over.  I couldn't get over it. There was no pattern! There's always a pattern.  Even more, they were also placed at varying levels.  I just instantly decided that I need to meet the person who dreamed this up.  I also wondered why on earth we don't see buildings this fun more often!  : )  Look at those windows...  WOW!

There's a few fun stories for you.  Last Thursday night was the reception and it was a GREAT turn out!  There were friends, colleagues, people from Open Door, Handmade House, The Saskatoon Quilters Guild, and my 'gang' of fabulous women at Artists' Workshop too.  People even came in from nearby towns.  That was fun.  I did a little talk and then the fantastic folks who run the Gallery played Petula Clark's song 'Downtown' and some of us sang along.  : )

Gathering Places Reception August 9, 2018

I hope that if you get to see the show, you will leave a little note in the guest register.  I would love to hear from you!

Have a great day,

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