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  • Moments in Time Exhibit

    My exhibit “Moments in Time” opens in a few days. The sculptures I’ve created for this exhibit explore life’s everyday candid moments. Moments that stir a familiar memory, a feeling, a reflection of modern life and, most importantly, they are presented in a happy or entertaining way. This is my style of art. In the fine art world this is not always accepted in a positive way. Good art is often equated with edginess, boldness and inner pain, whereas happy art or uplifting art is often equated with dullness, laziness and lack of creativity.

    According to blogger Jeff Goins, he believes “There is an underlying sadness in all art, a melancholy we feel when we face true beauty. It’s that ache, that longing, that we can’t quite describe when we witness something trulywonderful.” http://goinswriter.com/sad-art/  I agree with this statement somewhat– I believe art should evoke a feeling, but art does not have to disturb us to qualify as good. What we feel does not have to be sadness, it could be joy, comfort, nostalgia. What is important is that we feel something. Perhaps it’s in happiness that art really flourishes. Many artists, including myself, experienced anguish and frustration in their early years as young artists and these
    feelings were often reflected in their art. Over time, as they master their techniques and skills and as they evolve and accept who they are as humans, they become happier and they make better art. 

    Sharon Salzberg wrote an article for the Huffington Post titled “What’s Better for Creativity: Depression or Happiness”. In the article she quotes the Dali Lama saying “In the West many people believe that creativity comes from torment, while in the East there is more of a tradition of great art coming from balance and realization.” She then goes on to say “I suspect that the Dalai Lama couldn’t even imagine the concept that one might cling to suffering for a creative edge or think of happiness as a dulling agent. Happiness in Buddhist teaching is seen as inner abundance, resourcefulness, the wellspring of energy within that allows us to serve, give, offer, create. If we don’t ever think we have enough, we’re not motivated to give. If we are depleted, exhausted, demoralized and despondent, we don’t nearly have the energy

    to help others, to
    express, to go forth and try to make a difference. So happiness isn’t at all seen as laziness but the foundation of very great activity of all kinds.”
     http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sharon-salzberg/happiness-creativity_b_775573.html

     

    On both Saturday, February 20th and 27th I will be at the Orange Art Gallery for a “Meet the Artist” event from noon to 3pm. I will talk about the stories and inspiration behind some of my sculptures in the exhibit and my journey to finding happiness.

     

    Photos:                                                                                                                                                 Top – Playtime 17″ H x 14″W x 11″D                                                                                         Middle photos – Game Night 22″H x 15″ W x 15″ D                                                               Bottom Photo – The Bucket List 21″H x 8″W x 8″D

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  • Moments in Time

    Some of my favourite happy memories are not found in a photo album, they are mental snapshots of a particular moment. The image comes with a feeling, a reaction, and a story. It’s those candid Moments in Time that inspired my new collection and solo exhibit. The exhibit will run from February 17 to March 6 at the Orange Art Gallery located at 290 City Centre Drive in Ottawa. For those of you in the Ottawa area, the opening night reception is Thursday, February 18th. There’s also a “Meet the Artist” talk and demonstration on Saturday, February 20 and 27th from noon to 3pm. Hope you will drop by. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak at one of the new sculptures – “ Playtime”.

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  • Art Night!

    What better way to spend a cold winter night than with a group of friends, a bottle or two of wine, some munchies and a fun art project to stir up the creative juices. People have been rediscovering the pleasure and satisfaction of creating art and I'm so happy to be able to share my medium of sculpting in polymer   clay with all of you. After a busy and successful holiday season, I'm kicking off the new year with some new workshops. From beginner to advance there are six workshops to choose from. Gather your friends for a perfect bachelorette, shower or birthday occasion, or simply organize your own private art night (or afternoon) in your home. As the hostess your class is FREE!  Give your employees a fun and memorable team-building boost with a workshop in your office or restaurant. Or ask me how I can help you with your fundraising event while your guests get to focus on having fun. 

    The 2016 line-up of live workshops, video workshops and downloadable tutorials are now ready to view. Check them out on the "Workshops" page. Join an open class or get in touch to book your own private party. I'm looking forward to creating together!

     

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  • New Gallery Representation

    92 Gore St E., Perth, Ontario, Canada  I'm very proud to announce representation by "Gallery   on Gore". This beautiful little gallery is located on    Gore Street in the heart of the heritage strip in Perth,    Ontario.                                                                      Next year marks the 200th Anniversary of the Perth  Military Settlement. In addition to the historical events  and landmarks, there is never a lack of activity in  Perth!  Celebrate with locals and visitors alike at one of  the many annual festivals and events, some of which  include: the Festival of the Maples, Kidfish in the Basin,  the Rotary Strawberry Social, Canada Day Festivities at Conlon Farm, the amazing Stewart Park Festival, the Lions Garlic Festival, the annual Perth Fair, the Autumn Studio Tour or the pre-Christmas Festival of Good Cheer, to name only a few!

     

    A big thank you to Kevin Gray and Johanne Lacroix from Gallery on Gore and I look forward to participating in some of the great events in Perth.                             You can check out their website and their artists at                                                    www.galleryongore.com

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