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Fellow Vancouver Artists in the Crawl

This past weekend was the Eastside Culture Crawl in Vancouver. For those of you who don’t know: this is an annual event where over 400 East Vancouver artists invite you to come look at their studios and artwork. There is a lot to see and buy, if you are looking for some local art. To be honest, this was the first year I participated in the Crawl, even though I’ve lived in Vancouver for almost 5 years.

This same weekend, I was participating in The Postcard Show: Volume 3 and the Annual Artist Showcase at China Cloud Gallery, which was open for the Crawl (photos of this below). Not having my studio open, allowed me to go out and visit other artists, which I really enjoyed. While I was walking from studio to studio, it hit me that half of the artists from the Open Book Art Collective were in the Crawl this past week! This is the art collective/book club I’ve been a part of and we just had our first show a few months ago. I took it upon myself to take some photos, since these ladies are doing amazing work and deserve some attention 🙂 I wasn’t able to get to all four of their studios (sorry Andrea Armstrong), but here are some photos from the ones I did see.

First up is: Jenny Hawkinson ( http://www.jennyhawkinson.com/). Jenny works with a variety of mediums such as acrylic painting, drawing, embroidery and textiles and installation. I really appreciate her consideration of display and installation which is something that many artists working in 2D often don’t consider. We are so quick to put something in a frame, but her drawings are hung from the ceiling or mounted out from the wall. Check out her website site to see more of her work!jennyh2

 

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Next is: Cara Bain (http://carabain.ca/) Cara is a designer as well as an artist. She paints amazing portraits that are expressive and capture the character of the subject. I personally find portraits difficult and tedious, so I admire Cara’s ability to do this. She recently made a series on wood panels for the Death of a Beekeeper exhibit. I enjoy that she allowed some of the natural wood surface to show through the painting.

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Lastly, but not leastly (I know that’s not a word) is: Erica Wilk (http://www.ericawilk.com/). Erica put a lot of work into preparing for the Crawl this year and pumped out a whole series of new works. I’m really excited about the direction she is taking with her work, I’ve not seen anything like it. Check out her website above to see what I mean. Erica also makes jewellery from bits and pieces of vintage jewellery. She was kind enough to let me sell some of my postcard books and zines at her table in the China Cloud gallery. If you are looking for some one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts, she sells her jewellery online and does custom orders too! erica2
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The picture below shows some of work I was selling next to Erica’s at China Cloud during the Crawl.

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This is November

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But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.

Couldn’t say it better Ms.Montgomery.

I’ve resolved to make one of these for each month, so voila! This is NOVEMBER. Mustaches, bare trees, boots, shopping bags and acorns. All of these images are my own photography and drawings, layered to represent my feelings toward this month. I try to do it very quickly, and not think too hard about the layout or composition. Basically, this is my procrastination project for the day.

Happy November to you!

 

 

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The Postcard Show

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This is a series of postcards I finished this week for The Postcard Show: Volume 3 at Hot Art Wet City Gallery running this Nov.14-16th.

Since I’m really enjoying the combination of embroidery, fabric and drawing, I decided to use these materials once more. I also had a revelation last week that most of my drawings seem to be about animals or food. Rather than fighting this impulse, I’ve decided to RUN with it.

So the subject of this postcard series is FOOD. And specifically, some of my favourite WHEAT products: waffles, sprinkle donuts, and toast with jam. Fortunately, even those of you who have to abstain from wheat can happily indulge in these drawings. They are gluten-free, I promise.

The intention of the Postcard Show is to create “a narrative through accessible and affordable art” And how it works is, “each postcard is made available to the public through a silent auction with an affordable minimum bid and a buyout bid in order to entice the audience to get involved in the business of art collecting” (copied from the website). All of the art in this auction will be original works of art. And if you are free for the final night of bidding, I would definitely recommend you get in on the action! The finale is on Nov.16th from 7pm-midnight.