Bringing Art To the World (well, to my town anyway)

As a co-founder and energetic volunteer for the Glengarry Artists’ Collective I’ve been heavily involved in the third iteration of this art show. 6-weeks of Art in the Street, 24/7 as WOW Returns to Alexandria

The popular art expo returns to Main Street, Alexandria, Ontario on 11 September. Open to the art-curious 24 hours/day, WOW is 104 works by 23 eclectic artists in more than 20 venues through the town centre. 

Windows on Our World, or WOW, hangs in business windows between Peel and Kenyon Streets on Main Street, Alexandria from 11 September to 24 October. Folks can vote for their favourites – winner will be announced at the close, 24 October. 

The six-week exhibit kicks off with WOWfest in Mill Square on Saturday, 11 September. Events include:

  • Art in the Square, from 10:00 to 13:00.
    • Families can try painting and multi-media work on site, all materials supplied. Local artists share tips and techniques. Come discover your inner van Gogh!
    • Or, practice painting alla prima (all in one go) en pleine aire (in the great outdoors.)
  • ArtMart, from 10:00 to 16:00
    • Local artists selling small art works, jewellery, cards, creative items (I’ll be there!)
  • Live Music Under the Tent, from 13:00 
    • Noël Campbell and Stephen Blondin
    • Katie Ditschun

The weekend of 25 & 26 September, piggyback on the Apples & Art tour by visiting local studios and the Main Street show!

Finally, on Sunday, 24 October, the People’s Choice winner is announced at Sandfield Centre in Island Park between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. There will also be an art gift to the Township of North Glengarry.

What is Collectif d’artistes de Glengarry Artists’ Collective?

Founded in October 2016, the group has 70 members. To date our not-for-profit group has created:

  • Annual exhibitions: in a funeral home [2017-20]–though art isn’t dead; Glengarry Pioneer Museum [2018-21]; Windows on Our World [WOW 2017, 18, 21]
  • Workshops for members & non
  • County-wide art displays, readings, concerts, the Stuart McCormick Tribute
  • ArtBank: putting art in businesses year round
  • Three mural projects decorating the community 

The Collective’s intention is to make art a living asset in our area. (And we’re doing that!)

Diary of a small painting

May 2020 Not a lot has changed in a month, playing in the studio is ongoing. Got in a couple of books on Hockney’s work to feed my painterly soul. The physical distancing required by COVID-19 creates lots of time to paint, experiment, play, consider & adjust. 

Time for Tea? is a statement and a query. I look forward to sharing a cuppa, face-to-face with friends. In the interim this colourful work is a gutsy, whimsical virtual tea party.

Feb 2021 Not a lot has changed externally. LOTS of time to paint: 22 works since Time for Tea? Whoo hoo!

May 2021 Hmmm, no new work though I’m reading, thinking, dreaming about art. Have read that change is a great stimulator so the global happenings of early pandemic were stimulating! Now, not so much. Feh!

Jun 2021 Today sold Time for Tea? Whoo hoo! Makes for a pleasant change and change stimulates creativity – she said hopefully.

397 Time for Tea? 8 x 16″ SOLD

Soup is creative, right?

I’ve been pouring creativity into the kitchen & garden this past month. Created four kinds of tomato soup! A Thai-inspired sweet potato soup is in the slow cooker now & goat curry is braising in the oven. Miss being served surprises in restaurants but certainly creating variety at home.

A new 30-foot garden bed meanders south from an 8-foot cedar trellis. For now it contains three miniature pines, a little Quick Fire hydrangea & a few perennials. Irises to be donated by friends will be installed as well as mine from under the crab apple.

I read about art, watch art videos, think about it A LOT! But, for now, a fallow period as we transition into full spring. Feeling arty. Maybe by next month new production will fill this spot.

Be well!

Well Hung

The first rule for creating an art collection is to buy what you love! 

Once your acquisition is home, you need to place it. We’re encouraged to hang works so the midpoint is at eye level–but it depends. If you have one or only a few pieces on a wall, that works well. But an entire wall can be filled, gallery-style, with works hung from wall-to-wall and almost floor to ceiling, in ordered rows or randomly. Similarly, a corner of a room can be set apart by a lower grouping near a chair.

Here is a brilliant idea for drawing attention (pun!) to a set of small works, giving them greater focus on a larger wall. Collector Danielle H painted a large wooden frame a contrasting blue and mounted it on her taupe wall. She then hung three of my smaller works (16 x 8”, 10 x 8”, 8 x 8”) directly on the wall within the frame, creating an interesting vignette.

Blue frame on taupe wall with three small ycArts works

Walls are not your only option for displaying art. Works painted on “gallery” canvases are about 2” deep, they can [i]stand[/i] on a shelf. Works can also be stacked, overlapping, on a counter or floor.

In truth, ways to display the works you love are almost limitless. Where would you like to see art in your home or office?