THIS WEEKEND! Come down and check out all the amazing works of art for sale (>100 pieces!)
THIS WEEKEND! Come down and check out all the amazing works of art for sale (>100 pieces!)
I love this painting. Metamorphosis was my largest painting to date: a whopping 4 ft squared canvas! It took me a long time to finish it, and I had to negotiate my time wisely…acrylic paint spread over a large surface area created some parts that would dry before I could finish the effect I was going for! I had to work quickly and not linger on my artistic decisions (a difficult task for me most days!) It was a great learning experience.
Because of its size, Metamorphosis was best viewed in person to be appreciated fully. The way the silver metallic paint caught the light and the depth of the fushia-coloured glazes…MMM! Beautiful! Unfortunately, this meant hauling it from show to show, hoping it would catch the eye of a serious buyer. This wasn’t a big deal until we installed a car seat for our daughter and lost the ability to fold down our back seats on a whim…suddenly, toting Metamorphosis around town didn’t sound appealing anymore!
Enter: Fashion Forward YYC! It is an annual fashion and art show that promotes local artistic talent and raises funds for charitable organizations. This year’s charity was HomeFront: an organization designed to combat domestic violence (If anyone has followed the news in Alberta lately, domestic disputes have skyrocketed as the economy nosedives…). I was happy to donate Metamorphosis to the silent auction fundraiser, and kissed it goodbye as it was comfortably loaded into the back of a moving van with the other event artwork.
I was told my painting had five bidders and raised over $400 for HomeFront. I feel thankful to support a charity that I don’t need to call upon. I hope Metamorphosis is making someone as happy as it made me feel when it was in my studio.
FosterMAK is proud to be a sponsor and a participant of the first Art At The Market Show at Symons Valley Ranch! This is a free event and will take place April 23 and 24. Showcasing up to 30 different local artists with live art, appies and wine for purchase and a silent auction benefiting the Alberta Children’s Hospital. April 23 from 10am to 5pm and April 24 from 10am to 3pm.
Find more details about this free event here!
Two weeks after we welcomed our adorable daughter into the world, we took our family on a mini-roadtrip out to Canmore to see FosterMAK's Ascension project at Elevation Gallery. Although you can clearly see the bags under my eyes and coffee in hand, it was a treat to get out of the house and enjoy the One White Wall Exhibit. The fresh mountain air and warm sunshine felt divine, too!
I feel honoured to be part of this project -- it is my first art gallery representation! All of the FosterMAK artists created such beautiful and different pieces for this project. Stacey's SOLD painting is next to mine (Grassi Gold), and it's a beauty! Someone is a very lucky buyer.
Congratulations to all the artists on a job well done.
These paintings will be on display in this brand new home from February 19th to June.
The opening reception and art show will be held the weekend of March 4-6th. Come by on Friday evening (March 4th) to mingle, see some lovely Brookfield home designs and some fabulous local artwork from the FosterMAK artists. Stay tuned for more details!
I have always had the opinion that art is at its finest when displayed inside a home, so I am honored to participate in this style of “gallery”!
Calgary, you are awesome.
Well folks, here we are again. 2015 snuck up quickly, slapped some reality into me a few times, and zoomed out of town seemingly faster than it came. I’m standing here in shock and awe: It's 2016. How the heck did this happen?!
I guess the old adage proves itself true: Time flies when you’re having fun!
I would like to share some highlights and photos that have made 2015 a very memorable year.
1) Shane got laid off in February and made a bold move to reinvent himself from a mechanical engineer in the O&G sector into an indie video game programmer (one of his passions he hasn’t had time to pursue in the past). I’m not going to lie…this was a hard transition for me to accept. I was scared to think about our future, but what else could he do? The job market was saturated with skilled O&G people searching for work in Calgary, and it’s certainly better to be creative/productive rather than wither away from boredom at home. He bought a license for GameMaker software and immediately taught himself how to program. He designed, coded, and marketed his asteroid-inspired arcade game called CMYW. He often programs 10+ hours per day, including weekends, and the final game was approved for sale on the huge gaming platform called ‘Steam’ in October…an impressive result for only 8 short months! He has participated in a few local Calgary events such as Indie Game Bash, Ludum Dare, Makers Faire, and became a member of the Calgary Game Developers Association (acquiring several new friendships with some awesome people, to boot!). Shane has become a bit of a local sensation with several TV, radio, and newspaper interviews sharing his inspirational story during these tough economic times. As scared as I was about the big career move, I can’t deny how much joy it brings him and am thrilled with how much he has accomplished this year. (Plus I’m hooked on CMYW. It’s addictive! Check it out here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/396590 )
2) TRAVEL! What an amazing year!!!
-Romantic getaway to Radium Hot Springs where we watched bighorn sheep lick salt off our vehicle and soaked in the pools until we were wrinkly.
-Backpacking through Skoki Loop (near Lake Louise) with some kickass coworkers. We hunted for fossils, admired the Indian Paintbrush flowers, saw a sprinting grizzly bear and defended ourselves from the bugs and notorious porcupine. It was my first full-on backpacking trip, and the photos were worth the effort.
-GIRL’S TRIP TO CROATIA! The food (OMG, the food!), the quirky people, the stone architecture, the salty Adriatic sea, the war-stricken remnants of old buildings, the National Parks and their cascading waterfalls, the Westcoast-like trees along the shoreline, the melodic and unique Sea Organ, the horrible wine that they were very proud of (we tried REALLY hard to enjoy it…but I’m a BC wine-o! My taste buds have high expectations!)…I loved the whole experience, and would go back in a heartbeat.
-VEGAS VIRGINS NO MORE! We toured the strip and iconic hotels, saw Sir Elton John in concert, rented a car and hiked around the beautiful red sandstone formations in the scorching desert heat, saw the Hoover Dam, and enjoyed one night of gambling and all-you-can drink… We could have spent another week there, easily. Definitely going back someday!
-The White Cliffs of Dover, and the hilariously windy hike to the historic lighthouse for tea. As a geologist, seeing the iconic chalk cliffs from all my university textbooks was very exciting for me (but apparently not for many locals. Everyone asked us “why are you going to Dover…??”). I even used a piece of natural chalk to write my name in a concrete retaining wall….No big deal! (*happy dance*) If you ever visit Dover, make sure to check out their Bingo Hall. Seriously.
-Winning a photoshoot package from Red Plains Photography in Spirit Island, Jasper. Shane and I rented canoes, played with the loons, camped overnight in the wind and snow, and got rescued by the Park Warden on our paddle back home. What a weekend! The weather was crap, but we made two new friendships from it (and got some incredible photographs!)
-Our annual summer road trip to BC’s coast. Always beautiful!
-Summer road trip in the opposite direction: Lake Wascasieu, SK! The water was warm, the weather was great, and Shane’s little nieces and nephew were playful and hilarious. Shane’s family rented a pontoon boat and putted around the lake, andwe saw two baby bears effortlessly scoot up a tree when we startled them on a hiking trail (we got the hell away from them - FAST! Gosh, they were cute…).
3) My bestie flew out to Calgary to visit! We Stampeded, hiked around Canmore, rode horses in Banff, floated down the Elbow River, got sick and had several movie nights together...It was perfect. I wish we could do that more often.
4) Weddings! Congratulations to our dear friends the McClary’s and Hoehn’s! One wedding was so wild, Shane strained his neck from his epic dance moves. The other one was so romantic that we got…
5) PREGNANT!!! Surprised?! So were we! I’m due in April and the little Monkey has been surprisingly easy on my body (so far). No morning sickness, no mood swings…I’m still me, just a little rounder and slow-moving! Shane and I are looking forward to becoming parents. It’s going to be a game-changer (in a good way, I hope).
6) I survived the first round of layoffs at my company, and it was one of the most stressful experiences I’ve had to go through. I was scared to tell anyone I was pregnant, because I didn’t know if it would protect me or make me a target behind closed doors…the day the “men in black” made their rounds through the hallways I was shaking, I cried tears of joy when I found out I was spared, and I mourned the loss of my colleagues. It has been an incredibly rough year for Albertans. I really hope the new year will bring about some stability and that the job market will diversify. I really hope I can survive a second wave of layoffs if the price of oil does not improve… (want to buy a painting?? Ha!)
7) Art Shows and Sales! Despite the downturn in the economy, 2015 was a record-breaking year for my painting sales. I sold seven paintings, finished two commission jobs, participated in two FosterMAK shows and had my first RAW Artist Calgary showcase. My painting ‘Bolo Tie’ even made an appearance on Global News! My charitable donations from my art sales totaled $450 (matched by my company for a total of $900! I’m amazed!). I chose to support iHuman Youth Society and Oxfam Canada’s Syrian Refugee Fund, along with donating a painting for a silent auction benefitting the Alberta Children's Hospital. Thank you, collectors, for being catalysts for positive change and for supporting a local artist! Click here to see a summary of the paintings sold in 2015.
8) ENGAGED! Squeeeeeeee!!! The rock (a cognac sapphire!) came after the baby news, which is fine...Shane and I have never been very orthodox! First comes love, then comes…a condo, two cats, a house, a baby, and THEN marriage! That’s how the song goes, right? Don’t expect a wedding announcement any time soon…planning for this baby has us occupied! Staring at this beautiful ring is going to help me get through labour contractions by releasing oxytocin into my bloodstream, so really, the ring is for the baby. Science rules!
WISHING YOU ALL AN INCREDIBLE 2016! Thank you for your ongoing support of my artistic endeavors over the past year, and for all the love pouring in about the baby and engagement. I am truly blessed and am looking forward to the adventures waiting to unfold in the new year!
Stacey Walyuchow, curator and owner of FosterMAK's online gallery, is offering a special holiday discount for first time buyers. I am pleased to participate in this limited-time offer (view my artwork here)! Read Stacey's memo for more information:
They say it's the most wonderful time of the year...Well it certainly can be for the lucky recipient of original art this holiday season!
FosterMAK.com has hundreds of pieces of original art in a variety of mediums, to suit a variety of budgets. Please take some time look at some gorgeous art and photography all produced by local Calgary artists and photographers.
Purchasing art and starting your own collection can be easy, accessible and incredibly enjoyable this holiday season! For the month of December, FosterMAK is pleased to offer 15% off your first purchase of original art through the online gallery AND free shipping within Calgary! Payment plans are an option, too.
This is not a sale and won't happen often as I am not a huge believer in discounting original art. This is an opportunity to start your collection of original art by local artists. This is my gift to you in hopes of making original art in your life a reality!
As always, I encourage you to shop local and enjoy local art in your home and office. If you have any questions about starting your collection or what will 'go' with your home (I have a whole lot to say about that), then please send me a note and let's set up a time to chat! Is there a piece you would love to see in person? I will arrange that no problem and we will be implementing a return policy that gives you your money back less shipping, within 5 days of delivery. I want you to be happy and properly in love with your new original!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
I mean, Dear Blog Readers…
Thank you for your patience with me. I realize it has been a long time since posting ANYTHING to my website, but I haven’t forgotten about you! (Although to be perfectly honest, if it weren’t for my monthly website fee, I just might have…the Canadian exchange rate is KILLING me right now!!!)
Although things have been quiet on the frontlines, there is a lot of activity brewing behind the scenes.
FosterMAK’s Fall/Winter Art Show, happening on Oct 23rd and 24th is next week already! There will be some fabulous art displayed in a great new venue, with many of the talented FosterMAK artists participating. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the new artists and schmoozing. I have been told that wine may be served…if the original artwork isn’t a good enough reason to get your butt out the door, do it for the wine! THE WINE, PEOPLE!
I will be present on both Friday and Saturday, so please drop by when it’s most convenient and say hello. I would love to see you there!
Another VERY exciting project coming up next Spring is the chance to show one of my paintings in Elevation Gallery’s ‘One White Wall Exhibit’ in Canmore! I am reserving my creative juices to paint something super, and nothing motivates me quite like a hard deadline. I am eagerly awaiting further instructions on the final canvas size and colour palette to work with. I can’t wait to get started!
As always, thank you for the continued support and for cheering me on!
See you next weekend!
I wanted to take this opportunity to warn you: my art prices are going to increase as of September 1st. I’m not trying to be a jerk, I’m trying to give myself a raise! Let me explain:
2015 has been an incredible year for my art career so far. So much has happened since January:
- I joined FosterMAK’s online gallery and participated in their June art show. Because of Stacey’s hard work promoting the artists and organizing shows, she earns a commission on all her sales.
- I ordered new business cards to include my NEW social media accounts (follow me!)
- I registered with Square Reader to now accept credit card payments
- I became a RAW artist and participated in their GLIMPSE showcase in July, which included a live painting event AND a TV segment with Global News Calgary featuring one of my paintings!
- I donated $250 to iHuman Youth Society last week, thanks to my fabulous collectors! Thanksgiving is usually when I submit my donations, but since my 2015 sales have been so hot I figured I should donate some of my contributions early. 25% of all my art sales go to charity, and iHuman is one of my favourite places to give.
Because of all these factors, my ‘artist value number’ is going to justifiably increase from a 7 to a 9 starting September 1st. (What is an artist value number, you ask? To paraphrase DaSilva’s blog: It’s a combination of things, mostly related to the level of experience, exposure, gallery representation, etc.)
Example: to calculate my painting’s worth, I add the gallery canvas dimensions together (24” + 24” = 48) and multiply it by my Artist Value Number (9). 48 x 9 = $432. Ta-da! Pricing is one area where I lack creativity!
So, if you are interested in purchasing an original painting, you may want to consider doing it sooner than later…
Contact me for a viewing!
Thank you for your support and understanding.
In case you missed it, one of my paintings was featured on Global News Calgary last Friday!
Global News Calgary is covering a segment on the GLIMPSE showcase tomorrow morning, and I’m proud to announce: one of my original abstract paintings will be featured on TV! This painting was inspired by my Grandpa's turquoise and leather Bolo Tie that I remember from when I was a just a wee cowgirl. I remember square dancing with him in my pink boots, watching him fill up jugs of OJ and vodka for the crazy rodeo clowns at 7AM, and feeding leftover pancakes to friendly prairie dogs. I figure this is an appropriate painting to show during Stampede week, as it's a homage to him. I hope he'd be proud of who I have become.
Our RAW Calgary art director, Lizzie Carr, has done an amazing job advertising this event around town despite living in Edmonton; She is one organized woman! Lizzie, thank you for your dedication and hard work to make this event possible. Tomorrow is going to be amazing!
In a nutshell: GLIMPSE will feature >60 local RAW Artists, and will showcase all different artistic mediums for 12 hours straight (11AM-11PM, Friday July 10th @ Standard Nightclub -- next door to the Palomino). For those of you who bought pre-sale tickets through me, you should be registered on an electronic guestlist. For the wonderful procrastinators in my life, tickets are $20 at the door (cheaper than any of the Stampede tents, I might add…). For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about…WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN HIDING?! You need to come see this and feel the ENERGY!
I will display eight paintings at my booth and will be present for the whole 12 hours (minus lunch and dinner breaks). If I’m not at my booth, you can find me LIVE PAINTING outside --EEEK!
25% of my sales from tomorrow’s GLIMPSE showcase will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Art Program. Some of the kids will be there selling their creations for charity, too!
SEE YOU TOMORROW.
Need more info? Check out the GLIMPSE Facebook Event Page: here
This past weekend's FosterMAK Art Show was a success! It was amazing to see the creative swell of artistic works throughout the GIANT space we filled...I am honoured to be considered good enough to swim in that talent pool! Here are a few shots from this weekend:
Moi, day two.
"Apprehension" by James Lisweed (one of my faves on the FosterMAK website)
Cool B&W's by the strong and smiley type, Edie Vlooswyk
Our violinist, rocking some sweet loafers!
Pretty and colourful abstracts by Kyla Alty
That SNOWY OWL print! Just gorgeous! Photography by Anat Gat (who wins the gold star for sales tactics this weekend. She's a pusher! Haha)
My event photographers :)
Next show: GLIMPSE by RAW Artists Calgary on Friday, July 10th @ Standard Nightclub, 11AM-11PM. For more details and to purchase discounted $15 tickets through my profile, please click here!
Calgary's 10th Annual Timeraiser will happen on April 30th @ Flames Central. Perhaps one of my paintings will be up for grabs to the highest time-bidder!?! I submitted three painting from my 2014 collection (Vertigo, Metamorphosis, & Hold me Under) and two newbies from the 2015 album (Mini Meltz Massacre & Copper Porpyry -- HOT OFF THE PRESS!)
If you've never heard of Timeraiser, check it out! www.timeraiser.ca/calgary It's a great way to snag some sweet artwork from emerging artists in exchange for volunteer hours (last year, Timeraiser included some pretty big names in the local art scene, too: Mandy Stobo and Sheila Kernan). It's a win-win-win: Artists have their work paid for in full, volunteer hours are raised for various charitable causes, and you get to take home an original work of art!
Cross your fingers for me! I will respond in March with the news...I'm so nervous...
Special Shout-Out to my lovely friend Megan and Shane-bear! You guys made the evening less nerve-wracking and more silly. Thank you. Xoxo
I am so NERVOUS...!
The pieces I choose to display will be offered at a "Friends and Family" discounted rate (50% off). Please help me spread the word!
This news hit me hard. I was really looking forward to showcasing my paintings at this event...but, like the email suggests, there is always next year.
I am grateful for:
1) The courage to submit an application
2) The newfound drive to seek more exposure
3) The opportunity to try again in the future
4) Wine :)
It's March 9th. One day after the closing of the judging panel decision (or so I thought). I haven't heard back from TimeRaiser about whether my artwork has been accepted into this year's program or not. I'm pacing around the house, obsessively checking my email inbox, pulling out my hair with anxiety...and then I read this:
"Thank you for submitting your application to the Calgary Timeraiser. Your work will be reviewed by our volunteer art jury. All applications will be notified in April."
April! How the fuck did I mix up THAT with March 8th!?
April is so far away...
*cue Jeopardy music*
This is what happens when you wish for "more time".
I've been so busy these days that sitting down and typing a blog entry feels like the LAST thing in the world I should be doing. There are always dishes to wash, meals to be made, documentaries to watch, cats to pet, toilets to clean...
Perhaps Sunday was a lesson in disguise!
I was over at my Aunt's place to watch the Oscars on Sunday night (noting that I needed hang that commissioned painting in her hallway...), and goofing around with my adorable 'nephew'. I was clad in my fur stole and all my Grandma's gifted jewellry (C'mon...do you think ALL the great fashion statements happen in Hollywood? PAH-LEEZ!), and I was acting as a "blast victim". Jevyn was jumping on cushions strewn about the floor, and when he jumped onto the big purple one in front of me I LURCHED back in my chair and pretended to be blown to smitherines. In hindsight it sounds rather gruesome, but Jevyn was giggling so hard I couldn't resist and played along! Well, after a few blasts, one would think I was auditioning for an Oscar myself...my fur stole was rocking, my hair was everywhere, my eyes were rolling around all disoriented each time Jevyn jumped on that purple cushion (laughing hysterically!)...it wasn't until Monday morning I started to question my antics.
My shoulders were on FIRE!!!
One chiropractic appointment, one RMT massage, several hot baths and muscle relaxants later...here I am: Blogging for my long lost website!
Moral of the story: be careful what you wish for!
ANYWAYS, the real reason I'm writing is to make an announcement about an art submission I made to a progam called TimeRaiser. My dear friend, Megan, informed me of this great organization that buys local artwork for auction purposes. What is being auctioned, you ask? Your time.
How cool is that?! You get connected to a great cause, bid your "hours" on beautiful pieces of artwork, and once your volunteer obligations have been fulfuilled you get to take your new art home! The artwork is not donated, it is bought outright. AND, while the volunteer hours are being served, the artwork is displayed in the various corporate sponsor offices around the city! Talk about a double-whammy of awesome: money and exposure? SIGN.ME.UP!
I submitted five paintings which will be reviewed and voted on by a panel of judges. I will be informed by the end of the week if any (or all?!) have been selected. If my artwork IS selected, I will:
a) Pop a bottle of bubbly and do my happy dance (if my spine allows me to do so)
b) Donate 25% of my profits to my "charity pool"
c) Tell EVERYONE to come out to this event and show their support for all the local artists and charities involved (May 8th...save the date!)
STAY TUNED (and limber) MY FRIENDS!
For more information about TimeRaiser, please check out their Website.