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  • Bolo Tie is going to be on TV!

    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

  • Pain and Suffrage

    Pain and Suffrage

    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