Saturday, January 2, 2010
And The Thunder Was Heard
Its hard to believe a year has gone by. In 2009 separate paintings were shown in Emmaus group shows in March, June, as well a Stampede show for July and Aug at The House Coffee Sanctuary in Calgary. This is a wonderful outreach coffee shop in the heart of Kensington manned by Pastor Derrik. Its nice to find a relaxed atmosphere in which to sit and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a different display of art showcased each month. I also had paintings in the Emmaus traveling show which showcased at Central United, First Alliance and the Lutheran Church in Calgary.
A Solo exhibition of my work was held May and June at Donalda Gallery for the Arts. Donalda has a most wonderful public gallery in an old heritage bank building. The young fellow who manned the shows was a gem, he was warm and charming, an asset to hiring summer students. The coulees around Donalda are a wonderful place to picnic. We usually go to the Ferry Point River Crossing to dine on sandwiches and wonderful homemade cookies. Doesn't food always taste so much better eaten in the sunshine to bird song. In early fall the swans and ducks can be heard on the river and other migrating birds such as hawks and shrikes are seen.
In July sixteen paintings showcased at Westlands Art Gallery in Cochrane on Canada Day. It was a wonderful way to celebrate as many wonderful friends drove out from Calgary to support "Natures Whisper" in which thirteen pieces were painted specially for that exhibition. In August I had a painting in the Heritage themed group show at the Chuck MacLeans Art Center in Camrose. My painting was a winter scene of the pretty little church on Mirror Lake with an american avocet flying in front heading to its nesting grounds. This spring there were many avocets in their spring attire feeding at the nearby marshes.
I had the honor to once again be invited to show at The Kings University College in Edmonton from Sept 9 to Nov 25, 2009 where 37 bird related paintings were on display. From there on Nov 29 Gerald hung 16 painting were at The Wildbird General Store in Edmonton which will be up till the end of Jan 2010. The Wildbird General Store is a great little place, if you have not been please do stop in.
Last fall, Honeymoon Retreat in BC accepted three of my horse paintings that Sharon delivered, so all in all when I look back it has been a busy year of painting and showing my work. Over eleven shows this year, wow, for me that is a major accomplishment, though I have to give Sharon Sargent thanks and much of the credit for displaying my pieces in Calgary, for without her help at that end I would not have been able to show in half as many places.
Wishing everyone a creative and prosperous 2010, and many hugs.