I have been approached by the Master of the Norman Bethune College at York University in Toronto who has asked to use my image of the Norman Bethune portrait which I painted in 2009, as part of the promotional material for an upcoming symposium on Bethune. The symposium being held at the College this coming November, will mark the 75th aniversary of Norman Bethune's death. I am proud that my image will be part of this important event at a College named after this famous Canadian. I will post any interesting updates to this news story as they develope.
This developement continues to add to the interesting history this portrait of Norman Bethune is aquiring. It has travelled to China and shown at the National Museum in Beijing. It has shown at the Chinese Cultural center in Vancouver. It was featured in an online article about a Bethune exhibit at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa in 2013, and now it is set to be part of a symposium at a Canadian College named after him. I'm interested to see where the portrait goes next. Stay tuned.
I am having a 3 day show of paintings at WaterWealth in Chilliwack. This is a collection of paintings, (a retrospective in a sense) from three decades of my career. The show will be open for the next three Fridays only - November 29, December 6, and December 13. The openings will take place from 4-7pm and I will be in attendance for all three. If you are in the Chilliwack area come on down, say hello and check out the artwork.
"The WaterWealth Project is about empowering community residents to regain control over decisions that affect their home waters - the rivers, lakes and aquifers that are the arteries of our towns, cities and regions."
I will be donating 30% of all sales (19 pieces from the last three decades) to this wonderful project.
The WaterWealth office is located at Unit 4 - 45668 Storey Avenue, just off Vedder Rd in Chilliwack. Here is a link to the WaterWealth website to get a google map of their location.
Yes, the Sunnyside Series is showing on Sunnyside Boulevard. A small selection of prints from the Sunnyside Series is currently being displayed at the "Lakeside Beach Club" restaurant at Cultus Lake. Update - The restaurant is closed for the winter.
This newly opened eatery is located on Sunnyside Boulevard next to the Cultus lake plaza and across the street from the water park. The show has been up for about a week now and already two pieces have sold, one print and also the latest and only Sunnyside original in the show - #29.
Thanks go out to Co-proprietors Jeff Massey and Alicia Bodaly for the invite to show my work inside their wonderful new restaurant. This is looking like a great venue to introduce the "Sunnyside Series" to both locals and visitors at Cultus lake. It is a treat to have the Sunnyside Series displayed for the first time in the community that inspired it.
The largest painting that I have created so far in my career was just hung this morning high on the tall walls of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. I was surprised at how small it looked up there. The painting will hang for six months along side other large pieces from area artists. I am pleased that it is being seen at this time, as I think it's relevance has never been greater than at this moment, as our country grapples with vital issues. I hope that it can provide patrons of the Cultural Centre with a springboard to reflection, discussion and debate on the pressing issues the painting hints at. The painting is 20 years old now and never would I have imagined that it would so accurately describe my feelings about the current relationship between native and non-native Canadians and the debate over pipelines and bitumen sands expansion takening place in BC and indeed across the country.
"In the Rainforest", acrylic on canvas, 82"x104", 1993.
Prints from the Sunnyside Series are now available for purchase from Smudges Art Shoppe in the heart of old downtown Chilliwack B.C.
Artist Marko Jalava who runs Smudges also displays his own wonderful paintings and provides Giclee printing services for others. He's a friendly and interesting guy and great to deal with. Several framed prints from the Sunnyside Series are currently on display there in his beatiful new gallery on Mill Street.
I was recently asked by Paul Gessel who writes the "Artful Blogger" column for the online "Ottawa Magazine" if he could have permission to use a reproduction of my 2008 portrait of Norman Bethune for a piece he was writing about upcoming Bethune exhibitions set to appear to Ottawa and other venues in Canada. I agreed. Here is a link to the article.
It's great to see Bethune once again stirring up things in Ottawa. I think he would be amused.
"Bethune", acrylic and collage on canvas, 36"x 36", 2008
A collection of my paintings and prints is now on display at Restaurant 62 in Abbotsford. " Where rural meets urban, Restaurant 62 is Abbotsford's award winning destination for elegant regional cuisine. Named one of the Top 40 Foodies Under 40, Chef Jeff Massey creates seasonal menus that reflect the richness and diversity of local flavours from the Fraser Valley. Wine cellar boasts an award winning selection." The show will be on display for about three months.
Thanks go out to Co-owner Eric Ferris for the invite to show my work. The "Sunnyside Series" pieces in particular really look great in the restaurant.
I learned the unfortunate news today that the Grey Area Gallery in Chilliwack is now closed.
For the past three and half years I have enjoyed being represented by this gallery in Chilliwack. I'd like to thank owners Jacquie Simpson and Louisa DeVette for the opportunity to be one of the artists in what was a fabulous gallery right in my own home town. This leaves a hole in the creative landscape of Chilliwack and me without local gallery representation. I am now at the moment, solely represented by the Art Junction Gallery in Whistler.
Geoff Edwards of Streamworks.ca has produced a short video about me and my work. This video is part of his artist series and can be viewed on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MOLTi7y-yU .
Geoff's diverse set of media skills has been accumulated over a career that spans more than thirty years. He has had stints in community radio, national radio and television as a journalist and television host. During the 1980s he was a rock journalist working with Canadian networks CTV, CBC and CKVU in Vancouver.
I found out last week when I visited Harvey Lim at the Art Junction Gallery that #18 in the Sunnyside Series is appearing in the Summer/Fall edition of Whistler - the Magazine.
"#18, Sunnyside Series", acrylic on canvas, 48"x 48", 2010 Sold
The full colour reproduction is one of six images shown in an article in the Galleries section about what art lovers can expect to see this summer and fall in Whistler galleries. Thanks to Harvey for getting the series once again on to the pages of a Whistler publication. Number 18 in the series actually sold earlier this year. When I was at the gallery last week I dropped off #20 in the series.
To View the online edition of Whistler - the Magazine click here.
Note: The Galleries Section and this image appear on page 26 & 27.