Joanne Thomson's March 2016 Newsletter
Spring has sprung and it is wonderful to be out in the woods again. I have seen red flowering current and the indian plum is almost over in some areas. The mosses are singing their green songs and the pacific wrens are competing. Last spring when I was AIR at Francis King the naturalists told me that the pacific wrens (winter wrens) pack in the most song per ounce of any bird and I believe it. I love to hear them trilling.
I messed up on the link for the 360 photograph of the Mason Jar exhibition so here it is again. You can use arrow keys to walk around it. http://www.victoria360.ca/300MasonJars/ created by Doug Butler.
OPENING ON TUESDAY
March 1 – 19, Women without Borders at the Gage Gallery 2031 Oak Bay Avenue.
A Group Exhibition to Celebrate Women and International Women’s Day. Seven artists have come together to create an exhibition that is humorous, poignant, evocative and celebratory. People were coming in off the street to see it while we were setting up. It is a celebration and we want everyone to join us in celebrating diversity and courage, ancestry and a bright future. There is something here for everyone. You will laugh, reminisce, celebrate and feel part of the celebration. Join us in a celebration of Women.
Angela Menzies (acrylic on canvas) painting of the female nude, Suzanne Jensen (acrylic on canvas) drawing and paintings of women at work, Bonnie Coulter (acrylic on canvas) paintings of home and family, mary e coakley (photography) photographs of International Women, Joanne Thomson (watercolour) tributes to women artists and grandmothers, Sharon Bussard Grove (clay) sculptural commentary on how women see themselves and how they are seen and Muriel Sibley (clay) altered vessels celebrating dance, welcome and a female crocodile with pink shoes and a purse!
JOIN US THIS Friday March 4, 7-9 pm.
AND Tuesday March 8 from 7- 9 on International Women’s Day: for a dress up party. We invite you to come as a woman who has been influential in your life. Have some fun with it. Yes, men, you can dress up too!
May 1-14, I have a work in an exhibition with the Island Illustrators at Emily Carr House. The show focuses on the legacy of Emily Carr’s paintings, how they continue to inspire. More information closer to the time.
NEW: One Day Workshops: at my studio
10:30 am to 4:30 pm (bring a bag lunch and coffee if you need it) tea and cookies provided. Individual workshops : $60.00 each. All 4 workshops $220.00 I need 4 students in each class to make them happen, 6 maximum.
Tuesday March 15- Painting Glass- an in studio class, strategies for creating the illusion of transparency.
Wednesday April 6- Wild Flowers- drawing outdoors and painting in studio.
Wednesday April 13- The Inner Forest- sketching outdoors and painting in studio
Saturday May 7 - Taking it Outside- sketching with brush and pencil in the forest and on the shore- (Mobility notice: we won’t have to go far, but we will be doing some walking on groomed trails in the forest and on sand at the shore).
NOTE: all the regular weekly classes are full- if you want to know early about upcoming classes signing up for the newsletter is the best way. You can do that from my website on the contact page.
As always email me if you want more information about any of the above. firstname.lastname@example.org
January has flown by. Now for the rest of the winter (loosely used as it was 10 C yesterday and I didn’t even need gloves!). All my classes are full so I have added some one day classes that are a bit different, painting glass, wild flowers, inner forest and a day outside doing plein aire painting sketches. You can register for one or all of them. The day of the week changes so please note that.
The 300 Mason Jars: An Installation, was an overwhelming success. If you missed it, here is a wonderful 360 Photograph created by Doug Butler http://www.victoria360.ca/300MasonJars/
You can use arrow keys to walk around it. Thank you again for all your support and encouragement. The exhibition touched so many people in so many positive ways. This spring I am going to allow myself the luxury of painting Vancouver Island wildflowers in mason jars and I am beginning to make plans to have a travelling exhibition. If you think you would like it to travel to your community, let me know and we can talk about how to make that happen. It works well as a pop-up show and could be inconjunction with a related event, food security, conservation, preservation etc. I could come with the exhibition and give a workshop or two, or not, depending on what is wanted.
I have a couple of exhibitions coming up soon.
The Gage Gallery February 9- 27 in the smaller gallery with two other artists. I’ll have some mason jars in the mix and a forest one that I am working on now.
March 1 – 19, Women without Borders is a group exhibition that I am participating in, also at the Gage Gallery 2031 Oak Bay Avenue. 7 women with very diverse representations of what it is to be female. Opening event Friday March 4, 7-9 pm.
AND there is a special event that promises to be fun. Tuesday March 8 from 7- 9 on International Women’s Day we are inviting you to come as your favourite woman- or a woman who has been influential in your life. (I am going to go as Barbie. How she has influenced me is quite profound though not always positive!) Let’s have some fun with it. Men you can dress up too!
May 1-14, I’ll be showing in a group show at Emily Carr house with the Island Illustrator’s Society in an exhibition that focuses on the legacy of Emily Carr’s painting. More information closer to the time.
COMING SOON: WINTER CLASSES:
Studio classes are full now.
January 13 – March 30, 2016 (12 sessions)
Mornings 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Afternoons 2 pm – 5 pm
(includes tea and cookies) $300.00
UVic Continuing Education: Full too…
Watercolour: A weekend workshop for beginners January 29, 30 and 31. https://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Watercolour-for-Beginners/ASVA019/
Classes at CB55+ are continuing and are full.
Joanne Thomson is a watercolorist who works on paper and canvas. She is best known for her images of the BC forest and coast. These strong images are created with a gentle spiritual approach to art making. Thomson writes about the connections between Art and Spirituality as a regular contributor to the Times Colonist’s Spiritually Speaking Blog. Joanne has earned a Masters of Adult Education and as an instructor she brings enthusiasm and wisdom to her workshops encouraging students to explore the creative process through research and experimentation. www.joannethomson.com.