Joanne Thomson's April 2016 Newsletter
Gardening season has started, the illustration of the Nurses Guide to Palliative Care is in full swing, and thank goodness, the days are getting longer so I can fit more in! They do say ‘Be careful what you ask for’ and I have been asking for abundance so I won’t complain about being busy.
Travelling Mason Jar Series!
The Mason Jar series is continuing I finished #160 last week, horsetails. Not food or flower, but eminently interesting and ancient. And they are going to go travelling this summer. To Greenwood in May, to Terrace in July and to the Saanich Fall Fair over the Labour Day weekend. The Terrace show will be about 100 paintings and the others will be a selection of paintings. I continue to be pleased at the reception and connection the paintings inspire. NOTE: you can now find art cards from the series at the AGGV gift shop, Gage Gallery and South Shore Gallery.
Murals at Centennial Square Parkade.
The murals will be installed and blessed in a celebration on April 12thbetween 1 and 3 pm. You are welcome to come and participate in the celebration and walk the stairwell anytime after that to have a close look at the panels. The Mayor and members of the council will be there, as well as most of the artists. Seems a long time since we did the paintings so I am looking forward to seeing them installed.
The Women Without Borders exhibition at the Gage Gallery was very successful. Dan Kahan from ShawTV’s go! Hosted his international Women’s Day show from the Gage and here are the clips. I’m in the first clip,dressed as ‘my fair lady’, the other clips feature: Bonnie Coulter, Angela Menzies, Muriel Sibley and Sharon Grove. Thanks to ShawTV!
ALL THINGS WILD WITH HABITAT ACQUISITION TRUST April 16th from 10 – 3 pm.
At the Matson Lands Conservation Covenant accessible off the Songees Walkway. Here is a link for more information. I’ll be there 1-3 pm giving a demonstration/ participation lesson about drawing wild flowers and plants.
Island Illustrators Society present: Illustrating Emily Carr
At Carr House, 207 Government Street
PREVIEW/RECEPTION 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday May 1st (entrance fee waived)
SHOW HOURS 11 to 4 p.m., May 3rd to 14th. (Closed Sundays and Mondays) entrance fee applies.
This will be a wonderful selection of tributes to Emily Carr with one painting each in a wide variety of illustration styles.
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.
Wednesday April 6- Wild Flowers- drawing outdoors and painting in studio- FULL
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).
I’ll be sending out dates for Autumn classes in July. Yes, if you have told me that you want to continue you will get priority over new students. New students, priority goes from date of payment received for the spots that are free. Email me if you want to be on a list for the Wednesday weekly classes. 12 weeks $300.00.
Summer stuff: I am planning to participate in the Canada Day Gorge on Art celebrations, if they will have me and have applied for the Moss Street Paint In too. I’ll let you know in the June email if those events have confirmed my participation or not!
As always email me if you want more information about any of the above. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.