It has been another wonderful month. I have found more time to be out in the forest with the trees, bird, bugs, mosses, squirrels, orchids etc. I have committed to doing an exhibition about wild spaces in January 2018 at the Martin Bachelor Gallery in Victoria. I am calling it “Wild Anticipation”. It is a celebration of the wild places I have been able to visit and paint because wise, hardworking people anticipated the need to protect them for present and future generations. It is time to claim and share my fascination with the wild natural environment and going through my stacks of drawings, and paintings I found a richness that has never been shown that I look forward to sharing it with you along with the new works I am creating this summer. I have a new website dedicated to the exhibition and the preparation of it. WildAnticipation.ca. I hope to involve other likeminded individuals and organization. Have a look and see what I mean.
AND a new development: Salish Sea Summer Art Camp. August 14 - 18 on Mayne Island. There is a little website with more information. It is a real bargain this year as we are late starting and want to entice you to this magical island to enjoy art making with us. Have a look and register soon. Class sizes will be small.
Summer continues with markets and courses too.
August 13 and 14 at Wildwood Ecoforest. Come and enjoy this wonderful place and learn a bit about art making at the same time!
AND August 14 - 18 at Salish Sea Summer Art Camp! Beautiful, quiet, joyful spaces for making art and friends.
Shows and Markets
July 28 and 29, Mayne Island Conservancy Artists are donating works inspired by the land for a fundraising auction to raise money to save St John’s Point from development. It is a beautiful 60 acres of fir, balsam and arbutus along a rugged coastline.
MASON JARS at Government House Tea Room- A selection of my Mason Jar paintings will be on display at the Tea Room to the end of August.
July 1, Gorge on Art on the Gorge between Tillicum and Admirals – a great family event. ( in getting the link I see I am poster girl again. I'll have to remember to wear a different dress this year!
July 8, Peninsula Country Market
July 22, Peninsula Country Market
July 29, Mayne Island Farmer’s Market and Save St John’s Point Art Auction
August 5, Peninsula Country Market
August 12 and 13 Workshop at Wildwood
August 19, Peninsula Country Market
August 26, Art and Music at the Horticulture Center of the Pacific
September 1-3, Saanich Fall Fair
Watercolour painting for Everyone- don’t be shy, the more experienced painters are friendly and always learn from beginners as you will learn from them.
STILL ROOM for one more- Tuesday’s Sept 26- Dec 12 from 1 – 4 pm, 12 weeks, 36 hours. $360.00 Class size limit 5.
FULL- Wednesday mornings Sept 27 – Dec 13 from 0930 – 1230 12 weeks, 36 hours, $360.00- FULL
NEW- Wednesday evenings- 7 – 9:30 pm, Sept 27 – Dec 13, 12 weeks, 30 hours, $300.00 Class size limit 5. Let me know if you are interested. I have two names. We run with a minimum of 4.
I have scheduled weekend workshops at UVic (Beginners September 29, 30, Oct 1 and
Not Quite a Beginner watercolour workshop November 17, 18 and 19.
I’ll put the link for signing up in the August or September newsletter- as soon as I get it, or keep an eye on UVic Continuing studies.
Juan de Fuca 55+
October 14 and 21st I’ll be offering 2 separate workshops on pebbles.
Campbell River Recreation,
Creating Illusions Watercolour workshop Saturday December 2, more details closer to the time.
As always email me if you want more information about any of the above. firstname.lastname@example.org
My art cards are for sale at South Shore Gallery in Sooke, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria gift shop, Sooke Museum, Goldstream Nature House, Eclectic Gallery in Oak Bay and at Alcove Living in Qualicum Beach.
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.