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
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.