Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have had a good rest and a great launch into the New Year! I am busy getting ready for my solo show at the Gage Gallery in February (1-18, with opening Thursday Feb 2 from 5-8 pm). I have quite a few more paintings I want to complete before the show goes up. Wish me abundant energy and less pain in my wrist! It is much better when I don’t do anything, unfortunately, that isn’t possible most of the time. I did take three days off with a friend at a resort and found that was wonderful therapy, no work, no cooking, no laundry, no, well only a little shopping! And lots of walking on the beach and reading by the fire! I am seeing the sleet falling outside now, so am glad to be home.
January 14th, Saanich Seedy Saturday 10 – 2 is a fundraiser for my favourite local organic farmers at Haliburton Farms. It will be at the Gardens at HCP, 505 Quayle Road- seeds, plants, vendors and Guest speaker at 11 and 1! I’ll be there with my food related art! ($5.00 admission includes access to the gardens which are beautiful year round.)
THRIVE: a future where everything belongs
February 1 – 18, 2017.
(at the Gage Gallery 2031 Oak Bay Avenue).
Well, I am almost ready. Should have two new mason jar posters for you. One on wildflowers and one on forest related items. The mason jar series has swerved toward environmental preservation from food security and family history with a recognition that it is all part of the bigger picture. I hoped to have two new large canvases for sale at the show, but one sold (and will be on loan for the show) and there are a number of smaller new works for the show as well as some beautiful large ones that are still looking for a home, though they do seem to like it in mine. Please come to the opening, and or the Special events. I’ll be at the gallery every Saturday from 11 -2 as well.
February 2- Thursday 5-8 pm Opening celebration and artist talk
February 12- Sunday- 1-4 pm Make Art with your Sweetheart- free and easy!
February 13- Monday- 1-4 pm “Shore do Love You!” Family Day event with Habitat Aquisition Trust (by donation).
REGISTER NOW FOR WINTER CLASSES:
I’ll be offering two sets of studio classes starting in January. NOW is the time to reserve your spot by sending me a cheque for your registration amount (or e-transfer).
January 10 - March 28 on Tuesdays 1-4 space for 2 new beginners.
January 11 - March 29 on Wednesdays 9:30- 12:30 FULL
The sessions are 12 weeks long and cost $300.00 for 36 hours of instruction. Tea and cookies included!
UVIC Beginners watercolour weekend Workshop: January 27, 28. And 29.
The new registration information is at https://continuingstudies.uvic.ca/arts/courses/watercolour-for-beginners-workshop
NEW at Cordova Bay 55 + are a couple of Saturday Watercolour workshops.
January 21st- washes, washes, washes, all kinds of washes and
March 11th – Textures and more textures.
Both 10 – 4pm and $45.00. You must be a member of CB55+ to attend. Suitable for painters of all levels. Call to register 250-658-5558 or visit http://cordovabay55plus.org
Juan de Fuca 55 + NEW will also be offering a couple of Saturday experiments in watercolour workshops. Right now there is room for the March 4th session $50.00, 10 – 4 pm. If you are interested let me know and I’ll forward your name along to the registrar.
As always email me if you want more information about any of the above. firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanne Thomson is a full time visual artist dividing her time between creating, teaching and mentoring art. She is known for her images of BC inner forests and wild places and her ,now completed, Mason Jar Series. These strong images are created with a gentle spiritual approach to art making. Joanne has a Masters of Adult Education and brings enthusiasm and wisdom to her lessons and workshops encouraging students to explore the creative process through research and experimentation. www.joannethomson.com.