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.
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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.