Well it really feels like Fall. Equinox has passed and the days are equal light and dark. I am missing the early mornings. I watched the eclipse of the moon at Cattle Point on Sunday after teaching the weekend workshop at UVic. I was tired so managed to stay still and see the full eclipse all the way through to the return of the full moon. I had a bench and a blanket and a variety of people who came and sat beside me, some more talkative than others, an interesting evening. I am just home from hanging the Francis King Park Artist In Residence show at the Saanich Municipal Hall (the image is above).
September 26 – October 10. Nature of Island Artists at the Goldstream Nature House. The painting I have for sale there is in the feature spot in this newsletter. I hope you can go and enjoy the park and the artwork during the show.
September 30 – November 3 Francis King Park Artist in Residence Exhibition at Saanich Municipal Hall. I have the display wall just left of the main entrance for the month of September and will feature works created during the Spring residency. Expect bones and forest and birds and moss…
October 16- 18 Sidney Fine Arts at the Mary Winspear Center in Sidney. They accepted the beautiful painting I did at Francis King Park this past spring (yes, the same one that was rejected at the Sooke Fine Arts show- go figure!). It is always and interesting show and a fundraiser for community arts programming on the Peninsula.
November 6 – 25, In Cahoots (Synergy) Exhibition at the Slide Room Gallery Vancouver Island School of Art on Quadra Street. This promises to be a great exhibition curated and organized by Efren Quiroz of Exhibit-V fame. There are about 30 invited artist groups creating things together. I am collaborating with April Caverhill and Dale Roberts (aka Dame Mailarta) to create a wonderful eclectic sculptural book about identity.
November 14 to January 2- Bottled at Discovery Coffee at the Oak Bay location 1962 Oak Bay Avenue- just a block from the Gage Gallery on the other side of the street. Beth has asked a couple of times for the Bottled series and since they are now out of the closet again at her last request I said yes. There will be a few new smaller pieces for accessible Christmas gifting and some of the old faithful on display. So if you missed the Many Faces of Silence exhibition at the Gage then you can see some of them there!
November 17 – December 5th – Group show at the Gage Gallery on the theme of Conjunction. Expect a wide variety of interesting works!
December 29, 2015 – January 16, 2016. Will be my first solo exhibition at the Gage Gallery, 2031 Oak Bay Avenue. The exhibition will also be the first public showing of the Mason Jar series. I now have over 130 paintings completed. There will be jars for you to put things in, jars with things in them, canning and paintings. A visual feast of edibles and inedibles. Mark your calendars to drop by on New Years Eve between 5 and 9 pm for the opening and then on
January 9, 2016 “Take the Lid Off” your creativity and‘fulfill those New Years resolutions about ‘making more art’. A free event. All materials supplied. 2-5 pm at the Gage Gallery, 2031 Oak Bay Avenue.
As always email me if you want more information about any of the above. firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.