Category Archives: Sunny Bay Arts

Online Learning – Why It’s Good For You!

With the advent of technology such as computers, laptops, cameras, videos, and more, taking courses and learning online is one of the best options for learning. Online courses, whether it be through Blackboard or PowerPoint or some other platform, offer flexibility and the ability to complete course work when it is convenient for you.

Don’t forget to take a look at Sunny Bay Arts’ online PowerPoint courses by clicking here: www.sunnybayarts.ca/online_courses!

Please enjoy watching this video from Yorkville University:

What are your thoughts on online learning? Is it something you would try or have tried before and liked it?

Should You Take Online Art Classes?

With Sunny Bay Arts now offering online art classes, we thought that this video from Will Terry might be of interest to those who are deciding of online art classes are right for them.

Let us know your thoughts on this video by e-mailing us or posting them here on our blog!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunny Bay Arts would like to wish a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season’s Greetings to everyone! May your Christmas and holiday be a time of relaxation and reflection and wishing everyone all of their dreams and wishes come true in the New Year 2015!

Photos from Indigo Signal Hill’s Book Gala!

Are you ready for some photos from the November Book Gala at Indigo Signal Hill on November 15, 2014? Here they are! I was at the Book Gala with my mom and author, Barboria Bjarne. It was a wonderful and successful evening with a few book sales, too!

Barboria with her book, 'Quanny and Danny', at the Indigo Signal Hill's Book Gala.

Barboria with her book, ‘Quanny and Danny’, at the Indigo Signal Hill’s Book Gala.

Barboria at her Book Table at the November 15 Book Gala at Indigo Signal Hill.

Barboria at her Book Table at the November 15 Book Gala at Indigo Signal Hill.

Left to Right: Barboria and Barbori at the November 15 Book Gala at Indigo Signal Hill.

Left to Right: Barboria and Barbori at the November 15 Book Gala at Indigo Signal Hill.

Photos from Sunny Bay Arts’ Art Show Fundraiser on October 18, 2014!

Sunny Bay Arts would like to say thank you to the hockey players from the Mount Royal Cougars hockey team who came to our Art Show Fundraiser in benefit of Calgary Flames Foundation for Life on October 18, 2014! Thank you also to everyone who stopped by at our table! Your support was very much appreciated!

Sunny Bay Arts' Art Show Fundraiser

Hockey players from Mount Royal University’s Cougars hockey team and Barbori (centre) at Sunny Bay Arts’ Art Show Fundraiser on October 18, 2014.

Another photo from the art show fundraiser – Barboria Bjarne and I (Barbori) at the Art Show Fundraiser on October 18, 2014, in support of the Calgary Flames Foundation for Life!

Sunny Bay Arts' Art Show Fundraiser.

Barboria (L) and Barbori (R) at Sunny Bay Arts’ Art Show Fundraiser on October 18, 2014.

Photo from Barboria’s Book Reading on October 11!

Barboria’s first reading of ‘Quanny and Danny’ at the Storytime at Crowfoot Library on October 11 went well! There was a very good turnout and both parents and children alike enjoyed the story.

L to R: Robyn and Barboria after Barboria's reading at Storytime at Crowfoot Library.

L to R: Robyn and Barboria after Barboria’s reading at Storytime at Crowfoot Library.

Book Fair & Gala Photos!

It was a wonderful Saturday, October 4, for Barboria as she was at the Parkdale Book Fair during the day and at Indigo Signal Hill’s October Gala in the evening! Barboria’s ‘Quanny and Danny’ was available for sale directly from the author as well as pre-ordering her soon-to-be-pubished second book, ‘Grayson and the Crumbly, Grumbly, Rumbly Cookie’.

Below are a few photos from the two events:

Barboria at the Parkdale Book Fair on October 4, 2014.

Barboria at the Parkdale Book Fair on October 4, 2014.

Left to Right: Barboria and Barbori at the Parkdale Book Fair on October 4, 2014.

Left to Right: Barboria and Barbori at the Parkdale Book Fair on October 4, 2014.

Barboria at Indigo Signal Hill's October Gala on October 4, 2014.

Barboria at Indigo Signal Hill’s October Gala on October 4, 2014.

Take Care of Yourself!

It can be easy to be on the go and work on art projects all the time, not just for artists but for everyone, yet it is important to remember to take care of yourself. Eating lots of fresh and organic fruits and veggies; getting in exercise such as going for a run, playing a vigorous tennis game, or going to a hot yoga class; and letting stress go by reading, taking a bath, or watching a fun movie, all go a long way in keeping you strong and healthy and ready to tackle those projects.

Here is an example of a healthy meal:

A salad meal to help in keeping the creativity up!

A salad meal to help in keeping the creativity up!

Q & A with Julia Reimer from Firebrand Glass Studio!

We are pleased to share this Q & A with an Alberta artist! Julia lives Black Diamond and works at Firebrand Glass Studio ( www.firebrandglass.ca). Enjoy the Q & A:

Q: Do you have anyfavourite ways of finding inspiration before starting new glass work?
A: Going for a hike in the Sheep River Area – near Sandy McNabb. I keep my eyes open to the inspiration around me – this time in nature grounds me and inspires me.

Q: Does your style change as you grow as an artist?
A: I think yes, as you become engaged in other ideas your style can change. I think within this there are themes that persist.

Q: What makes Black Diamond and Alberta great places to be an artist?
A: Black Diamond is a fabulous place to be an artist especially if you love nature and are inspired by it. The town is 15 minutes away from a provincial park, so there are so many opportunities to hike, photograph, sketch and just have some quiet contemplative recharging moments near by. Also, most of the houses in Black Diamond have large lots, so there is plenty of room for studio spaces, storing of supplies and the cost of living here is reasonable; we would not have been able to have the studio spaces we have here in Calgary. The other thing that makes this an artist community, is that there are other artists and arts focused businesses here. There is a relaxed energy here, where people are able to try things and be creative. I think the town could do more to promote the amazing arts scene we have here but in the meantime there are some incredible places and things going on – all just 45 minutes and a beautiful drive away from Calgary.

Q: Do you have any upcoming projects or shows you would like to share?
A: We are having an exhibition with some other artists who work out of our studio at the Leighton Centre. The opening is on September 27 from 1-3 and from 10-5pm there will be demonstrations of artists making their work here at the studio. I hope you can make it out that day!

Alberta Culture Days - Demonstration Information.

Alberta Culture Days – Demonstration Information.

Alberta Culture Days - Demonstration Information.

Alberta Culture Days – Demonstration Information.

Sneak Peek at Illustrations from Barboria Bjarne’s 2nd Children’s Picture Book!

You are all the first to see a couple of illustrations from Barboria’s next book, ‘Grayson and the Crumbly, Grumbly, Rumbly Cookie’!

'Grayson' in Barboria's 2nd children's picture book!

‘Grayson’ in Barboria’s 2nd children’s picture book!

An illustration of the cookies in Barboria's next children's picture book!

An illustration of the cookies in Barboria’s next children’s picture book!

What do you think? To see all of the fun ice cream illustrations and the crumbly, grumbly, rumbly cookie, you will only have to wait until about December 15!

Please feel free to share or “like” if you love the ‘sneak peek’ preview of the illustrations!