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.
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:
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:
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!
You are all the first to see a couple of illustrations from Barboria’s next book, ‘Grayson and the Crumbly, Grumbly, Rumbly Cookie’!
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!
We thought that we would share a few photos with you of the wonderful winter wonderland that is currently in Alberta!
Does this make you look forward to winter? What kind of artworks will these photos inspire you to make? Take out your sketchbooks and canvasses and let the art begin!
Planning a drive through the Foothills countryside? Would you like to include some art stops along the way? There are many artists and marketplaces to stop by at in the country in Millarville, Turner Valley, and Black Diamond. The next time you take a drive in the country, visit these artisans and marketplaces:
– Millarville Farmer’s Market ( www.millarvilleracetrack.com/farmers-market), held every Saturday from June 3 to October 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– Marryanne’s Eden ( www.maryanneseden.com), an art gallery located in Black Diamond.
– Bluerock Gallery ( www.bluerockgallery.ca), a store and art gallery in Black Diamond.
– Firebrand Glass Studio ( www.firebrandglass.ca) in Black Diamond.
– Boot Hill Gallery & Gift Shop ( www.berniebrown.com/boothill_gallery)in Okotoks.
– Beneath the Arch ( www.beneaththearch.ca) in Turner Valley
– Diamond Willow Artisan Retreat ( www.diamondwillowartisanretreat.com) near Turner Valley.
The above list features many different artists, musicians, shops, galleries, and marketplaces to visit and see the various art creations of many artists. Make your next country drive an “Art in the Heart of the Foothills Country” experience!
Being an artist in Calgary truly is wonderful! There are many resources, art groups, and ideas to support us as we create art. With that in mind, we thought we would share a list of local Calgary art stores. These art stores are all in different areas of the city so no matter where you live, there is probably at least one that is close by to you:
Mona Lisa Artists ( www.monalisa-artmat.com)
Kensington Art Supply ( www.kensingtonartsupply.com)
Sunnyside Art Supplies ( www.sunnysideartsupplies.com)
Swinton’s Art Supply ( www.swintonsart.com)
Inglewood Art Supplies ( www.inglewoodart.com)
Colours Artist Supplies ( www.artistssupplies.com)
Sketch Art Supplies ( www.sketchcalgary.ca)
Enjoy the experience of shopping for art supplies at a locally-owned art supply store! You will find lots of great advice, knowledge, and encouragement in each of these stores! If you visit one of the above stores for the first time after reading this post, please mention this blog post when letting others know how you found their store – it goes a long way in building a strong art community!
If you have never seen the Passion Play, it is a definite must! The location of the play is in the heart of the Canadian Badlands in Drumheller, AB.
It is an easy drive from Calgary to Drumheller along well-maintained highways and pretty views of rolling fields.
The Passion Play itself is spectacular! Because the stage is in between hills, the sound carries very well and the audience is able to hear the dialogue and narration of the actors. The costumes are amazing and the acting is very professional.
Seize an opportunity to go and see the Passion Play in the Canadian Badlands! It will be a highlight of your summer and a memory to last a lifetime! For more information, please visit http://canadianpassionplay.com/.
We are excited to announce that Sunny Bay Arts is organizing an art fundraiser for October! The information is below and we would appreciate your help in spreading the word about this fundraiser.
COP EightyEight (88) Lounge: October 18, 2014
88 Canada Olympic Road SW in Calgary, AB
Show your support for the Calgary Flames Foundation! Sunny Bay Arts is pleased to be organizing this event. This art show is a fundraiser for the Flames Foundation and will include paintings, sculptures, art games (brush up on your art history!), an auction, and more! Artworks by Barboria Bjarne, Barbori G. Streibl, Kalen Wolfe ( www.steelwolfe.com), and other artists.
50% of proceeds from the art show fundraiser will go to the Calgary Flames Foundation!