Set yourself a goal of making 2017 your most art-filled and creative year yet! Try a painting or drawing class; take music lessons; or go to the theatre for a play or concert. Whatever it is that you may like to try to grow your creative skills and abilities, take a step forward and give it a try.
We at Sunny Bay Arts look forward to helping you reach your creative and art goals in 2017! Make sure to check back regularly for upcoming exhibitions, new artwork, and art classes.
We would like to thank everyone who came to Sunny Bay Arts’ Fall Open Art Studio on October 22, 2016! We appreciate it that you took the time to come and view our artwork, greeting cards, and photos. It was a great afternoon of art, snacks, tea, and conversation. Please enjoy the photos below taken at our Fall Open Art Studio:
Our artwork on display during our Fall Open Art Studio on October 22.
Greeting cards and artwork ready for visitors to view at our Fall Open Art Studio on October 22.
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.
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!
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!
Barboria (L) and Barbori (R) at Sunny Bay Arts’ Art Show Fundraiser on October 18, 2014.
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!
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!