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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.

Art in the Heart of the Foothills Country

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!

Support Local Art Stores in Calgary!

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!

Calgary Flames Foundation – Art Show Fundraiser on October 18, 2014!

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!

Penmanship Workshop in June!

Brush up on your handwriting skills with this workshop! Rediscover the art of penmanship and handwriting.

Date: Saturday, June 21
Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Before May 31 – $20
After June 1 – $25

Supplies are included in the cost of this class. Please register by phone or e-mail.

New Class Just for Moms!

We have added a new and special class – just for Moms!

The class takes place on Saturday, June 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information or to register, take a look at our ‘Art Workshops for Corporate Groups and Groups’ page!

This week: Homeschool Art Session and Watercolour Workshop day!

There is lots going on at Sunny Bay Arts this week!

Wednesday, January 8th is Homeschool Art Session day!
Saturday, January 11th is Watercolour Workshop day!

Also up on our website is information on Penmanship Lessons. The lessons are great for ages 7 and up and all lessons are one-on-one for 1 hour. Pick up your pen and sign-up today to learn handwriting and penmanship techniques! For available days and times, please contact us.

New Art Sessions for Homeschoolers!

Starting on November 13 and going to March 12, Sunny Bay Arts will be offering art sessions for homeschoolers on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Each month will offer a new art technique or medium for homeschoolers to try. Visit our ‘Workshops’ page for more information!

Alberta Culture Days at Leighton Arts Centre!

Alberta Culture Days at Leighton Arts Centre: September 29, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Calgary, AB
We will be giving art demonstrations, on September 29 only, in sketching and watercolour at the Leighton Arts Centre as part of the Alberta Culture Days. Come on out for fun times and gorgeous views and art!