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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!

Winter Inspiration…In September!

We thought that we would share a few photos with you of the wonderful winter wonderland that is currently in Alberta!

Winter wonderland in southern Alberta!

Winter wonderland in southern Alberta!

Winter on September 9 in southern Alberta.

Winter on September 9 in southern 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!

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!