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2016 Events & Shows



November & December

Kris Kringle Craft Market, Beban Park Social Centre, Nanaimo, BC
November 17, 18, 19 & 20

Cavalotti Lodge Craft Fair, Cavalotti Lodge, Nanaimo, BC

September & October

Harvest Festival, Street Fair in the Old Quarter, Nanaimo, BC
Sat. September 20

Nanaimo Downtown Farmers Market, Bastion Square, Nanaimo, BC
May  7 – October 7

July & August

On Site Art Market, Fitzwilliam Gate, Old Quarter, Nanaimo, BC
Sat. August 11

Canada Day Celebration, , Bastion Square, Nanaimo, BC
Friday July 1

May & June

Kootenay Rock & Gem Show, Community Centre, Castlegar, BC
June 4 & 5

Courtney Rock & Mineral Show, Courtney Legion, Courtney, BC
April 16 & 17

March & April

Spring Festival of Awareness, Shatford Centre, Penticton, BC
April 29 -May 1

Port Alberni Rock & Gem Show, Cherry Creek Community Hall, Port Alberni, BC
March 5 & 6



















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Posted by on November 15, 2016 in arts and culture, color, jewelry, outdoor art


An indoor mural, more outdoor art and a rock hound club show.

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A few things from the best of my autumn. I painted a geometric design mural in a private home. An invitation to visit the land of an artist couple who exclusively make outdoor art. And a visit to the Surrey, BC rockhounders club show, where I won a handcrafted semi precious carving.

Indoor Mural

I talked about mural painting before, but for outdoors. This October, I painted a small mural in the home of someone who primarily had wood surface on the interior walls. The commission came with one instruction. Paint something orange.

A few years back, I made fine art signs and chalkboards for small businesses. Then, I learned importance of finding out as much as possible what type of imagery and styles the commissioning person prefers. This differs completely from my approach to my artistry. It is only beneficial to work in many ways.

The challenge with painting this mural was philosophical because the commissioner of the work is a very creative person with appreciation of  independent art. For this reason, I happily struggled with painting what I wanted and that which more sensibly influenced by the person who sees it every day.

In the end, a commissioned work reflects the artist’s ability and skill to interpret others vision without compromising their own.

The Outdoor Art of Sue Hughes and Paul Schleicher

Long after the frost in the higher elevations, I went up to the mountainous outdoor studio of a couple of artists.  That’s right. Their property design is from the principles of sacred geometry marked with found object sculptures and constructions. Nature plays a key role in the designs and materials used.

Paul Schleicher collects wood and stone from around the world to create sculptures. Smaller wooden sculptures, especially made of cedar become chewing posts for ground squirrels in the winter and so storing them is necessary. Patterns in the grass such as the small Star of David and the labyrinth maintained with regular mowing.

Sue Hughes, once an art teacher travelled as a child to visit some of the world’s architectural achievements. Her vision for a labyrinth inspired by her spiritual belief and wish to live with a lighter footstep.  As well, Sue collaborates with Paul on crop patterns and placement of art . A special interest in water healing ceremonies is the focus of Sue’s work.

Surrey Rock Hound Club Show

I thought that I missed all the rock and gem shows for this year. Fortunately, a number of rock and gem shows occur in the fall. In Surrey, I learned about faceting, wire weaving and a new style of wire wrapping. I also bid on a few raw rock samples.

Rock and gem shows are good places to buy lapidary supplies and to learn more about rock types. The exhibits were interesting too. No luck for any of the door prizes. but in a spin the wheel contest, the dial landed on the only gold of the day,  Overall, it was a fun afternoon for a rainy day.


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Outdoor Art

Art for outdoors plays an increasing role in my art making process. With my fourth architectural project, I created a lifestyle space that encourages ideas of combining indoor concepts with the outdoors. The design of garden and structure ratio add to this cause.

A variety of art styles combine in the overall effect. There is mural, art sign, found object sculpture, banners and other installation. if you include the extensive  rockery in this configuration, both organized and random, the overall visual effect is a unique fusion.

The artworks shown were specifically made for the outdoors.  However,the banners stay only until late autumn because they are smaller than commercial size and unable to withstand winter wind. And the wire figure (mascot ) has some protection from precipitation all through the year.

There are a number of found object sculptures in and around the flower beds. Their visibility is more from autumn to mid summer. After that period, the foliage of the garden hides them from view. New flower beds inspire new installations.

If the opportunity to design another project in the future arises, I believe art in the outdoors or rather art out-of-doors will have a key role.


Posted by on October 29, 2012 in architecture, Mural, outdoor art, painting


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