June 2020

Studio Life

Here in Vancouver we are enjoying some gentle lifting of our quarantine restrictions. This has given me a bit of faith and optimism in our future. Although I do have to admit that I am still finding it difficult to get into my studio and get to work.  Feeling like i'm spinning my wheels, jumping from one thing to another. Distracted by our garden which burst into bloom in May.  Once I look past the buttercups that have pretty much taken over I find great pleasure and am constantly inspired by the beauty around me. It turns out that you don’t have to look far to find inspiration - it’s all around us. I encourage you to stop, look and listen to what’s around you, you won’t be disappointed and you may even be inspired!

When I did get down to my studio I continued by exploration into figurative floral painting. There’s nothing like a new paint colour to get your creative juices flowing…. If you are an artist anyways. Progress is being made in this department and I’ll post some new work in June.


I filled and fired a bisque kiln with no explosions and blow outs…. Thank goodness! I’ll be busy staining and glazing this week and be ready to glaze fire by weeks end. Fingers & toes crossed and lots of praying to the kiln gods that all pieces survive. Then I’ll be photographing the new pieces, pricing and posting.

That should keep me out of trouble! No promises though 😊

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative June.  See you in July!

Air hugs



Father's Day - Sunday June 21st

Just because we're in the midst of a pandemic you can't forget about dear old Dad!

Gift cards and custom orders available.

Happy Father's day and thanks for shopping local!

Picture - a lovely Norman Rockwell Father's day image


Shopping Local

See something on-line that you’d like to see in person? Just message, text or call and I can make arrangements with you to come by the studio.  For example, if you let me know what you’d like to see and when you’re coming, I could leave it outside for you and we can chat about it from a safe distance.

There's always gift cards available!

Thank you for shopping local!

Arts in the Cove

Seymour Art Gallery – On Line

Vanessa and Kara have been busy creating a series of free online workshops for kids, families and adults to bring inspiration and creative projects to your home. 

Check out their On-line Mini projects - The Textile Wall Hangings project was
Inspired by Katherine Soucie and Michelle Sirois-Silver’s 2017 exhibition Regeneratus



Arms Reach Bistro

Paintings by Lynne Michelle at Arms Reach Bistro

Covert Cafe

Paintings by Sue Contini at Covert Cafe

Cove Creek Gallery

Original works by local artist Sharon Perkins – hours, openings and “pop-ups” are variable but you can always phone or e-mail for more information and appointment.

Bel Art Gallery

Discover the work of internationally acclaimed artists at Bel Art Gallery. We have an exceptional collection of original paintings, limited edition prints, and sculptures by local artists. Gallery owners Beatrice and Stefan Schreiber are passionate about introducing the public to the joy of art. They run workshops for adults and children and regularly host charity events, school groups, lectures, and workshops. The gallery is open by appointment.


Arts on the North Shore & On-line

Willow Florists


Willow Florists in the Dollarton Plaza not only has gorgeous fresh flowers & arrangements but also supports local artists by giving them a lovely shop to display and sell their work.  Be sure to stop in the next time you’re at Dollarton.

NEWS FLASH! Some of my work is now available at Willow! Thank you Gabriella!

Here are the other talented artists now at Willow Florists;

Susan Wallace - potter

Raw Creation Shop - Rob Wanner - Local re-purposed wood artisan

Lyza Del Mar - West Coast artist

Nancy Cramer - Sculptural and clay and kelp artist

Michael Vevier - local artist

Kim Herrington - Greeting Card artist

Blueshore Financial

The BlueShore Financial Arts in View program is designed to foster the artistic and cultural development of our community. Blueshore Financial supports local artists by providing an opportunity to exhibit their work at our local Parkgate branch and many others across the North Shore.

The Polygon

The Polygon gallery at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue is offering The Polygon Podcasts, Kids First Saturdays and gifts cards for the lovely items in the Polygon Shop.



North Shore Arts Council

https://northvanarts.ca/education/ programs for children, youth and adults. 

Tune in for #ArtintheGarden LIVE this Saturday and Sunday at 7PM on our Instagram.

You can take a look at our series of shorts featuring local artists and musicians like Isabelle Boersig on #NorthVanArts IGTV.

Another project by the North Shore Arts Council is the North Shore Culture Compass . Here you can navigate to new experiences with the interactive database connecting you with the arts, culture and heritage.


North Shore Culture Compas Facebook page

Parkgate Pottery Studio – beautiful work by talented artists is available in the display cabinet in the front lobby of the Parkgate Rec Centre.  While you are there take a wander down the hall past the gym to the Pottery Studio.  There are more display cabinets just outside the studio full of fantastic work by the studio members.

Ron Andrews Rec Centre

There is always something to see in the lobby of the Ron Andrew Rec Centre by local artists.  Take a look the next time you go for a swim!

Gordon Smith Gallery

The Gordon Smith Gallery is located at 2121 Lonsdale Ave. Check out there AFK from Home: Big Idea Videos - loads of great creative projects to enjoy at home.



Shout out!

Have I missed any local restaurants, café’s and businesses who support local artists by displaying their work?  Let me know!  I’d be more than happy to give them a “shout out”.

Artsy Links

Opus Art Supplies Re-opening June 2nd!  Whoohoo!


Greenbarn Potters Supply


June 2020 Inspirational link

I love listening to the talkart podcast. Hosts @RussellTovey & @RobertDiament share their #QuarARTine conversations with artists about their work and collectors about their collections.  Well worth a listen.

Check them out on Instagram!


In the end

I’ve shared this newsletter to my community of family, friends and business associates who I think may be interested.  I will never share your information. I’ll find the right frequency to provide you with local, artsy info without being annoying.

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