July 2020

Studio Life

Well that was a classic Juneuary... burrrr!  My frozen fingers are crossed for some sun in July. 


I am pleased with my June glaze firing with most pieces turning out as expected. There's always a few surprises which makes it all the more exciting. The commission Hot Sauce Pot is fun with the addition of a re-purposed silver spoon which I hammered and shaped to fit. Thanks for the order Heidi!

I posted the sunbathing lady in the orange suit on Instagram and my friend and neighbour Kathy had to have it.  Sad to let her go but she's in good company amongst Kathy's treasures collected from around the globe. 


I'm also really pleased with the two garden gnomes turned out.  They fit right into the family shot!


I've been plugging away with the figurative floral paintings.  Here's a work in progress which may end up with some collage work added to it.  I'm on the fence with that idea but I'll be working on it in July and will post the finished work. 


Despite the mediocre weather we were able to get away on the boat for a week at the end of June. (BTW that's why this newsletter is a little late this month :)  I can't tell you how much the change of scene and break from the daily routine helped me.  I brought my sketch book and travel paints along but didn't end up using them for some reason. BUT.... you'll be pleased to know that I didn't come away from our mini vacation without inspiration!  While puttering around the inlet in our dinghy we spotted this beautiful momma bear with her cub!  I've been studying and painting bears over the past few years and this experience will be the inspiration for another. Proof, once again, that inspiration can present itself when you least expect it.  


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

Air hugs


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. I don't post all my work on-line so there's lots to see when you visit my studio.

There's always gift cards available!


Arts in the Cove

Seymour Art Gallery – On Line

The good news is the Gallery is open with revised hours (Thursday to Sunday 11-4), but the Gallery Shop will remain closed for now. 

Check out Seymour On-line The galleries series of free online workshops for kids, families, and adults, to bring inspiration and creative projects to your home.



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.

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. 

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


July 2020 Inspirational link

I found Art for the Ear by The Jealous Curator In June. Author, curator & artist @daniellekrysaart turns jealousy into get-your-ass-back-in-the-studio inspiration with interviews with artists & creators.  Very inspiring and worth a listen.


In the end

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