This winter I had the great pleasure of participating in THEMUSEUM's annual Brush Off competition. I competed along with 19 other local (to Kitchener area) artist for the title of… come to think of it there was no title… for honour and glory and a roaring good time. Though a roaring good time was arguable had by all, not just the victors (I imagine one person, two at the most, was forced by a friend to come to this even and had only a mediocre time).
For those of you not yet in the know, The Brush Off is a competition where 20 artists have 30 minutes to win the hearts and votes of the audience through the medium of acrylic paint and rhetorical pleas. The artists with the most votes proceed to further rounds until only 4 remain. The 4 local art royalty then compete in the final round where one great master is heavily applauded.
All the paintings created during the battle of the brushes are put on silent auction for the entire night. 70% of the profits are used to maintain the (non for profit) downtown culture centre that is THEMUSEUM and 30% goes to the artist.
The event was everything I thought it would be and more. The live DJ was exceptional and though painting I could not help but dance along the entire night. The interactions I had with other artists and audience participants were meaningful and fun. Though I had to battle and intense blizzard to make it to the event (amongst my easel and brushes were candles, snowsuits, and sleeping bags incase I ended up spending the night in a snow bank) it was O so worth it!
Kudos to THEMUSEUM on a wonderful community event. It was engaging, energetic, inspiring, and so very much fun! I cannot wait till 2015's!
Ta Da! One small step for my Education, one giant leap for lil' miss first year. That's right folks I have completed my first year of university! Exciting stuff indeed, no homework, no tests, no exams, and no assignments. Unfortunately that also means I am not 'forced' to do art several hours a week. Having classes and graded work is really great for forcing art into one's schedule. Never before have I been able to justify art as being a priority over studying for exams, and I must say it was quite lovely to be working on final projects between exams.
But alas, those time have passed and this season requires of me to work full time. Work has now replaced painting on my hierarchy of must-dos. Weekends and evenings are still free to paint which is good fun, and thought I will continue to I miss painting for hours days on end I should be able to get a good bunch of painting done. I will be working on two large commission pieces this summer and by the end of the summer start painting some of my own ideas... and then eventually once again accept more commissions. That's the plan, let us see how it goes.
Had a chance to participate in the university's 2012 Art Symposium, an event that supports the art presence on campus allowing people to preform artistic talents or sell their pieces of work.
Though tempted to share my new dance moves I learned in the university's Bollywood class, I opted in the end to simply sell a few painting as well as Christmas cards. Other 'vendors' sold everything from painting (obviously), to jewelry, to photography prints, to iPhone cases, to fascinators! Everything for sale at the Symposium was hand made by the students. Acts included a cappella choirs, contortionists, Bollywood (I very nearly ran onto the stage and joined the dance), pianists, and one new-age techno band singing Russian drinking songs... which as you can imagine was... quite unimaginable...
It was a very successful day paintings wise, cards sales were not quite so hot. On the bright side I do not have to worry about making Christmas cards for this year, and can focus on more important things like watching the Planet Earth series for the 5th time or hiking with friends through the cursed snowless tundra known as Southern Ontario.
Though rejected in my first submission to the Artery, David has finally found his way onto the gallery walls. L'achromatica, was a exhibition dedicated to art which explores not the use of colour but the lack of colour. All the works were black and white, achromatic.
The pieces ranged from pen and ink comic work, tissue paper sculptures, black and white photography, and print making. The second half of the gallery was bathed solely in black light, and the effect was stunning.
I was once again unable to get to the gallery opening because of work, and though this was the last exhibition of the semester I plan on being back come Winter 2013!
Last week my art and I were subjected to our portfolio review. The portfolio consisted of six required pieces completed in my Fine Arts class. I was disappointed earlier this semester that no previous works contributed to the portfolio, though now I understand the professors' desire to examine all portfolios on a level playing field.
Though I was unable to be at school the day of submission my dear big brother was kind enough to stumble through the labyrinth (East Campus Hall) and complete the drop off for me! My teacher was none-too-pleased when I told him I would not be able to submit my portfolio. But in the end, *cue dramatic music* thanks to the love and power of family, it all worked out :).
I am pleased to announce that I have passed the review and am welcomed to continue my Fine Arts studies! In fact, yesterday I declared my major (... basically just like this).
I am now on to week three of school. It has been an interesting few weeks, getting used to the campus, meeting new people, figure out what my profs expect of me, and trying to stay on top of readings...
Like the roller coaster ride it is there have been lots of ups and down. One definite up has the acceptance of two of my paintings into the Artery, the University's art gallery.
The opening for [Tek-churs] (pronounced textures) was Monday the 24th. Unfortunately, I couldn't go to the opening as I was unable to get a coworker to cover my shift...so I guess I'll just have to get my art into another gallery sometime!
The will be open for about another week and close on October 5th. If you're in the area feel free to check it out, there are some other really neat pieces in there(the white blob on the wall up close quite a good sculpture!). The gallery has been moved from downtown Kitchener and is now in Waterloo's East Campus Hall. To get to the Artery go through the Red doors at the back of the building. The gallery is open from 9:30-6pm.
I am a first year student double majoring in Fine Arts as well as Environment and Resource Studies. I live on a family farm in the country. I love new socks, the first chill fall night when you break out your duvet, and racing deer on our country side road. Along with art I am passionate about my faith, investing in the people I love, all things nature, solid well planned pranks, and racing (cross country and triathlons).