So last week I told you about the new painted utility box I contributed to the Marlborough community. I also mentioned the references to the sunflower project that I included in the design. Here would now be a good place to include some images of a couple of the other boxes from the project. These artists agreed to let me contribute a sunflower seed to the designs of their boxes, symbolically taking part in the project and growing it further to take root in the Marlborough community. Thanks Sharon Fortowsky and Ashley Oshiro for hosting the Sunflower Project in your projects. Hopefully we can collaborate again soon!
It appears I am so behind on keeping the blog up to date!
SO last spring I was given the opportunity to participate in a program bringing a suite of new painted utility boxes to the Marlborough Community in Calgary. I jumped at the chance, having spent nearly a decade of my formative years in the neighbourhood. Each artist created a design concept responding to the overall theme of home, and to information gathered during an extensive phase of community engagement.
Here was my contribution to the Curb appeal in the Marlborough Community:
You may notice the retro colour scheme and styling. Marlborough is a 1970’s community and in talking to residents it impressed me how many people had bought when Marlborough was new and still lived there. It was also impressive to me how many people said it was their community and their neighbours that meant the most to them when they thought about their experience of living in Marlborough. So I decided to create a design that was an ode to the 70’s roots of the area, and that focused on the points in our homes where we interact with our neighbours. The theme of community was also a natural fit for the sunflower project, and you will see that I included copious references to it in the design.
You may recall I posted last spring that the City of Calgary was interested in reproducing my little painting, Pancake Breakfast, in the large, on glass for the 17th Avenue BRT project. Well here is the finished project!
I really like where it was situated, close to the Blackfoot Diner in Inglewood. When the former owner, Edna, was alive, she was known to give free meals to the homeless on occasion, so the placement of this symbol of Calgary hospitality seems appropriate. What do you think?
Speaking of Inglewood and the Blackfoot Diner, (two, or rather one in another, places which meant a lot to me growing up in Calgary,) here are a couple paintings I did a few years ago expressing my love of Inglewood:
Both of these paintings were shown at the Edge Gallery YYC in the I Love Inglewood show.
Opening April 25th 6 – 9 PM
My painting, Security ( 20″ x 24″ oil on canvas), will be on view for the first time to the public for the duration of this show. If you are in Edmonton don’t miss this opportunity to see the real deal up close and personal.
2 – 5 pm Friday July 6th and Monday July 9th 2018. I will be available to chat while working on one of my Wild West Press Dime Novel paintings. Come see me at the Western Oasis.
This is a quick announcement: I will be giving a talk emerging from my new series of paintings exploring Buffalo Bill in the context of the fictionalization of history. The talk will take place at Heritage Park Historical Village & Museum. It is scheduled for Thursday November 22nd 2018 at 2pm. Stay tuned for further updates as the time draws near!
Last week I was contacted by the City of Calgary, regarding the selection of one of my paintings to be enlarged and reproduced permanently on one of the transit shelters for the 17th Ave SE BRT public transit development. I am super excited to be working with the City on this and can’t wait to see what Pancake Breakfast looks like enlarged and in the public space! I will make sure to take and post pictures when this goes ahead.
I am pleased to say that the Sunflower Project is growing yet again!
The wish 150 Alberta Mosaic Sunflower has been selected by the Multifaith Action Society for inclusion in their 2019 Multifaith Calendar. The 2019 theme is Coming Together: Exploring New Connections. As the aim of the sunflower project is to create bridges of good will and the growth of positive action, I felt that the Sunflower Project would be a great fit for the Multifaith Calendar. I am also honoured to be recognized and included as an artist of no faith (by choice), by the inclusion of my work in the calendar.
” Founded in 1972, the Multifaith Action Society (MAS) is a Canadian registered charity dedicated to the facilitation of interfaith education and dialogue. For over forty years, MAS has worked to build bridges between the myriad cultural and spiritual communities that characterize British Columbia, and has collaborated on a wide variety of public education campaigns and initiatives that have affected positive social change while raising awareness of multicultural issues.”
I believe that the effort to promote understanding between cultures and faiths is a good and worthy one. Therefore I am happy to have the Sunflower Project featured in a fundraising initiative which will be supported by individuals who also believe in affecting positive social change across cultures and faiths.
I will make sure to let you know when the calendars become available for purchase!
Watch you in boxes!
Medium of Exchange is planning a 10 year anniversary show for January 2020.
Will we revisit our thoughts on the inspiration of the first exhibition; Margaret Atwood’s book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (2008)?
Will we create collaborative paintings, like each of the above, and auction them for charity?
Will we talk to our former selves, or give warning to those who come after? After all, hindsight is 20/20.
Certainly not us (yet).
I will give updates as the planning gets underway for this event.
I am pleased to announce the selection of five of my pieces for inclusion in the 2018 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase Art Gallery. Find the art at the Western Oasis on the Calgary Stampede grounds where the paintings will be on view and available for sale. If you are scheduling your visit, stay tuned for announcements regarding my participation in Artist InSite, the Western Showcase Art Gallery program set up to allow visitors to meet the artists and see them in action. I will post details and relevant links as they become available.