The Sunflower Project: New Tools!

It’s been nearly three years since I started the Sunflower Project. In that time some of you have asked me how you can begin to share your 1000 gifts with the world, and how you can keep your efforts fresh. While that depends on your life and what gifts you have that you can freely share, I have come up with a couple tools to help you along your journey. Click on the images below to download and print these tools.

May you share your 1000 gifts with the world, and may those gifts return 1000 fold to you one day!

Sunflower Project Tracker

For those of you that would like to keep track of your efforts to make the world a better place, here is a handy tracker with spaces to jot down the gifts you would like to share with the world. Each sheet has spaces to track 250 actions, so you can print and fill 4 sheets for 1000 gifts.

Sunflower Project Gift Jar

For those of you who would like a fun way to introduce simple acts of kindness and generosity to you 1000 gifts I have created a free printable for this Gift Jar. There are 12 preprinted suggestions for actions as well as 4 blanks for your own ideas. When you are at a loss for a kind act, pull an idea out of the jar and look for an opportunity to implement it. Completed all of them?
Congratulations!
You can start over by adding them back to the jar, or fill the jar with all new actions.

Click on the project image above to link to the printable. Then follow the instructions in the gallery below to assemble the Sunflower Project Gift Jar:

The Sunflower Project: 12 Days of Christmas

Tis the season for thinking of others and giving gifts designed to light the darkness, bringing hope for the morrow’s dawn. Here are 12 suggestions that can help you fulfill your promise to share your 1000 gifts with the world. Feel free to start them on December 25th as per tradition, or to start today!

  1. A partridge in a pear tree: Make a donation to your local food bank.
  2. Two Turtle Doves: A little money left on your gift card? Hand it to the person in line behind you.
  3. Three French Hens: Make a batch of chicken bone broth (or vegetable) soup for a sick friend or relative.
  4. Four Calling Birds: Call (not text or email) an elderly relative (or four).
  5. Five Gold Rings: Empty your change pocket into a Salvation Army Bell Ringer’s Kettle.
  6. Six Geese a-laying: Leave change in a candy machine, laundromat, parking meter or grocery cart.
  7. Seven Swans a-swimming: Keep travel smooth sailing for everyone by shovelling a neighbours walk.
  8. Eight Maids a-milking: Pay for the person behind you in the coffee line.
  9. Nine Ladies Dancing: Give your server an extra tip.
  10. Ten Lords a Leaping: Next time you feel yourself leaping to conclusions about someone, give them the benefit of the doubt.
  11. Eleven Pipers Piping: Pipe some frosting on a batch of cookies and drop them off at your neighbours.
  12. Twelve Drummers Drumming: Drum up some business… take some business cards and promote a friends small business, in person or online!

Save the Date: Thursday October 17th 2019

IN EDMONTON

October 8, 2019 – November 25, 2019  

Shaping Alberta

Partnership between CARFAC Alberta and the Friends of the Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society

Shaping Alberta shares 10 Alberta artists’ visual perspective on life and creativity.

This juried exhibition, which travels to both Calgary and Edmonton, reminds us how significant our environment/personal landscape is to us all & what we see and do everyday shapes us personally.
The work we as creatives do, also shapes our communities and our cultural identity. 

Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas . Norman Burnham White . Jennifer Conneely . Margriet Hogue . Debbie.lee Miszaniec . Tatianna O’Donnell . Sherry Richardson . David Scott . Rene Thibault

Reception:  Friday, October 17th, 7 to 9pm.    
Location: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in the Kaasa Gallery (11455 — 87 Avenue).

Parking & Directions
http://www.jubileeauditorium.com/GuestServices/ParkingDirections

SAVE THE DATE: Shaping Alberta, September 6th 2019

IN CALGARY 

August 26, 2019 – October 4, 2019 

Shaping Alberta

Partnership between CARFAC Alberta and the Friends of the Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society

Shaping Alberta shares 10 Alberta artists’ visual perspective on life and creativity.

This juried exhibition, which travels to both Calgary and Edmonton, reminds us how significant our environment/personal landscape is to us all & what we see and do everyday shapes us personally.
The work we as creatives do, also shapes our communities and our cultural identity. 

Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas . Norman Burnham White . Jennifer Conneely . Margriet Hogue . Debbie.lee Miszaniec . Tatianna O’Donnell . Sherry Richardson . David Scott . Rene Thibault

Reception: Friday, September 6th, 7 to 9pm.
Location: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Jubilee Gallery Lower Lobby (1415 – 14th Avenue NW).

Parking & Directions
http://www.jubileeauditorium.com/GuestServices/ParkingDirections

IN EDMONTON

October 8, 2019 – November 25, 2019  

Shaping Alberta

Partnership between CARFAC Alberta and the Friends of the Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society

Shaping Alberta shares 10 Alberta artists’ visual perspective on life and creativity.

This juried exhibition, which travels to both Calgary and Edmonton, reminds us how significant our environment/personal landscape is to us all & what we see and do everyday shapes us personally.
The work we as creatives do, also shapes our communities and our cultural identity. 

Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas . Norman Burnham White . Jennifer Conneely . Margriet Hogue . Debbie.lee Miszaniec . Tatianna O’Donnell . Sherry Richardson . David Scott . Rene Thibault

Reception:  Friday, October 17th, 7 to 9pm.    
Location: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in the Kaasa Gallery (11455 — 87 Avenue).

Parking & Directions
http://www.jubileeauditorium.com/GuestServices/ParkingDirections

Sunflower Project: Community Collaborations

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!

City of Calgary Painted Utility Box
Ashley Oshiro
(Detail with Sunflower seed by Debbie.lee Miszaniec)

City of Calgary Painted Utility Box
Ashley Oshiro

City of Calgary Painted Utility Box
Sharon Fortowsky
(Detail with Sunflower seed by Debbie.lee Miszaniec)

City of Calgary Painted Utility Box
Sharon Fortowsky

Did I Mention? New Painted City Utility Box.

Hi,

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:

Home
Painted Utility Box
City of Calgary
Marlborough Community
Debbie.lee Miszaniec

Home
Painted Utility Box
City of Calgary
Marlborough Community
Debbie.lee Miszaniec

Home
Painted Utility Box
City of Calgary
Marlborough Community
Debbie.lee Miszaniec

Home
Painted Utility Box
City of Calgary
Marlborough Community
Debbie.lee Miszaniec

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.

Art In Transit: Installed! (plus bonus Inglewood art)

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!

Pancake Breakfast, Reproduction of glass, Installed

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:

Blackfoot Diner
10″ x 11″
Acrylic on canvas and repurposed candy box.
Debbie.lee Miszaniec

Inglewood Food Mart
10″ x 11″
Acrylic on canvas and repurposed candy box
Debbie.lee Miszaniec

Both of these paintings were shown at the Edge Gallery YYC in the I Love Inglewood show.

The Motion of Shopping : Opening Tomorrow!

Opening April 25th 6 – 9 PM

Women’s Art Museum of Canada, AB Chapter, Edmonton

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.

Security
oil on canvas
20″ x 40″
Debbie.lee Miszaniec

Talking About: Buffalo Bill

Example of a header from an early Buffalo Bill Dime Novel

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!