Wednesday, February 6, 2019

February 2019 exhibitions and news

Connections, Continous, Nidificate, Context is Everything.


I am very proud to have worked with Korean printmakers to bring their work to Saskatchewan.  Currently on now at the Saskatchewan Craft Council in Saskatoon is an exhibition called Connections, which has featured prints from Korea and printmakers from Saskatchewan together in one show.
https://saskcraftcouncil.org/scc-gallery-exhibitions/current-exhibition/
It is on now until March 2nd.






Continous continues to travel, and the bees are now buzzing at the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Center in Regina Beach in one gallery, while in the other gallery are works from my nest series called Nidificate.  One of the members of the Cultural Center board wanted to call the exhibition All About the Birds and the Bees, but that could have given the wrong idea about what the exhibition was about.
https://lmlcc.ca/

Continuous  http://moniqueart.com/continuous/Continuous.html
It is on display until March 24th.






Coming up, I will be traveling to the Leighton Arts Center outside of Calgary and installing Context is Everything.  This is the first public show of this entire exhibition, some of the dandelions are in the Connections show at the Craft Council but that is just a small sample of the entire body of work.
http://www.leightoncentre.org/exhibitions/exhibit/context-is-everything-449
Show dates Mar. 2 - April 13
Context is Everything  http://moniqueart.com/Context%20is%20Everything%20/Context%20is%20Everything.html







What coming up after that?  Some of my prints are flying to the UK,  the bees will be getting ready to go to Ottawa this fall, and I am working on my next series, which is a secret I am even keeping from my husband.  He calls me a spy anyways because when we travel together I get "randomly" selected each time I go through security.  He passes through easily and stops and waits to tease me as I get searched for contraband artwork or whatever they are looking for.  I think they wonder about this artist who travels all the time, she must be up to something. 






Monday, November 19, 2018

The Printmaking Post


Its been a very long time since I have posted an update on my blog.  So here goes.

On Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, from 5 pm to 9 pm,  at the Eye Gallery - 1132 College Drive, Saskatoon, I will selling all my coffee cup prints that travelled with the Dimensions group show in Saskatchewan for the past 2 years.  The cost of the framed prints will be $50 each, with ALL the money going to charity.  I will be purchasing pounds of coffee to donate to the Friendship Inn and the Food Bank, and the purchaser will receive a coupon for a free coffee redeemable at Calories Restaurant on Broadway Avenue.  My students from Georges Vanier Fine Arts School will also be selling prints of mugs they created for $10 each, with all the profits going to buy tins of hot chocolate for the Ronald McDonald House.  If you can't come by but will still like to participate and purchase, call the Eye Gallery at (306) 373-8825 between the hours of 5-9 pm on Nov. 27th.  You can view the mugs online at http://www.moniqueart.com/365daysofcoffee/365daysofcoffee.html to select a specific print. 




BIG NEWS! The Remai Arts and Design Store at the Remai Art Gallery in Saskatoon is selling some of my work.  They have pieces from my nest series, the 3-dimensional sculptural printmaking nests that have tiny little eggs inside mounted in Saskatchewan maps.  They are delicate, intricate, and each one is unique and one of a kind.



Currently, I have a show in Calgary at Art Point, 1139 11 St SE.  It's my beehive installation, Continuous, and it's creating quite a buzz.  The show will be coming down on Dec. 3rd, so if you are in Cowtown between now and then, and want to visit my girls, stop in and check them out.  Here is a link to my youtube channel which has a video of an interview I did when the show was up at the Saskatchewan Craft Council in 2016.  https://youtu.be/H0UeBuq1V38






I installed a group show of Saskatchewan and South Korean printmakers at the Outlook Art Gallery, in Outlook, SK and it will be up until the end of December. Then, it will be moving to the Saskatchewan Craft Council on Broadway Avenue in Saskatoon from Jan. 9th to Mar. 3rd, 2019.  It is my hope that everyone who sees it will be inspired by the artistic vision and skill that is presented in this show.  It will travel to South Korea for a show later in 2019.





Next up, the Leighton Arts Center just outside of Calgary,  at 282027 144 St W, Millarville, AB will be exhibiting my newest series, Weeds.   It will be showing from Mar. 2nd to April 13th, 2019.  The seed of the idea at the beginning of this work was the question, "Who decides what is a weed, and what is not a weed?".  In the current climate of today's world of snap decisions, this work asks the viewer to take time to think about the tendency in modern society to make judgements with very little information, risking a better understanding of relationships with others and with our environment.





Monday, July 17, 2017

Crosswalk Painting - Broadway Ave - Saskatoon

http://broadwayyxe.com/ 
Watch your step!  I actually got to paint the town red!  And yellow.  And blue.  And a little black.  Well, not the whole town, it was 2 crosswalks on Broadway and 11th.  I worked with Broadway BID  and designed two patterns using the Broadway colors.  Thanks Edyta, Dee Ann, Madeline, Noah, and Madeline's friend Zara for coming out and helping.  Many hands!






A commercial line painting machine was called into action!

Out comes pattern 1!
Typical male.  Letting the ladies do the heavy lifting.
Putting down the pattern.  Thankfully, it was not a windy day, which has been rare this summer!
Pattern 2 ready for first color.


Thanks Noah, for lending a hand.  He worked hard, sitting down was not typical of him.  Madeline and Zara taking a much needed dinner break in the background, they did not sit long either.  Great work, people!

Watch your step!  Wet paint!  Adding a little ground glass for reflectivity.

The Master Line Painter putting down the last color.

Skills.  Look at that straight line!

One color left!
Ta Da!  Same typical male, just standing there still. 

Touching up some spots with a brush.

A few more touch ups.  It's getting dark out.  Great timing. 

Waiting for it to dry now.  Lights are coming on, so its getting late!

The artist and her canvas.


It's dry!  It was 5:30 a.m. and looking great!




We did a drive by.  Well, actually  a drive over!  First!


The Bird Wall at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo

I created an interactive mural at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. Here are images of the process and the completed work.

The project was sponsored by
http://www.eyegallerysaskatoon.ca/                   https://www.dayspaints.com/ 

The finished product!  A Canada Goose for a big person, one for a little person, and a Peacock for everyone!



So, step 1 was boring, it was basic underpainting, so I had the unskilled labor do that.   I got the fun part, airbrushing!

This part was fun!  Got to show off my airbrushing skills!  Very tricky with the trees adding some special effects at the time. 

The last corner, still playing with the shadows, man, this is tricky. 



Done!  Oh sure, now the shadows of the tree are gone.  Typical. 

The artist and her latest canvas. 

The sky is ready, waiting for the birds!



It used to be a wall of windows to watch the monkeys before they built the new space.  Now, it's a wall of sky on the side of the temporary Komodo Dragon exhibit.  Last photo before the wings go on!
The zoo at night.  Putting up the pattern, thanks to some old but reliable technology.  We were pure entertainment for the wolves.  They were definitely not sure what we were doing, and kept an eye on us the whole time. 


Olivia Carlson and Jasmin Thomas starting to work on the tail feathers of the peacock, and yes this is finger painting.

Caution.  Wet paint.  Actually, not for long.  It was HOT out that day!

The Canada Goose, ready for lift off!

Underpainting the peacock.  Small Canada Goose in progress on the right!

Still underpainting.  So many feathers!

First try!  Ready for takeoff.

 Jude Farthing working on the entrance sign to the Komodo Dragons.

Olivia putting on some finer details.

Final touches.  Master at work.  Small Canada Goose was finished without any photo evidence of who painted it.  I did both  large and small Geese wings while the peacock underpainting was going on, so no one was available to take the photo.


The peacock is done!

Jasmin trying out the large Canada Goose.

And now the small one.  Sorry, Jasmin, doesn't fit you anymore.
Now that fits perfectly. 

The Bird Wall



Jude signing his name to his work. 

He finally got to paint a Komodo Dragon's head!  Jude worked on the cut out Komodo Dragons that are at the zoo, and he was disappointed when we painted those, because he didn't get to do the head part.  Now he did!

The large Goose wings fit a teenager. 




Varnishing the finished product.
 
Another Ta Da moment. 


Perfect fit.  Thanks, random stranger, for lending us your child in the middle for the photo for a moment.