Monday, May 16, 2016

MAY IS THE NEW SUMMER!



May has been almost summer with some hot days, bike rides, walking in the hood and barbecues on the deck.  Our water restrictions start soon as it is going to be a long hot summer.  Saw quite a bit of art and visited some studios over the last couple of months and been making art too.

THE HOOD

this is in our community gardern
 
my friend Lesia came to visit from Toronto and my bro Glenn and I took her to see one of the Ken Lum pieces in our neighbourhood, the scaled down Vancouver Special. 
The other is the EastVan sign.

a few of the houses in our neighbourhood






 we often take our boat ODIN into False Creek for dinner
last time we were there the "420" cannibis festival was 
happening and Sunset Beach was packed

 STUDIO VISITS

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring is trying to Spring!



Spring is coming to BC but with some rain.  But in all fairness that is what makes us green and lush!  It has been a great year so far:  

THE HOOD:  the neighbourhood I live in is going through some growing pains.  The major street that borders us has always been a bit blah with no grocery store, restaurants or galleries.  It is now going through a huge change with apartments being built supplying both market and social housing, industry and retail.  We will get more trees and wider sidewalks for pedestrians.  As always with gentrification there are ups and downs.  There will be more cars wanting parking, more people using our small parks but we now have a grocery, restaurants and galleries. 
The Astoria looking good in the morning light! photo by Arnt

apparently we needed to know this

this apartment building is getting a facelift and will still be rentals but probably cost more

 
 
ART:
We now have our four artists moved in: Lori Sokoluk: painter, mixed media www.lorisokoluk.com, Ray Ophoff: painter, Joan Tayler: jewellery and sculpture and Arwen Hunter: documentary filmmaker http://www.somethingsomethingstudios.com
Here is a link Arwen did about Lori  https://youtu.be/mB4VCCZcPMQ

I invited them to take over the two front windows to announce their arrival in the hood!

At their opening party Arnt and I finally bought these two wonderful oil paintings from Ray Ophoff.  We have been wanting them for a couple years now.




www.firstsaturday.ca is really growing with new artists in North Vancouver, New Westminster and Vancouver. In case you don't know it is an open studio event where you can visit artists working in their studios.  We received a very generous sponsorship from www.georgiastraight.com with ads and articles both online and in print. HUGE THANKS to Laura and staff!!!  Six artists in our building are part of it.
                                    These are some of the collages I am currently showing.



we had a great meeting to plan the upcoming year

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hey it is 2016!

 "HAPPY 2016" and I want to share some great news with you all in this post!

 ART
.....but first back in 2015 we had the www.culturecrawl.ca event in our neighbourhood and thousands of people came through our building, Paneficio.  In our studio, AMP Sharon and I counted 3200 visitors.  This is the time to show new work, get feed back, sell your art and expose people to your art practice.  I did very well and sold 5 pieces and lots of my collage cards that weekend and a couple more pieces after that.  I also participate in www.firstsaturday.ca with several other artists, which is an open studio event where visitors can come to your studio while you are working.  It is a relaxed atmosphere where you can take time to talk about your work and show your tools and techniques. 


my studio during the Crawl with the great weather
2 young boys who had been in my studio left this message outside  (go to see amazing art work) Love!!!

a couple weeks later it started snowing on the mountains
the highest point in our hood and is where the eagles perch
also in my hood are many, many craft beer tasting rooms....finally went on a tour organized by my brother Glenn with Rob and Arnt....look at his tiny beer (he was the driver) compared to my big cider


Friday, November 20, 2015

FALL UPDATE!

Here it is November and the Eastiside Culture Crawl is this weekend.  We open our studio doors to thousands of visitors for exhibitions, sales and lots of conversation.  About 450 artists in 80 buildings...get your walking shoes on!
November 19/20 5 to 10pm  Nov 21/22 11-6pm

check out our new websites... www.arntarntzen.com & www.valeriearntzen.com




Arnt is showing these lovely table/stools.


I have 3 small assemblage series I am showing.

four pieces as part of "Framework"
"Stitched Collage" series..this is Qu'apelle Valley
Flight from the "Tin Box" series

Noise and On the Road from "Stitched Collage" series


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SUMMER UPDATE



 This post is about local art, my art, boat launches, travel and parties.  So you can see it is a great start to summer.  I gave Arnt guitar lessons by his nephew Arnt as a gift.  They are sitting around our new fire bowl which Arnt gave me for my birthday.  Our deck is a wonderful place to while away the summer hours.

ART

Went to the first annual Parker Salon last month.  There was an art show on Friday night in the hall and the studios were open on Sat and Sunday.

thin slices of wood embedded in firbreglass for wall pieces
Judson Beaumont created these tiny modern houses.  We had to have one.

Brian Howell with his Barrier burnt forests photographs.
met up with some old friends like Lisa G
Parker Salon was created by these two gals, Nina Chebry and Cybelle Ironside...you go girls!


NEW YORK, NEW YORK!


went to New York to see family, friends, art and architecture and work on a boat


LEIF'S FAMILY:  Thomas (father-in-law), Kathy (wife), Leif and Frances (mother-in-law) treat us as family.
We mostly went so Arnt could help his brother Leif on his boat.  It was still in the shed when we arrived and in the water when we left.  There was at least one all niter pulled to get this done.
It is a lovely old wooden boat...
Concordia Sloop #71 (41'0")
Built in 1959 by Abeking and Rasmussen (#5469)
POLARIS is the name



The inside has not been messed with so retains a lot of its soul.



I got to meet up with my dear friend Robert McQueen (of the play Abba fame + lots more) and he brought a surprise guest Roy Surette who is the Artistic and Executive Director at Centaur Theatre in Montreal.  He gave me my first job in theatre working on a play with Morris Panych and Ken MacDonald when I moved back from California and I credit them a lot with where I ended up today....so thanks guys!

Roy, me and Robert
Then for me it was all about the art....

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring has Sprung!


Been a really nice spring (and let's face it when was winter...sorry everywhere else Canada) so have been on my bike a bit and getting out to see music, art, boats and did a week surf trip to Tofino and a visit to Gabriola.

I wanted to start this post with a couple photos from my neighbourhood...just love our hood and all the people who think outside the box or are just funny!

ART BY OTHERS: every few months we meet at my friend Sarah's house for sparkling beverages, snacks and art talk.  She also has an amazing collection of art as well. (sorry I do not have the names of the artists)  She is an incredible paper collage artist and painter.
You can see her art at www.sarahgeemiller.com

Sarah's work


her snacks are always good
one of her early pieces
I love this piece as it goes with sculptures he had made that are all drawn in this painting