Saturday, November 23, 2013


Now that I have recovered with two days of big sleeps, I would like to give you a recap of the experience.

Thursday was a public Preview night.  We did not participate but went to the crawl.  Arnt had never been to the Crawl as he has been in it for all 17 years.   We headed off with Rob O'dea (ex President of Crawl for 6 years), Rachael Ashe (participating artist) and Sally Gooding (taking a year off and doing the Crawl).  Here are a few highlights....

884 Georgia
Joan Tayler 

Joan's set up
Love her process display
Ray Ophoff  

Ray sold tons of his wonderful paintings

He keeps his brushes super clean
 Michelle Silver-Sirois was next ...
fantastic hooked rug
textile work
another hooked rug
Jazz band with her husband Jerry and our friend Paul
Sally buying a lovely piece from Michelle
At Parker Street we visited Sonya Iwasiuk..
Sonya goes to ghost towns in Saskatchewan for inspriation
her interpretation of the prairies
every farmer has to have a tractor
 and one of my favourites...David Robinson
huge horse and rider on the roof
oversize cardboard man in chair high in the air
how is this attached to the wall?
love the tension he creates in his pieces
don't jump
the shadows are part of the pieces
wonder if DaVinci is his inspiration
 Last stop at Parker was Carla Tak
she looks wonderful in front of her white piece
studio looks great
Friday was a bit disappointing with only a few hundred people and tons of rain and bad traffic, but I sold a piece so not too bad!   By the end of the weekend 3050 people had come into Paneficio studios.  I sold 6 pieces by the end of the Crawl and the best part was five of them had never seen my work before.  My raffle for the Red Cross Typhoon victims was successful raising $120 by selling my Frida Kahlo Doll.  Arnt sold several pieces at the Crawl but the bonus came on Monday when his gallery bought everything else.  How great is it to have a SOLD OUT show!  It did not stop there as another gallery he shows in Kozai Modern offered him a show in 2014.  WOW...we are happy!

(Keith Jardine photo)
count for Sunday afternoon
This just in....a wonderful man named Paul Czene did this video about my work during the Crawl...thanks Paul....  

Arnt's shop was full of new designs....

cracked ice table
Bar/table and stools
Orca hall table with drawer
I love my studio all cleaned up and work hung....
my sitting area to chat during the Crawl
everyone loved my coffee table...especially the smell of the cypress
steady crowd of people through my studio
Frida Kahlo Doll I made and raffled for Red Cross Typhoon victims
Amsterdam Bike SOLD

Measure Of My Faith (5) SOLD
Two Blue Birds SOLD

Birth of Jazz SOLD

(Keith Jardine photo)
Walter Quan of BC Arts Council bought Birth of Jazz...his first Crawl!

Connections SOLD
Live Life to Death   SOLD thanks to everyone for all the support and see you all next year!

PS:  I got some fan mail after the is one....

Hello! I was one of the many Emily Carr students who came through your studio Saturday night and I just wanted to thank you for opening up your studio to the public for the culture crawl!
I have a magpie aesthetic when it comes to decorating and art making and your work seems to encapsulate that collecting/archiving drive. I especially enjoyed your travelling shrines and for me they seem to speak a lot to the way culture and fetishism are created, something that I have been thinking a lot about lately.
Also, we went to your husbands studio and it was fantastic! Thanks for recommending it to us.
Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your work!

-Kristen Heyland 

Friday, November 8, 2013


Was a very busy fall, full of art galleries, design show, taught a workshop, a great play and turkey!    Also just in…. something major I did not plan for!!!!

First off if you get the chance to see this play anywhere in the world check out “Six Guitars” a one man show by Chase Padgett.  He is trying to get a show in NYC. 

Have seen some great shows around town this past couple of months.  Lots of these shows are part of the first annual city wide photography show in Vancouver.  They have a fantastic catalogue.  

Equinox is showing paintings and collages by Gordon Smith.  He is 94 and the show was almost sold out.  The reno they have done is absolutely fabulous.  Andy gave Sally and I a private tour which included his office.

Gordon at work
Kimoto the new gallery on 6th at Granville is showing  Mel Yap a young photographer.  I love his take on Vancouver.  He prints on metallic paper which makes the photos really pop.  The book of his work is wonderful and he is also going to include a download of some of his music with the book.

Ewan McNeil’s new paintings are at 1965 Main Street. with more details also on facebook.   Fantastic monochromatic paintings.  Sally could not believe they were not photos and she is a photographer. 
Wayne Ngan had a sale at his daughter Gailan's studio...beautiful glazes...he is a master..

Jennifer Kostiuk Gallery has an amazing group show and two photographers were my favourites.  Dianne Bos (pinhole camera) and Catherine Nelson (100’s of photos layered to create her pieces).

Dianne Bos
Catherine Nelson

One of my favourites is at Jones Gallery and is the photographer Danny Singer.  Beautiful large photos from all over but a lot from Saskatchewan.  He travels around in his motor home and snaps away.  He specializes in small towns with big skies!  He is a master of stitching these photos together.

Tony Yin Tak Chin did a beautiful installation with pen and ink drawings on large rice paper with real flowers attached.  It was at the Brittania Library Gallery.

Checked out the Craft show at the Pendulum are a few of my fav's...sorry don't have the artist's names.

real thorn's

dress made from tents
hooked rug by Michelle Sirois-Silver

Went to the IDS West  Design Show….Arnt’s gallery had some of his work. Favourites were the booths from the ARC artists and Brent Comber  

My friend Nina has a new business importing felt products made by women from central Asia.  Check out ....rugs, slippers, pillows, etc.

Mayne Island was the location for thanksgiving.  The weather was fantastic so we sat on the deck a lot.  Walks, magazine reading, scrabble, drinking wine and eating turkey rounded out the visit.

Phil made the yummy!

table set in the new dining room
Arnt doing some running with fire and beer ritual

I taught a two day workshop to some of the artists at Performing Artists Lodge  My students were from 60 to 83 years old.  Was so fun.  They were gearing up for a two day show at PAL.  One of my students won the curators choice and another one won the people’s choice.  I was so proud. 

my set up
students hard at work
Lorna Schwenk's work in progress "Door to my past"

Other highlights this fall…

Our dear friends Patrick and Jeffery got married!  Ceremony in a beautiful 100 year old church and then Queens Park for the celebration.

newly married Patrick and Jeffery

Hosted my sister-in-laws 60th birthday.  All the best for the coming year Lesia!

my sister Debra and I made these delicious appy's

What I was not planning for….fell off my bike, broke my arm, had surgery to put an 11 cm (4.5") screw and plate in my elbow….yikes!!!    6 to 8 week recovery…no use of my arm!

Many thanks to all my friends for flowers, cards, emails, calls, visits, food and outings!  Thanks also to the medical team at VGH.  Special thanks to my dear friend Sally who called me every day to cheer me up, brought food and took me on an outing.  And HUGE thanks to my husband Arnt who rallied up to the challenge with everything from helping me bathe to cooking, shopping, keeping me entertained, etc., etc...all while getting ready for the Crawl!

Shows I was in this year…

Station House Gallery, Williams Lake, BC - LAUNDRY

Terra Housing Boardroom, Vancouver, BC  

Britannia Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Laos Umbrellas
Santa Fe prayer flags

Van City West End, Vancouver, BC 

Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, BC

Burnaby Arts Council Gallery, Burnaby, BC

{second year..I was in the Amsterdam one last year}

my bird

Shows coming up this year…..

Eastside Culture Crawl
CIGAR BOX ART  {3 of 21}
AMP Studio - Paneficio Building
800 Keefer Street,  Vancouver, BC

Richmond Art Gallery
Nov 17, 2013-Jan 6, 2014
7700 MInoru GatE
Richmond, BC

The Cultch
December 17, 2013 to January 23, 2014 
1895 Venables Street
, Vancouver, BC

Shows coming up next year….
Percy Thomson Gallery, New Zealand
Jericho Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC

I have a project called “COMMON CENTS”.  As our Canadian penny is disappearing I would like to do a piece with pennies so I am looking for your leftover pennies.  Please shoot me an email and I can come and pick up.