Sunday, April 23, 2006

opening soon...

"Naked l came into the world, but brush strokes cover me, language raises me, music rhythms me. Art is my rod and staff, my resting place and shield, and not mine only, for art leaves nobody out. Even those from whom art has been stolen away by tyranny, by poverty, begin to make it again."
-Jeanette Winterson

Thursday, April 20, 2006

stealing steel...

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive,
and the true success is to labour."
-robert louis stevenson

Many years ago l met this bikerartiststeel man, l helped him photograph his steel sculpture for a book he produced. His name is roy mackey and he is a wonderful man. I remember blowing up one of his chairs with gasoline, biggest boom l've ever heard and it flew ten feet in the air, and the greatest thing was that roy never got mad, infact he rebuilt the chair and gave it a grand second life.

roy lives in vancouver, looks after the ARC (live/work studio's). Below is some new work he is doing, if you get the chance and are in vancouver go see him, he is very personable, lively, talkative, helpful, has a parrot that bites, and sometimes he will give you a chocolate.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

get on the bus...

"The only gift is
a portion of thyself."
-ralph waldo emerson

Okay here are a couple more entries for youall. The second one is from my friend Paul Crawford, curator of Grand Forks Public art gallery. If you've never been to Wells, go now. You won't be dissapointed. It is a incredible place with incredible people. Get on the bus. go.

CALL for Entry
The Chilliwack Artists Association.
45899 Henderson Ave.
Chilliwack BC
V2P 2X6.

Invites artists to submit slides, CDs or Photographs of recent work, in any medium, for consideration for the 2007 Exhibition year. Exhibition space is available at the Chilliwack Arts Centre Gallery (Artists Gallery) on Henderson or at Chilliwack City Hall Gallery on Young Street.
Deadline for submissions will be June 30th 2006.
For additional information and application forms
Please contact the Vice President. Marilyn Goodridge @ 604 824 0563.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Julie Fowler, Artistic Director/Curator
Toll Free: 1-800-442-ARTS (2787)
Tel: 250-994-3466 Fax: 250-994-3433


Wells, British Columbia, Canada - Island Mountain Arts Gallery is pleased to announce four-day scholarship opportunities for visual artists working in any media to the 2006 Wells Artists’ Project for Professional and Emerging Artists. The 2006 program will feature the internationally renowned artists, Michael Morris, RCA & Robert Murray, CM, RCA as mentors over the course of the program which runs over nine days from Saturday July 29 - Sunday Aug 6, 2006. Participants will be provided studio space and direct and peer group mentorship with daily one on one critiques with the mentor artists and their peers.

How is it funded?
Island Mountain Arts Gallery and Summer School of the Arts is a not-for-profit society founded in 1977 in the community of Wells, British Columbia, Canada. You can access their web page at or contact Julie Fowler at 1-800-442-2787 or by e-mail
How much is it?
Each scholarship is worth $400 and can be applied to the eight-day program should the recipient wish to take advantage of the full eight-days of 2006 Wells Artists’ Project.
What are the Selection Criteria?
Based on a review of the application materials and the following considerations, Island Mountain Arts Gallery will select two individuals to receive scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded to one emerging and one professional artist. Island Mountain Arts reserves the right to change these criteria if the submissions warrant.

Applications must include the following:

Ø Include what category they are applying under (emerging or professional artist).

Ø Show a commitment to their art practice.

Ø A letter stating what they hope to gain from this experience

Ø Provide a current CV and artist statement.

Ø Provide 6 - 10 images of artwork created in the last year either as slides or digital images.

Ø A commitment to attend the course if accepted

What is the application deadline?
May 15th, 2006 (successful applicants will be notified no later than May 30th)

How do I apply for this scholarship?
Mail the above requested information to:

Wells Artist Project - Scholarship
Island Mountain Arts
PO Box 65, Wells, BC
V0K 2R0, Canada

Friday, April 14, 2006

fear and loneliness...

"At once a new warmth flows through me. These voices, these quiet words, these footsteps in the trench behind me recall me at a bound from the terrible loneliness and fear of death by which l had been almost destroyed. They are more to me than life - their voices, they are more than motherliness and more than fear, they are the strongest, most comforting thing there is anywhere - they are the voices of my comrades."

-All quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

Robert Capa

Montblanc, Tarragona, 1938

Robert Capa was born Andre Friedmann in Budapest in 1913. At barely 18 he moved to Berlin and took up photojournalism and a few years later moved to Paris which he would consider his only home.

"On road to Messina, 1943

In Paris Robert struggled to earn a living and fell in love with Gerda Taro. Together they created the name Robert Capa, finding it more profitable to sell his images.

Fallen Soldier, Spanish Civil War, 1936

Robert and Gerda moved to war torn Spain in 1936, wishing to fight totalitarianism with their cameras.

In Spain Gerda acquired the nickname "La pequeria rubia". ...sadly Gerda was killed, accidently run over by a tank. She was 26 and it is said that a piece of Robert died with her.

"gerda and robert in paris,

Robert went on to document the Sino-Japanese war, and world war ll where he was with the first wave onto Omaha Beach during the slaughter of the D Day invasion. In 1947 he set up the Magnum Photo Agency with Cartier-Bresson and others.

In 1954 Robert Capa agreed to supply life magazine with photos of the conflict between the french and viet minh in Indochina.

"I will be on my good behavior today, l will not insult my colleagues and l will not once mention the excellence of my work" - Robert Capa,
eight hours before he was killed by a landmine at Thai Bink.
He was 40

Friday, April 07, 2006

ACCESS Vancouver

ACCESS Artist Run Centre Vancouver is accepting proposals for shows for the main gallery. April 15 is the closing date; git their submission guidelines at:

Thursday, April 06, 2006

riff and raff...

Good day patriot members. Just a couple of things that might interest you;
click on this -grant monies and it will take you to the VADA grant website, a grant allowing you to learn something new, go ahead read it. Just contact them if your interested in the 2006 application.

and here, click on this- self indulgent and you will be whisked away to the richmond public art gallery, look around. They have a self portrait show coming up and you just need to be a member to get in, become a member, do yourself, richmond is okay.

"Sure on this shining night of star-made shadows round
Kindness must watch for me - This side the ground.
The late year lies down the north.
All is healed, All is health.
High summer holds the earth. Hearts are whole.
Sure on this summer night, I weep for wonder
Wand'ring far alone
of shadows on the stars."
-James Agee (Let us now praise famous men)

A painting l did of david earle a few years ago and more interesting is this -David Earle click on his name and go to his lovely website. A new book just came out on him and it is so beautiful, filled with journal writings, images of and from his life. Even if your not a dancer, even if you don't like dancing, even if you can barely walk, its worth the look.

Sunday, April 02, 2006