Artists' Workshop

A November Show and Sale

Artists' Workshop, the group I paint with, is having a November Art Show and Sale. It will be held at the Prairie Star Art Gallery at 1136 8th Street East. This is a one time place for the show. Here is the information below:

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The show begins tonight

After a winter of working away, we all have lots of bright new works to share with everyone. We hope people come and visit. With masses of snow still on the ground, there is definitely no garden work going on this year. So come see the show for some colour, music, and conversation. See you there!

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Get your trekking gear ready - Art Trek this weekend!

It is only a few days now until Art Trek, Saskatoon's first studio discovery tour, which will take place at five city art studios (Friday June 8, 5 – 10 pm, and Saturday June 9, 10 am – 5 pm). The five studios involved in the tour include 330 Design Group (330 Ave G South), Artists' Workshop (505 10th St East), Men Who Paint (324 Duchess St), St George Studio Artists (1932 St George Ave), and The Mix Collective Artists (539 24th St East). Artists will be actively working on projects as well as displaying completed works that will be available for sale.

There is a lot of buzz around the city now! This collaborative event will involve over 40 Saskatoon artists, painters, and sculptors who will promote their arts within Saskatoon. This is going to be THE weekend in Saskatoon for art lovers! Take the studio tour at your own pace to discover some of Saskatoon’s finest artists. Also check out the Waterfront Art and Craft Sale at River landing on Saturday, the 9th. We hope you can join us!

On Friday evening Cathy Watts, Co-President of Saskatoon Cycles, will be leading a bike tour of all locations involved in Art Trek! The itinerary and info. is listed below. Feel free to join the bike tour at any point!

Departure times and locations:
A. Men Who Paint. RSVP Event Studio, 324 Duchess Street at 5:45 pm
B. The Mix Artists' Collective. 539 24th Street East at 6:30 pm
C. 330 Design Group. 330 Ave. G. South at 7.30
D. Artists' Workshop. Grace Westminster Church Auditorium, 10th St. and Eastlake at 8:30
E. St. George Studio. 1932 St. George Avenue. Final departure from St. George studio to be determined with Cathy.

Please wear visible clothing and we recommend a bike and helmet light in case you are cycling after dark.
For more information and to register, please phone or email Cathy at 664 3908 or ctwatts@sasktel.net

To keep up to date with happenings, check out the map, and find out more information about the groups, 'like' our page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ArtTrekSaskatoon.

We hope this is the FIRST ANNUAL ART TREK. Other city groups are expressing interest in joining next year!

Almost ready

Just a few days now to our spring show. This year I am feeling quite relaxed about the whole process. I have enjoyed my first winter painting with my new group, the Artists's Workshop. The incentive of working together every Monday has been a great motivator. Also, this group shows just paintings, so there isn't the work of cards and reproductions to do. I still have cards if anyone wants them; they can just get in touch with me. So all the paintings that will be done for this show are finished. The framing is done. I just have two little ones to varnish, which will just take a few minutes. Just labels to be done. It is a nice feeling.

You can see most of the new pieces on the New Works page now. The living room is the staging ground for the show, so there are pieces all around waiting for their labels and then to be all wrapped up to take to the show. It gets a little chaotic!

 

 

April is art month in Saskatoon. I hope you can get out and see all the shows that are on. We have a very talented city! What we need is a central on-line location so that all these activities and shows can be posted. Something to work on over the summer.

See you soon!

With spring, new shows

Today is the first day of spring, which of course brought snow to us. I have been painting away, getting ready for our annual spring show.  Here is the information:

 

Now it is just over 3 weeks away. I plan to have pretty well all new pieces for the show, so it will be a busy time the next few weeks. I am starting to put up the new pieces in the Gallery of New Works, so keep checking to see what is new. 

There is some news as well. Our Artists' Workshop group has been invited to participate in Saskatoon's first Art Trek, a Studio Discovery Tour of five local practicing art groups. You can follow the development of this undertaking on our Facebook page, Art Trek. Art Trek will take place Friday June 8, from 5 - 10 pm, and Saturday June 9 from 10 am - 5 pm. The five groups taking part for this inagural tour are Saint George Studio, 330 Design Group, MIX Artists' Collective, Artists' Workshop, and The Men Who Paint. There will be over 40 artists demonstrating their practice and works. 

So it looks like an 'artful' spring coming up! I hope you can come by and take part in the various activities.

Autumn musings

We have had the most beautiful and warm end of summer, early fall this year. Today, finally we are having rain which has been needed. I feel like it is getting me in the mood for Vancouver, where I will be going soon to take part in a 4 day painting workshop.

I haven't taken a workshop in a couple of years, and am really looking forward to this one coming up. The instructor is Alvaro Castagnet, a Uraguayan painter. It will be in watercolour, and, weather permitting, we are going to be painting outdoors too, around Granville Island. This looks like it will be great fun and a great way to get back to painting in watercolour.

This summer, very little in the way of painting was done. It turned out to be one of those where there was a lot of demand on my time because of things that needed doing to the house - lots of things needed fixing, replacing, painting etc. Now those are pretty well complete and with autumn definitely here, I start to look forward to painting more steadily.

To start with, I am now a new member of one of Saskatoon's long standing painting groups, the Artists' Workshop. I am in the process of setting up a web site for the group, so check back from time to time as I get information and photos added from the other members of the group. The group has met a couple of times so far and I realized how out of practice with watercolours I am. So this workshop will get me back into the swing again.

Also, our Escape Artists' group has begun the planning for our Third Annual 'Art by the Hearth' show in December (the 10th and 11th). Suddenly, that is only two months away. Deadlines are motivating though.

And then in November I am going to take part in a multimedia workshop being put on by the University through its Community Arts program. Miranda Jones is doing 2 consecutive weekends and will be doing collage and working with gold leaf, something I have been wanting to find out about for some time.

So now is the time for turning slowly away from summer, enjoying whatever autumn we get, and looking forward to settling in for the winter months and hopefully painting, painting, painting.

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