h’Art for Haiti Silent Auction

RosebudThis Friday February 26th, I will be participating in h’Art for Haiti, a silent auction of art from Ottawa artists to raise funds for Haiti Earthquake relief. There will be a variety of works from many talented local artists and I’ve donated a mounted 17″x10″ print of one of my photographs entitled Rosebud (pictured here) to the cause. The event takes place this Friday February 26th starting at 6:30pm at the Ecclesiax Gallery at 2 Monk Street (at Fifth Ave) in the Glebe. If you are in the Ottawa area and are interested in supporting local artists and a great cause, please come by and check it out.

Exhibition at Studio 330

September 2009 Exhibition at Studio 330During the month of September, my entire collection of prints (minus one photograph that refused to be hung) will be on display at Studio 330.  The downtown Kingston yoga studio will feature nine of my framed prints on the main wall and my three mounted prints (including the golden Buddha) in the back lounge. I hung the pieces on Labour Day Monday and struck around for a relaxing gentle yoga class lead by dallas with the musical accompaniment of the lovely vocals and guitar of Michelle.  Practicing to the live music in good company with my art work on display was a wonderful way to close the long weekend and get September off to an amazing start.

Art Through Yoga 2009 – Physical by Nature

Art Through Yoga 2009 - Physical by Nature

Last month I had the opportunity to participate in the “Art Through Yoga 2009 – Physical by Nature” exhibition that was part of the Yoga Festival Toronto.  The show was curated by Maggie O’Connor and consisted of a wonderful collection of artwork that was put together in order to “explore and magnify the enigmatic union, which is equally the nature of art and yoga.”   The show featured art work by several members of the greater Toronto Yoga community, including myself, Dianna Last, Eric Farache, Frank Pasquill, Kevin Konnyu, Nika Belianina, Rudo Vacula, Scott Petrie, Tim Bermingham, and Winston Lau.  An online collection of the images in the show can be found here.

The two photos I had on display – In Meditation and Touch – were taken last year during yoga retreats I participated in as part of my teacher training.  It was wonderful to be able to combine my interest in yoga and photography, from the taking of the photographs to enjoying the exhibit as a participant in the festival itself.

Women’s Art Festival

Display at the Women's Art FestivalA few weekends ago, I particpated in the annual Women’s Art Festival in City Park in Kingston, Ontario. It was ridiculously hot and humid that day so things were pretty slow going in terms of visitors and sales.  However, I did sell some greeting cards and one of my prints, Block D Rising (which was part of the Exposures exhibition last fall), sold in the silent auction so I was able to raise some funds for the charities that the festival supports.  This was also my first chance to try out my new tent and easel displays (thanks Mom and Dad for your help with both of these!). Overall, I would have to say that the best part of the day was the community –  meeting other artists but also meeting people who are interested in my work and see things in the slightly off-kilter way that I do.

Women’s Art Festival

Women's Art Festival PosterNext weekend I’ll be showing some of my photographs at the Women’s Art Festival, a large outdoor art show and festival happening on Sunday August 16th from 10am-5pm at City Park in Kingston, Ontario. The show is free to attend and will be held rain or shine (I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for shine!).  I’ll have several framed and mounted prints for sale as well as notecards.

The festival features a visual arts & craft sale from 200 vendors as well as performing arts and music from women all over Ontario and a silent auction.  Participating artist will donate 20% of their proceeds as well as silent auction items to support various non-profits in Kingston including Women’s Counselling Program, Childbirth Kingston, Kingston Community Health Centre, Street Health Centre, and Health Pursuits Reading. Over the years the Festival has donated more than $100,000 to similar not-for-profit groups.

For more information about the festival, please visit: http://www.womensartfestivalkingston.ca/

Art Among the Ruins


My Display at Art Among the Ruins

Last month I participated in my very first art show – Art Among the Ruins – and I couldn’t have asked for a better day. The weather managed to cooperate (except for a 2 minute sprinkling of rain) and it was wonderful to be outside and meet the many wonderful people who came by the show for the day.   I sold a bunch of notecards and my Moo mini business cards were a big hit.  I also got to meet some of the talented artists who were part of the show and was overwhelmed by their support.  All in all it was a great day and I look forward to doing it again next year.  In the meantime, I’ll be busy preparing for the Women’s Art Festival on August 16th in Kingston, Ontario.

Art Among the Ruins

art-among-ruins-2009-eThis month I will be participating in Art Among the Ruins, a large outdoor art show & sale.  The show takes place on Saturday June 13, 2009 from 10am-5pm and is set among picturesque ruins of a 19th century mill along the Napanee River.  This dynamic community-driven art show is in its third year and showcases juried-quality artwork from over 40 diverse artists working in various mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, metal, fibre, wood, and glass.  Admission is free and the event will happen rain or shine (but I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for ‘shine’).

The show is located at 27 Earl St. in Newburgh, Ontario which is located just 10 minutes north of the 401. It is about 30 minutes from Kingston and would make a great day trip from either Toronto or Ottawa.

X Marks the Spot Featured in Photosho

X Marks the SpotThe fifth issue of Photosho just hit the stands and one of my photographs, X Marks the Spot, is featured in this issue. The theme of the issue is Architectural Grandeur and this issue is done exclusively in black and white which makes for visually appealing collection of images. X Marks the Spot was taken during the architectural opening of the of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, designed by Daniel Libeskind, at the Royal Ontario Museum back in June 2007. This image is in good company amongst the many other urban and rural Canadian architectural landmarks featured in this issue. A great preview of the magazine is available on the Photosho web site although it looks (and feels) much better in print.

The Diefenbunker


A few weekends ago, Sarah, Justin and I visited the Diefenbunker, a huge four-storey underground bunker that was designed to house crucial elements of the Canadian government during the Cold War in the event of a nuclear strike. The bunker is named after former Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and is now open to the public as a museum.  It was really interesting to learn about the Cold War and Canada’s history in it, from possible Canadian targets to how many nuclear test were conducted on North American soil, and to snap a few photos as well.  My favourite shot of the day, pictured above, is looking up the blast tunnel on the way down to the bunker.  The entire set of photos is available under a Creative Commons Attribution non-Commerical license for those who may be interested in using these photos for a project.

Flashes of Perception

miksang-mosaicA few weekends ago I had the opportunity to participate in a Miksang Level 1 workshop lead by  Janice Van Dijk.  I’ve wanted to take this workshop for a few years now, but up until now it has only been offered in Ottawa and Toronto so I’m thankful to Janice for bringing the practice to Kingston.

Miksang is a contemplative approach to photography and the focus of the first level is to synchronize the eye and the mind.  This is done by becoming aware of things in your environment that catch your eye and then taking a photograph of exactly what your flash of perception was without all of the distractions.   It is through this mindful approach that you are able to enter a meditative state and the  minimal look of most Miksang photographs results from reducing what caught your eye down to the pure visual elements of colour, light, pattern, and space.

Over the course of the weekend we did several assignments that focused on color, light (patches of light, shadows, and texture created by light), patterns, space and dots in space. The full set of images taken during the workshop can be found here.