ART AND THE CITY: Artist as Entrepreneur in Edmonton

My January exhibition in Sherwood Park, Alberta led to a new opportunity, with an invitation to present a professional development talk and webinar for Visual Arts Alberta - CARFAC. An opportunity to share my knowledge and speak to artists about how I building a career as a Canadian Visual Artist. This trip also presented the opportunity to spend some time in the city and in the galleries on the famous 124th street. Settle in for my Edmonton edition of Art and The City.

Afghan Mural by Instant Coffee Artist Collective - http://www.edmontonpublicart.ca

Afghan Mural by Instant Coffee Artist Collective - http://www.edmontonpublicart.ca

Day 1: I spent some time at the immense Commonwealth Community Rec Centre touring the training facilities and checking out the public art. The facility provides turf, court, and fitness facilities for many sports teams including the Edmonton Eskimos. The public art mural, Afghan Mural, created by a local arts collective features the many patterns of Afghan blankets. Later I visited Strathcona County Art Gallery @501, which hosted my solo exhibition earlier this year. Their new show celebrating Canada150, is a seemingly humorous look at the history of Canada, but at closer examination the show tells the true and sometimes painful stories of our combined history. Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft, builds meticulous dioramas, photographs them and then manipulates the photos, setting the dioramas against backgrounds of well known Group Of Seven paintings. Day one complete, day two awaits. 

Beavers and Woo At Tanoo - Diana Thorneycroft - after painting: Tanoo Queen Charlotte Islands, 1913 Emily Carr

Beavers and Woo At Tanoo - Diana Thorneycroft - after painting: Tanoo Queen Charlotte Islands, 1913 Emily Carr

Days 2&3: Walking the talk and talking the walk. Yesterday my course was set for 124 Street in Edmonton. 124 Street is Edmonton’s premier destination and home to the city’s finest commercial art galleries. I walked and talked and experienced a variety of art from sculpture to painting, Inuit arts and crafts to iconic and colourful landscapes. Stand outs on this strip were; Bearclaw Gallery, The Front Gallery and Peter Robertson gallery, where there is an equal dose of traditional, contemporary, modern and indigenous represented in a refreshing light. I spent the evening with two Edmonton artists touring their quirky museum-like home and experiencing Green Onion cakes at the local Vietnamese haunt. Today I pulled on my red coat, laced up my new sneakers and Ubered over to Visual Arts Alberta - CARFAC, where I presented a talk for the membership, on and off-line. Artist as Entreprenuer: How I built my career as a Canadian Visual Artist. A long and productive couple days end with a glass of red and a moment to reflect and prepare for the next road trip, driving home through Jasper and those beautiful Rocky Mountains. Next stop, Vancouver Island, back to the studio, new canvas and new ideas are flowing.

Artist as Entrepreneur: PD talk and webinar at VAAA/CARFAC in Edmonton - Brandy Saturley

Artist as Entrepreneur: PD talk and webinar at VAAA/CARFAC in Edmonton - Brandy Saturley

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ART AND THE CITY: Canadian Art and Canadian icons in Vancouver

ART AND THE CITY: THE CIRCLES IN LIFE

Art and The City has become a regular blog post recounting experiences while travelling for my art career. My paintings, my camera, and my love of art has led to many fascinating discoveries over the past few years of writing this blog. These entries lead to the creation of more work, back home in my studio and throw light on the places and people I meet on my journey. Most recently I was back working in Vancouver, here are a few gems from this February trip.

Susan Point - SPINDLE WHORL at Vancouver Art Gallery

Susan Point - SPINDLE WHORL at Vancouver Art Gallery

My first day in Vancouver was spent getting situated and creating an itinerary. As my second day in Vancouver winds down I am coming to notice a theme, and that is the circle. Today I visited the immense retrospective exhibition Spindle Whorl by celebrated First Nations artist, Susan Point. Spanning decades and incorporating printmaking, woodwork, glass and paper casting, all rippling out from an original circle. The spindle whorl is a round disk with a stick through the centre used by native peoples to spin wool. These works speak of the circles of human and nature, eternity, longevity, continual growth and reconciliation. I then walked around the outside of BC Place stadium, another circle, and across town to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. An oasis in the city, this garden is the first Chinese or "scholars" garden built outside of China, The mandate of the garden is to “maintain and enhance the bridge of understanding between Chinese and western cultures, promote Chinese culture generally and be an integral part of the local community." Here I also found many circles in the architecture and the gardens, a symbol of heaven and eternity in Chinese culture. On this trip I am opening and closing circles, developing new paths for my art and reigniting old connections. 

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens

VANCOUVER and SOUTH GRANVILLE 
As two more days in the city wind down, I am hanging up my walking shoes and kicking back with a margarita. The last two days have brought great conversations with galleries, clients, and spawned new relationships. I have walked all corners of the city, become a serious foodie, and even travelled by Aquabus! From museums to galleries and street art, I have enjoyed connecting with a diverse range of art styles. Highlights today; Wim Blom at Ian Tan Gallery, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, Jessica Korderas at Elissa Cristall Gallery, and Yorke Graham at Kimoto Gallery. I've eaten Vietnamese Pho, Japanese Ramen, Japanese Izakaya, Mexican, burgers and fries, horseradish pickles, the most ultimate lemon square and a few gallons of tea. The film industry continues to boom with multiple productions filming all over the city. Of all the cities I have explored in Canada, Vancouver still holds my top spot for beauty from sea to sky! Endless possibilities and endless vistas. Tomorrow is my last day here, then back to the easel.

Wim Blom - Ian Tan Gallery

Wim Blom - Ian Tan Gallery

Yorke Graham - Kimoto Gallery

Yorke Graham - Kimoto Gallery

My final day in Vancouver I spent walking through the iconic and Stanley Park, named after Lord Stanley himself, the namesake of Canada’s most prized trophy, the Stanley Cup. Natural beauty is bountiful where sky meets sea, and trees create pathways to new discoveries. Nine majestic totem poles greet visitors at Brockton Point in Stanley Park, BC's most visited tourist attraction. The collection started in the 1920s, the Skedans Mortuary Pole is a replica as the original was returned home to Haida Gwaii. In the late 1980s, the remaining totem poles were sent to various museums for preservation and the Park Board commissioned and loaned replacement totems. The ninth and most recent totem pole, was added in 2009. 

That's it! Another Art and The City entry comes to a close...next up, back to Edmonton, Alberta. See you on the road. ~ Brandy

Brockton Point Totems - Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Brockton Point Totems - Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

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