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Dear art lovers and friends of the Blood Star Gallery,
Have you visited the Audain Museum at Whistler? It's something we've been wanting to do for a couple of years and finally managed this week. What a wonderful collection and it's just the right size - not at all overwhelming. Works by Emily Carr and EJ Hughes were prominent. Hughes' saturated colours were particularly uplifting. The First Nations' masks are masterful. And the current eclectic photography exhibit even includes a few of Wilson Bentley's photographs of snowflakes from the 1920s. Bentley took 5000 photos of snowflakes and demonstrated that no two snowflakes are the same.
Opening tomorrow, October 5 at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery on Granville Island is the CRISIS Exhibition. Works by sixty juried artists reflect the importance of nature to our collective and individual wellbeing - more important than ever in this time of coronavirus and climate change. Susan was delighted to be invited to be a juror for the show. There are powerful images of environmental degradation as well as work that inspires redoubling of our efforts to protect the environment we hold dear. One of Susan's pieces from her The Importance of Plankton series is included in the exhibit which runs until October 18. If you'd prefer, you can see the show online at www.artists.ca.
The Importance of Plankton VII, acrylic and resin on wood cradle, 30 x 30
The Gallery at Hope Bay on the Pender Islands has a new show up now and until November 1 - Forest Life and Flights of Fancy. There's work in wood, felt, photography, clay, paint and more by the many talented artists of the Penders. Frank is showing a folk art bird from his corvid series and Susan is showing a nest from her ongoing nest series.
Strutting Corvid, painted wood and found object, 11.75 x 14 x 4
Home III, ink and watercolour on paper, 6.5 x 6.5, matted and framed 13 x 13
Frank is currently working on folk art commissions in anticipation of Christmas giving. Here's one of his works in progress. What a cutie!
We'll be returning from our mountain break soon and the Blood Star will reopen on October 8, 11 to 4 with covid measures in place. Please wear a mask if you plan to visit. We'll look forward to seeing you.
Be safe everyone.
Our best to you,
Susan and Frank