On the news front... 1) On Saturday March 5th, I gave a 75 minute slide lecture on "The Potential of Pastel" at the Art for All Canada conference in Toronto, Ontario. The slides can be viewed as a pdf by following the link on the Pastel Artists Canada website (www.pastelartists.ca) under the "News" tab. In addition, I participated in what was billed as the world's first art fashion show, where conference participants "modeled" their artwork on the catwalk! I'm told that the show will soon be posted to You Tube--search with the keywords "Art for All Canada Toronto".
2) While you're at the Pastel Artists Canada (PAC) website (www.pastelartists.ca), check for the details of the Members' Show, April 15th to May 14th at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts. The Opening Reception is April 15th at 7 pm, and there will be an opportunity to buy pastel supplies from The Pastel Studio (a Cambridge specialty shop) at the opening. Join the PAC and get 30% off materials at this event! Here's the piece I'm exhibiting, titled "Merci M. Monet", done during my trip to Giverny, France last summer.
3) this spring, I will be teaching pastel classes at Meta4 Gallery in Port Perry again. An introductory weekend class is planned for June 25/26, and a new format, a 4-evening course, is also scheduled, beginning on May 31st, for intermediate students. Check the Meta4 spring class catalogue (www.meta4gallery.ca) for more details.
4) For the first time this year, I will be part of the Lake Scugog Studio Tour, which runs the weekend of April 30/May 1, 2011. I will be a guest artist at the studio of Bonnie Thomson, glass artist. For details, check the Tour website at www.scugogstudiotour.ca This well-established tour (2011 is the twelfth year) features 21 artists skilled in a variety of media, and is always very well received. The area around Lake Scugog is very lovely in the spring; you can lunch at one of the fabulous cafes in Port Perry and maybe squeeze in some shopping amid the quaint boutiques of Queen St. after lunch. Come along and say hello!
5) I'll also be part of the first annual Warkworth Art in the Park event on May 20-21, 2011 (warkworthartinthepark.ca). Warkworth is southeast of Peterborough in the Northumberland hills, 90 miles east of Toronto. Hope to see some of you there!