Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MOSAIC: New Paintings by Rick Bond

I just added more than 20 new paintings by Rick Bond to the gallery website! These fantastic new arrivals will all be featured in his upcoming solo exhibition MOSAIC, in the gallery from October 7th to 23rd, 2010.

An exhibition of rugged landscapes, European eclecticness and urban jazz unite to express human emotion in the most brilliant form.

Branches of Kalamalka, 36x36 acrylic on canvas by Rick Bons
Getting ready for a gallery exhibition is a ton of work. Depending on the size of works, solo or group exhibitions (in my gallery that is) can feature between 20 and 40 pieces. This one in particular has been on the calendar for about a year and has been in full planning mode for more than 8 weeks. I'll share the step by step exhibition planning details in a future post. For now, here are some of Rick Bonds newest paintings to enjoy!

Birds of Estuary, 11x14 acrylic on canvas by Rick Bond

Edge of Spirit Lake, 36x12 acrylic on canvas by Rick Bond

Cobblestone Streets, 24x20 acrylic on canvas by Rick Bond

Romantic Notes #1, 36x12 acrylic on canvas by Rick Bond

The Red Tree, 24x30 acrylic on canvas by Rick Bond

To view all 27 paintings featured in this exhibition please visit the MOSAIC exhibition page. If you live in Winnipeg and are interested in seeing this work in person the exhibition runs October 7th to 23rd at Woodlands Gallery, 535 Academy Road. Please join us at the Opening Reception on Thursday October 7th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm to enjoy refreshments and meet Rick Bond in person. He lives in BC and will be in Winnipeg for this one night only.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Airport Art

On our way to and from San Francisco we spent some time SFO (San Francisco International Airport) and YVR (Vancouver International Airport). There are some really fantastic pieces of artwork in both airports.

This was the first piece that really caught my eye in SFO...

I managed to find some information on the piece on the SFO website. The artist is Mildred Howard and it's called "Salty Peanuts". Quite appropriate :) Here's a detail shot.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find any information on these SFO pieces...

Vancouver International Airport has a "spectacular visual display of award-winning art and architecture". Here are a few great pieces that I came across along the way...

The artwork images from YVR are from the YVR Art Foundation website. I photographed the images from SFO.

These larger than life pieces of artwork are certainly awe inspiring and amazing, the last piece measuring 16 feet in diameter. The images hardly do them justice. I think these works also add an element of comfort and beauty to sometimes uncomfortable wait times and layovers.

Have you noticed any artwork at airports in your travels?

Beautiful Fall

We got home late Saturday night from our trip to San Francisco & Sonoma Valley. We had an absolutely fantastic time, which I'm sure I'll share bit by bit. There was so much to see and do in SF that a week wasn't close to enough. Wine Country was as beautiful as it was delicious!

Sunday was such a great day to relax before going back to the daily routine today. It was warm, sunny and the leaves are just starting to turn and fall. Isn't Fall beautiful?!?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Surprise To My Love...

Recently I shared that my hubby and I are leaving soon for our honeymoon in San Francisco and that if we're lucky this might be our first of two (I'll get to this part later).

A Little Background Info: My husband Ryan was born in the San Francisco Bay area but only lived there for a few years before moving to Canada. He was raised Roman Catholic and even went to Catholic schools growing up. But the number one Sunday ritual in his house was 49ers football. He watched every game with his dad and his whole family were fans.
Ryan has only been back to San Francisco a couple times since he moved here and has never been to a 49ers football game. Here's where I come in....

The Surprise: Since we got engaged I have been planning my wedding gift to him. The gift had four parts to it and when he opened it the day after our wedding, he shed a few tears.

Gift #1 - WestJet Buddy Passes
(almost free passes to any westjet destination)

Gift #2 - San Francisco Travel Brochures

Gift #3 - Matching 49ers Jerseys and 49ers Hats

At this point he still couldn't guess what the 4th gift was... he was too blown away that we were going to San Francisco.

See the Huge Smile?

This is when the tears came :)
Gift #4 - A 49ers Home Game Schedule
& Tickets to a 49ers Home Game!

Even though we'll only be going to one game, I ended up getting season tickets. Yes I'm crazy! But I'm selling the rest (and I only have 3 games left to sell). I wasn't sure when we would be able to get away so I wanted to leave the options open as to what game we were going to. I also wanted to make sure we got reasonably good seats at a reasonable price.

He was pretty excited to say the least!

He could not believe how I had pulled this off as a surprise and never would have imagined that I would get him tickets to see a game.

A virtual view from our seats

Fingers Crossed: Originally this trip to SF was only going to be a weekend trip to see the game. Well shortly after the wedding, Ryan got a new job and his vacation time is pretty much nil for the first year. So because this trip was somewhat already planned we've decided to extend it and stay in Sonoma Wine Country for a few days as a mini honeymoon. We plan to tour some local wineries, try some delicious wines, eat fresh cheese and other farmers market goods and book some services at the luxurious hotel spa. Our original honeymoon plan was to escape to a tropical beach resort sometime in the winter but we can only keep our fingers crossed that we will get vacation time for this one too. Wouldn't it be lovely to have two honeymoons? I can dream. 

What kind of surprises have you received or planned for someone you love? I would love to hear about them!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fabulous Friday!

Even though is cloudy and pouring rain out today, it is a great day for at least three reasons!

1. I sold that Marcel Cote painting featured in yesterdays post!

2. I finally got the link to view all my professional wedding photos online! There are 961 absolutely stunning shots all taken by Mairen from Luckygirl Photography! I'm all finished crying now but was a bit of a sappy mess when my client came in to buy the Marcel Cote painting. Here's a quick peek at some photos...

3. I just received 5 boxes of paintings shipped from Rick Bond in BC. I have a solo exhibition opening for him on October 7th and he promised to send at least 20 new paintings. YAY! It's just like Christmas getting shipments from my artists. I can't wait to get started on this....

Here's a few paintings by Rick Bond so you can see what I'm so excited about! You can view more of his work here. The new pieces will probably be posted on the website in a couple weeks.

Minnewanka, 36x48 acrylic on canvas by Rick Bond
Romantic Notes #1, 36x12 acrylic on canvas by Rick Bond

Cobblestone Streets, 24x20 acrylic on canvas by Rick Bond

Well it's almost the weekend and so far it's off to a great start (except for the weather)! Are you having a Fabulous Friday? I would love to hear about it!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Painting of the Day

In the last couple of days this has been the "painting of the day". There have been a few people in the gallery who have just loved this piece. Of course I can see why... it's beautiful! It's such a bright, happy painting and the little flowers are like a breath of fresh air. I know this is more Spring than Fall but I wanted to share anyway.

La musique est joie, 30x36 acrylic on canvas by Marcel Cote

So pretty! You can see more Marcel Cote paintings on my gallery website here. It's almost the weekend, happy Thursday everyone!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

San Francisco in Jell-O

I'm getting so excited!!! Our honeymoon in San Francisco is coming up very soon. This will be the 1st of 2 if we're lucky - we're hoping to escape to an all inclusive beach resort sometime in the winter.

I love planning trips and doing research so that I make the most of the experience. I'm quickly learning that you could probably spend a lifetime in San Francisco and not experience it all. So needless to say it's tough trying to squeeze it all into one week. Last night while I was reading Fodor's San Francisco 2010: With The Wine Country and came across a web site with this description "... for photos of a model of SF made from Jell-O"

Hmmm this sounds interesting... Immediately I reached for my iTouch and searched the address. WOW! The coolest most colourful artwork popped up. You can click on the images for more detailed views.

View from Alcatraz, 2007, C-Print
12"x38"  26"x84"
editions of 20

Liz Hickok is a San Francisco-based artist working in photography, video, sculpture, installation, and currently, Jell-O. Read more about Liz here and her extensive resume here. The following is a quote from her artist statement "I create glowing, jellied scale models of urban sites, transforming ordinary physical surroundings into something unexpected and ephemeral. Lit from below, the molded shapes of the city blur into a jewel-like mosaic of luminous color and volume." Read the rest of her statement here.

After she makes the molds and fills them with jello, she creates installations for public viewing as well as professional photographs that are made into prints available for purchase.

The City, 2005, C-print
16"x30" (sold out)  35"x65" (sold out)
edition of 12
Alamo Square, 2004, C-print
12"x16" (sold out)
  30"x40" (available)
edition of 12
Bay Bridge, 2005, C-print
(sold out)  30"x60" (available)
edition of 12
Palace of Fine Arts, 2006 , C-Print
12"x16"   36"x48"
editions of 12
There are so many creative people out there! Beautiful art can be made even from Jell-O!