Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Art

I have to confess, I have not carved a pumpkin in years. Ryan and I each carved one for our Halloween party in 2008. I thought we did a really good job (even though Ryan cheated... he used a stencil) but our pumpkin carving skills obviously rate average compared the following works of art.

Artist Ray Villafane is a master pumpkin carver! Prepare to be amazed!

Read more about the artist and his other artistic endeavors on his website Villafane Studios. You can buy signed prints of his creations and even commission him to carve your Halloween pumpkin!

This next carver, Noel Dickover carves Fantasy Pumpkins. Here are a few that caught my eye...

Wow! These guys have talent!

I know you're probably still wondering what our pumpkins looked like. Well here they are...

What do you think? Just a bit more practice before we become pumpkin carving masters?

Happy Halloween Friends!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Melissa Jean Art Demo

Last year I started representing a vibrant young artist from Lake of the Woods, Ontario. 

 Photo courtesy of Joel Ross

Melissa Jean is a fast emerging artist who can barely keep up with her own creativity. Every new painting is an adventure for Melissa. She studies her home surroundings at Lake of the Woods with a unique perspective and an inquisitive eye. Whether she is looking up, looking through, or clearing brush to climb down to the perfect little painting spot, Melissa is always looking to show us the world from a new perspective. Her success in this first year of representation at Woodlands Gallery is very exciting.

She was first featured in the gallery during a group exhibition in Fall 2010, which resulted in a great pARTy and a number of art sales.

This Fall Melissa was the Feature Artist for September, showing 16 brand new paintings. She even offered a Friday afternoon to come to the gallery and demonstrate her paintings techniques. She worked on two paintings that afternoon... here are some photos of the process.

 Photo courtesy of Joel Ross

 Photo courtesy of Joel Ross

 Photo courtesy of Joel Ross

"As I paint, there is an energy, a thought or an emotion that I try to capture into my painting... the inspiration filters through who I am and out onto canvas... traveling through to the viewer, and into their space. There is a human connection in an original piece of art, it is a thoughtful thing." -Melissa Jean


The completed paintings!

In The Woodlands, 24x18 acrylic on canvas 
by Melissa Jean

Rocks and Raindrops, 24x24 acrylic on canvas 
by Melissa Jean

There are so many great things coming up for Melissa! With each new painting completed, her energy and creativity are growing. We can hardly wait for the solo exhibition planned in the gallery for the Fall of 2012. Possibly to include another painting demonstration! 

~ You can view more paintings by Melissa Jean on the gallery website. 

~ Read more about what inspires Melissa most about nature and living in Lake of the Woods, Ontario.

Please visit the gallery at 535 Academy Road in Winnipeg to view Melissa's paintings. I guarantee they are even more awe inspiring in person!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Meet my Assistant Gallery Gal!

I first met Stephanie when I was eleven and she was four when her family came over for a pool day in my parents’ back yard. I remember my sister and I being so excited to meet these 4 curly haired little girls (triplets and their little sister). Yes, Stephanie is a triplet! How neat is that?!?!

Little did we know back then, that our love of art would bring us together again more than 20 years later? 

Stephanie graduated from Sheridan College with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Illustration) in 2010. After graduation she moved back to Winnipeg. She is continuing to upgrade her education at the University of Manitoba School of Art and illustrating childrens books part time. Stephanie currently lives along the peaceful Red River with two cats and one sleepy Saluki dog. 

I had been thinking of getting someone to help out in the gallery for a while. My Dad remembered that one of the McGregor triplets attended Art School and casually mentioned to her Dad one day that Stephanie should contact me about a possible opportunity in the gallery. She came in to meet me one day in March, then started coming in a few times a week and has naturally become my Assistant Gallery Gal.

If you would like to see some of Stephanie's Illustrations please visit

Stephanie would love to meet you! Please pop into the gallery to introduce yourself next time you are in the neighborhood. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

The First Look

Next Tuesday will mark the first day of Summer and it's finally starting to feel like it here in Winnipeg. Almost time to turn on the AC.

It's also wedding season! I have two weddings to attend this Summer and attended my first bridal shower of the season last weekend. I can't believe it's been almost a year since Ryan and I were married. July 24th will be our first anniversary!

So I figured it's about time to share a few more wedding favorites. The "First Look" photos!

Our wedding ceremony and reception were both held at the same location and we wanted the ceremony to flow right into the reception. Therefore, going against tradition, we chose to see each other and take our wedding party photos and lots of couple photos before the ceremony.

Many couples who choose take photos before the ceremony, and see each other all dressed up before the moment the bride walks down the isle, arrange a special private moment or "First Look" at each other.

Here is our "First Look" moment.


What was your "First Look" like? Did you have a private moment before the ceremony 
or did you wait to see each other until just before you said I DO?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Libations, Lollipops, and Lines of Longitude

"Libations, Lollipops, and Lines of Longitude" is the title of the current exhibition in the gallery. It's a solo exhibition of paintings full of candy colour and whimsy by gallery artist Angela Morgan.

"All good women should have, at the very least, a working
knowledge of common household poisons",
36x36 oil on canvas by Angela Morgan

"Angela Morgan’s work celebrates humanity through the use of colour, pattern and line. Her human figures express the poses of life, the jubilation of dance, the contemplation of parenthood, and the melancholy of summer’s end. Colours fuse and meld to achieve gesture, transforming abstract images into living moments." via

"the obvious benefits of joining the circus"
30x30 oil on canvas by Angela Morgan

Angela, from Fernie, B.C., flew half way across the country to join us on Friday April 8th for the opening reception. With a personality as vibrant as her paintings, collectors enjoyed meeting Angela and hearing all about her inspiration and painting process.

The gallery is so colourful right now! I can't help smiling when I look at Angela Morgan's work. Libations, Lollipops, and Lines of Longitude is on display in the gallery until April 23rd. If you live in Winnipeg, please visit us for a smile soon. View more paintings by Angela Morgan here.

Does Angela's work bring a smile to your face? What memories or happy emotions does it evoke for you?

Literally Breathtaking...

Earth Day is coming up and I could not wait to share the most breathtaking video I've ever seen! 

Norwegian landscape photographer Terje Sorgjerd creates amazing time-lapse photographic videos. "The Mountain" showcases some of the most beautiful and breathtaking sites this planet has to offer.

"This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide. Spain´s highest mountain @(3715m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.

The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies."
Terje Sorgjerd via

A few more stunning videos by Terje Sorgjerd are "The Market", "The Aurora", "Glimpse of Norway" and "The Southwest".

There are no words to describe how much these videos moved me! This guy is an amazing artist!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lost In A Painting

On Friday I received 8 new paintings by one of my newer gallery artists Melissa Jean. They are all so beautiful but there is one piece in particular that I can't stop looking at. Every time I glance over, I can't help getting lost inside it. Being surrounded by art & artists every day, this is not something new for me but it's such a wonderful feeling. Isn't that what art's all about?

This painting for instance... Can't you just feel the water around your ankles and then the sand between your toes when the water rushes back? Can you see the sweet little bubbles created by the water coming and going? The movement and clarity of the water glistening in the sun makes me smile. I know the lake water is cold but I can't help wanting to dive in for a swim. It really takes my breath away.

From Coney Beach, 24x24 acrylic on canvas by Melissa Jean

This is one of the moments that makes me thankful for what I do everyday. Bringing joy to so many people with art... what could be better?

Is there a piece of art that you get lost in? A piece that takes you away? It can be anything... Art is everywhere! 

Take a  moment today... Get lost in some ART!

You can view more of Melissa Jean's paintings here.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines! HEART ART

Mosaic Heart Sculpture (San Francisco) by Laurel True

The most delicious EVER Imperial Cookies from High Tea Bakery

LOVE Sugar Cookies from High Tea Bakery

Souvenir Amoureux, acrylic on canvas by Melan

Love's Promise, Fine Art Photograph by Carla Dyck

Une Soiree Romantique, oil on canvas by Kim Veilleux

Heart My Book, Fine Art Photograph by Sarah Moldovan

Stained Glass Heart Suncatcher

Red Love, paper garland of hand cut hearts

Lego Heart Necklaces

Happy Valentines Day!!!