Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hoar Frost Morning

This morning Winnipeg woke up to a thick layer of hoar frost covering the city.  

Hoar Frost, defined by Wikipedia, "refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air."

The abstract forms the ice crystals take on, are so interesting and beautiful. Here are a few shots I took as I was leaving the house this morning...

It's most beautiful when the sky is blue and the sun is shining...

The last two shots are by local photographer Ken Gillespie. Check out more amazing images on his blog here.

Even though we just had a week of unbearable minus 30 to 40 temps, it's refreshing to know we get days like this every once in a while. Winter can be brutal and beautiful here in Winnipeg.

Have a lovely day friends!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Video: Meet Fine Jewellery Artist Cathy Sutton

My gallery jewellery artist is a star!!! On Friday January 14th Winnipeg Beach jewellery artist Cathy Sutton was featured on Prairie Pulse on our local Prairie Public Television. 

Cathy's spotlight is in the last half of the program so please fast forward to about 19:35.


I've previously posted about Cathy's wearable fine art here and here. You can view more of Cathy's jewellery on my gallery website here or on Cathy's Facebook page.

Have a beautiful Tuesday!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Reflections on A Great Year!

The gallery is back to regular hours after a nice break between Christmas & New Years.

2010 was an Unforgettable Year!!! Planning my wedding and getting married in July, marked 2010 as one of the best times in my life! Although stressful at times, planning all the little details that went into making our day so special was all worth it.

I finally got the disc of our professional wedding photos so I hope to share more moments of our day soon. There's a peek in a couple earlier posts here and here.

July 2010 also marked my 10 year anniversary of owning Woodlands Gallery! I still had one year left in University when I took over the gallery in July 2000 and really had no clue what I was getting into. It was a bit of a struggle to say the least; going to school full time (my thesis year) and trying to get to know the new business I was supposed to be running. But here I am today with a successful art business that I absolutely LOVE!

One of the major milestones for the gallery was moving to Academy Road in February 2005, when I changed the focus of the gallery to representing Original Canadian Art. I can't believe it's almost been 6 years! Because February 2010 marked 5 years on Academy, we treated the gallery to a much needed interior makeover seen here. The building owner also gave the gallery an even more needed exterior makeover.

Two of my best friends had their first babies in 2010, which has been such a unbelievable experience to be close to. I sooo look forward to watching them grow up!

There are babies everywhere lately! Not only were two out of three of my bridesmaids expecting at our wedding, there were all together 6 pregnant women at our wedding of only about 100 people. The last of our 6 friends had a baby boy (her third) on Christmas day. Lots of babies...

...which YES makes me think more of starting a family of my own someday. It seems to be the next question on everyone's mind lately... "so when are you planning to have children?". And I absolutely do want to have babies... when we're ready... maybe in the next couple of years :)

In September, Ryan and I went to San Francisco and Wine Country. Another experience of a lifetime! Cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, crazy hills, Alcatraz, Pier 39, the 49ers, murals, Muir Woods, delicious wine & food, so many amazing photos and so much more!

I do plan on sharing more photos of our trip... they just need to be selected from over 2000 shots and sized down which can be a tedious task to say the least. Especially since my computer at home is in need of a major overhaul. You can check out a glimpse of our day at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa here.

So here's to looking forward to great things in 2011! There are a few new artists being introduced to the gallery this year, solo shows for Angela Morgan and Hugh G. Rice and of course more new works by all gallery artists throughout the year.

On a personal level, Ryan and I are looking forward to finishing our basement at home, which has been a work in progress for almost 2 years. But it's really starting to come together... He has a few exterior walls built and the plumbing for the new laundry room is all set up. Our new washer & dryer are coming on Saturday! When it's all done (I'm hoping for September) I'll make sure to post some before and after shots.

Happy 2011 Everyone!!! I can't wait to hear about what's going on in all of your lives too!