So far, my favourite part of being a member of the Fernie Arts Co-op is getting to know a whole new group of women and men from the community, including this amazing person, Jeanne Parker. I’ve been going through intense retail training over the last couple weeks and it’s been a pleasure. After I’m done training I’ll start working on my own, so I won’t have Jeanne to keep me company, but I love making new connections and I’m excited to meet more people along the way.
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Have you ever had an experience working on something for a long time and then all of a sudden it just makes sense? That’s way too vague. For instance, I’ve been drawing for years, maybe twenty years or more, although my art has taken on various forms and gone in many directions. Until recently I never really knew what I wanted to do. I kept trying different styles, searching for my own artistic voice…which is very hard in a world full of incredible artists. And then I did this little handsome bird:
And I said to myself, in my head because out loud I’d look even more crazy, “yes! I think I like this.” Handsome Bird lead me to pieces like this:
And I’m starting to build a catalogue of illustrations that I’m so proud of. There’s a uniform look and feel and it’s all making sense. It’s a nice place to be.
For more art head to www.annexcollections.com or check out the Fernie Arts Co-op where I’ll be selling my illustrations in the near future. We will also be selling our Annex Suspended mobiles! Whoop Whoop!
The City of Fernie Public Art Evaluation Committee is hosting an engagement session on Friday, December 22 to give the community an opportunity to comment on a public art piece proposed for the Station Square Redevelopment.
The artists of the short-listed piece will be available at the Art Station from 5-6pm, prior to the event Caroling by Candlelight, to explain the piece and any answer questions. The architect of the Station Square redesign will also be on hand with her model of the square for anyone wishing to see how the art piece will fit into the new public space.
The public art piece is being funded by the Province of BC through a BC Canada 150 Heritage Legacy grant and funding from the Resort Municipality Initiative.
If you would like to offer feedback and are unable to attend the engagement session you can read more about the project below and send the feedback form to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 4, 2018.
Some feedback on facebook:
KL: As an ex-pat, I don’t think its my place to comment officially, but as the child of one of Fernie’s history nuts, I do want to say something — the reason Fernie has so many stone and brick buildings now is because the fires of 1904 and 1908 burned all of the wooden structures down. The illustration of the proposed project gives the appearance of burned out concrete buildings (actually it’s quite reminiscent of the still standing concrete shell of the tipple in Hosmer), yet most of the buildings (and all of the homes) destroyed by the fire were wooden structures, and it was the loss of homes that had the most impact on the residents at the time.
My dad has a tape recording of an interview with a long-time area resident that was alive when the fire burned through the valley, and she told an amazing story of evacuating Fernie on a freight train, and taking refuge in the coke ovens in Hosmer (normally meant to keep fire in, they were used by many to keep the fire out!).
RH: Love this Mike! I like the way that the structures reflect both the permanence of Fernie itself, and the fragility of the structures as they were then. I also see reflections of the 3 sisters in the forms, was that deliberate? Nicely done. Comments sent to the City.
SA: Cool! Paul Reimer has given the artistic edge to Calgary too
“After many requests, I am putting out some tentative dates for painting workshops in my home studio.
They are full, one, or two day workshops which include all materials ( paints, brushes, canvas, easels, tables, palettes etc.) plus nibblies and a happy hour drink. 9:30 – 4:00 happy hour with a half hour break for lunch. $100/day
DATES : January 6th – one day
January 13/14 – 2 day
Feb. 10th – one day
The focus is fun, no fear, techniques to express your unique personal style and unleashing your creative flow through the process of painting. If there are enough people who are interested in a mid week date or a specific date, let me know and I will try to make it happen.”
Click on the image to check out Laura Nelson’s facebook page or to contact her.