Currently I’m participating in a Muskoka Arts and Crafts (MAC) Members Show at Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge. A Thousand Words is a themed show challenging members to create artwork inspired by each artist’s favourite quote. The show runs until March 8, 2014.
I entered Pine Point in the show with the quote: “For a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots among the rocks.” Friedrich Nietzsche
From March 21-23, I’ll have 3 paintings included in the MAC Spring Members’ Show. This is the 37th year for the juried show. Opening reception: 7 pm, March 21. Show hours: Friday, 7pm – 10pm, Saturday, 10am – 5pm, and Sunday, 11am – 4pm. The show takes place at the Bracebridge Sportsplex, located at 110 Clearbrook Trail.
Below are my three entries in the show. Both shows provide a great opportunity for the public to view the amazing range of talent in Muskoka Arts and Crafts organization and purchase an original piece of art.
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Creative ideas fill my mind and studio these days. It’s a busy year ahead! Here’s a rundown of shows and exhibits for the next few months. But this is only the beginning; there are more to come!
January – March
Currently I have paintings on display at the White Water Gallery in North Bay, as part of the Black Water Show ending February 8, at the Canada Summit Centre in Huntsville until February 10, Muskoka Lakes Municipal Offices in Port Carling to February 28 with an ongoing exhibit at the Diesel House Cafe in Bracebridge.
From February 8 to March 8, my painting, Pine Point, will be part of the Muskoka Arts and Crafts Members’ Themed Show, A Thousand Words, at Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge. For this exhibit and sale, MAC challenged members to create artwork inspired by a favourite quote. This is the one I chose - “For a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots among the rocks.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Meanwhile, my friend and fellow artist, Janice Feist, and I are busy preparing for our two-woman show, Firmly Rooted, taking place May 3-31 at Chapel Gallery and also for the Muskoka Lakes Spring Art tour where “4″ (Janice, Lynda Lynn, Pat Whittle and I) will show together at the Bala Bay Inn in Bala on June 7 & 8.
Please drop by one of them if you are in the area and visit www.wendiedonabie.com to view my artwork portfolio. I invite your comments.
Snow, Snow, Snow… will it ever stop?
I live in Muskoka, Canada, and we expect a good layer of the white stuff in the winter. But, this December we received a record snow fall of 212 cm. The usual snow and thaw weather pattern didn’t happen this year and, with temperatures averaging 3 degrees colder than normal, the snow stayed.
Clearing snow to get to our driveway transformed our sidewalk into a tunnel and to reach the bird feeder I tromped down another tunnel-pathway (the squirrels think it’s their own private freeway to the feeder).
Coming down our driveway to the main road we must inch forward unable to see to left or right with the height of the snow banks on either side.
Now into January the snow has continued and the cold has not abated with nights dipping from – 24C to – 35C. Yet apart from the bitter cold forcing me to remain housebound most days, this season has also brought beauty.
Most people think of Bracebridge as a summer destination but look what they are missing today – Bracebridge Falls snow and ice sculptures carved by the Muskoka River as it makes its way to Lake Muskoka.
When we arrived at the Falls to take these pictures, my partner decided to plow through the snow covered stairs to the pier to get a better view of the falls.
I took this shot for our summer visitors as a reminder that warmer weather is only a few weeks away!
Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014To view my paintings, please visit www.wendiedonabie.com
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for my blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 52 trips to carry that many people.
Just wanted to share my newest painting- the largest to date – 30 x 24 inches. The winter hikes I enjoyed while living in Hamilton inspired this painting. The image is my impression of a section of the Red Hill Valley Trail. We dealt with steep, frozen slopes that we managed to slide down amidst our laughter and screams. I do miss those times and dedicate this painting to my walking friends back in Hamilton!
The painting will travel to White Water Gallery in North Bay in January for the Black Water Art Show.
To see more of my paintings, please visit my website at www.wendiedonabie.com
© Wendie Donabie 2013
This year my step-daughter and her husband asked me to create a painting for them. They wanted an image of poppies blowing in the wind. Perfect I thought. They had just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary – it would be a gift from my spouse and I.
The space where it will hang requires a large canvas, larger than anything I’ve painted. So, I decided to approach this project with baby steps. I started with a 5 x 7 inch canvas and progressed to 12 x 24 inches. I dubbed these my preparatory poppy paintings. (I love alliteration). Being painted close to Remembrance Day I named the larger of the two, Field of Remembrance.
Just as I finished these two paintings, a local business, Martin Fine Framing, announced a fundraiser for the Children’s Foundation of Muskoka. The store provided 6 x 6 inch canvases to artists in our community. They could be painted in any medium and style. Tomorrow, Saturday, December at 10 am they will be available for sale at the store for $25 each with all proceeds going to the charity. I picked up two canvases and with my mind still filled with poppies they became the subject for both pieces.
After all of this preparation, I think I’m finally ready to tackle the 24 x 60 inch canvas sitting in my hallway…Don’t worry Alicia and Kevin, you will have your painting before your next anniversary!
© Wendie Donabie 2013 www.wendiedonabie.com
In today’s marketplace, artists must self promote. We can no longer rely solely on agents and galleries to sell our work. Here are what I consider some of the necessities for today’s professional artist: a website, a blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Etsy accounts, writing articles for your local newspaper, applications to juried shows that fit your style, and talking about your work at every opportunity. Always have business cards on you and hand them out. You never know where that one little card might lead. Promote, promote, promote.
Location is also critical to our business. Many of us start with sales in our local community and if we are fortunate to have a gallery in town, our work may gain a close-to-home retail outlet. Over this past summer I was blessed to work for a great couple here in Bracebridge, Jodi and Jake Good, the current owners of Silver Bridge Gallery. The Gallery has also handled sales of some of my work hanging at The Diesel House Cafe here in town. Unfortunately Silver Bridge will be closing at the end of this year unless a buyer comes forward. If you have interest or know of anyone who might be interested in purchasing the business, please have them contact Jodi. Contact information is on the website. Jodi is a strong supporter of my work and currently offers several of my paintings for sale at Silver Bridge.
While a local market is wonderful, most of us need to get out-of-town (particularly if you live in a small community) to grow our client base. If you live in an active and vibrant arts community, like I do, you may find the market saturated with great talent. Muskoka is a stimulating environment in which to create but to expand sales I need to look for places to carry my work beyond our borders – even 60-100 miles away can make a huge difference to our potential sales. When you get the chance to exhibit your artistry in place where you are a stranger, you can attract a whole new audience to your work.
I’ve learned this summer that self-promotion definitely draws the public to shows. Now I am working on getting out-of-town. Along with a few fellow artists, we’ve searched out and submitted work to galleries in Barrie and Toronto. Early next year we will be showing in North Bay as well.
Here is what I have scheduled until the end of the year with images of my paintings in each gallery/show.
‘Square Foot Show’ - The Edge Gallery, 32 Dunlop St .W., Barrie, Ontario.
November 1-December 31, 2013.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday – 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
All work on 12 x 12 inch canvases with a variety of subject matter.
‘Twisted Art Exhibit’ – Project Gallery Toronto, 1109 Queen St E., Toronto,
Opening November 7, Reception 7-11 pm. Show runs to November 21.
Hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12-6 PM
NBMG Wine Tasting: Thursday Nov 14th (7-11 pm)
Interactive Live Painting: Friday Nov 15th (7-11 pm)
The exhibition features works that address the limitations and nuisances of perception by displaying works that can intrigue, guide and trick the eye.
Muskoka Arts & Crafts at the Canada Summit Centre – 20 Park Drive, Huntsville.
November 14, 2013 – February 10, 2014. Opening reception: November 14, 5-7 pm.
Showcasing the talent of Muskoka Arts & Crafts members. A wide range of work, mediums and levels of experience.
Christmas Art & Craft Show – Luc Sculpture School and Studios, 663 Greenwood Ave., Toronto.
November 26 – January 5, 2014
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 10 am – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 5 pm
Uniquely crafted, original artworks and handmade crafts: painting, pottery, photography, sculpture and more!
© Wendie Donabie 2013