I participated at this great event to benefit The Kidney Foundation of Canada. Two of my pieces found new homes at the event. While it was difficult to see them go, it was good to know they will be loved at their new home.
Wednesday November 12th Tickets $15.
All you can eat.
Doors open at 4:30. 5 – 8 p.m.
Giovanni Caboto Club
2175 Parent Ave., Windsor
Purchase tickets online here: http://kidney.akaraisin.com/Common/Event/Home.aspx?seid=9273&mid=8
Full info call: 519-977-9211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For only $15, sample and experience tasty creations from over 20 local restaurants in an all-you-can-eat setting, shop local artisan vendors, enjoy a complimentary McCafe coffee and more! Tickets are available at kidney.ca/Windsor or at your local RBC Branch in Windsor & Essex County. Be sure to like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ArtiliciousWindsor for updates on this exciting event!
Artilicious is proudly sponsored by Caesars Windsor, Riverview Steel, AM 800 CKLW, Eyes on Windsor, Biz X magazine, RBC, and Windsor Police Services.
I am very happy to announce that my painting “Paint Your Wagon” was awarded 2nd prize in the Quick Paint catagory at the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival by the 2014 awarding Judge,
I painted 4 paintings during the week, and started on a commission. I could have painted more except we had rain Monday and Tuesday. I painted 3 evenings on Nocturne paintings. First time ever for a nocturne and it was loads of fun, except it was freezing cold in the 50’s.
The most exciting part is that all 5 of my paintings from the week (commission included) SOLD!!! What an incredible week! I had so much fun. It was also a grueling week. Standing from 8 A.M. until Midnight at my age is quite painful and exhausting, but I survived. We had some real cold weather where the temperatures dropped into the 50’s. I chose to paint a nocturne, and I got a commission while painting it, so I ended up painting in those cold conditions for three nights in a row. I developed laryngitis, but thankfully I got my voice back quickly. The voice probably was from talking as well. There were a lot of visitors to my easel. One gentleman brought me pizza while I was painting at night! It was YUMMY! Dexter has great pizza.
Mandate of the Save Willistead Park group.
This Group is called “Save Willistead Park,” because that’s it’s only purpose. It’s not a focus group or an idea incubator. It is a means for its members to increase awareness of and vehemently oppose the proposed roadway planned for our park. Make no mistake, the drive to deface the park has great momentum, and will not be easily reversed.
While our strength increases with our ever growing numbers, its vital that we express with one voice, a clear, concise, spin proof, message. It comes down to one, simple question. Do we want the park to stay as it is in all its pristine glory or do we want a 10 feet wide asphalt maize running through it. Half measures and partial compromises cannot be an option. Deface the park or leave it the way it is. It’s either one or the other. From your heartfelt, passionate comments, I am certain that we can all agree to the following, one, unequivocal demand.
This Group of 435 members and counting , while endorsing the drainage improvements in the park, demands that Willistead be left in its natural state of beauty. We do not want a 10 feet super walking path or any variation thereof, threading the park, as it replacers over 10% of precious grass with concrete, asphalt or interlocking brick. We also demand that the road construction that was so suddenly begun, be reversed and the park restored to its original condition. ~ Howard Weeks, October 20th, 2013 on Facebook group Save Willistead Park!
Please join the group on Facebook to keep informed about what is happening to our beloved Willistead Park Grounds. There is a meeting planned with the City of Windsor at Willistead Manor. We are waiting for the date and time to be confirmed.
This summer is even more of a whirlwind then last summer. I traveled to two Plein Air Festivals, and I think I’ve caught the bug. I want to go to more, and meet more wonderful people. The artists, and the members of the community in Dexter, Mi are all incredible and wonderful people.
But, what was even more special this time is that I was able to share this event with two from my own group “The Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Society.” Kathy Hudak and Bobby Wagner.
The Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Society and I are privileged to be hosting another sketch night with the Arts Council, and the City of Windsor.
Thursday, August 29th
Sculpture Park – Windsor’s Riverfront
As announced on the Arts Council website:
Participants are asked to meet at the northernmost tip of Ouellette Ave by the Art Cart sign (close to the Bistro) at 4pm.
Access to the free Art Cart on the trail is available from 4-7pm for participants to disperse in the Sculpture Park West of Ouellette Ave.
Please bring all of your own supplies. There is no fee for this event but we do ask that you sign-up if you plan on attending.
A partnership with Arts Council Windsor & Region, the City of Windsor Sculpture Park, Elizabeth MacDonald and Windsor & Essex County Plein-Air Society, this event is in coordination with the Southwestern Ontario Coastal Trails Sails to See TALL SHIPS® Festival.
Questions? Please email email@example.com or call us (Arts Council) at 519 252 2787.
It was an 8 hour drive to Beloit, Wisconsin. I left home at 3:30 a.m. in order to be in Beloit by noon. I just made it! Chicago at rush hour is a trip! I ended up at O’hare Airport. Thankfully, it was not difficult to get back on the freeway. Finally out of Chicago I end up in construction. I’m just happy I never trust Mapquest when it comes to time. I always add 2 hours. It worked out perfect, but boy was I stiff and tired when I got here.
Beloit is a small town of 30K people. I have to say that I’ve been treated like a celebrity. I even was stopped in Walmart by a lady who saw my plates. “Are you from Canada?” She asked.
“Why… yes. How did you know?”
She had her young grand daughter in tow, and she proceeded to explain to the child that I was from Canada…. and that I probably still had snow. The child looked terrified of the lady in the big straw hat. I’m sure I looked a wee bit out of place.
I’ve had that response from quite a few people here. I think they equate Canada with Sault St. Marie. I’ve been explaining that I’m actually almost due east of them. Their eyes get wide when I tell them we have hardly any snow, and that my hubby’s had to mow the lawn in December. Even more interesting is that we have to go North to get the the USA. They seem a bit perplexed, and still introduce me as The lady who came all they way “down” from Canada. But, they are wonderful people and I’m so happy that I came.
I’ve managed to paint three paintings so far. They’ve been predicting heavy thunder showers, but rain has held off since I got here. It did rain on my way here. Since Saturday, we’ve had beautiful weather. Just a bit of wind, and a threatening sky. I don’t mind because a stormy sky is interesting, and a challenge to paint. Just what’s needed for a Plein Air convention.
I’m hoping that our group from Windsor will come here with me next year. I’m very pleased I did.
A few photo’s taken during the event by great photographers:
Ladies with Hats by Mark Preuschl
I’m very pleased to announce that The Beloit Inn, has accepted me as their Artist in Residence during the Edge of the Rock Plein Air Painting Event June 5 – 15th in Beloit Wisconsin. I wish to thank Nicki Meyer Executive Director of Friends Of River Front plein air festival for this great honour and wonderful opportunity. I also with to thank Nicholas Johnson, General Manager of The Beloit Inn for his generosity.
Dr Spellman’s Studies of India Woodblock Workshop, a photo by photographerpainterprintmaker on Flickr.
It was a great pleasure for me to work with Dr Spellman, retired Professor from the University of Windsor, and his class from UNI-COM.
UNI~COM is a voluntary organization of seniors (50 and over) retired, semi-retired, or still employed. It is hosted by the University of Windsor and is designed to provide opportunities to its members to participate in Study Groups, attend Speaker Luncheons and to practise their skills in programs and/or projects of service to the citizens of our community.
Dr Spellman has collected many antique Indian fabric wood blocks. I taught his students on the use of these blocks.
Dr Spellman concluded his course “Highlights of India” with a trip to a local Tai restaurant. Link to photo below.
We had an incredible sketch night last night sponsored by the Windsor and Region Arts Council. One of our members, Christy Lister, arranged a private party at a posh restaurant, the Gourmet Emporium! The restaurant is normally closed on Mondays, but this Monday they had a band coming in to do some video. We were invited to come in and sketch while the band was recording. The kitchen was not open, but we were able to have have a drink from their wonderfully stocked bar. If you ever get to Windsor you must visit the Gourmet Emporium. Sara & Ryan Fontaine played and sang original songs. They are a wonderful duo.
The Arts Council-Windsor Region has spearheaded a unique community sketch night. They are scheduled for every other Monday. What is unique about them is that a different organization hosts the sketch night each week. Each organization puts its own spin on the night.
The first night was hosted by a talented young artist. His take on the event was a method called the “Exquisite Corpse”. Each person started a drawing, and when time was called the drawings were passed to the right. The event stopped when your drawing made it back to you. It was very interesting what others did to your original work. Passing your work onto someone else was quite a scary proposition. It helped detach me from my work and see the unique directions others would take it in.
Yesterday, Monday November 26th was hosted by Sho Art, Spirit & Performance, a fairly new gallery in the city. They hosted a life drawing evening. There was an incredible turn out. Standing room only! My friends and I were one of the first to arrive, so we were able to get our pick of locations.
The next event is hosted by yours truly, at Windsor Printmaker’s Forum, where I am Vice President. I plan on setting up a number of unique still life stations for people to draw. They will rotate between the stations throughout the evening. I’m quite excited, and nervous at the same time.
Please have a look at the drawings that I did at Sho.