Judy, Carolyn and Joshua were pleased to be featured in the 2018 Beaverlodge Art Club Studio Tour! Each year a band of merry art fans signs up for a cross-country discovery tour, visiting Places Where Art Is Created.
This June the group travelled all the way to Fairview, stopping first in Spirit River to see our studios. Judy welcomed everyone to her house of art rooms, where all three of us, but mostly Judy, create using a variety of media. The basement classroom, supply warehouse and library became a demonstration theatre as alcohol inks and Elegant Writers made their appearance after having been tidied away for show.
Squares and coffee squared away, it was time to move on to Carolyn and Joshua’s studio. We’ve moved into the space just for the tour and then everything will come out again for some renovations. In the meantime, it looks great filled with Joshua’s themed show and a display of our brushes and paint. We also happen to have the school mosaic project in our garage, waiting out the rainy spring weather before it moves into it’s permanent home.
On to Fairview, where the Beaverlodge cohort were met with a contingent of members and representatives of the Fairview Fine Arts Centre offering open doors to the spinning and weaving, pottery, painting, drawing and quilting rooms as well as a well-stocked gift shop of local art.
Visitors were also introduced to an area author of spooky snippets from local people. Her book cover features the painting of a formerly local artist: his painting of the Ghost of Dunvegan Bridge was also present to be admired.
Our Show, Things Great and Small, is on at the gallery right now (good timing!) and there was plenty of time to wander, chat, and consider the watercolours, felted pieces and miniature books. Newcomers remarked upon the fact that punch, goodies and chairs were made available right in the gallery, encouraging discussion and lingering attention to the show.
It was, altogether, a lovely way to spend the day and we received plenty of great comments on our work and artistic environments. We have been inspired ourselves and hope that our guests were also touched by that magic that creative possibility brings to our lives.