Annual Members’ Exhibit

The Craft Council’s Annual Members’ Exhibit is coming up! The feeding frenzy opening starts at 2:00 on Saturday, and there is some reeeeally cool stuff in there. (My piece got left out, but honestly, I’m okay with that. It would have been kind of embarassingly piddly compared to the other work in the show.)

Come one, some all!

BLUE

There’s a call for entry out now for the Craft Council Gallery’s spring show. Deadline for entries is April 26th.

“The Craft Council Gallery invites you to create works reflecting on the theme of BLUE. Explore the range of water’s colour, its reflective qualities and/or the ecology and politics of water. Functional, decorative, conceptual, fine and funky works will be chosen on the basis of excellence in technique, design and use of materials as well as connection to the theme.”

I’ve been waffling back and forth about what to make. Right now, it’s the “ecology” option that’s playing around in my brain. I’ve been thinking of ways to make giant bowls, possibly with pedestals, inspired by sea urchins and jellyfish and tentacley things. Possibly porcelain. Very probably not actually blue in colour, so possibly not fitting in with the rest of the submissions for this particular show, but I’d still like to try my hand at some of these.

Comfort and Joy

The Craft Council Gallery’s annual Christmas show, Comfort and Joy, opens tomorrow. Two rooms of beautiful, fun, elegant craft by a veritable oodle of artists. Opening time is an hour earlier than usual, at 1:00, presumably to account for all the extra food people tend to bring to this one. My famous whipped shortbread cookies will be on offer. (And a teapot.) Come on down!

Come All Ye!

Anyone who remembers the first Come All Ye show[1], by Cara Kansala, Pam Dorey, and Caroline Clarke is in for a treat this weekend: their new show, “Come All Ye: Second Verse”, is opening at the Craft Council Gallery this Saturday. It is amazing. (And, if the crowd reaction is anything like it was last time, will be sold out by the end of its first week. Come with your wallets ready and your elbows sharpened if you’re planning on taking a piece home.)

And next door in the annex gallery, the lovely and talented Roz Ford will have her first solo show! It’s not all hung up yet, so I can’t blab too much, but it’s looking wonderful. Roz is a biologist in her non-artsy time, and this show is inspired by her work with birds. The room is filling up with puffins, kittiwakes, and murres, and by the time Saturday rolls around, going into the room will feel like visiting a seabird colony.

And if you’re not in town, you can also catch Roz’s work at the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts, where she has *another* show opening soon. There’ll even be an artist talk Sept. 1st, at 7:00.

[1] And everyone else, too.

Upcoming

Two shows are starting at the CCNL gallery this Saturday: Pots and Potpourri, by Toby Rabinowitz, and Teacups and Mink, by sisters Bonnie Leyton and Leanne Averbach.

The first is a mix of clay, paintings, and ink. The other is another mix, with poetry thrown in (Leanne is an author) to boot.

The feeding frenzy grand opening will be from 2-4 pm.

PSA

St. Michael’s Printshop (72 Harbour Drive, up the rickety stairs from the Eastern Edge Gallery) is having its first Annual Members’ Exhibition February 20th to March 6th 2010.

Opening reception will be Saturday, February 20th, 3-5PM. Spread the word! Come see the cool stuff!