Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Our time at the Grand Valley Information Centre, Museum and Gallery

Mannie and I enjoyed the experience of the grand idea -a Community Information Centre, Museum and Gallery.  As this was a 150th Canada Birthday project for the town of Grand Valley funding ran out in December and was not renewed.  The Economic Development Committee will look at it further in relationship to its Tourism and Business potential.

Hopefully Mannie and I along with our Riverbend Artists' group will be part of any new endeavour.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Santa and Reindeer singing "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"

Merry Christmas everyone. 🎅

As usual,  I can't help myself -I like this fun Christmas card based on a classic golden oldie's version of "White Christmas." I also like the animation from Joshua Held of the UK.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Back to doing a landscape -paragraphic/acrylic painting

Life has been busy and art work has taken a back seat.  I need to re-evaluate this.  But I did get a small pyrographic/fluid acrylic painting done in the last week.  There are these rock formations in the Canadian shield that are most unique.



Lines are burnt into the wood panel and then painted with fluid acrylic paints.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

A grand experiment in community collaboration

In the small town where the Riverbend Artists work and show their art, the town council, the Historical Society and the artists collaborated to create a Community Information Centre, Museum and Gallery as a place for residents to meet and see the arts and the history of the town.  Residents of the town brought in their memorabilia, the artists displayed their art work, and the town provided a place to pick up information about events in the community.  Art work changed throughout the time period and residents brought in and then took out their memorabilia as themes changed.  The artists created and put up a display system used by all.  Volunteers managed the Centre.  Since July 1st, 2017 in excess of 1500 visitors from all over the province of Ontario, other Canadian Provinces, Europe, USA,  came for a visit.

the Riverbend Artists held a show and sale July 1st and 400 visitors came into the Centre -without advertising.  The Artists just finished  their Yuletide Art Show and Sale in the Centre.

The store front on Main Street was long and we kept the old, original floors.  Visitors walked through the information area and then through the artists' works to the heritage pieces at the back.
The pews donated provided seating for those who visited.  You can see the table of artists' works and the display on the wall.  Paintings, quilts, and metal work were displayed on the opposite wall as well.  The display system was used by the Historical Society to hang their vintage clothing and sports memorabilia.  Men enjoyed coming into the Centre to see and reminisce about the sports and farm items.

In the back room, quilters worked as a quilting bee creating a large hand embroidered quilt.  School classes came to see the heritage items.  Many of the children knew some of the people who had brought in items (some were their own relatives) and in the photos throughout the museum part.

Thanks to a committee of three spirited and courageous women (my wife was one of them) the Centre flourished for 7 months.  The town  covered the costs as the Centre was a project for Canada's 150 Celebrations.  As of December 31 the grand experiment will come to a close as the lease runs out.  Debate about maintaining the Centre became an issue, but became moot with the end of the lease.

Such a collaborative effort was a bright light in the county.  Tourism Boards indicated that such a Centre could be a tourist attraction for the town and thus a viable economic driver.

We will see whether or not the town might reorganize the Information Centre, Museum and Gallery as an information and economic entity for the benefit of the town.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Studio Buttons at the Yuletide Art Show and Sale

As members of the Riverbend Artists Mannie and I are involved in:


And the rose buttons I have made are now present at the Yuletide Show and Sale in Grand Valley, Ontario.  Some of the buttons have already been sold and I am not sure which ones until I see what I have left at the Show,
Apparently the pinks are all gone. A friend from the art groups we belong to sold the buttons $18 Cn to members of a button club.

I have found doing theses 1" buttons a challenge for the burning and for the dynamic look for such a small item.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Studio Buttons -Beaded Fabric and Wooden/Painted

Mannie and I embarked on creating studio buttons for button collectors.  A friend of ours had asked us to do some samples to take to a button collector' meeting where they were well received and even sold.  So in our time Mannie and I created sets of studio buttons.  Me, I created a series around roses -wild, tea, bud, red, white, pink and yellow.  Mannie embellished material with beading, etc to produce her fabric art studio buttons.

Base button is metal snap together with shank.

These are 1" wooden buttons with added shank and signature. The images are first burnt onto the button then painted with fluid acrylic paints.