Friday, May 13, 2011

May 2011 Art Exhibitions

A long overdue blog post! I've been part of two exhibitions during the month of May. The visual art display May is Art Month just wrapped up yesterday at the Capilano Mall, although the performances and art workshops continue for the rest of the month. It was a fun activity to be part of, although the exhibition was in the quiet wing of the mall. It was a great way of getting exposure and a diverse mix of art work from some very talented artists. Here are some photos of the exhibition. I had three pieces displayed here:

The exhibition titled "Man's Best Friend" has been ongoing for about two weeks now (until May 28th). The opening reception on April 28th was a whole lot of fun. We got to hear about where the vision of the exhibition came from - or rather from whom! Local artist David Camisa had a number of beautiful pieces displayed in this exhibition and was the driving force for making this show happen. It was an honour to have a piece of my own displayed as part of the exhibition. Special thanks to my sister-in-law, Taslim, her blog The Artist's Review, as well as Tanja (et. al) and of course Cam who came to the opening reception and made it such a special evening.

There will be an interactive event taking place in conjunction with the exhibition - a presentation by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Threatened Endangered Species on Tuesday, May 24th from 6:30-8:00pm. More information can be found here.

Being part of this exhibition has inspired me in many ways as an artist. I'm relatively new to the life of an public / exhibiting artist and have a lot to learn on how to do this more effectively, to get my name out there, to establish my own unique and recognizable artistic style, and to be part of events on a regular basis. The idea of being in two exhibitions at the same time is something I'm quite proud of; but having only one piece in the Man's Best Friend exhibition was a reminder that I could be doing so much more artistically. I can't use things like lack of time as an excuse. I do have time, and I certainly have a load of motivation and drive to do this.

Like David Camisa who came up with the exhibition theme for Man's Best Friend, I'd like to work toward my own themed exhibition one day. The idea would be that I'd have multiple pieces as part of the potential exhibition - the theme of which I came up with - and a call could go out to other fellow artists to submit work that interprets the theme in their own individual way. I have a series of art I'm currently working on that could lend to this idea very nicely - and I'm only 2 pieces shy of its completion. I'm planning on putting an application in to the arts council about this current idea. If it gets accepted, I'll post more information here. Of course I only have about 2 weeks to pull it all off....What do you think? Is this too bold a move?

As you ponder that, here are a couple photos from the Man's Best Friend opening reception:

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