Three new images will be heading over to Vancouver for the 2023 Scenes from Western Canada exhibit, which begins on May 1, 2023 at the Federation Galley at Granville Island.
I will be exhibiting at the Nanaimo Federation of Canadian Artists show running from Nov. 4-6 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 80 Commercial Street in downtown Nanaimo.
Starting on Nov. 14, 2022, a new show featuring the recent work of the CVAC hanging crew, will be installed in the Arbutus Gallery at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council. Along with some recent work that I have completed, there will be a variety of media including sculptures, paintings and wood/ furniture creations. I am looking forward to the synergy that our collective work will bring forth!
It's been an busy week. My work was featured in the Federation of Canadian Artist's magazine. "Art Avenue". Thank you Federation!
I am getting ready for my next big show coming up entitled, "A Sense of Place." I am so excited about showing with fellow artists, Peter Spohn, Nan Goodship, Sharron Campbell and Angela Anderson. We are showing in the Portals Gallery at the Cowichan Valley Community Centre from April 1- 30 and will be having a real, actual opening for the show on April 5 From 4-6 PM. Everyone is invited!
Right now I am busy wiring the pieces, varnishing, waiting for paint to dry and cataloging the work. I'd rather be painting but these things are necessary too! The weather is changing here on Vancouver Island and it is starting to feel more and more like spring. The snowdrops are fully out now and the daffodils and tulips and forsythia are growing and will bud soon. I have entitled the piece below, "The Promise of Spring" and that's just what is happening now- the new growth is just starting to happen.
Today I got a call from Brenda Browne in Nanaimo informing me that this piece entitled "Emergence" was awarded a second place showing in the Nanaimo show. I called it "emergence" because of the almost primordial feeling of the light through the trees. I am so mesmerized by the light as I walk through the forest. It is truly magical!
Earlier this year I submitted a portfolio of ten of my works to the national artists' group, the Federation of Canadian Artists in the hope of receiving "signature" status. Due to Covid the whole jurying process was delayed by a few months time but on July 21 the jury of 20+ senior members finally convened and my work was accepted for signature status and so I am now an associate member! This means a lot to me as it is validation that my work is considered to be an excellent quality as judged by my fellow artists. There are 2800 active members in the Federation, 193 associate and 90 senior members, with most chapters active in Western Canada. The FCA offers support to member artists in the way of workshops and exhibtion opportunities and provides access to great art for the public with it's gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver as well as many local shows at the chapter towns and cities.
I have recently returned from a kayak trip to Haida Gwaii where we paddled from Ramsey Island northwards to Skedans on Louise Island. Along the way we visited 4 different watchman sites, Hotspring Island, Windy Bay, Tanu and Skedans. I was amazed at the generosity of spirit of the watchmen as they welcomed us with a warm bed when we were soaked to feeding us delicious meals. I didn't get a chance to do much sketching or photography on the journey as the conditions were too wet but I hold many fond memories of the land and sea there.
One of my recent watercolours of the Tonquin Morraines has been accepted into the Federation of Canadian Artist's show at the Granville Island Gallery for June.
Rory is an artist who now resides and paints in Duncan BC.