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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Artists Round Table & Dockside Art

Selection of artwork and refreshments!
Well, the hard reality is that we had our second 'Summer' Artists Round Table meeting which means that we are on the wrong side Mid Summer!!! I still feel I haven't begun, still haven't made it out to Sandbanks for an afternoon of fun in the sun (note to self...remedy that).   

Colleen Johnson.
We had a small but interesting group... Reg Aitken with his photography, Heather showed her decorative garbage can covers last month but showed up in a lovely Summer outfit, Annette Bruneau of Rej's Ceramics brought some of her new work, fused glass and bisque work. We had Marsha Gormley show us some of her painting and Colleen Johnson brought a beautiful fused glass bowl.




Annette Bruneau of Rej's Ceramics.
 It's so fun when you meet someone who has requested your 'friendship' on Facebook and you find they'd be a great addition to your list..I went home and 'confirmed' Marsha's after I met her at the Dockside Art Festival on Sunday.
Marsha Gormley paintings.
My sister in law from California was staying over on her annual visit and I invited her to join us. Way back she had a hand made clothing business in Santa Cruz CA making and designing lovely dresses which she also sold at shows so she knows the artist/self employed/show biz
Marsha, Heather and my sister-in-law Christina with Reg's photos.
I brought out a box of the little hand wrought Bottles of Hope to show to the gathering. These were made by a group in Westport headed up by Georgia Ferrell of Artemisia Gallery there. Her goal is to make 1000 BOH for cancer patients. We take them to the Cancer Centre of Eastern Ontario at Kingston General Hospital and the nurses can give them to patients undergoing chemotherapy with their little message of love and hope tucked inside. They are colourful and fun and it's a treasure to have one for yourself (though sad for the condition that qualifies you to have one).

Little bottles are covered in Polymer Clay in a myriad of designs. If you are interested in participating in an afternoon of claying some of these bottles do contact Georgia at Artemisia.

Dockside Art Festival

I participated in the 1st Annual Dockside Art Festival on Sunday down at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes on Kingston Waterfront. As with most things that start small with hardly any budget this looks like it has great potential ..... it just needs a bigger marketing budget and the many months long advertising lots of other events get. We did have a few people looking at the artisans work and taking in  the dancing and music on the deck of the Alexander Henry Coast Guard boat.

Looking down the side of the museum to the lake. Jane Thelwell on the left in red tent.

I'm next to the blue tent by the bench.

The museum has a lovel garden.

View from my tent.
The Kingston waterfront, and especially this part, has so much history, ship and locomotive building, foundries, railway lines and station. There is also the Pump House Steam Museum just along Ontario Street and this was built in the 1800's to pump water to Kingston  from the lake and is full of old engines!

Well, back in the studio..... Sheepdog Trials start tomorrow.
I'm in the craft tent for three days..... see you there.
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