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Bergen Thanksgiving Market

Cool days, frosty nights, falling leaves — all signs that fall has arrived. And that means Thanksgiving is almost here.

Are you looking for an enjoyable way to spend part of the Thanksgiving weekend? If so, perhaps you’d like to take in the special Thanksgiving Market at Bergen. Most of the regular summer vendors will be there along with some new faces.

The Bergen Farmers’ Market is set in picturesque rural Alberta. It has a well-earned reputation for the quality of its vendors and its warm, welcoming atmosphere. The coffee pot is always on (and the coffee is free) — and of course you can buy tasty pastries to enjoy with your cuppa.

So mark your calendar — Saturday October 12 from 10 to 1 pm — and join us.

I’ll have my new fall designs for sale — here’s a sample. 😉

You’ll find a map here. (Please note — although this link says the market runs until 4, it wraps up at 1.)

Art Show Followup

The Art Show and Sale that kicked off ARTember in Airdrie was a lot of fun. I got to spend two days with so many creative people — it’s great to be surrounded by such energy.

Oh, yes, I also made some very good sales along with a commission. Here are three pieces that went to new homes. 😉

ARTember Art Show and Sale

September is a great month for artists. Alberta Arts Day, September 30, began as a one-day celebration in 2008 to recognize the contribution artists make to life in this province. That year 100 events in 30 communities marked the celebration.

This special occasion — a 3-day party now known as Alberta Culture Days — has blossomed since then. Last year more than 1200 events over 3 days happened across the province.

Airdrie does even more to mark the importance of the arts. ARTember runs from September 13th to the 29th. The big kickoff happens Friday September 13 with a special art show and sale.

I’ll be at the show both days with my jewelry. Please drop by and say hello. 😉

Artember Poster

Sundre Summer Art Show & Sale

For the third year in a row Otter Pottery / Otter Rafting Adventures hosted the Sundre Summer Art Show & Sale. Wellspring members were invited, and other local artists were contacted and offered space to set up and show their artwork at this two-day free event.

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Ancient craft intrigues artist

Woodturning artist winning in his craft

Originally published in the Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Mountain View Gazette – used with permission.
Photos by Noel West, MVP Staff

By Paul Frey
MVP Staff
Woodturning artist John Smythe is continually impressed every time he takes his lathe to a piece of wood with its different grains and colours.

“It’s like pottery in a way. You can watch it develop into shape right before your eyes. It’s intriguing, as is the decorating. Sometimes in woodturning you just turn the piece of wood into a bowl or vase or something and you don’t do anything with it because the wood itself also has a beautiful grain or character in it. Sometimes you might take a piece and enhance it,” he said.

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Winning entry in 2013 Western Showcase

1st place in the Woodturning class and best of show for all Woodworking entries/classes.

1st place in the Woodturning class and best of show for all Woodworking entries/classes.

I had a winning entry in the 2013 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase Woodworking section. My turned and decorated butterfly vase was awarded a first place ribbon in the woodturning section and the judges awarded it “The Best of Show” for all the woodworking entries in the Stampede Western Showcase.

The vase was turned on a lathe from a native clump birch harvested in northern Saskatchewan. The 10 inch x 4 1/2 inch vase is turned thin to a wall thickness of approx. 1/16 inch. The vase was decorated with pyrography, airbrushed with acrylic paint and pierced with a high speed air powered dental drill. The vase was finished with lacquer.

Western Theme

2nd place in the Western theme class.

The judges also awarded second place ribbon for a turned and carved wall sculpture entered in the Western theme category.

Read about it in the July 23 Mountain View Gazette.

I’m a self developed artist. In the mid 1980’s I began a serious interest in wood turning which I continue to develop. I’m a member of the Wellspring Visual ArtNetwork Association and the Airdrie Art Society. During this summer’s Wellspring Artwalk 2013 my work is displayed at the Sundre Museum during July and August.

Fifth Kiln Opening Mar 10 2013

I’ve had the fifth firing of my kiln for this year, sorry I had to skip two videos due to rushing for the Spring Show and Sale. Check out the latest kiln opening video to see the new pieces.

Bergen Farmers’ Market Opens

If you’re looking for a real country farmers’ market, you’ll find it every Saturday this summer at the Bergen Hall where vendors set up their tents and sell their wares from 10 to 1. This wonderful outdoor market goes rain or shine!

Looking for delicious bread? Seasoned salt? Naturally raised beef? Perhaps your taste runs to homemade chocolates or organic wine? If you enjoy crafts and jewelry you’ll discover those too. There’s live music every week along with free coffee. You can also sit and visit — you can even have lunch. Double N Ranch is offering beef on a bun this year.

I’ve been part of the Bergen Market since it began several years ago. This season I’m showcasing a new line of jewelry. Although I still love working with beads I’ve begun incorporating wire and metal into my work. There will be lots of new pieces to see over the coming months.

If you’d like to contact me or leave a comment, please visit me at my Beau Dangles site. 😉


Second Kiln Opening Feb 2 2013

I’ve had the second firing of my kiln for this year, with an emphasis on plates, bowls and goblets. Check out the video to see the new pieces.

Kiln Opening Jan 12, 2013

I’ve had the first firing of the year, with new designs and different colours. Check out the kiln opening video to see the new pieces.

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