ArtWalk 2013, as in previous years, has been a great way to exhibit my work. This year, Olds Shopper’s Drug Mart has provided this opportunity, and I have been fortunate to have had someone purchase one of my paintings. It always inspires me when someone enjoys a piece and wants to take it home.
I don’t paint to please an audience; I paint to please myself. In my work, the details are really important. It’s like writing a novel. If you don’t have the details, you don’t have a story; you just have a summary. I love blending soft edges and colours, and I put layer after layer to get luminosity. I never run out of ideas. My goal is to keep improving my work, and to appreciate the wealth of inspiration so close to home in Alberta.
To read more about Michele and see her work, click here.
I joined Wellspring last fall to give my paintings and photos the exposure they needed and to meet other creative people. So far the experience with the group has been very good. ArtWalk was one of the projects with Wellspring that I was really excited about — this was a great opportunity to gain a larger audience.
A little more than a week before ArtWalk, I gathered what paintings I had and created a new painting as well and brought them into Willow Brook Coffee House. I hung my paintings and placed my tags. Adrian, the owner of the establishment, suggested I place descriptions of the paintings. A few days later I set up my photos at theInnisfail Chiropractic & Massage as well.
Bob and Flory Wilkins create beautiful work in stained glass. While they were setting up their ArtWalk display at Gotcha Jeans one of the staff saw one of their pieces and said, “It’s sold!”
“The employee was gracious enough to put a ‘SOLD’ sign on it, and leave it in the display cabinet until we bring something else to replace it,” says Bob. “But that adds interest and hopefully will generate more sales.”
The Wilkins’ make many whimsical items, such as the abstract cat in this photo. “We use a Black/White Clear Baroque glass,” says Bob, “and, as each sheet of this glass it totally one of a kind and unique, it allows us to make some pretty neat pictures.”
By suppertime last Friday all the ArtWalk artists had picked up their materials. The signboards are out on display, the brochures are being distributed and the show has begun.
Many thanks to ArtWalk coordinator Gayle Kohut, her sidekick (and former coordinator) Carroll Smith and all the artists who worked so hard to get ready for this event. It takes a huge effort to ensure the success of this summer-long celebration of the arts.
A special thank you to our hostesses for the evening — Donna Erdman (Chairperson of the Olds Historical Society), Debbie Ohlhausen (owner of Different Strokes and a member of the Uptowne Olds Group) and Michelle Jorgensen (Administrative Assistant at the Mountain View Museum).
P.S. Here’s some great news — several ArtWalk artists have already sold pieces!
Yahoo! Friday June 28 marks the official start of the 7th annual ArtWalk. This event showcases some of the best artists in Central Alberta, bringing their art to businesses in 5 towns — Innisfail, Olds, Sundre, Didsbury and Carstairs.
The Uptowne Olds Group is sponsoring the launch at the Olds Museum, from 7 to 8 pm. It’s a great opportunity for business owners, artists and the public to salute the role of art in our lives.
Drop by and say hello. And be sure to pick up one of the great ArtWalk brochures. It lists all the artists and the locations where their work is featured. Get together with friends and make summer plans to check out the art — you’ll be surprised at what you find! 😉