Last summer I stumbled upon an open call for artists (photographers, poets and visual artists) to participate in a collaborative project entitled, "Let's Show Some Character". I was blessed to be chosen to be part of the fun! As a contributing photographer I had the task of submitting a photograph of a character, however I should choose to interpret the assignment. The image to the left is my finished product, entitled "Reflecting Risk".
Then the anticipation began to grow as I had to patiently await the day where I would meet the other collaborators. My photograph was then passed on to a poet who only had my image (no title, no insight from me) to use as inspiration for her writing. Finally, the poem was passed on to a painter who didn't see my photograph and now only had the poem to use as inspiration for her piece! Isn't the whole idea fantastic? We had no idea who the other artists were or the work they were creating. We were kept in the dark - until last night.
Our opening reception, at the Keyano College Art Gallery, gave us the opportunity to finally see the creations within each group and meet the artists that we were connected to (but had no idea who they were!) It was fascinating to see the common thread throughout each group and how the poem in the middle served as the anchor. Everyone did a wonderful job and the atmosphere was bursting with creative energy from our mysterious collaborations.
Special thanks to Michael Moore, Sonia-Burke Smith and Tia MacKenzie (what a gorgeous framing job you did) for ALL their effort in making this exhibit such a joy and privilege to be a part of. Reinalie Jorolan and Helen Hendricks, thank you for your beautiful creations - wasn't it incredible to see the connection in our work? I am humbled and appreciative to be in such wonderful company - exhibit-wide - and look forward to many more collaborations!
If you haven't seen the show yet make sure you carve out the time before May 15th to do so! (The gallery is tucked down a few stairs in the main lobby of the Keyano Theatre.)
Friday evening I had the opportunity to help out for a great cause - our local SPCA. The cleverly entitled "Catwalk" was a ladies night fashion show with dinner and shopping, to boot! Not only was the event raising funds for a well-deserving society but guests were privy to the glamour of a live runway show. Gotta love a little sparkle!
Fort McMurray is an incredible land of opportunity. This constantly booming community has recognized the importance of growing the arts here and there are increasingly more options for working artists. I am grateful and blessed for the encouragement and support I have received.
The Redpoll Centre is one such blessing. This morning I was busy setting up an exhibit of 11 photographs in The Redpoll Centre - a building on Franklin Avenue that houses a variety of collaborative agencies and rents their conference space to the public. They have given me the gift of displaying my work in their conference room and I'm delighted to be able to share these pieces with them. (A special thank you and shout out to Danika Peddle, the friendly face you'll first see when you've climbed the stairs to the front desk!)
If you'd like to view the entire collection feel free to drop in - simply check their online calendar to ensure that the conference room is open. Their business hours are Monday-Friday 8am-4pm and they are located across the street from Campbell's Music.
A triptych is a three panelled art piece, organized in any pattern (except overlapping) and size combination that tell a story and/or have a connecting idea. The piece above is three photographs entitled, "The Heart of the Matter" - can you identify what it is? Hint: It is something very near and dear to me!
If you'd like to see some more examples of triptych's check out this link for some wonderfully creative ideas.