Friday, January 28, 2011

Ontario Arts Council Grant

I am very pleased to share with you the decision of the Ontario Arts Council to believe in my work by delivering me the Mid-Career Visual Arts Grant 2011.

This Grant will allow me to create the series of tapestries, multi-media textile art concepts and new body of works for the Burlington Art Centre exhibition to be held in September 2012.

By acknowledging this Grant I thank the Government of Ontario who support artists who struggle in the everyday life to pursue their hopes, dreams and artistic intentions.

I am sure that many great things will come from this wonderful opportunity.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Woven Tapestry Journal. Day 24. Video

Video of the advances of the tapestry at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre.

Day 24.
Dangerous day to drive after a snow storm. Fortunately we arrive safe and with awesome landscapes.
The cats are waiting for us to say hello.

As you can tell by the photo with Stella,

we are now in another "level", meaning at least level of stool, haha. We are "raising the bar" and finally getting to weave higher. We are passed the floor level which is great!

Monday, January 10, 2011

New project for Burlington Exhibition

This is a simple photograph of a bark from a maple tree. of course it is woven sideways but it will be intended to be hung vertical. Let's see how it turns out at the End.
The thing is that I am so happy always when I start a new project, especially this one in a new studio and with gorgeous colours.

Here I am at my new studio and happy to to share with you that the new tapestry is already in progress.
visit this site to see the video

The materials, as you all know, are varied from silk, cotton, linen, raffia, wool, and synthetics. I do not mind as long as it is an interesting material.

This is just the starting point. Keep up with the blog and you can see the advances.

This would be the left side because it did not fit on one picture.

Here I am at my new studio and happy to to share with you that the new tapestry is already in progress.
visit this site to see the video

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

woven journal day 22. Happy New Year 2011

Happy New Year 2011 to All, and may each and every one of you have many projects ahead.

As you can see behind me, the bark project at Joshua Creek's attic is coming alive! I cannot say we are half way through but it sure looks like the project is now coming alive. I cannot tell you how excited I was to return to my weaving after a couple of weeks of moving, packing, un-packing, setting Christmas stuff, etc,etc. I was telling my family how important and necessary it is for me to weave. It has become after all of these years a part of my breath. This series of tapestries is not only taking my full energy and attention, but also it has given me even more ideas to accomprish through tapestry.

here, as you who have been following the woven journal project, it is showing half (right side), and below the left side because of course almost 5 meters of width would not fit in my instant camara.

Today was the first day of weaving in the Attic at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre in 2011!

Fantastic as always. energy and creativity all around is just a perfect spot to rejoice in the fascinating world of Art.
Cold weather yet bright sunny day welcomed our way through the several studios.

Sybil, kind and warming as usual opened her heart for a promissing year.

New exhibitions where set today at the Gallery and visitors to the place accompanied us in our first day of the year. Information for the new wxhibitions at the Centre:

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre Announces
A Lasting Impression, Works from the John & Gisela Sommer Collection

Oakville, Ontario - January 4, 2011 John and Gisela Sommer made their dream come true in a turn of the century house in Georgetown, Ontario. For 42 years John Sommer and his magic hammer hung the halls, rooms and stairways of his Gallery House Sol with the art, ceramics and sculpture of emerging Canadian artists. Gisela stitched carpets for the floors and grew plants for the windows, welcoming all gallery visitors to a heartwarming and aesthetic adventure. The latest exhibition at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, A Lasting Impression, runs from January 8th to February 6th, 2011 and features an exciting collection of works donated to the Art Gallery of Peel by John and Gisela Sommer.

The Sommers often mounted 10 shows a year and Gallery House Sol became a launching pad with more than 200 artists participating in their exhibitions. Their enthusiasm and support of these artists, many of who went on to garner regional, national and international reputation, resulted in an enormous collection of paintings, ceramics, sculpture and photography.

A Lasting Impression is a voyage of discovery to experience a unique collection of art, chosen because it made John's "heart sing". The Sommers have always believed in the artists of today, in original art and in the impact of creativity. Their home, Gallery House Sol, remains today, a way of life.

The Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre and the Art Gallery of Peel invite you to meet John and Gisela Sommer at the Opening Reception on Sunday, January 16, 2011.

The show will run from Jan. 8 to Feb. 6, 2011
Opening Reception: January 16, 2011 2pm-4pm

Location: Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd.E., Oakville, ON L6H7B2

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sunday 1pm - 4pm or by appointment

Joshua Creek featured in Rich Bride, Poor Bride Television Show

In August 2010, the television show Rich Bride, Poor Bride filmed an episode at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre. This episode, VI - 6084, featuring Bride Diana and Groom Mark, will play on the SLICE Network, Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at 8:00 pm.

During the filming, the Fibre Arts exhibition "Naked" was on display in the Gallery. Jon Dobson, from Rich Bride, Poor Bride, tells us that the footage of the Gallery is amazing and there will be artwork in the shots, so we hope you will have the opportunity to watch the show!

About the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

For 50 years Sybil Rampen has had a vision. Her lifelong goal has been to establish a cultural legacy on her family farm to inspire the future generations of Halton. Located on Burnhamthorpe Road, 1 km east of Trafalgar Road in Oakville, The Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre serves the community as a place of gatherings from creative media workshops, films, musical events, and lectures to weddings. The Centre serves as a place where individuals meet to learn, collaborate, and cultivate relationships with one another. This emerging cultural facility promotes local heritage, outreach and accessibility, with ecological integrity being central to its activities.

For more information please visit our website
Sybil Rampen, Chair
Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre
1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd.E., Oakville, ON L6H7B2

Stella Tang, Lorraine Gard,

Summer Rea

and Sophie Kudukis where just some of the very good friends that wanted to share this exciting moment.

Other interesting visitors to the Attic was Catherine Varga and Heather Hannan , both inspirational wonderful women who give courses and workshops on one of the new Reiki".

Their Varga Hannan Sound Healing System uses the voice as the instrument of tones that are intuitively created. The voices of our gifted facilitators resonate to the same vibrational frequency as the Divine Oneness of All That Is. The tones sung are uplifting, unique and have an ethereal quality that creates an alpha state for some and a very relaxed and calm sensation for others. After the Attunement at the end of this weekend, the light energy and vibration of each participant will be resonating to the highest level of vibration they have ever experienced.

Divine sound and light healing audio program

"I believe we experience a rebirth every time we heal something within ourselves, whether it is an attitude, a habit, or experience. Letting go is a conscious decision we make and we are forever changed. This is Conscious Reincarnation™."
-Catherine Varg

Thank you All for visiting us today and helping this tapestry grow. Until next weave!