Archives for May 2012

Imperfect Memory Exhibit Opening

Describing how to make stencil monoprints to a young art enthusiast

Last Wednesday night was the opening of our long-awaited exhibit, Imperfect Memory, at Gallery 1580 here in Victoria.  Lorraine Douglas, Susan Underwood and I were thrilled with the attendance and the accolades about our work.  Thank you to those that attended or sent messages and remember the show continues through this week.  We are hosting a Postcard Closing Party this Saturday, June 2 from 3 – 5 pm.  You can come and make your own collage postcards with provided materials! 


The framed stencil monoprint above, “In and Out”, was the first piece sold at the show!  Thank you to purchaser, Richard.  I also sold another print that was part of the “Dream Boat” series that hangs in the show.  The request came in on Friday afternoon and fortunately I have more prints available from this series at my home studio so I didn’t have to remove a print from the show display.  I was able to frame, “Dream Boat #4”, and had it ready for pick-up before 5 pm!  The print was presented on Friday night at the prom from Reynolds Secondary School “Class of 2012” to their school where it will hang permanently.  I will have to make a trip over to Reynolds to see where they have placed it!

Framed and ready for purchaser in less than three hours!

Printmaking Project: Visions of Victoria 150

Describing a relief plate to visitors at St. Ann's Academy Grounds

Last week I participated in three plein air events with members of the project Visions of Victoria 150.  Above is a photo of me (orange t-shirt) and Bev Peden (sitting to my left) talking to visitors at the launch event held at the historic grounds of St. Ann’s Academy.  Several members of Ground Zero Printmakers Society who are a part of this exciting project gathered to work on-site for the afternoon.  I also worked at two of the other seven sites chosen for this project; Industrial Victoria and Chinatown.  Members will continue to work at other locations through June 7.

Back in the studio the plein air studies and print-sketches will be “worked up” or serve as a reference for the artist’s further development of their vision of the site.  Our prints will be compiled in a portfolio and presented to the City of Victoria in October, to the Special Collections Archives at the University of Victoria and keep a set in the Ground Zero Printmakers Society’s Archives.  I haven’t quite decided which location I will feature in my prints but I was able to gather some great images to use.

Our sidewalk sign, Visions of Victoria 150, will be visible whenever a group of members are working so if you see them, stop and check it out!  Here are the next locations:

May 23, 2 – 5 pm Bastion Square

June 2, 1 – 4 pm Centennial Square

June 7, 10 am – 1 pm Chinese Cemetary

New bikini print!

Pink bikini screen print

Yesterday I was back at Ground Zero Printmakers Studio to try more of my bikini design as a screen print.  I changed the colour of the bikini to a hot pink which I think works very well with the yellow polka dots!  I hope to put this print in our upcoming show, Imperfect Memory which opens on May 23, 6 – 9 pm.   See invitation below with a stencil print by Susan Underwood:

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