Thursday, August 9, 2012

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival 2012 upcoming

Happy Summer!

I do hope that you are managing to stay cool this midsummer.

A quick mention that the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival begins soon. (Buckhorn is north of Peterborough.) There is a nicely-done preview on Friday evening, August 17, with a wonderful atmosphere and great hors d'oevres, and full days on Saturday and Sunday. If you appreciate fine art, this is a 'don't miss', with 80 or so of some of the country’s best—further information and directions may be found on my website or Facebook Page Events or on the Buckhorn link above. If you do slip up to the show, please come on by our booth and say hello—

This year the Buckhorn Festival celebrates their 35th Anniversary. Their highlight this year includes a special display of 35 works selected from the artists showing there over the years. Judy’s work ‘Nappers’ was juried in to this feature.

Hot off the easel—the vintage Canadian sports series has been continued this year:

This is another tribute to the Canadian past. My father, born in a soddie on the northern prairies, of necessity learned how to make snowshoes as well as skis.

These historic items feel balanced and warm in the hands, as if they are asking to be used again—the smooth patina of the wood and the still-sturdy ties, made to last. I have immense respect for the craftsmanship. The complexity of the weaving was intriguing to me and a challenge to paint.

Snowshoes (traditional)
oil painting on cradled panel, 12” by 21”
prints are available

I have just posted this years online newsletters and you will see them embedded at the right of this page.

In other news, I submitted three works to the jury for the Norfolk Arts Centre Arts Country exhibition (Simcoe). All were accepted and will be on display there until the end of August. This is a wonderful old building and I’m so pleased that Simcoe was able to preserve it.
I have moved my home show dates forward to the weekend after Thanksgiving, so that I can join the Elgin County ‘Fall Colours Studio Tour’. This tour is featured in ‘Arts Country’, the five-county annual catalogue which features the regional visual art tours and trails here, the ‘Sand Plains’ area along Lake Erie. (The catalogue is online, and also there are printed copies distributed about. I’ll be sending another email update shortly before my home show.)

I think that we have an exceptional area here--the agriculture, food and wine, the creativity with abundant music and art right from the grassroots, and the history.I love the sights and aromas of the harvest season, and this year the local produce should be wonderful on the Culinary Trail. You may see various quilts hanging from the historic barns on our ‘Quilt Trail’; each design has an historic story. It’s the anniversary of the War of 1812, and we are right in the midst of some of the history for that, here on the Talbot Trail. I like to wonder how my ancestors coped with all that here, 200 years ago.

Hope to see you at Buckhorn!
Happy Trails, Judy

Right-Brained Quotes for the Day

Painters paint, and history continues to make fools of curators. Robert Genn

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose. Heda Bejar

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. Henry Ward Beecher

We are no longer dependant on what New York, Paris, Rome or L.A. says about culture and art. We have become both international and regional at the same time. Linda Blondheim

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