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Buckhorn Fine Art Festival this weekend!

The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival is this weekend – August 12, 13 & 14 – and I can’t believe it’s mid-August already. It has been a busy summer and it always goes by way too quickly!

This is my fourth year at this show and it’s always enjoyable. There are so many talented artists with incredible work at this show and the volunteers are great – always helpful and friendly.

The opening night Garden Party on Friday from 7-9pm is my favourite. It’s a real party atmosphere with live music, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Garden Party ticket holders get admission throughout the weekend as well. The show continues Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm.

If you are in the area I would encourage you to drop by – it’s worth it!20150814_111814

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Upcoming Shows

It has been a busy spring in the studio and our gardens and now we’re busy preparing for upcoming art shows!

I’m excited to be at Art by the Lighthouse in Niagara on the Lake on July 30 & 31 (details below) for the first time. It’s such a lovely community and the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is right on the water. That weekend also features the TD Niagara Jazz Festival and Canal Days in Port Colborne so there is a lot of entertainment to take in.

I will be returning to the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival for my fourth year. I love this show – especially the Friday Night Garden Party and catching up with so many talented artists that have become

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival 2015

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival 2015

friends.

My final show for 2016 is Six Degrees of Freedom in Etobicoke at the end of August which also features my father, Bruce Stonehouse. We had father/daughter shows in both Thunder Bay and Lindsay in 2011 and it’s great to have the opportunity to exhibit together again – this time with four other amazing artists!

Art by the Lighthouse 2016
July 30 & 31
10am – 4pm
Original Art Show & Sale at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre
247 Ricardo St., Niagara on the Lake

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival
August 12, 13, 14
Friday night garden party at 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm
Buckhorn Community Centre

Six Degrees of Freedom
Exhibit & Sale at Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery
August 28 to September 27
Opening Reception: Sunday, August 28th 2 – 4pm
Participating Artists: Biljana Baker, Gail Backus, Nancy Newman, Doreen Renner, Brenda Stonehouse, Bruce Stonehouse

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival

It’s Buckhorn Fine Art Festival time again! I’m busy putting the finishing touches on things for the show and I’m looking forward to being back at the festival for the third year.

The festival opens on Friday August 14 with the Opening Garden Party from 7 – 10pm featuring hors d’oeuvres and live music to enjoy while you browse through the artists booths. Garden party tickets are available online at www.buckhornfineart.com and also provide you admission throughout the whole weekend.

The show is open Saturday from 10am – 6pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm. Don’t miss the youth art display, and art competition and the special Artists for Conservation International Exhibit of Nature in Art.

Hope to see you there!

BFAF 2015

Summer Shows

Spring is here and that means two things – it’s time to garden and prepare for summer art shows! I’m pleased to be returning to Art & the Garden in July and the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival in August.

Art & the Garden is on July 18 and 19 at 92 Colborne St. W. in Lindsay. Last year was amazing – the daylilies in bloom were just stunning. The event runs from 10 – 4 each day.

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The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival is August 14 – 16 at the Buckhorn Community Centre. This will be my third year at this fantastic show! See over 50 fine artists in a woodland garden setting along with live music and fine food. The festival begins with a Preview Night Garden Party on Friday from 7 – 10pm and the show continues Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm.

 

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First completed painting of the year

I am pleased to have finished the first painting of the year! This one has been around for quite some time so it’s nice to have it completed. It’s 18″ x 24″ oil on canvas – “Algonquin Memories”. I have decided not to do prints of my new work so this is one of a kind!

Algonquin Memories

The past few months have been so busy I haven’t had much time for painting. I was seconded to a new position in September as a Process Improvement Facilitator and have been trained as a Lean Six Sigma black belt. The Globe and Mail published a great article on ‘lean specialists’ that explains the position pretty well. The learning curve has been steep and it has taken all my time and focus to complete the training, but the exam has been passed!

I didn’t make any formal resolutions this New Year but I will be getting back to painting regularly. I will be returning to the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival on August 15 – 17 and the Victoria County Studio Tour on October 4 & 5 and October 11 & 12 so mark your calendars! I’ve been busy this weekend filling out all the forms for those shows and getting everything ready to send off.

My goal is to have 4 new originals to debut at the Buckhorn Festival, so there’s only 3 left to go!

The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival was a great experience

This past weekend I was at the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival and it was fantastic! This was my first year and I didn’t know what to expect but I am really pleased with how things went.

John and I went up Friday morning (it’s about a 45 minute drive from home) to get the booth set up. We got checked in at about 8:30am and went to our booth in the Community Centre They have all the booths already constructed out of plywood and painted which is so great. It was pretty awesome to see my name at the top! I was at the end of the aisle and there were only two of us on the back wall.

Buckhorn empty booth

It took us almost four hours to set up but we took our time. We didn’t run into any major snags and only had to make one trip to the hardware store for a power bar for our lights.

Buckhorn set up 1

John had brought a tape measure and a level but we quickly discarded them and just went by eye.

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And we were all set to go!

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Friday night was the Preview Night Garden Party so I dressed up. We had all kinds of family and friends come – it really was a party!

Buckhorn Friday Night

The crowds were consistent all weekend and I there was a lot of interest in my work. So many compliments!

Buckhorn Saturday

I was lucky to have great neighbours – Bronson Smith from Peterborough, Julia Conlon from Windsor and Charles Leung from Lindsay. They were a lot of fun and offered great advice and support. Thank you!

On Saturday night there was a dinner for the artists and volunteers and we had a great time. It was great to meet Henry Fernandes, Yvonne de Viller, Dave & Jane Bigham, and Malcolm Madsen. We also got to chat with Michael Dumas and his wife Ellen who have been long-time volunteers at the festival (Michael wasn’t exhibiting this year). It was wonderful to hear about their experiences at this show and others and once again the advice and support were amazing.

Now it’s time to get ready for the Victoria County Studio Tour in October!

The countdown is on!

The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival is only two weeks away! I’ve been steadily painting and I have two more paintings to complete before the show. I’ve also ordered a lot of prints that will have to be signed and framed and packaged. Good thing I’m on vacation next week from my day job so I can get everything finished!

I was excited to get the book for the Buckhorn show – it’s in gorgeous full colour on glossy paper and features one piece of work from every artist who will be there.

Tickets are still available for the Preview Night Garden Party on Friday, August 16 from 7-10pm. Live music, hors d’oeuvres, demonstrations and of course a lot of incredible art! Will I see you there?

Buckhorn book outside

Buckhorn book inside

Meet me in Buckhorn!

The promotional materials are out now for the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival from August 16 – 18. I’m so excited to be part of this great event! It was selected as one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals for the sixth consecutive year in 2012 and is recognized as one of the premiere Canadian Art Festivals.

There will be 86 artists in attendance this year including painters, ceramic artists and sculptors in wood and stone. The festival is held at the Buckhorn Community Centre which features beautiful pathways and gardens in between the galleries that house the exhibiting artists’ booths. Tickets to the Preview Night Garden Party go quickly so be sure to get them soon! They are $20 in advance and are good for re-entry into the Festival on Saturday and Sunday too.

Mark it on your calendar…..I hope to see you there!

BFAF promo

 

Another painting completed!

I have been steadily working away on new paintings for the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival in August but progress has been slower than I would like. Between work and migraines caused by this crazy weather I haven’t had much time to paint and blog. I’ve been guilted a few times lately about not blogging regularly anymore too!

Today I spent a few hours and completed the painting of the white irises. May I present “Fence Sitting” 18″ x 24″ oil on canvas:

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A weekend of painting

I’ve had a very busy weekend of painting! I have to make sure I have enough original work for both the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival in August and the Victoria County Studio Tour in October. Although over the past year I have been diligent at painting every day I haven’t been terribly productive when it comes to producing new work. I’ve been picking away at paintings an hour or so at a time but haven’t really carved out the time to spend making some good progress.

I’ve planned out 6 new paintings (with John’s help!) so far. Four are florals featuring our gardens and two are landscapes. Yesterday I got the first layer of paint completed on this one (it’s 11″ x 14″):

Tulips

Today I completed the drawing on this one and got the first layer of paint done on half:

Pink lilies