Sunday, February 27, 2011

Super concert and wonderful gallery

 Steven carries my painting into Ayrspace, and 
we are given a warm welcome by Jill Yuzwa, 
the gallery director. 
I told you I'd tell you.  Beautiful downtown Ayr
is where the biggest show of women's art is going to
take place.  It's about an hour and 20 minutes out
of Toronto, not bad for a drive.  The Gallery itself
is beautiful -- a heritage building and former hardware
store -- the building has been sensitively renovated into
a large gallery space.  Wooden floors and a tin ceiling give
the gallery warmth and a classic, tasteful feeling.
Steven checks out the gallery which
is getting ready to host a spectacular
concert.  The painting which is part
of the current show is a huge painting of
The Four Seasons, and as you can see the
space is large.

In other words this will be the perfect place for a party,
and a glorious space for a very large show of women's
art from all over the world.  Last night I visited the gallery
to drop off my painting for the show.  Jill Yuzwa the
gallery owner is a complete sweetheart and she invited
me and Steven to catch a bite next door at the local pizza
restaurant, then come back to hear the marvellous
concert put on by Anne Lindsay.  I'm so glad we stayed.
Before the concert began Jill made an announcement to
the crowd about the International Women Celebrate
show and introduced me and Jeanette Vermeyden -Obbink to the
audience.  That was a nice touch.

 What a treat listening to Anne Lindsay 
practice before the concert.

So that is my report from Ayr.  Of course we went on the
net after our drive home through a snowstorm and
looked up Ayr real estate, but that doesn't mean we're
moving there.  Yet.  Still, we are really looking forward
to meeting you all next weekend.

Have a thinking-about-how-nice-it-would-be-to-live-in-Ayr day.


Linny D. Vine said...

Ayr seems a mecca of cultural activity! Enjoy - and I'm certain that they will enjoy you!

Kim Rempel said...

Barbara - I was there today and got to see your piece in person. Wow!! Absolutely adore it. So vibrant and fresh. This weekend will be great!

Melinda said...

I am very happy for you, Barbara! Love the snow! Maybe you two could have a second home there, yes?

Wishing you all the best. You are amazing.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linny,

I don't know the town, but Jill who owns and runs the gallery is a dynamic and wonderful woman for sure, and the gallery is a cultural hotspot thanks to her. I wish you were coming out to the big gathering of bloggers. It's going to be amazing.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

You are so sweet. Thank you. I can't wait to see your painting in the flesh. I was very excited by the work I've already seen. That's going to be an amazing show.

See you so soon!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

Well we have this real estate mania. But go figure we've lived in the same house since our oldest was three. quite a while. And by now we've owned the schoolhouse for more than a decade. So the real estate thing is more an escape fantasy than a reality I think. Still I think we've looked at every possible house online withing a 50 mile radius of Ayr.



Nicki said...

Hi Barbara,

How fun to get a glimpse of AyrSpace. I'm looking forward to seeing it, the paintings and of course you in person!


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nicki,

Thanks so much. The countdown is on now. 10,9, 8, ....Wow! I think it's going to be like New Year's Eve, you know how you're at a great party, and there's so many people you want to talk to, and so much energy, but you can't possibly get around to talking to everyone. And you go home with your head absolutely buzzing. Only you get to do this for two days! I mean.
I am too excited. Can you guess that?

See you so soon,


Liza Hirst said...

Hi Barbara,
This event sounds and looks exciting!
I wish I could participate, see your work and YOU in person! Good luck and enjoy!

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