Monday, November 14, 2011

Second opening coming up and a busman's holiday

Watching you paint
30 x 30 inches
Acrylic on canvas
Barbara Muir © 2011

Our second opening of Faces and Places is happening on
November 24th -- two weeks from yesterday between
6 and 8 p.m. at Studio Vogue Gallery, 216 Avenue Road,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada  416 659-9809.

 It is close to Christmas, and near the start of the holiday season,
so it's fitting that part of the purpose of our closing
party is to raise money to give a  high school education
to two little girls, currently living at Peace Matunda in Africa.
Peace Matunda is an orphanage school in Tanzania where
Gill Cameron volunteered for three months last winter.
Gill is raffling off tickets to win one of her glorious watercolours,
and I am giving a portion of the proceeds from the sale
of two paintings to the girls' high school education fund.

But the main reason for the second opening is to give anyone
who didn't get a chance to come out to the first wonderful
party, an opportunity to see the show and talk to the artists.
Please come out if you couldn't make it earlier, or come
again if you like -- we'll be thrilled to see you.

A Busman's Holiday
Thursday was my first full day off in two months. I couldn't
wait to get out of my studio to see the great show of
Marc Chagall's work on at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Double Portrait with Wine Glass
Marc Chagall
On view at The Art Gallery of Ontario
Avant-garde exhibition on loan
from the collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris
 
After visiting the show with a friend, I hurried home,
made supper, then Steven and I went to see Valda
Zoben's show at Propeller Gallery.  Valda is a wonderful artist
and gets inspired by her travels around the world.
Her paintings in this show have a deeply spiritual feel based on her
travels last winter through Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Check it out at Propeller if you get a chance in the next
two weeks.
Valda Zobens discussing 
her work with visitors to
Propeller Gallery
Her painting is on the left.

My head spinning with images from Chagall, Kandinsky (my
favorite in the Russian painters show), The Group of Seven,
(which we can't leave the gallery without seeing), and Valda
Zobens I slept like a happy baby.  Clearly art is my working life.

Have a can't-get-enough-of-art day

4 comments:

painterchum said...

isn't it great when you have a full day of art smorgasborging!! Here's to art...and days off!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Sally,

It was just wonderful. The odd day off here and there is a powerfully good thing.

XO Barbara

Melinda said...

Excellent post, Barbara! I love these images and all that you have going on.

It's a worthy cause, and I wish you both, and the charity, a good response.

Wish I could be there.

Uncanny about the Chagall. I'm planning on going to the JCC to view the current exhibit: Flight: Mid-Century Artists and the Refugee Experience, in which one of Chagall's work is highlighted.

Virtual hugs!

Linny D. Vine said...

I love this painting, Barbara! Full of all your dazzle and color!

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I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at: barbara.muir@sympatico.ca
A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!