Monday, January 30, 2006

main street gallery

It's taken me a few days to recover from my trip to Victoria. My desire to catch up with everyone I hadn't seen or talked to since the last time I was there is what did me in. When I boarded the ferry home to the mainland ("the continent") on Thursday night my throat was sore from talking for two days straight.

Wednesday morning dawned bright and hopeful. I arrived at Tsawwassen ferry terminal just as the sun peeked over the horizon. I had time before boarding the ferry to pop into the terminal waiting area for coffee, and got this great shot of the early morning sun coming through the windows:

By the time the ferry had docked at Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island the weather had started to shift. Sidney is only a five-minute drive from the terminal, so after I dropped off my work I went for a short walk before the rain arrived and before heading into Victoria.

By Thursday evening the weather had turned really nasty -- cold and pouring with rain -- so the turnout for the show's reception was lower than expected. One of the four artists, Nicholas Bott, is a highly successful painter with a strong following, but even that didn't draw the crowds on an unpleasant Thursday night in January.

The opening was fun anyway, lots to see and eat and drink ... and excellent company of course! :)

artist John McConnell and Sandra Baynton, owner of Main Street Gallery, discussing John's work

Sandra Baynton, artist Pieter Molenaar and friend in front of Nicholas Bott's paintings

my uncle, David (on the right), and his partner Tom

yours truly


Blogger Caroline said...

This is brilliant - an insight into the other side of the life of an artist so a great continuation from your Process posting!

30/1/06 12:27 p.m.  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...


30/1/06 2:06 p.m.  
Blogger carla said...

Andrea - I just love seeing the paintings hanging on a wall next to you - I can see the size of them. I really love the one that's on the far right...there's something about that path and the trees in the foreground. Those small pieces...are they your black pictures? It's hard to make out what they are. And you...very glamorous ( this must be your IF submission:>) in that beautiful blue satin shirt. Thanks so much for sharing...this is a treat!

30/1/06 2:46 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Caroline and Merlinprincesse: Thanks!

Shame on you, Carla! It's silk! :) (and a hand-me-down, like the pearls, from my mother, who has a lot more class and a lot more money than me!) Yes, the small ones are my black pictures. Not so good in photos, especially in the shadow-box frames, but I was pleased with how they look In Real Life. Thanks for your kind words.

30/1/06 3:07 p.m.  
Blogger Toni said...

Andrea, how cool this is to see the pictures of your trip and the gallery. and yes it's awesome to see you standing next to your paintings. Next years calligraphy conference is on Vancouver Island. If things go well i just may beable to make it. My friend Ginny I talked about in my post is from Red Deer. Are you near there?

30/1/06 4:47 p.m.  
Blogger Catnapping said...

I really like the paintings in your photo. and it's nice to put a face with your name. I just knew you weren't a box with fish bones!

30/1/06 5:05 p.m.  
Blogger Anonymous said...

The photographs are great and so are the paintings, and of course glamorous you!

30/1/06 6:05 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Toni: Do you know what town on Vancouver Isalnd? Not that it matters, the island being The Promised Land and all. ) Red Deer is in Alberta, still in western Canada, but a good 12+ hour drive from the west coast.

Catnapping: After I remove the trappings, I'm still just a box with fish bones.

Anonymous: Glamorous women don't make such foolish faces, though, and if they do they don't spread them across the internet...

30/1/06 7:44 p.m.  
Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

I agree with look so glam in your royal blue silk shirt!
So fun to see your work hanging & you beside it..very cool.

LOL, your face looks fine...your eyes are very neat look...sparkle!

30/1/06 9:29 p.m.  
Anonymous Detlef said...

Andrea, what an intriguing insight on your trip! I'm so envious, it must be an exhilirating experience having at least a dozen works hanging in exhibition. You should have a real sense of achievement, and deservedly so.

31/1/06 1:39 a.m.  
Blogger Toni said...

Here is the web address for the conference. It's just in the beginning stages
the conference will be at
Shawnigan Lake School, located in Mill Bay between Victoria and Duncan

this years conference is being held by the Washington guild in DC but the conference is at a college in Virginia

31/1/06 5:25 a.m.  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

You look pleased. I hope for you that the show will bring further inspiration. I appreciated the travel photos as well, especially the second one of the coffee shop with the sun through the window. I think the solid colour of your shirt brings attention to the artwork. Great usual.

31/1/06 5:43 a.m.  
Blogger kyknoord said...

I know what you're thinking in the photo - "I can't wait to blog about this!" :)

31/1/06 6:27 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Lyn & Brian: Thanks.

Detlef: In some ways this was more exciting than my first solo show, which was held last summer. Certainly I, as an 'emerging artist', get more exposure in good company like this, so maybe that's why.

Toni: Shawnigan Lake School is the neighbouring boys' private school to Queen Margaret's School in Duncan, where my mother went. It's a gorgeous area. I hope you get the chance to go.

Kyknoord: Or maybe "Only one more hour and I can decompress!" though I knew I'd want to blog about it eventually. Living for one's blog; how geeky is that? (Don't answer!)

31/1/06 8:56 a.m.  
Blogger PG said...

That looks exciting, I would have loved to go to that, even if it was was lousy weather.

31/1/06 9:12 a.m.  
Blogger forgottenmachine said...

Just wanted to say thanks for visiting. The choice of painting wasn't random, it's one of my favourites, so the fact that someone with an eye as good as your's appreciated it is just groovy!

31/1/06 10:31 a.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

This is a great post! It's so nice of you to take us through your trip and to see all you see! It seems as though it is a success on many levels despite the smaller turnout! You had me at the end I was smiling as big as you, at you! Your paintings look incredible as do you!!! Congratulations

31/1/06 1:28 p.m.  
Blogger Chloe said...

great art

31/1/06 8:43 p.m.  
Blogger Mick said...

Hi Andrea! As others have said, YOU look MARVELOUS! So does that display of small pieces...standing next to the work to get an idea of scale is very revealing too. By the by, you also look wonderful in white wine!

1/2/06 5:22 a.m.  
Blogger blue@blueskystudio said...

You look proud, and you should be - nice one andrea for getting your work in a show like this. Hope you get loads of sales and positive feedback, and of course, the ever elusive solo show deal.

Go girl...

1/2/06 12:35 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks all. By the way, Mick, it was only water (I'd already had my one glass limit) and Blue: had the solo show already, but this was more fun.

1/2/06 2:03 p.m.  
Blogger Nan said...

Andrea, this posting is just wonderful! It's such a great way to share your life with us... the months of painting, sharing your process, and now the culmination--the showing! What an achievement. You look wonderful in your blue silk. Also, like others, I enjoyed seeing the scale of some of your pictures. Thank you so much for sharing!

1/2/06 9:23 p.m.  
Blogger Queen Tut said...

Wonderful to see your work and what an exciting to show!

2/2/06 5:00 a.m.  
Blogger Calvin said...

Awww, these are great, very cool to see the "arteeeeest"

2/2/06 12:10 p.m.  

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