CALL TO ARTISTS FROM NELSON DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL AND HIDDEN CREEK

Partnering with Nelson and District Arts Council for an Artist Residency at Hidden Creek.

Kootenay Arts E-Bulletin

CALL TO ARTISTS FROM NELSON DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL AND HIDDEN CREEK

NDAC and Hidden creek have created an exciting new residency program and are looking for local artists to apply

NDAC and Hidden Creek Art and Ecology Retreat have joined forces to create the first ever Hidden Creek Artist’s Residency, located at Grohman creek, a short boat ride from
the City of Nelson. Our collective goal is to provide artists with a “retreat style” setting in order to work on or develop their Art in the areas of visual art, creative writing including music composition. We are now accepting applications from local artists who are interested in this program.
The residency consists of one week shared residency with food allowance from August 21st to August 27th at Hidden Creek Retreat. Boat travel will be provided to and from the retreat centre with one additional round trip for supplies and food…

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Straw Bales are finally covered!

As the fires burned around our small town this summer, it was pretty stressful that our retreat still had exposed straw. Even though straw bale homes have a very high fire rating (meaning they do not burn as rapidly as conventional homes), loose and exposed straw can burn. It is such a relief the staw bales are covered!

Straw bales are covered. Detail work begins.

Straw bales are covered. Detail work begins.

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Ideas Incubator……and needing quiet time for the artistic process.

Intimate Season, 16h" x 16"w, encaustic on wood.

Intimate Season, 16h” x 16″w, encaustic on wood.

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.” Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

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Finding Inspiration in Nature….whatever the season. A photo journal.

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”  Georgia O’Keeffe 

Kootenay backcountry powder

Kootenay backcountry powder

I am frequently asked: what are you inspired by? I answer: Nature….the earth, wilderness, the environment, the natural world.  I do not paint representationally. Rather, I am simply inspired, infused, encouraged by what I see in the natural world. The colours and shapes found in nature fascinate me, they infuse my work in an abstract fashion.  From a leaf vein or found feather to cracks in rocks or contours of tree limbs, I am informed by these observations. Mark making, colours and shapes surface from that inspiration when I am painting….simply by paying close attention to what’s around me.

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Is the creative process between painting and designing/building comparable?

With the straw bales up, the art retreat is starting to take shape….

With the straw bales up, the art retreat is starting to take shape….

Both in building and painting, you first come up with the idea. In my case, I sometimes have an idea of what I will paint – something inspires me or a series comes to shape in my mind. Same in building, a creative process is started when you choose to build your own home – from design to finished structure.

Once painting starts though, the painting, most often than not, takes shape itself. Intuition takes over and it becomes what it becomes, the thinking part is over and the feeling part happens. This is the difference when it comes to building.

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