Friday, August 22, 2014

What's up with Sandra?

So what's up with Sandra?

I've been working on some new floral paintings which I hope to exhibit later this year. Also, I am part of a design committee for the new Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre scheduled to open in the spring of 2017. I also joined the Community Engagement Advisory Network (CEAN) to aid Vancouver Coastal Health through input as a member of the community. I am continuing as a volunteer Director of the Coast Foundation Society. And I'm participating in an art auction to raise funds for St. Paul's Hospital Mental Health Program in September.

Drawing and talking art with friends at the café has improved my technical skill. I watched a video about Stuart Slind, a Bowen Island artist and teacher. I paraphrase what he said as "If you want to be a big, successful artist, you must think like a big, successful artist. It takes effort and time. To make a masterpiece, one must treat each work with the care and attention that befits a masterpiece. It can't be just good enough. Having said that, sometimes you're in the studio and you're unsure because the piece doesn't seem to be going as planned. But it's at those times, when you are being most creative. And most importantly, enjoy the process, enjoy what you do."

As for writing, I collaborated on a novella with a New York writer about an internet relationship. So if you know of any novella writing contests, please let me know!

If you want to hear some corny puns and see my sketchbook, come by Caffe Rustico Galleria for a coffee!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Brilliant! 2014 Art Auction

You are cordially invited to an art auction opening on Thursday, September 4th, 7 pm at Volume Studio, 1209 Bute Street (near Davie), Vancouver. Admission is free. Beverages will be served by donation (to go to SPH). There's available meter parking on Davie.

The Brilliant! 2014 Art Auction will donate part of the proceeds to the St. Paul's Hospital Mental Health Program. Also, the pieces will be posted online through the St. Paul's Hospital (SPH) website and one may submit bids to Volume Studio via phone, email or in person. The online auction will also start in September and run for several weeks.

One of my paintings and a copy of my memoir were selected for this fundraiser. I receive no payment to participate in this auction, but wanted to support a good cause!

Please bring a friend. Hope to see you there!

P.S. The Brilliant! hair, fashion and make-up runway gala is later in September. For more info, please visit http://www.helpstpauls.com/2012/06/show-your-love-for-mental-health-and-be-brilliant/

Volume Studio's phone number is 604-559-5977 or you may email them at: info@volumestudio.org