People have been asking and I have good news! My 2018 poster calendars are now READY for you! Some of you will keep one for yourself, others will get one to gift a special someone who makes your days brighter all year round, and the smart ones will do both. I hope everyone who hangs one of my year-at-a-glance calendars will feel joy each time they look to my bright designs.
Three designs again, one with words to inspire, though the others tell a story too. All are ocean related. The tea cups were photographed at a picnic with my daughter at a local beach (can you guess which shores we lazed upon?). The octopus is entitled “Look at Me” and how can you not gaze upon her bright colours? The sea star was painted with hope and in honour of the purple sea stars that are struggling with Sea Star Wasting Syndrome (SSWS) along our coast. How happy was I to notice what seemed like an increase in their numbers this summer on Gabriola! I was also lucky to go out to one of the survey sites in Tofino with Strawberry Isle Marine Research, where they have been getting local volunteers to help them monitor sea stars and SSWS.
Here’s hoping the days of 2018 will continue to be good ones for all of you AND all our ocean neighbours! May the octopus remind you that many hands (arms) make light work (ask for help when you need it!) and also remind you to stay flexible in the year ahead. May this sea star enjoying a night walk on the beach remind you to slow down in the coming year (and go to the beach more!). May this tea party at the beach remind you to take time to celebrate each and every moment (use the “good stuff” just for any old day!).
As always, these 12 x 18 inch calendars are printed on 100% recycled paper, so they are big and bright and good for the earth! Locals can order their calendars directly from me to avoid shipping. Out of town orders, please purchase yours in my etsy shop! Special discounts for bulk orders, so contact me if you want to get a bunch for everyone on your holiday gifting list! Don’t they look sweet rolled up with a ribbon?
Every Thanksgiving Weekend, Gabriola artists are busy showing off their latest creations in the Annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour! More than 60 artists are registered with the tour this year and many more have their doors open to welcome you, including the collective of artists at the Pier Gallery! I am so proud to be a member of this collective and hope you will come by this weekend to see what we have been making. You will find my new Year-at-a-Glance Poster Calendars for 2017 along with some holiday cards to help you get ready for the coming winter.
Here are the new designs for the coming year! Can’t decide which is your favourite? No problem….this weekend, anyone buying two 2017 calendars will get one 2016 calendar* for FREE (you can still enjoy it for the next 3 months). As always, my calendars are printed locally on 100% recycled paper, 12 x 18 inches. A cheerful tool to help plan your days!
After the tour calendars will be on sale in Nanaimo at Artzi Stuff and in my Etsy shop! You can also call me for direct orders (discounts when you order multiples of 5 or more).
* while supplies last (ha ha, I sound so official)
While you are loading up on my calendars at the Pier Gallery, make sure to check out the many artists on the Thanksgiving Studio Tour down here at the south end of our ”Isle of the Arts”!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope your weekend is full of family, friends, feasting AND art!
So I made some cards for ME and then some of YOU asked for some too! After a few special orders, I still have a bunch left to sell at the holiday craft fairs I am participating in over the next two weekends. Come on by and grab a few and send some West Coast wishes to those you love! Printed on 100 % recycled paper (as all my cards are), these truly are good for the Earth….and the Sea! Please send me a note if you want a bulk order (and special bulk rate) on cards, or if you cannot make the holiday sales coming up.
I also decided to show you the entire painting (DIVE DEEP) in the form of a bookmark. Wouldn’t they make a nice pairing with the gift of a book (used book are the best kind to get, share your favourites around). To top off the ultimate West Coast gift, you could add my DIVE DEEP calendar (also printed on 100% recycled paper).
You will find my PEACEFUL ocean creations Dec 12,13, 19 and 20th at the Pier Gallery Artists Collective (Panacea has the best stocking stuffers, hint hint Santa) and this Sunday at the DRIFT Home Show from 1 – 5 pm (come see where the magic happens at Black Bird Studios and meet a bunch of fabulous artists) . Check out the links to see who is involved in each of these fabulous shows.
While you are out and about, check out the other craft sales happening on Gabriola over the next two weekends. The Agi Christmas Craft Fair is at the Community Hall this Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Also this Saturday, Dianna Bonder will have her studio open for an Xmas Blast Open House from 10 am – 4 pm (the perfect place to get those books I was talking about). Another talented group of artists will be selling their wares at Christmas at the Roundhouse over the next two weekends from 11 am – 4 pm. La Belle Vie Studio will be full of my friend Josee Velsen’s creations, so stop by while you are making your rounds (her homemade teas would be the perfect pairing with the books you are gifting and make sure you get some of your own to sip while you write Christmas cards).
There is simply no reason to go to Nanaimo when you can get all your holiday shopping done right here on our amazing island. Shop local and have fun!
P.S. If you are in Nanaimo and cannot make it over this way, check out the beautiful creations made by Katherine Moore at her Breeze On In Open House this weekend. Or head downtown and see my art alongside so many other locals at Artzi Stuff.
As we draw towards the end of another amazing year, it is time for me to get my 2016 poster calendars ready for you! They make great holiday gifts — just roll up, tie with ribbon, and pass along with your love and best wishes for the coming year. For the price of a couple fancy coffees (10 bucks), you have art you can enjoy every day of the year!
My calendars are big and bold (12 x 18 inches, with larger font this year, a win for those that have eyes getting older like mine) and printed locally on 100% recycled paper (good for you AND the earth). Get them in my etsy shop or in a couple fun Gabriola holiday shows coming up….at Black Bird Studios on Dec 13th and at the Pier Gallery Holiday Sale here on Gabriola on the two weekends before Christmas (Dec 12/13 and 19/20). Of course you can contact me directly to place an order. Just 10 dollars each (I offer bulk discounts so let me know if you want a bunch).
I am so excited about this year’s designs and hope you are too. In particular the DIVE DEEP whale tail makes my heart SMILE as I remember a magic day this September when I was surrounded by so many humpbacks! Here is a photo I took of a whale called Yahtzee (can you see the spots on the underside of the tail?) getting ready to dive down for another mouthful of herring! (Please note the photo was taken from a distance and cropped and zoomed for this view).
A shout out to my friend The Marine Detective for sharing the magic on that special day and for continuing to do so much to protect our local marine species! A great gift idea would be to pair my whale calendar with a humpback whale sponsorship — give a gift that supports the important research that the Marine Education and Research Society is doing!
Here’s hoping 2016 is full of happy days for the ocean and for you and yours!
P.S. Which is your favourite 2016 design? Leave your top choice in the comments and I will enter your name into a giveaway. The winner gets the calendar they love best! I will close this giveaway at the end of the month.
Update – congrats to Natalie who was the lucky winner and will be getting a calendar from me!
I am wrapping up homemade gifts this week and sending them off in the mail. One present will surely keep them smiling all through 2015. Don’t you think my year at a glance calendars look great wrapped in a ribbon and topped off with a little tag made by Thorne Crate Company? Send someone you love this little reminder that you are thinking of them all through the year. Available at Artzi Stuff in Nanaimo, online in my etsy shop or contact me for local delivery! Just ten bucks each, why not get one for yourself too?
P.S. These calendars are eco-friendly too…..printed locally on 100% recycled paper!
P.P.S. You gotta check out the selection of stunning gift crates from my friend Allana at Thorne Crate Company!! Filled with locally made creations!!