Saturday, December 01, 2012

Doors now open at Gallery 111.

The Gallery 111 would like to thank the news team at the Barrie Examiner for supporting our new enterprise.  Hitting the newspaper on a Saturday is always a bonus.  Now open for business, we are tweaking the space, windows, signage and administrative systems all in preparation for next Thursday's grand opening.  Read more about the collective at the link provided.  New gallery collective | Local | Entertainment | Barrie Examiner

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Only two more days til Holiday Shopping begins!

This weekend, an amazing selection of artists and artisans will be set up for an intimate holiday shopping experience at Lover's Creek Art Gallery on Cox Mill Road in Barrie, Ontario.  An Antique dealer will also be on site to help you find the perfect treasure for your collection.  I will have some work on display from my Global Landscape series which is currently hung beside an amazing work by Paul Shilling.  He hasn't even titled the work yet, so I think he should call it "Jill's Piece".  Just having sold my truck and being the closest I have ever been to being out of debt, I know my dear hubby would strangle me if I even look twice at Paul's new beauty!  Nicolee Miller is opening her home to the public both Saturday and Sunday from 10 til 6, but if you want an invite to our private event Friday night, send me an email and I will get you on the list so you can get first dibs on some amazing new work by Mark Hope, John Anderson, Pauline Bradshaw and Gavy Swan.  The Jazz musician and food is bound to be amazing too.

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Artist Collective in Barrie

So here's the scoop, Gallery 111 is looking for 4 more core artists to join the collective. We need a combination of 2.5 sculptors and 1.5 two-dimensional artists. How can you have half of an artist you ask? Well, we have half memberships. This means you pay only half of a core membership, receiving either half of the floor or wall space as a full member. We are specifically looking for contemporary printmakers, photographers, ceramicists and other forms of sculpture. All members of the collective pay no commission and receive a percentage of all sales from commission based artists. A full member pays $220 per month (16 ft of wall) and a half member pays $110 per month (8 ft of wall). This is a 10 month sublease which limits your financial commitment unless the collective chooses to renew the lease. Core members are able to sublet their wall space to artists approved by the collective and each core member receives a feature show inbetween now and the end of September. To check out the amazing space you would be showing in, visit 111 Dunlop Street E.  If interested or have more questions, email me at jp@jillpricestudios Include your awesome website link so we can check out your work. You can also give me a call at 705-229-5211.  Want to be part of the Grand Opening on December 6th, then be sure to communicate your interest / link by Friday, November 30th.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Holidandy is Back!

Barrie Galleries and Studios: Holidandy is Back!: The artists of Lakeshore Mews challenge you to shop local this holiday season. Saturday, December 8: 10am to 6pm Holi-dandy, the 5th ann...

Off the Hook Art Auction at the Maclaren this Friday and I am missing it!

Installation Shot of Off the Hook art auction at Maclaren Art Gallery in Barrie
You know those times when you are not quite sure you want to go on vacation because you are going to miss one of the coolest events of the year?  Well, it would just so happen that my hubby booked us a lovely little jaunt to Cuba, which will be taking me out of town before the big show. 

Taking a sneak peek yesterday, there are definately a few beauties I would love to add to my collection.  Claudia Mandler McKnights newest work is a real stunner and Jeanette Luchese's print is delicious due to its mark making and luscious layers.  To read about the event, click the link below, and to receive 25% off any artwork in my studio during Lakeshore Mews' Holidandy event on December 8th, guess which work on the wall is mine.  No pressure.  :)

'Hooked' on gallery event | Column | Opinion | Barrie Examiner

Friday, November 09, 2012

Fabricated Landscapes by Jill Price November 6th - Dec 2nd, 2012

Bohemia Cafe, 125 Dunlop Street, Barrie

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Getting crafty for Holly and Ivy at Matthews Hall

Well tomorrow will be a busy day packing up the car to head to London for the 4th annual Holly and Ivy event at Matthews Hall.  It is always nice to return to my old stomping grounds and visit with the families and staff that made teaching so enjoyable.  Relinquishing the standard table white table cloth, I have packed up my wire shelves to create displays of pillows, purses, brooches, and bowls, with my fabricated landscapes as the backdrop to my smaller craft items.  I think I am starting to get the hang of presentation thanks to my awesome friend and shop owner Meaghan Armstrong.  If you miss shopping at the event, you can call me to custom order purses or brooches for Christmas.
Upcycled old canvases are carefully cut and stitched into bowls of various shapes and sizes making them the perfect centre or accent piece, both indoors and out.  They are perfect in a home where children or clumsy spouses reside.
Upcycled old canvases and fabric are turned into one of a kind clutches that will become a point of discussion where ever you go.  Funk up a simple black gown or dress up a cool pair of jeans and blazer outfit with these unique pieces.
New Canvas brooches are soft and colourful, bright enough to make a statement on any jean jacket or winter coat.  Made from recycled scraps of old canvases, my old mistakes are quickly becoming real gems.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Art and Horrible Hairdo Caught on Film at Soupstock!

My art was featured on this cool website as one of the artists at Soupstock on Sunday.  I am completely stoked about being in the same video as Jim Cuddy, but my hairdo definitely needed some help here.  What is wrong with these camera men that they don't tell you these things!

Friday, October 05, 2012

Sand People Opens Tomorrow!

Thanksgiving weekend is always a good time to head north of the city and take in the golden fields and trees changing colours.  This month I have luckily landed a show in Craighurst, Ontario at the Woodside Gallery, which is perfect timing as everyone heads up to the Horseshoe Valley to take in the Images Studio Tour.  If you prefer summer over fall or winter, my new oil paintings capturing moments on the beach will warm your heart.  Inspired from my summer vacation in Ocean City, each day I would document the positive and negative space of people scattered on the sand from my 10th floor condo.  It wasn't until I zoomed in on the images did I realize that there were stories to be told for each subject.  A real people watcher on the slowest of days, I found it fascinating to examine each person's stance, stature, gaze and belongings to guess what might be going on in their lives.  Although not intentionally working as a voyeur, the zoom capabilities of my camera enabled me to look into people's lives from a very safe distance.  The writing in the sand works to reveal who I am as a person just as much as it helps to create the character in the work.   Come see the show and tell me what you might've assumed about these individuals and why so I can get to know my audience as well.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lakeshore Mews: Art ce Soir on Saturday!

Lakeshore Mews: Art ce Soir on Saturday!: Have you seen the billboard! Art ce Soir is this Saturday! Only 4 days away! Come celebrate Culture Days with Lake...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Last Art Fair of 2012!

My last art fair of 2012 happens this weekend down at Trinity Bellwoods Park along Queen Street West.  My truck is almost packed and I will be running around in T.O tomorrow to gather works from my galleries before heading out onto the town to meet some of the other artists.  I have completed one new Rurbia for the weekend and am looking forward to reconnecting with some of the artists I met last year.  If you are down in the area, stop by booth F9 to check out my work and say hello.  

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Jill Price would love to win a trip to Miami!

Art takes Miami is running a contest for free participation in their art fair.  I would love it if you could all check out my profile and place a vote for me. Jill Price

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Jill Price Studios E-Newsletter

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Jill Price Studios at Toronto Outdoor ShowFall is creeping it's way into my studio and bones with crisp breezes and new work for my upcoming shows. The summer was a whirlwind of activity between trying my hand at the Toronto Outdoor Show and working with Toronto galleries to get my work out in the big city. However, my summer also presented me with some lovely holiday time in Ocean City with hubby Geoff and a creative escape up to Sir Sanford Flemming College in Haliburton, where I took an amazing mixed media encaustic course with artist Susan Fisher. During my journeys, I took some time to determine what my next step should be with regards to promoting my work as well as reflected on the nature of my work and how to improve upon it. Have I drawn any final conclusions? Not as of yet, but I will keep you posted.
Currently getting ready to throw Barrie's second Art ce Soir evening on September 29th, I am juggling between creating work for the Queen Street West Art Crawl on September 15th and 16th, fundraising for my trip to Turkey to attend the World Art Games Conference as a delegate for the Canadian Cultural Team, and creating a flurry of new oil paintings inspired by a series of photos I took from the 10th floor of the condo we stayed in overlooking the Atlantic. To be shown up at Craighurst Gallery during the Images Studio Tour, I couldn't help admire the negative space between all of the beach goers as they played, relaxed, conversed, arrived and left the shore. it wasn't until I zoomed in on the subjects once the photos were taken, did I realize I had a wonderful glimpse of our culture in each human specimen. Being an artist, we are trained to look closer than most, and often see things that others don't. This series entitled "Sand People" has been a playful way for me reveal the horrors, hypocracies and humour of our society all while playing with bold colour and the warm textures of sand. Working with oil has also been a wonderful exercise in patience, something everyone could use more of in our fast paced world where immediate results and correspondence are expected.

With regards to work outside the studio, I am still curating out at the Mad and Noisy Gallery in Creemore, Ontario. Currently we have a full member show on which

celebrates all of the fabulous work we created over the summer. Our fall line up of shows includes “Bodies and Beasts: Contemporary Explorations of the Human and Animal Form” from October 6th til October 29th, 2012 and “Saturation: Cerebral Celebrations of Colour and Light” from November 3rd til November 26th, 2012. Nearing the holiday season you can stop by to catch another full member exhibition and an artisan fair which will help you get your Christmas shopping done in a creative fashion.

What's Next?
Jill Price holding encaustic constructionBeyond continuing to develop my series of "Fabricated Landsapes" and the "Sand People" series, I am also playing with rural imagery and old family photographs through encaustics for my upcoming show at the Bohemia Cafe in Barrie during the month of November. This work is starting to become quite sculptural and interactive in nature, which is a route I have wanted to take for a long time. The mold making that can happen when working with clay and hot wax is incredible. The delicate nature of these wax forms makes the work that much more precious or endearing. Finding out more about the rural roots of my family through stories and old photographs has also been very satisfying. I hope to visit some of the old farm properties owned by my relatives later this fall. Also in November I will be travelling back to my old teaching grounds at Matthews Hall for their annual Holly and Ivy Fundraiser. This year, I am not sure which work I will bring, but I have been constructing more items out of recycled canvas which I think women will love. Here's a sneak peek at one of my canvas clutches that are part of my Jillery line, available on Etsy. December is also shaping up to be a busy month as the Lakeshore Mews will once again hold their Holidandy Christmas Show and Sale, and the Paperdolls are scheduled to exhibit in Bohemia during the hectic holiday season. The work should be all done by then you say, well it would appear that I am returning to London in January to feature new works at the Art Exchange with Al and Karen Stewart. Look for an advertisement of that show in the next Arabella Magazine.

Jill Price heading to World Art Games Promotional Card

Thank Yous!
As my trip to Turkey gets closer, I just wanted to send out a sincere thank you to Valerie Rempel, the President of the National Committee for Canada's Cultural Team, as well as to all of my friends and family who have supported my travel to the conference by buying raffle tickets. With all tickets being sold, I am able to cover my airfare to Izmir, where I hope to make many great connections with other artists and their countries. My gratitude also goes out to the media in Barrie, specifically Leigh Blenkhorn and Susan Doolan, for their excellent coverage of my adventures. Stay tuned to my blog by subscribing to Jill Price Studios on blogger for updates on my travels and experiences.

A Must Read
Like most artists, I often get jaded about how the art world works. Just three weeks ago I cried in frustration about how hard I work and don't seem to get anywhere fiscally. My husband empathized and expressed how he didn't know how I do it, putting myself out there, day after day, risking rejection and criticism. My good friend and local artist Pauline Bradshaw told me about a book that every artist should read if they really want to understand how the art world works and why. So if you can get your hands on a book called "
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art", we are all bound to learn a thing or two.

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Friday, September 07, 2012

The right piece | Entertainment | Barrie Examiner

A big thank you to Susan Doolan for covering my involvement with the World Art Games and my raffle to raise money for the travel over.  Read up on the event by following the link. The right piece | Entertainment | Barrie Examiner

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Ottawa Visitors Made My Day!

Jill Price, Transfiguration #1, 2010,
mixed media on paper, 24" x 30"
There are times in our lives as artists, when we become discouraged, disgruntled, bitter and even depressed with how our practice is going.  Between the economy and a world filled with people who simply want images of comfort on their walls, my work has been a tough sell over the last couple of years.  It is rare that I will have people walk into my tent or studio and relate to my imagery or context of the work, but when they do, it makes it all worth while.  Yesterday was one of those days.  Have you ever noticed they happen just when you need them to.  It wasn't two weeks ago I found myself in tears out of frustration.  I asked my husband, how would you feel about yourself if you worked as hard as I do and yet don't get anywhere financially?  Worthless is what came to my mind, but frustration is what came to his.  He communicated that he doesn't understand how I do it, making myself venerable to judgement each and every day while keeping a smile on my face.  That's the easy part I thought, not being able to contribute or give the way I want to family and friends is what is difficult for me.
Anyways, yesterday I had three lovely people into my studio on their way to Owen Sound from Ottawa who literally fell in love with everything I do.  Not only did they praise my efforts, drive and aesthetic, they opened their pocketbooks to show that they believe in my and are will to invest in my future.  Hilary Syme, a cool woman in her own right, even offered up a room in her home in Ottawa if I ever needed to do an art fair or deal with galleries.  So sale #2 of my sale goes to a water treatment specialist about to visit many parts of the world who need help with their quality and supply of water.  A woman after my own heart.  I was told that Transfiguration #1 will be hung in her bedroom, a spot that she has been shopping for for years.
A big thank you to her friends Bill Falby and Loretta Fleming for their uplifting encouragement and accolades as well.  Remember, all works under $1000.00 are %20 off during the month of August.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

First sale of the sale!

Rural Transition: Barnyard was the first sale of my sale.  Purchased by Crozier & Associates Engineering in Collingwood, it is nice to know that corporations are still investing in art work.  I still have eight more from this series in my studio which are available at 20% off through the month of August.  Visit my website to see the other pieces within this body of work.  

August Sale @ Jill Price Studios!

The Canadian President for the 2013 World Art Games, Valerie MacGregor Remple, has selected me to represent the Canadian team of artists at the World Art Games Conference in Turkey September 21st - September 24th. In celebration, visit Jil
l Price Studios during the month of August for a rare studio sale, which will help to fund the trip to Turkey and the games in Croatia next summer. Located in downtown Barrie on Lakeshore Mews, my studio faces the bay and is housed beneath Janet Kemp Clothing on Dunlop Street.  
Stop in  early in the month to get first dibs on a great sale.

This week I will be in the studio:
Thursday 11 - 8 
Friday noon - 8, 
Saturday, 10 - 1
Sunday noon - 7.  

Need another time, call 705-719-0312 to make an appointment.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Paperdolls Collective: Big day tomorrow at Double Door Gallery!

Paperdolls Collective: Big day tomorrow at Double Door Gallery!: Tomorrow is the day when the paper dolls will come together to brainstorm our next projects, make collaborative works, and invite the publ...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Fabricated Landscapes have flown the coop!

On Saturday, in the sweltering heat and with my air conditioning on the fritz, I drove down to the heart of the Toronto Beaches to introduce my Fabricated Landscapes to the community.  Hosted by a lovely young woman named Shelley, we greeted people at Arts on Queen with fresh strawberries, Perrier and delicious miniature cinnamon buns while they investigated the work.  The people who showed interest seemed to be able to detect my political intentions right away and immediately began to ask me about my process and material intentions.
As I drove home, I realized that all my new work is now in the hands of dealers in the big city and couldn't help but worry about them and where they will end up.  How will I ever know who is collecting the work?  How will I build relationships with the people who have chosen to build a relationship with my work?  Is this what I really want?  Was my goal of securing representation naive?  Does this mean that I can simply make the work and someone else will sell it?    I think we all know the answer there, but wouldn't it be nice.  Regardless, I am grateful for the faith my new galleries have shown in my work.  

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Paperdolls Collective: Paperdolls at Double Door!

Paperdolls Collective: Paperdolls at Double Door!: The Paperdolls are showing at Double Door Gallery in Anten Mills!  Our name is on the sign and everything, our first show as a collective ...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lakeshore Mews: Extended Deadline for Art ce Soir!

Lakeshore Mews: Extended Deadline for Art ce Soir!: Due to an email based error the deadline for Art ce Soir has been extended! If you sent an application to lakeshoremews@live.COM, pleas...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Unwinding before the big event!

Art Gallery outside walls are better than the art inside!
This week I have been sipping on margaritas, riding the waves, reading books and occasionally carving away at some new lino cuts for my fabricated landscapes.  The art down along the Ocean City Boardwalk would make you cringe, but the beach / amusement park culture is more than inspiring, offering social commentary with every turn.  Often taking snapshots from our beachfront balcony, I am reminded of the wonderful aerial beach paintings being done by a Toronto artist.  The bright colours of bikinis, umbrellas and surf boards is wonderfully set off by the negative spaces of the white sands.   We have walked more than I would normally do in a whole
year and yet haven't found a half decent shell to speak of.  What we have found is everything you could think of deep fried.  Geoff, my honey indulged in a deep fried Twinkie today while I resisted deep fried Oreos.  What has been pleasantly surprising is the lack of stress I am feeling over the Toronto Outdoor Show scheduled in less than two weeks from now.  I have four paintings back at the studio I would like to finish in time for the show, but ultimately I have enough work to start 2 galleries so there is really no need for me to stress about getting these pieces done.  This being said, I really do want to have all of my lino cuts ready just in case.

Just some friendly reminders to check out the Lakeshore Mews Handmade Market this Saturday during Promenade Days and get your Art ce Soir applications into Alana at Awkward Stage.  Also be sure to mark July 28th on your calendar as the Paperdolls will be having their closing reception for Unbound up at Double Door Gallery in Anten Mills.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Piecing things together!

Well as you know I had a great weekend up in Midland, selling three works in three days and leaving a couple of pieces up there for another group show the weekend of July 7th.  Not only do the sales help, but the overall process of making these works has helped me to realize some things about my own work.  Now sold, "Rolling with Julia" was one of my new pieces that people were really responding to due to the collaged surfaces with all of the rough edges and dangling threads.  The audience also enjoyed the loose line drawings and textured paint, reconfirming an observation I made while at the Artist Project in March:  People want to see the hand of the artist in the work.  Coming back to my studio this week to begin finishing up work for the Toronto Outdoor Art show, I have begun to incorporate this realization into my Rurbia pieces by rigourously working into the photographic landscapes with drawing and painting over large areas of the images with gestural strokes of paint.  This approach is much more freeing than simply trying to hand tint existing areas of the photograph and allows me to put some energy into the work.  I have also begun to cut and stitch out the different elements of the composition to give the work more layers.  It feels like these new realizations will help me reach a new point of contentment in my practice; for a little while anyway.  

Weekend market a handy opportunity - The Barrie Examiner - Ontario, CA

This Saturday, I will be in Ocean City, but there will be many other artists set up along the Mews selling their creations.  Be sure to support their effort by getting a jump start on birthday and Christmas shopping.   Weekend market a handy opportunity - The Barrie Examiner - Ontario, CA

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Great blog about Lakeshore Mews Handmade Market!

Becca, By Design.: What a fun day!: Well this past weekend was a fun new experience!  I was part of the first weekend for the Lakeshore Mews Handmade Market in Barrie!!  How f...

Monday, June 11, 2012

Does Advertising Really Work?

Sponsored by the City of Barrie, my new series of Processed interior landscapes heads up to Midland this weekend for their second showing.  With some new mixed media textile collaged canvases and an assortment of small works on paper, this body of work is beginning to expand beyond it's original form.  My new miniatures entitled "Kitchen Beauties" are preciously framed in shadow boxes.  Juxtaposed against my highly textured textile collages, it will be interesting to see what people are drawn to.  Not having to pay to exhibit at Claustro; a breath of fresh air in the gallery system these days, I decided to invest a little money into advertising my show on Facebook.  Often noting side ads on my page, I thought I would give it a try.  It is really cool in that you only pay for the hits you get and you can even set your daily limit of how much you want to spend.  A report of how your ad works is also available and you are able to schedule when you would like your ads to happen.  I'll let everyone know how it goes.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Lakeshore Handmade Market starts this Saturday!

Barrie Galleries and Studios: Handmade Market: The Handmade Market is just about full for the month of June and we are very excited to launch this new venue for creativity in Barrie. We...

Collect for a Cause!

FALL HILLTOP, 2011, acrylic on canvas

The 'View from Here' Show and Sale last month in Honeywood was a resounding success, thanks particularly to all the hard working volunteers, sponsors, donors and art makers and art lovers who gave so much time and effort to the raising awareness and funds to Stop the MegaQuarry.

There's a lot of encouragement to make it an annual event! Both NDACT and CAUSE will receive generous donations from the Artists, with the balance going to future art events in the city and country.

With that - Artists against the MegaQuarry will be showing a selection of our work in midtown Toronto, with the help of our friends at First Toronto Unitarian congregation. The show will hang from this Sunday June 3rd until Sunday July 1 with the RECEPTION on Sunday June 10th, following services, from 12:30-2:00pm.  Show up early to get your choice from some amazing works capturing our beautiful rural landscapes.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Is anyone else tired?

I guess I have been delinquent the last few days with posting, but each day has been busier than the next and there doesn't really seem to be an end in sight.  Tomorrow I am heading to the Gibson Centre in Alliston, which I hear is a beautiful building, to help jury the South Simcoe Arts Council Arts on Main exhibit as well as select winners in the Gibson Centre Juried Show.  Although looking forward to the experience, this is one more day away from my studio and my deadline for my show at Claustro is fast approaching.  Then tomorrow night I head up to Wyevale for a celebratory dinner of the winners of different awards in a selection of photo clubs in the area.  Thursday also proves to be another fun filled day with a luncheon being thrown for members of the Pomona Mural Project at Frankie Ip's house.  Just returned from Paris, we are going to indulge in a Parisian picnic before I need to head back on up to the Maclaren for their Volunteer appreciation night.  As they will be serving ice cream I could hardly say no.  Friday morning I need to head back to Creemore to finish installing the new exhibit Unearthed at the Mad and Noisy in time for Saturday's opening, with hopes of having some time in my studio during the afternoon before going to see the Commodores at Casino Rama for my Dad's birthday.  Saturday....  I think you get the point.  So the big question is, when will I have time or energy to finish the work, never mind varnish it, document it and post it for the world to see? This is seems to be an ongoing problem for all artists.  How do we balance our work we do for survival and the work we want to do without either suffering.  Please feel free to share how some tricks you have for keeping balance in you life.  Sigh.....Oh yeah, be sure to get your Art Ce Soir applications for June 16th so you will included in all of the press materials!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Deadline for the Handmade market extended!

The deadline for the Handmade market has been extended and pricing has been ameded just a little. It's $25/day. June 9, 16, 23, 30 2012. Noon until 4 pm. We still have a few spots left and we are looking for a you creative types. It's rain or shine outdoors so you need to provide your own shelter/tables etc.. and you can share with friends. we would love to see you participate so email me if you have any questions or would like to sign up! Please visit to learn more about the mews and it's happenings.

Contact Meaghan Armstrong @ Le Petit Chapeau to reserve your spot.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Thursday night head to Orillia!

I am very excited to be participating in Waterline ~ Timeline at the Orillia Museum of Art and History located at 30 Peter Street South, Orillia, Ontario L3V 5A9 Telephone: (705) 326-2159
Exhibition runs from May 15 to June 30, 2012

Opening reception: Thursday, May 17th, 6:30 - 9pm 
The exhibition will feature work by the following local, regional, national and international artists: Patricia Beecham, Denis Bolohan, Mary Cellucci, Jennie Clark, Marlene Bulas, Carol Deimling, Helen Haidner, David Hawke, Juliana Hawke, Jeanette Luchese, Will McGarvey, Julie Miller, Sue Miller, ML Ogilvie, David Particelli, Jill Price, Philip Jackman, John Jaquemain, Margaret McClelland, Glenda Madott, Willard Marshall, Liz Schamehorn, Gayle, Schofield, Travis Shilling, Bewabon Shilling, Miriam Slan, Chris Turner, Karen Wild, Tom Wolfenden and Jennifer Zardo.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Rurbia Landscapes heading to CLAUSTRO GALLERY

If you live in the Midland area, this weekend there will be an amazing group show premiering and reviewing the artists that have shown and will show this exhibition season at CLAUSTRO GALLERY. If you can't make the opening on Friday night, there will be musicians on Saturday afternoon. Visit the link below to read about the artists involved in the show.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Art ce Soir II Wants You!

Barrie Galleries and Studios: Art ce Soir II Wants You!: Lakeshore Mews Galleries, Studios and Shops are starting to organize this year's Art Ce Soir for the 2012 Culture Days.  If you are an ar...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hubby gets creative in the garden!

Today I came home to a new garden in my backyard.  What a wonderful surprise to the end of my day.  While at the studio today I worked on yet another collaged canvas piece for my upcoming show at Claustro Gallery in Midland.  Gavy Swan also came for a visit today and worked away quietly on one of her fantastical fairy designs.  Tomorrow is bound to be a busy day with my morning being spent in Creemore and then back to the studio to start on a fourth large canvas collage.  I've also begun to krinkle together the paper bases of my farmer dolls using food flyers.  Now to find some farmer almanacs to create the outside shell of the dolls.  These pieces will be heading to the Double Door Gallery during the month of July along with paper works by Jenn Guerin, Alana Sproule and Lee Richmond in our first group show as the Paperdolls Collective.  Entitled "Unbound", this show will fufill my desires to work in 3D and work with shadows.  

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Jill Price heading to the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition!

Well, despite the delay, we have finally heard back from the Toronto Outdoor Show and it would appear that I have made the cut.  I have been told that of all the shows, this is the one to do, due to the number of people that come to the event and the reasonable cost to do the show.  Of course this means that I really need to start kicking things into high gear so that I have enough work to deal with any sales that may happen and the fact that I am having a feature show down at Arts on Queen during the last two weeks of July.  I am currently exploring how to make my pixelated pieces more painterly as I really miss working with broad gestural strokes.  I am also in the midst of relinquishing the printmaking layer, but we'll see how my experiments go with drawing and some stitchery into the work.  For now I am working on the base of another figurative collage utilizing old scraps from previous paintings.  The problem with these pieces is knowing when to stop so that you don't completely obliterate the references to other works while still working into the piece to give it some depth and dynamism.  I hope to have 4 of these pieces ready for my show up at Claustro Gallery in June. to go!

Friday, May 04, 2012

Barrie's own Pauline Bradshaw heads to the Louvre!

When I first moved to Barrie I didn't know a soul.  Wanting to become part of the arts community as quickly as possible, I set out downtown to find a space that would have me immersed in Barrie's culture immediately.  Before any boxes at my house were even unpacked, I had rented myself a studio on Lakeshore Mews.  The space was being used by a local artist Pauline Bradshaw for her practice and teaching, but she was on the move to a building just across from the Maclaren, so my timing was perfect.  My first night renovating the studio space in walked Pauline and her husband Sandy to welcome me to the community.  Their camaraderie warmed my heart and I felt really good about my move to the city.  Since then Pauline has offered me a lot of sound advice, found me a job as the curator of the Mad and Noisy Gallery and has been an excellent sounding board for all that ails me in the art world.  The mental and physical support she has generously offered me over the last several months I am extremely grateful for.  The fact that she has been selected as one of the few artists to be featured in the Louvre is only fitting as not only is she a world class artist, but she has been a world class friend.  Congratulations Pauline, you deserve it. Click on the link to read more about Pauline and her upcoming show.  Ontario artists to be featured at Louvre | Ontario | Travel | Toronto Sun  To see some of her work in person, head to the Mad and Noisy Gallery this weekend to take in  a selection of her works in our current group show Momente.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Social Networking Has its Benefits

Jill Price, Rurbia: Coop, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 4' x 5'
Over the last few weeks I have been introduced to Pinterest and received a brief tutorial on how to increase my followers on Twitter, and wouldn't you know it a NewYork blog called The Wall Breakers took a look at my work and decided to feature me as one of their artists.  People always ask me if all of the social networking I do actually pays off.  I have told them that although it doesn't translate into a lot of direct sales for me, the opportunities and free press I have received over the last year have been amazing.  Here's hoping a New York Blog turns into a New York gallery.