Tuesday 29 October 2013

Coinciding Events: Word on the Water, October Walkabout, Baggage Building Show

14 hour work days for a few weeks before last weekend kept me busy, with the bulk of the promotional work for the Walkabout tour, where friends sat for me in my home (also occupied by the artist John Books and his wonderful bronze sculptures) while I was in Kenora for the Word on the Water Festival. Meanwhile I have about twenty paintings and drawings in the gallery space at the Baggage Building in Prince Arthur's Landing. But no complaints! It was stressful, yet fun. Some of it made me money, and some won't but I met some wonderful people and got involved. Now I'm painting, writing and practicing lines for 3 student films where I'll play Victor von Frankenstein, an action hero, and the son of a man with Alzheimer's. More fun stuff.
In the photo above is Mike Grandmasion (amazing photographer) getting a copy of Little Ship of Fools signed by the author – our very own Charlie Wilkins who is, by the way, an excellent travelling companion. We rode back and forth to Kenora and had excellent and honest conversations. Thanks Charles! The list of other authors allows me to do some serious name dropping - Gail Bowen, Catherine Hunter, Chadwick Ginther, Sherry Peters, Doug Whiteway (whose photo above needed to be censored, but I dare not say why), Robert J. Sawyer, Karen Dudley, and the young and talented Samantha Beiko. Attendance may have been strangely low, but I loved Kenora, the enthusiasm, getting to meet other writers and being able to commiserate about this bizarre industry. The Best Western Hotel was wonderful. I loved my room! The sculptures (above) were a nice addition to the school yard by the hotel. The kids playing there were interacting with the colourful monoliths.
The October Walkabout Tour saw eight artists (see card) opening their studios with work for sale. My art was on my walls (and books for sale) and John Books had his sculptures dispersed throughout my dining/studio room. And finally, I threw up my work when a short term space became available at the Baggage Building. It's coming down soon (no deadline as yet), but I love an opportunity to show somewhere new.
One of my next missions is finding a place to show work and sell books before Christmas.

Thursday 10 October 2013

I joined two different orange gangs of crazy to contribute poetry for Random Acts of Poetry arranged by DEFSUP with their mission bring the poetic word to the people. We entertained city council last week, in camera, and heard a couple great little poems from two of the city councillors. We entertained all sorts of kids and in turn some sang for us. I forgot my camera on these tours, so the visuals above come from the Chronicle Journal.