Spring has Sprung (and so have the Art Shows)

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Spring has Sprung (and so have the Art Shows)

Spring seems to have finally sprung!  I can’t believe how fast March and April disappeared – my family been so busy with our cottage renovation, that I’ve hardly stepped foot in my studio.  Instead, I’ve learned all about solid pine siding and how to use a power saw. I have a number of ‘Art in the Park’ events coming up on the horizon, so now it’s time to start ramping up into creative overtime.  But before I start getting messy again in the studio, I thought I’d mention two Spring shows that I am currently participating in.

Master bedroom at ‘Around the Bend’ cottage on Little Kennisis Lake in Haliburton

Master bedroom at ‘Around the Bend’ cottage on Little Kennisis Lake in Haliburton

The Fine Arts Society of Milton (FASM) have their annual Member’s Show & Sale, ‘From Heart to Hand’ at the Holcim Gallery in Milton from April 24th to May 11th.

Fine Art Society of Milton ‘From Heart to Hand’ art show 2013

Fine Art Society of Milton ‘From Heart to Hand’ art show 2013

I missed the opening night celebration (double-booked with a science gala in downtown Toronto), but came in the next day to see the art works.

Alexandra Reid and her encaustic mosaic ‘Thought & Memory – Cat’s Eye’ at the ‘From Heart to Hand’ show

Alexandra Reid and her encaustic mosaic ‘Thought & Memory – Cat’s Eye’ at the ‘From Heart to Hand’ show

Thought & Memory – Cat’s Eye. 2012. Encaustic. 12 x 28 inches. Alexandra Reid.

Thought & Memory – Cat’s Eye. 2012. Encaustic. 12 x 28 inches. Alexandra Reid.

My piece, “Thought & Memory – Cat’s Eye” was in good company, hanging beside FASM’s president, Sandra Spagnuolo’s large mixed media work, “Unbound” (on the left).   Hanging on right was Amanda Gonsalves’ mixed media work, “I’m Getting Closer to My Home.”  This was one of my favorite pieces in the show, and I guess someone else really liked it as well since it had a red dot sticker indicating it was sold.

‘From Heart to Hand’ Fine Arts Society of Milton Member’s Art Show & Sale 2013

‘From Heart to Hand’ Fine Arts Society of Milton Member’s Art Show & Sale 2013

Sandra recently had a piece featured in the May/June 2013 Cloth Paper Scissor magazine as part of the Reader’s Challenge, ‘Make Mine Mini’.

Sandra Spagnuolo’s entry in the ‘Make Mine Mini’ Cloth Paper Scissors Reader’s Challenge

Sandra Spagnuolo’s entry in the ‘Make Mine Mini’ Cloth Paper Scissors Reader’s Challenge

Over 300 entries were submitted (including one of mine – my first time participating in a CPS challenge), so congrats to Sandra on making the cut!  My submission was called “Pocket Garden”, and it was made on an encausticbord Artist Trading Card ( 3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches).

‘Pocket Garden’. 2012. Encaustic. 3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches. Alexandra Reid.

‘Pocket Garden’. 2012. Encaustic. 3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches. Alexandra Reid.

The other Spring show I’m currently participating in is the McMaster Innovation Park, ‘Art in the Workplace – 11th Exhibition’.  This show runs from April 4th until July 12th,2013. There were over 70 artists involved with the show, and the opening night had a huge turnout.

Art in the Workplace 11th Exhibition – McMaster Innovation Park

Art in the Workplace 11th Exhibition – McMaster Innovation Park

While I was supposed to stand beside my art works to answer questions from attendees, I also wanted to go around and see everyone else’s art works.  I was able to take this candid photo of someone checking out my encaustic mosaic.

Gallery attendees at the ‘Art in the Workplace’ show.

Gallery attendees at the ‘Art in the Workplace’ show.

Afterwards, I did my good artist duty and answered the most common question – how did you make this?  This is always a fun one to answer since most people are not familiar with encaustic painting to start with – and even if they are, the fact the mosaics are actually made on paper is a big surprise to  them.

Alexandra Reid and her encaustic mosaics at the ‘Art in the Workplace’ 11th Exhibition.

Alexandra Reid and her encaustic mosaics at the ‘Art in the Workplace’ 11th Exhibition.

Thought & Memory – Amber. 2012. Encaustic. 20 x 20 inches. Alexandra Reid.

Thought & Memory – Amber. 2012. Encaustic. 20 x 20 inches. Alexandra Reid.

Thought & Memory – Tanzanite. 2012. Encaustic. 20 x 20 inches. Alexandra Reid.

Thought & Memory – Tanzanite. 2012. Encaustic. 20 x 20 inches. Alexandra Reid.

Now it’s back to the studio for me!  I’ve got three upcoming ‘Art in the Park’ events coming up soon – ‘Art in the Park – Etobicoke’ on June 9th, ‘Port Credit Outdoor Art Show 2013’ on July 12th-14th, and ‘Art in the Park – Oakville’ on August 5th.  If you are looking for fun art things to do in the summer, come and check out these Greater Toronto Area (GTA) art shows!