The Fine Arts Society of Milton held their opening reception for their annual ‘From Heart to Hand’ Members’ Show & Sale at the Holcim Gallery in Milton last night. Me and my mother, Alida Garside attended the opening, doing a little bit of schmoozing with our fellow FASM artists. Nancy Cuttle and Sandra Spaguolo gave the opening remarks. A few interesting tidbits that I found out about this particular show – it is the fourth show (I’ve participated in three so far), there were 46 participating artists and fourteen different types of artistic media (including watercolour, oil, photography, sculpture, fibre arts and encaustic). The total number of FASM members run somewhere between 100 and 180, depending on when members renew. And FASM has a Facebook and Twitter presence now! Hurray for social media!
The invitation for the exhibition has a lot more information about FASM than previous years. FASM has partnered on a Canada Arts grant with sponsorship from the Milton Mall and some other corporate sponsors. This will definitely be very helpful when the FASM Studio Tour takes place on October 4 & 5 this year.
After Nancy and Sandra concluded their welcoming remarks, they asked the artists to stand by their respective artworks. I took a photo of my mother, Alida by her acrylic painting of the waterfront by her cottage. She worked on this painting when she was up at her cottage this summer – the ducks even posed nicely for her! The hanging committee did a nice job of grouping members’ artworks by colour and/or theme – lots of ducks in this gallery spot.
My artwork was hanging in almost the same location as it was for last year’s Juried Art Show – back right corner of the Holcim Gallery. My encaustic mosaic shared space with Bev Hewitt’s abstract stained glass piece that is composed of beautiful and bold coloured glass.
Bev said he didn’t know what his inspiration for this piece was, but that he just went with the flow. He also gave me a few insider types on how to judge the quality of workmanship in stained glass. For instance, in his current work, he has some clear glass that has a ‘grain’ or texture inherent to the glass. In order to use it in his work, Bev creates a template which he numbers so that once he cuts the glass to fit the design, the grain can continue uninterrupted across the leading, adding to the overall visual appeal of the design. Bev is going to be teaching an eight-week introduction to stained glass in October at the Milton’s Centre for the Arts, and if I didn’t already have enough to keep me busy, I would sign up for it in a second!
Bev and I are going to keep running into each other over the summer and autumn with all of the Arts & Crafts show that we have signed to do. It’s nice to have a familiar face to ‘talk shop’ with when there are the lulls between the flurry of customers at your booth. And of course, that means I need to start ramping up on creating new artworks for sale!