A Tale of Two Sidney Art Shows

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

A Tale of Two Sidney Art Shows

The ArtSea Spring Studio Tour took place on June 10 and 112017 at selected venues in the Saanich Peninsula for artists to open their studios to display their work and techniques.  As I don’t actually live in near Sidney, I needed a ‘buddy’ artist to invite me to share their studio space.  Luckily for me, artist Suzannah Hahrt (Art of Soul) invited me to share her gallery space with the mother and daughter team, Wendy and Sarah Simson (Dernier Cri Jewelry).  They had rented the lovely display space in the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney called the Myfanwy Pavelic Gallery.  We were able to set up the Friday before the studio tour started which let us relax a bit.

Mary Winspear Centre – one of the locations for the ArtSea Spring Studio Tour.

That was also the same weekend that my dad and step-mom were visiting from Ottawa, so I could only popped into the tour to say ‘Hello’ to my fellow artists and snap some candid shots.  As you can see from my casual attire, I was more dressed to play tour guide than gallery docent.  The first day of the studio tour was a bit quiet, but the second day was certainly livelier!

Lexi Reid Studio and friends on the ArtSea Spring Studio Tour – Myfanwy Pavelic Gallery at the Mary Winspear Centre.

Alexandra Reid with her encaustic mosaics on display on the ArtSea Spring Studio Tour in Sidney.

Suzannah Hahrt (Art of Soul) with her art and jewellery on display on the ArtSea Spring Studio Tour in Sidney.

Sarah Simson (one half of Dernier Cri Jewelry) with her jewellery on the ArtSea Spring Studio Tour in Sidney.

When I showed up on the Sunday to help take down my artwork, I quickly realized there was a whole different clientele at Mary Winspear – it was the Van Isle Comic Con!  There were teenagers and adults everywhere dressed up in their very best Cosplay outfits.  Everything from a full-size banana to Wonder Woman to Stormtroopers – from fantasy to sci-fi to horror genres – everything was fair game!

Van Isle Comic Con at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.

That was the first Sidney art show I participated in with Suzannah Hahrt and the Denier Cri Jewelry dynamic duo. The next one took place just after Canada Day – the big 150 celebration.  My family and I had been in downtown Victoria the night before watching the fireworks over the Inner Harbour.  We had been celebrating Canada Day at my father-in-law’s condo which overlooked Ship’s Point.  You can hear the music and see everything without having to fight with crowds of people – plus he offered fantastic food and beverages!

ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park in beautiful Sidney-by-the-Sea on Vancouver Island.

The Fusion Works II Art Show was the second show that Suzannah and Sarah had organized for a small group of artists in the Sidney area.  The Fusion Works I show was the last week of April which overlapped with the Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts (SPAC) Spring show, so I wasn’t able to participate in it. This time I jumped at the chance to share the ArtSea gallery space with this group of talented artists.

Showcase of the art and jewellery from the eight artists exhibiting in the Fusion Works II Art Show at the ArtSea Gallery in Sidney.

The Fusion II Art Show ran from July 3 to July 9, 2017 at the ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park in Sidney.  There were eight artists participating in the Fusion II show: Suzannah Hahrt (digital artworks and jewelry), Wendy and Sarah Simson (Dernier Cri Jewelry), Inga Micel (Inga Birds), Maureen Walker (contemporary silk painting), Carolyn Watt (fibre art with felt), Sandy Shull (quilting and jewelry), and me, Alexandra Reid (encaustic mosaics and jewelry).

Artworks and jewellery in the Fusion Works II art show at the ArtSea Gallery in Sidney.

Artworks and jewellery in the Fusion Works II art show at the ArtSea Gallery in Sidney.

Artworks, décor items and jewellery in the Fusion Works II art show at the ArtSea Gallery in Sidney.

Artworks and jewellery in the Fusion Works II art show at the ArtSea Gallery in Sidney.

Alexandra Reid’s encaustic mosaics on display in the Fusion Works II art show at the ArtSea Gallery in Sidney.

Alexandra Reid’s small encaustic paintings and jewellery on display in the Fusion Works II art show at the ArtSea Gallery in Sidney.

This art show was my last big one for the summer, but my encaustic mosaics, paintings and jewellery will be available at the Coast Collective Art Centre in the Gallery and in the Gift Shop.

The rest of this summer I’ll be participating in an online interactive workshop with artist Jane Davies.  Jane Davies is a fantastic teacher and her workshops always fill up quickly.  I’ve been looking forward to this workshop since February (when I registered for it) – “Working in Black and White.”  My first lesson starts tomorrow so I’ll try to post pics from the works in progress as we work through the six weekly lessons.  I can’t wait to get loose and expressive creating these monochrome abstracts with Jane!

Black and White composition by Jane Davies – advertisement for her online workshop, “Working in Black and White.”

 

One Comment

  1. Congrats on your recent show and sales!

    I’ll be interested ind seeing what you get out of the B&W workshop. The techniques are such a departure from your other more controlled and composed works. Hope you learn something useful, though just exploring and having fun are other perks of stretching your artistic imagination and skills.