Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sketchbook: Learn How to Make Your Own!

Make your very own personalized sketchbook  Photo: M. Braun

Are you frustrated by the options of sketchbooks?  Imagine how perfect it would be to draw on your favourite paper in the book size you want!

Learn how to bind your own hardcover sketchbooks with amazing results using tools you already own!

This course covers folding multiple signatures, sewing, supporting and reinforcing the text block, and creating a hard cover with an inset. 

Sign up at Harcourt House Art Centre by calling Terrena at 780. 426.4180 or email Harcourt@telusplanet.net.  Classes begin Monday, March 7 from 6 - 9 p.m. and continue on 14 and 21 March.  The Art Centre is located at 10211 - 112 Street, Edmonton.

Paste Paper          Photo:  Margaret Braun

BONUS!  We will also learn how to make paste paper.  You can make the designs as complicated or as simple as you like!  It’s versatile and FUN!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Spring Fever

Photo:  Margaret Braun

Let me help you Jump into Spring!

It feels so good to clean, organize, reorganize and redecorate in anticipation of spring time!  From 20 February until 20 March 2011 all of my oil paintings exhibited at Lion's Breath Yoga Centre are reduced by 30%!

Visit the yoga studio at 206  10350 - 124 Street, Edmonton.  At Lion’s Breath you will find the variety of classes, inspired teachers and friendly, nurturing community to support you on your unique journey to total body and mind wellness.  Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced practitioner,  it is a space where you can breathe, quiet your thoughts and get grounded -- away from the demands of your busy life.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Art Gallery of Alberta: Chance in Art

Chance poetry by Margaret Braun

What do you think about Chance in Art?  Does it occur?  If you think it does, do you avoid it or do you welcome it?

Well, a number of my friends and I attended the Chance and Contemporary Art Lecture at the Art Gallery of Alberta last night.  Special Lecturer and Distinguished Scholar from the University of Essex, Dawn Ades, shared her discoveries on chance in Dada and Surrealism.

This lecture tracked the ways in which artists harness or submit to the fortuitous, whether in the street or in nature. Among the contemporary artists whose work were featured: Gabriel Orozco, Marcel Duchamp, Hans Arp, Francis Alÿs, Roger Hiorns, Sophie Calle and Cecilia Vicuña.

Dawn mentioned an exercise in "chance poetry" which inspired me to try it last night.  Here are the directions:  Simply snip out a paragraph from a newspaper, magazine or any printed matter you might have at home.  Cut each word out separately; rearrange them as you wish.

It's a lot of fun!  Try it for yourself!

I see another addiction in my horizon...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Doctors and Derrieres: Year 6

Ashley at Doctors and Derriers    Ink drawing by Margaret Braun

It's Doctors and Derrieres time again!  It was FABULOUS!  So good to see all the artists gathered together for this occasion!

What is “Doctors and Derrieres”?  It is a fundraising event co-founded in 2006 by Edmonton-based artist and show curator Roger Garcia. Doctors and Derrieres is hosted by Roger Garcia, the University of Alberta medical students in partnership with Change for Children Association, Christian Based Communities of El Salvador with donated support from Harcourt House.

All proceeds support Change for Children's Emergency Social Health Fund, a community-led grassroots initiative in rural El Salvador that provides health care in under-served areas.

The idea behind this fundraiser is to have medical students pose nude for talented local artists and sculptors. Art pieces in diverse mediums celebrating the human body are then donated by each artist and sold at a silent auction.

Over the past 5 years, this event has raised over $50,000.

If you have any questions or require information, contact doctors.and.derrieres@gmail.com or Roger Garcia at tempusfugueit@yahoo.com or shelaine@changeforchildren.org.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Paper & Book Intensive 2011

Deborah Howe's class 2010  "Readdressing the Built-In Groove Case"  Photo: Margaret Braun

I finally sent in my application to PBI 2011!

Having attended PBI last year, I wish I could put into words how wonderful the experience was for me.   I lived, breathed, created, worked, ate, slept and celebrated with people of my planet!  It was a mass of strangers who came together and immediately became community.  I felt comfortable and connected from my inner core with these creatives.  No explanations were necessary for any of our actions or interests.  In fact, we thrived on every activity!  We were on the same wave-length!  There was such delight in every moment!  A sharing of interests, experiences and knowledge! 

This year assembles a talent of Carol Barton, Denise Carbone, Ann Freilsen, Nancy Levitt, Bridget O'Malley, Jean Buescher Bartlett, Andrea Dezso, Julia Miller, John Townsend and Martin Vinaver teaching the sessions in Ox-Bow. 

Ox-Bow’s campus encompasses 115-acres of pristine natural forests, dunes, a lagoon, and historic buildings. Ox-Bow has been in operation for over 100 years and provides an immersive environment for artists to explore traditional and contemporary modes of art-making.