Janice Tanton sketch journal - Haida Gwaii, Burnaby Narrows

A page from my sketch jour­nal — Burn­aby Nar­rows, Haida Gwaii. ©2014 Jan­ice Tanton

I’d like to invite you to join me for a morn­ing of fun and art that is per­sonal to you. This sim­ple tech­nique of ink and water­colour will be some­thing you can use all your life to cre­ate and record those moments of impor­tance in your life.

Throw away that Insta­gram and Face­book post for a quick sketch and some penned thoughts

that will stay for­ever in your mind. This work­shop is suit­able for ages 9 — 99+ and total begin­ners. Even if you say you can’t draw a straight line or a stick draw­ing, this work­shop is for you! As part of the won­der­ful Banff /Lake Louise Tourism springstART Fes­ti­val, I look for­ward to wel­com­ing you to my home ter­ri­tory! Check it out — lots of great work­shops by artists who live and work in the val­ley, includ­ing soap­stone carving!

Date: April 19
Time: 9:30 am — 12 noon
Place: The Fair­mont Banff Springs Hotel, Norquay Room
Cost: $31.50 plus mea­gre supplies

How to reg­is­ter and short mate­ri­als list avail­able here:




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Donna Kennedy Glans

Donna Kennedy Glans

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 2014 was a lucky day for Alberta — mostly for the Calgary-Varsity con­stituents who have Donna Kennedy-Glans, as their MLA. Donna has resigned her posi­tion as Assoc. Min­is­ter for Elec­tric­ity and Renew­able Energy and her mem­ber­ship in the PC Cau­cus. Here is her statement:

It is with great regret but also great opti­mism and hope that I announce that I am resign­ing my posi­tion as Asso­ciate Min­is­ter for Elec­tric­ity and Renew­able Energy and my mem­ber­ship in the PC Cau­cus today.

I moved to Cal­gary 30 years ago and I’ve been blessed to live in this incred­i­ble province ever since. My hus­band and I raised three sons here, I was a senior man­ager in large oil and gas com­pa­nies, and helped found a non­profit that brings hope to women, girls, and youth in Alberta and around the world.

As a lawyer, I have long been fas­ci­nated with eth­i­cal behav­iour in large orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing co-authoring a book on how com­pa­nies can act with integrity. So when it came time to enter pub­lic life, I was excited about the oppor­tu­ni­ties this afforded to put my pas­sions into prac­tice in another crit­i­cally impor­tant Alberta insti­tu­tion, the Alberta Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­v­a­tive party.

I’ve always been an active sup­porter of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­v­a­tive party as its core val­ues rep­re­sented my own desire for a bal­ance between care­ful man­age­ment of our finances with strong sup­port for the next gen­er­a­tion and social nets for our most at risk. In 2012, I was very happy to carry the PC party’s ban­ner to win back Cal­gary Var­sity. I was excited about the dream of gov­ern­ment in Alberta we talked about in that elec­tion includ­ing:
· A gov­ern­ment unafraid to make the dif­fi­cult deci­sions that we need to make today to ensure long term pros­per­ity for our chil­dren;
· A more trans­par­ent and more open gov­ern­ment will­ing to hear all voices; and
· A gov­ern­ment free of enti­tle­ment.
Since being elected, how­ever, and par­tic­u­larly since join­ing Cab­i­net, I am increas­ingly con­vinced that ele­ments of this 43-year old gov­ern­ment are sim­ply unable to make the changes needed to achieve that dream of a bet­ter Alberta.
So what hap­pens now? I still believe in pub­lic ser­vice and in pol­i­tics. I still believe in that dream. I’ll stay in my seat, sit­ting as an Inde­pen­dent, because, I believe, I can bet­ter serve my con­stituents this way.

It’s time to make pol­i­tics in Alberta better.

Donna Kennedy-Glans
MLA, Cal­gary Varsity”

WOWSER! Now that’s lead­er­ship and a beau­ti­ful dis­play of ethics in a polit­i­cally charged poutine-mess! It’s a return to the idea of true democ­racy, and I believe that is some­thing we should all cel­e­brate with aplomb. Going against the cur­rent is never easy, but some­times required. I sure wish I would hear some­thing like this from every politi­cian. I’ve not been much of a believer in the party sys­tem for some time, hop­ing that a true demo­c­ra­tic sys­tem would some­day emerge. Thank you, Donna….for stand­ing up.

As artists, we are free to express our­selves in most coun­tries in the world. Never take for granted, this abil­ity to do so. It is inte­gral to the well-being of our soci­ety. The next time you take up a brush, an instru­ment, a pen… be reminded of how you can cross over and step boldly into the fray. It’s not just a paint­ing, a song….a book or story. It’s the way to be, it’s the fore­telling of how it is…how the future could be. Show the world what you’ve got so every­one can ben­e­fit from your brav­ery, dear artist.

And Donna….thank you for being an artist.


There are exactly four piv­otal points in my art career that I can remem­ber excited me beyond belief. Remem­ber that ela­tion you felt I felt as a kid on Christ­mas morn­ing? THAT. That adren­a­lin moment when you feel like the plan­ets have all aligned JUST for you.

Piv­otal Point In Art Career #1Glen Loates - Canadian artist

Glen Loates, Canadian artist.

Glen Loates, Cana­dian artist.

The day that Glen Loates called me, after see­ing my work wayyyy back in the early 90’s to say that he was lit­er­ally ‘stunned’ at the beauty of what I was cre­at­ing. Glen and Sally were the first folks to pub­lish my work and sup­port me in my art devel­op­ment and career and I am for­ever indebted for the time that I spent with Glen. The rea­son why this was so impor­tant to me was that when I was a kid, my grand­par­ents gave me note­cards with Glen’s work and I remem­ber draw­ing them, learn­ing how to see and begin­ning my learn­ing jour­ney. Glen was gen­er­ous in his men­tor­ship of me as a young artist, and I’m for­ever grate­ful for the things he taught me about art and myself.

Piv­otal Point In Art Career #2

Spring of 1993 —  and I was tak­ing in all things art around me — I had ear­lier dis­cov­ered in depth, the work of Amer­i­can real­ist Andrew Wyeth. Liv­ing on the farm in Harley, and a just being a new mother at the time, I knew that I had to leave my young fam­ily and make an artist’s jour­ney to Chadd’s Ford and the Brandy­wine Val­ley to expe­ri­ence Andrew Wyeth’s phys­i­cal world…and of course, the Brandy­wine River Museum to see the works in per­son. It inspired me to begin a jour­ney in learn­ing how to work with egg tem­pera but more than that — it showed me how Andrew’s work was so inte­grally tied to his land­scape and the feel of his world was reflected so deeply in his work. That trip is still deeply embed­ded in me at a cel­lu­lar level.

Piv­otal Point In Art Career #3

Fast for­ward to April 2012, around 4:30 pm when I received a call from Jen Wil­son at the Haida Museum. I was one of three artists selected for a unique Artist in Res­i­dence for Gwaii Haanas National Park. The kids were in the kitchen, and we were jump­ing up and down and yelling and jump­ing up and down…yeah, there was a lot of yelling and jump­ing up and down! There are just times in your life when you know things are meant to be….exciting, inspir­ing and spir­i­tu­ally feel­ing like the right thing. I was right about my time in Haida Gwaii — it has changed me for­ever as an artist and a person.

Piv­otal Point In Art Career #4

"The Rebel" ©2010 Bo Bartlett. Oil on panel. 24"x24"

The Rebel” ©2010 Bo Bartlett. Oil on panel. 24“x24”

Today!!!!!! — receiv­ing offi­cial noti­fi­ca­tion that I’m one of 18 very lucky artists to study in a Mas­ter Class with amaz­ing Amer­i­can real­ist Bo Bartlett. Bo’s work, phi­los­o­phy and expe­ri­ence res­onate with my soul as an artist and a human being. Around the same time in the fall of 2012 when I was work­ing on pieces from Gwaii Haanas at The Banff Cen­tre, I had the oppor­tu­nity to attend a class with him at PAFA. Alas, I found out that I had breast can­cer and art really had to take a back seat to my health. Again, the oppor­tu­nity arose in March last year, but by then, I was sick and in bed with the dev­as­tat­ing effects of chemo. One of the things that I clearly remem­ber Bo tweet­ing to me was, “BEAT IT!”. It sure made a dif­fer­ence to me when things were so low, and I appre­ci­ate that.

Feel­ing bet­ter, but not yet 100%, I’m feel­ing so much grat­i­tude to have been accepted this March for Bo’s Mas­ter Class at Colum­bus State Uni­ver­sity in Colum­bus, Geor­gia. I can’t wait to spend time with the other artists and this great painter in his home town for a con­cen­trated expe­ri­ence, and intel­li­gent dia­logue. And per­haps the coolest thing of all?…. Full cir­cle, Bo spent over five years with Andrew Wyeth, cre­at­ing the film “Snow Hill” and has an inti­mate knowl­edge and appre­ci­a­tion of the great­ness of being that Andrew was.

Oh…..this is gonna be good.

paintbox lodgeEnchant your inner artist in a sen­su­ous slow feast with painter Jan­ice Tan­ton, singer song­writer Julia Lynx and Chef George Bayne. Explore the role of art and music in your life with a spe­cial focus on heal­ing and reju­ve­na­tion. A two-time Canada Coun­cil award recip­i­ent, Janice’s works are rep­re­sented locally at Canada House Gallery in Banff. Julia will share some of her songs unplugged. Jan­ice cre­ated the art for Julia’s recently released debut album Wild Patience. Gather around the har­vest table at The Paint­box Lodge and enjoy a 3 course din­ner, live music and inspiration.

The Paint­box Lodge is an inti­mate bou­tique hotel nes­tled in the heart of down­town Can­more owned by Olympic medal­ist, Sara Ren­ner and World Cup Cham­pion, Thomas Grandi. The Paint­box Lodge is a reflec­tion of the local cham­pi­ons – relaxed, wel­com­ing and professional.


$100.00 plus GST
Includes: inti­mate har­vest table din­ner, live music and inspiration.

To book: online, call 403 609 0482 or send us an email to The Paint­box Lodge.

Unplugged: An Art­ful, Wildly Patient Slow Feast
Tomato and roasted pep­per bisque with 3 cheese grilled cheese
Organic mixed greens with pecan pra­line, Syl­van Star aged gouda and sliced apples

Free range chicken supreme stuffed with goat cheese sun-dried tomato stuffed with a pome­gran­ate glaze, truf­fle infused chive mash, glazed farm car­rots and bacon kale
5 veg­eta­bles arti­chokes and red quinoa in phyllo with bas­mati rice with a creamy rose sauce and steamed Kale

Sig­na­ture Chefs moms recipe of sticky tof­fee pud­ding with tof­fee sauce

Come and enjoy a special evening at the Paintbox Lodge

Come and enjoy a spe­cial evening at the Paint­box Lodge

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Most artists, includ­ing myself, are hap­pi­est when we are work­ing on our craft and not spend­ing time on marketing/accounting, grant and pro­posal writ­ing etc. Recently, I was dis­cussing with sev­eral artists, the mer­its of gallery rep­re­sen­ta­tion vs. going it solo. Here’s some of what I thought about.

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Abu Dhabi Art Hub was the first artist com­mu­nity to be estab­lished in the United Arab Emi­rates, by Ahmed Al Yafei. In addi­tion to oper­at­ing artist in res­i­dency pro­grams for for­eign artists, through Friends of Art Hub and Adopt-an-Artist spon­sor­ships, emerg­ing Emerati artists are eli­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in res­i­dency pro­grams over­seas. It’s a global win-win exchange oppor­tu­nity for artists.

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2014, I hope will be my “Year of Gen­tle Mak­ing”. I have a few things planned, but not set in stone to reflect art­fully upon my expe­ri­ence. With a few more prayers, rest and recov­ery I hope soon to be back in the stu­dio in a mean­ing­ful way. My wish is for every­one to take some time for them­selves, to be in good health and have as much time with your fam­ily and friends as you pos­si­bly can.

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Almost a year after dis­cov­er­ing I have breast can­cer, I am so very pleased to announce I was wel­comed with open arms by what I con­sider to be the most dynamic gallery rep­re­sent­ing Cana­dian artists any­where in the nation. Today, I joined some bril­liant artists and incred­i­ble staff at Canada House Gallery.

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I’ve been think­ing about my indi­vid­ual nat­ural cap­i­tal — my time on this planet, how I use it and what I do with it. The answer for me is in truly liv­ing each moment with­out fear of the past or present, with my loved ones by my side.

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