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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

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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.

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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.

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Enchant 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.

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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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