‘Undercurrents’ is an oil on linen painting, 103″x133″ that will debut in the exhibition “Water Eau 水 Mînî पानी Wasser מים Acqua پانی Tubig H2O”, curated by Anne Ewan and featuring the art of historical and contemporary Canadian artists from Tom Thomson to Ken Danby and David Thauberger.
“This exhibition includes visually stunning and timely orchestrated compilations of historic and contemporary painting, video and installations that examine the beauty and peculiarity of Earth’s greatest resource. Acclaimed throughout time for its unpredictability, tranquil qualities, ritual and hygienic uses, nourishment and abundance, the purity of water and its sources are under threat. Our existence is contingent on water.
Canada is bound by three oceans and strewn with multiple fresh lakes, rivers, waterfalls and aquifers. Historically, Canada’s waterways supported Indigenous communities, the fur trade and explorers whose travels contributed to the settlement, urbanization, economic development and transportation of the nation. Reflected in literature, music, poetry, theatre, dance and art, water continues to be synonymous with Canadian identity.
The exhibition presents works of art from private and public collections and features a range of styles from the early 19th century to the present. Through the works of art presented in “Water”, the viewer is invited to explore a diverse range of artistic approaches that include representational imagery of rivers and lakes in the landscape, to life affirming and threatening metaphorical associations. The exhibition encourages contemplation of alternative perspectives, grounded in our real-world fascination with and increasing recognition of the global challenges that arise in relation to this precious natural resource, in the face of changing climatic conditions.” – Anne Ewan, Senior Curator, Whyte Museum of The Canadian Rockies.
“As a living female contemporary artist, I am thrilled to see my work positioned in context with my early mentor, Ken Danby and Group of Seven members Franz Johnson and Tom Thomson.” – Janice Iniskimaki Tanton
‘Undercurrents’ is the first in a series of large-scale works by Tanton that explore our contemporary Canadian nationality and attachment to this great land. It was created at The Banff Centre as part of a Leighton Colony Residency.
And now for something completely different! I was contacted out of the wild blue yesterday by new sustainable startup fashion company VIDA based out of San Francisco. The VIDA staff had seen my work and were eager to invite me to design some new scarves and silk shirts for their lineup from my paintings. When I heard the story of the company, and who will benefit, I couldn’t resist!
VIDA is a global partnership of creators, pairing designers from around the world with makers in Pakistan and India in accordance with high ethical standards, to create original, beautiful products. And the best part is that using part of proceeds from the sales of the products, VIDA creates literacy programs for the makers, so that they have opportunities to learn reading, writing and basic math that they would not otherwise have.
More than anything, I am thrilled when my work provides support, literacy and educational programs and support for others. VIDA has a beautiful plan that is just up my alley, collapsing the distance between makers and artists/designers across the globe. Have a look at The VIDA story and I’m sure you’ll see why I was so excited (and you who know me, know I don’t get this enthusiastic1). Good things can happen in the world.
Such a wonderful idea, marrying technology, artists and makers from across the globe. An opportunity to make my paint into wearable, beautiful products, in a sustainable way? Uh huh…I’m totally in. Sign me up…get me a ticket….etc. etc.
I was so excited, I couldn’t decide which paintings to go with, but decided on several strong images that I would wear – and I’m picky! I have a weakness for beautiful scarves, especially since being diagnosed with breast cancer. (I’m clear now…but I’ve become a bit of a shawl/scarf maniac in the absence of breasts.) I might use some of the scarves to make some pillows and curtains for the studio. Lots of creative ideas swirling around in my head.
There are now four products up on the site, and if the pre-orders sell ONLY within the next 14 days, VIDA will make the products. (As extra enticement, VIDA is offering the coupon code VOICES for 25% off of any preorders — which makes these 100% modal scarves incredibly reasonable and WOWSER for the silk shirts!) AND if you order by the end of this month, they have a special on international shipping for only $5 USD! (Usually it’s $35, so this is a huge savings opportunity to jump on board if you see something you like).
Emergence will be recreated as a beautiful 100% Modal scarf. The beauty of our forests in Haida Gwaii and British Columbia are the inspiration for Emergence. So much life and the clarity of the coastal rain forests are an inspiration to me, redefining the resurgence of life, primeval forests and the sea from whence we emerged.
This scarf is made out of 100% MicroModal® by Lenzing, a luxuriously soft botanic silk fabric made out of European beechwood. Because of modal’s botanic origin, it is particularly eco-friendly and its fineness is comparable to that of natural silk. MicroModal® offers a soft, beautiful sheen, with colors that are bright and vibrant.
The completely natural fiber of this scarf is made in a fully integrated facility in Austria, optimized for production synergies and energy conservation by using eco-friendly production processes. The fabric is woven in a small factory in Pakistan. VIDA collaborates with the owner and workers of this factory to produce the perfect thread-count and weave for optimal softness and sheen.
AND …these scarves are huge! They are more like shawls. Because of the handmade process, they range in size from 24.5” – 25” x 76” –77. Snug up with the rainforest!
Emergence Modal Scarf
Scarves are sold for $40 USD but use the coupon code VOICES to receive 25% OFF any preorders (only $30 for this!)…and again, there’s a special $5 USD on international shipping only until the end of this month (February 2015).
This piece is titled, “Nitawahsin” which means “Our Land” in Blackfoot. It is a strong, active piece with a unified Anders Zorn palette, all of the colours of the medicine wheel are in this piece and that makes it a strong contender for wearable art. Good medicine in this piece. I chose to have it reproduced as a Modal scarf and a beautiful silk top.
And here is the gorgeous silk top of Nitawahsin – Our Land.
Sizing Chart for the silk tops are as follows. Note: tops fit true to size but a drapey cut – please size down if you prefer a snug fit. Point of Measurements Small: Bust – 32″, Hips “38” (US Size 0-2) Medium: Bust – 34″, Hips “39” (US Size 4-6)
Large: Bust – 38″, Hips 40″ (US Size 8-10)
Blue Grass Dancers
As the fourth design, I chose Blue Grass Dancers for some dear women friends and family in my life who inspired me through my illness, supported our family and kept us all together. These healing, dancing colours were designed to lift and soothe through the toughest of times. This piece was first painted for my friend and singer/songwriter Julia Lynx, as part of the launch and design for her new album “Wild Patience“.
And here is the beautiful silk top by VIDA Voices. A classic, I think, designed with my good friends in my heart.
I’m over the moon to introduce this collection to you — simply click here to buy any one (or more!) of these scarves and lucious silk shirts, and don’t forget to include coupon code VOICES to get 25% off (that’s just $30 for each of these lovely scarves! and $48.75 for a silk shirt! NO middle man :). And the juicy, juicy, best part — right now, VIDA ships internationally, for only $5 until the end of this month. That’s a $30 savings! Folks from all over the world can purchase, and help give back. But remember, pre-order only lasts for 2 weeks from today. Help me to spread the word by sharing this post with your friends and family through social media or in person. Right then….this is more rambling than I’ve done in months. Just get on the site and order something for a friend or family member…and don’t forget yourself, because you’re worth it!
Enjoy, my friends. (I can’t wait to cuddle up in a scarf/shawl!)
Enchant your inner artist in a sensuous slow feast with painter Janice Tanton, singer songwriter Julia Lynxand 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.
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Includes: intimate harvest table dinner, live music and inspiration.
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
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.
A year ago, I was wondering if I would live to see the next Christmas with my gorgeous family, never mind creating new work. This year will mark their 40th Anniversary – a stunning achievement in the promotion and exhibition of such noted artists (and my heros/heroines) as Alex Janvier, Kenojuak, Bill Reid, Jane Ash Poitras and so many others.
For the past few months, I’ve been working slowly but surely through some very intense pain to create 7 new works specifically for Canada House Gallery in Banff – right here in our own backyard. What a beautiful fit.
I am honoured and inspired by the professionalism and encouragement of the staff, and the first three completed major pieces from my Haida Gwaii collection have been placed in their very capable hands.
My family and I would also like to thank Elizabeth Williams (RMT), Nathalie Trottier (Physio and Osteopath) and Sue at Rocky Mountain Rehab for the hours and hours of work and faith it’s taken to get me in shape enough literally, to lift a paintbrush. Special thanks also to my friends Jennifer Bain-Houck and Cori Brewster, who encouraged me never to let go.
Tomorrow morning, I head into surgery once again for a full second radical mastectomy. A step backwards for a step forwards. I know it will be another tough road, but for today, we celebrate!!!!!
Won’t you please join me and raise a virtual glass to life, Canada House Gallery and to celebrate some new beginnings with our family.
For too long, many of us “older” artists have tired to see big art competitions such as the Sobey Award and the RBC Art Competition in Canada focus on the “young”…the “up and coming”. If you’re under 40 or a recent grad – there’s big bucks in art competitions in Canada. Kind of makes this senior feel like dog food at times, to tell the truth. I’m thankful Cenovus looked at meritous working artists. And I’m super excited that local colleagues David Foxcroft and Michael Cameron were recognized as “honourable mentions”!
It was nice to be recognized for not being recognized, and then recognized. Ha. Odd…but true.
Some of my strongest pieces were too large for the specs in the competition, so the difficult task I had was to find something I felt worthy of my current practice, beliefs and thoughts as an artist. Coming off the CAMP exhibition (my first ever solo public exhibition) at Okotoks Art Gallery, I chose “Spirit Horse Lodges” for my entry into the competition.
Artist Statement – Spirit Horse Lodges
“Title: Spirit Horse Lodges
Medium: Oil on linen
No artist worth their salt can engage in deep research and subject matter from a distance. They must be immersed, involved and see themselves as part of the work, the place and the spirit. My practice focuses with all of my soul, my heart and my emotion, on cross-cultural relationships and “the space between” .
With an eye to the objective – the representational, but with a paintbrush filled with movement, spiritual guidance and immersion, I created “Spirit Horse Lodges” which describes the three aspects of our Human existance – the real, (the touchable), the spiritual and most importantly the Supernatural – the space in between. As a tipi holder, having spent many starlit and stormy nights in Siksika under the cover of the tipi canvas, the tipi comes to represent our house, our body, the natural and the spirit world. The stories and songs interwoven with the experience of being in and of the tipi are sacred. They come alive when spoken and told in front of the fire, with an energy that draws us all together and creates meaning in our lives.
Spirit Horse Lodges symbolizes our human link to community, four tipis representing the turns of the medicine wheel, the seasons, and the periods of our lives. The red ochre, a sacred colour carries the significance of fire and life as just two of their many meanings. The running horses, some “real” and actual part of the design of the tipi, take on a spirit, energy connection as they leap from one lodge to another, signifying our connection to each other in community and to the supernatural’s and spirit world. The horses (Ponoka-mitaa) themselves, a social and spiritual partner to humans, illustrate in all their different colours and moods – who and how we can be, together.”
I hear from the company, that a great deal of discussion took place around my work. This pleases me immensely, as at the core of what I do and why I paint is to question….to create dialogue and span those spaces “in-between”.
While my piece did not win the glory and the much-coveted publicity of the award, there was some sweet victory for me in knowing that the discussions around the topic of the work were had, AND….Cenovus went wayyyy beyond the competition and purchased the work for their corporate collection. This is testimony enough for me that the right pieces end up in the right places. I’m excited! Not only that, it helps to support our family through some very difficult times – spiritually and financially.
May you always take a step outside your comfort zone to explore new territory.
Oh…and the jury for this new competion? Have an eyebrow-raising look. Impressive!
Chris Cran, senior artist
Catherine Crowston, Executive Director of the Alberta Art Gallery
Lynda Haverstock, an avid supporter of the arts who was honourary patron to many arts organizations during her tenure as lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan
Ann McCaig, philanthropist
Brett Wilson, a well-known entrepreneur and art collector
Grace poses under “The Artist’s Daughter”, a portrait of herself.
After a couple of intense months creating and working on new pieces, “Ordinary Alchemy” opened at Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, AB yesterday and will run until August 27th.
Kevin, my model (and husband) strikes a pose.
This is my first solo show in twelve years, and quite different from the focussed large projects that I’ve undertaken since 2008 with Community Fusion and CAMP (which…by the way, will open in my first solo public exhibition EVER in January 2013, at the Okotoks Art Gallery, Okotoks, AB)
There were many long nights and a lot of take-out involved. A huge thank you to my husband Kevin and the kids for helping out around the house, staying out of the way and dropping in at the right time when I was locked away in the studio. Also a big thanks to my Mom and Dad in Ontario for setting me on an even keel when I felt the ship was about to sink!
Even more, I want to celebrate you! All the comments, support, questions and “likes” from our social media outlets on Facebook and Twitter have been encouraging to me while I worked long hours alone. I always joke about the fact that the only real people I see are the UPS delivery guy and my family, but it’s true! For the past six weeks, I’ve hardly even made it to the grocery store for milk or coffee….okay, maybe coffee! In a six week period, I finished off no less than twenty new pieces – some of them VERY large, major works. This represents a time investment in painting anywhere from 8 – 15 hours a day. That’s a lot of solvent, and admittedly, there were times when I didn’t think I could go on.
Working with excellent gallery owners and supporters is a gift and I’m very thankful and blessed by Karen Gimbel’s vision, support and assuredness in launching “Ordinary Alchemy”. She worked very hard, and even had the time to commission some very talented local young professionals to work on this video artist’s statement:
Now, it’s time to take some time and celebrate the success of this wonderful show. I’m usually not one to pause long enough to catch my breath….but catching my breath was exactly what I did yesterday when I saw the works all hung together. As artists, we need to take a moment and celebrate the accomplishments along the way. It is no mean feat, taking hours of manpower, years of training, eons of practice and a little magic!
Please enjoy some of the photos from the gallery yesterday, and thank you all for being such a large part of this achievement.
Ordinary Alchemy – Solo Exhibition of works by Janice Tanton at Bluerock Gallery, Black Diamond, AB
Ordinary Alchemy – Solo Exhibition of works by Janice Tanton at Bluerock Gallery, Black Diamond, AB
Aerial View - Gwaii Haanas National Park - South, looking north on the archipelago
I’ve just been literally beside myself with excitement…giddy!…like a little girl for the past couple of days. I think I’ve come down far enough off my cloud now to be able to string just a few words together and pass along some very exciting news!
I got a call just before dinnertime on Wednesday from the Visual Arts Curator, Jen Wilson at the Haida Museum that I’ve been chosen, along with two other artists to be Artist in Residence for the 2012 Artists in Gwaii Haanas residency. I will be the “away” artist. I’m so honoured.
You simply cannot imagine how excited I am. I’d have to say this is one of the most pivotal moments in my life in having the chance to visit and participate in this incredible experience….and I want to bring you on that journey of discovery with me, through this blog and the CAMP blog (soon to be launched).
Responding to the call for applications earlier this year, I couldn’t help but vividly imagining the things that I would learn, the people and land that I would see and how beautiful it would be to fit this within my lifelong body of work. It’s truly a chance of a lifetime with a deep spiritual aspect for me. I have felt in my soul from the moment of learning about the residency, that I am supposed to go there. I’m learning, as always…to follow those little messengers inside of me. And here we go…
Artists in Gwaii Haanas is a collaborative effort between Gwaii Haanas National Park, the Haida Gwaii Museum, and the Haida Nation. For 10 days in June, three artists (two artist residents of Haida Gwaii and one visiting artist) will be guided by a Parks Canada staff member into remote areas of Gwaii Haanas National Park. HOLY HAANAS! I’m so excited…did I say that already? PINCH ME!
We’ll be journalling, sketching, making art and sharing our experience together at two public presentations in Masset and Queen Charlotte as part of the Gwaii Haanas summer Speakers Series. In the fall (November 2012), we are each producing a minimum of three works for a show, one of with will become part of the permanent collection to the Artists in Gwaii Haanas Collection at the Haida Gwaii Museum.
The two other artists that will form part of our group are Fanny-Pierre Galarneau and Darrell Oike. I am super-charged to meet both of these amazing artists and spend time with them in this sacred space and will bring you more on their work in upcoming posts.
Have you ever been to Haida Gwaii? If so, I would love to hear from you.
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