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mid-August

During these long hot and dry summer days I often feel as if time moves very slowly, or I move slowly as if through molasses. Yet, suddenly it is mid-August. We've had very busy days all summer with much... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/08/2013 | 7 comments
themes: Blogging, Home, Other artists

 

slow road, finale

Last but definitely not least was our long desired visit to the architecturally stunning Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler. Planned for many years and opened five years ago, it received a lot of attention during the 2010 Winter... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/07/2013 | 6 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, History, Other artists

 

a moth and Nordic art



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Marja-Leena | 11/03/2013 | 16 comments
themes: Nature, Other artists, Photography, Photoworks

 

more Robert Young

Over five years ago I wrote about BC artist Robert Young and his visit to the printmaking studio at Capilano University. Please read that article then come back here. Last week by an odd chance, Robert and I had... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/03/2013 | 9 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Michiko Suzuki: A Feeler

Michiko has a solo exhibition of her latest prints coming up at the Bellevue Gallery in West Vancouver. The opening is on Valentine's Day, Feb 14th, 6 to 8 pm. and the exhibition continues to March 16th, 2013. Read... [Continue Reading...]

hand studies

While I continue to work on my Hands series, I am also thinking of possibilities to follow, whether they will be variations on the same theme or something else, I don't know yet. Anyway, I did some playing with... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/01/2013 | 16 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Human, Other artists, Photoworks

 

on Marly Youmans' Thaliad

I have recently finished a second reading of Thaliad, called a post-apocalyptic epic in blank verse. Marly's writing swept me into another world with her beautiful language and her storytelling magic. Here's one of my favourite passages: The glare... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/01/2013 | 13 comments
themes: Books, Other artists

 

last day of 2012

A few scenes from this afternoon's walk... how I love the dark lines and silhouettes of the trees against bright water and sky. I love those white clouds and patches of blue behind. As I wrote five years ago:... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/12/2012 | 13 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, Films, Home, Other artists

 

Winter Story 2012

Granddaughter Lael's annual Winter Story is now up! Daddy does the difficult part of animating her drawings, as he has done since 2003. Lael's family sends this unique greeting out to all their friends and family for Christmas -... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/12/2012 | 3 comments
themes: Culture, Home, Other artists

 

elsewhere

With low energy and needing to catch up with other things, I want to just quickly share several exciting-to-me links I've been enjoying this week, on the subjects of archaeology, art and story writing: 1. Lascaux's Picassos - What prehistoric... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/10/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Books, Other artists, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

exchange exhibition opening

left to right: Ritsuko Takeda, Haruko Cho, Sachiko Kawamura, Prof. Hiroshi Maruyama, Haruki Sakuraba by Hiroshi Maruyama by Yusaku Fujiwara by Isao Kobayashi Here are a few photos from last week's opening of the exchange exhibition of works by... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/10/2012 | 16 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Japanese exchange exhibition

You may recall that our Art Institute printmakers had a wonderful exhibition in Tokyo, Japan in May/June of this year. As an exchange, we are hosting an exhibition of works by Japanese printmakers in the Studio Art Gallery at... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/10/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Art Institute (Printmaking), Other artists

 

artists in conversation

Yesterday afternoon we went to see an exhibition at the Seymour Art Gallery called Odd Occurrences: Narrative in the Art of Kristin Bjornerud, Tamara Bond, Tomoyo Ihaya, and Carrie Walker. Here is the exhibition statement: The artists in Odd... [Continue Reading...]

B-Gallery exhibition photos

As I wrote in the spring along with a poster image, our Art Insitute printers group had an exciting exhibition at the B-Gallery in Tokyo. I was lucky during the show to capture one photo from the gallery's site... [Continue Reading...]

postcard art fundraiser

I first wrote about this fundraiser, Wish You Were Here, a few weeks ago. It is an inaugural event put on by CARFAC BC for artists. Everyone is welcome to attend the event on Friday, June 22nd at W2... [Continue Reading...]

batiks

Needing a break from all the 'spring projects' and while waiting for the fumes of varnish to dissipate, I felt the call of my studio. Impulsively I delved into the bottom drawer of my old wooden flat files where... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 28/05/2012 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Care of Art Works, Other artists

 

Wish You Were Here

This is for artists in British Columbia.... I have just put together my little package of prints to mail to CARFAC BC's inaugural postcard fundraiser called Wish You Were Here. If you are a member, or wish to join if... [Continue Reading...]

exhibition in Japan



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maquettry



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studio update

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I have been reorganizing and cleaning my small home studio to make room for a very large set of used flat files which I'd finally found after years of searching. What a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/04/2012 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Care of Art Works, Drawings, Other artists

 

Mauricio Lasansky

Mauricio Lasansky: da Vinci 1987 from LasanskyArt Visiting wood s lot a couple of days ago, two powerful and familiar prints caught my eye immediately for I recognized them as the work of Mauricio Lasansky, even before seeing the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/04/2012 | 16 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

Wayne Eastcott: Systems

Another exhibition coming up very soon, by another artist friend and a mentor. Internationally known printmaker Wayne Eastcott will be showing his latest work at the Bellevue Gallery in West Vancouver. This new series, called Systems: New Works on... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/03/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Art Institute (Printmaking), Other artists

 

Urban Imprints

Friend and fellow-artist Olga Campbell has an exhibition up at the Havana Gallery. If you are in the Vancouver area I recommend a visit to see her always exciting work. I am sorry to have missed the opening but... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/03/2012 | 5 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

gallery day

On Saturday, we went with friends to the Vancouver Art Gallery to see a couple of the exhibitions, one historical and one contemporary. We enjoyed both very much. Lights Out! Canadian painting from the 1960's As the country celebrated... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/02/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Canada and BC, Other artists

 

Winter Stories 2011

Since Christmas 2003, our granddaughter Lael, now eleven, and later joined by her six- year old sister Niamh, have told the most delightful winter stories to share as holiday greetings with family and friends around the world. It's a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/12/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Current Events, Other artists

 

the beauty of pollination

A friend sent me the link to this exquisitely beautiful time lapse video. At the end I learned that it comes from a TED talks presentation by filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg: Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth, but largely... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/11/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Environment, Films, Other artists, Photography

 

my architect cousin

Seppo Mykrä has designed projects such as the Hotel Oscar expansion shown in the background, where hands were even wrung. captured from Warkauden Lehti Very occasionally I browse the online newspaper from Varkaus, Finland, the city where I was... [Continue Reading...]

an artist's garden

About a week ago I wrote about some garden art we'd installed to hold up some flowering plants. One commenter in that post mentioned Derek Jarman's garden in Kent, England, including a link to wonderful photos of it as... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/07/2011 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Other artists

 

Finnish rock art exhibition

I am delighted to have received an invitation to Ismo Luukkonen's exhibition Marked on Rock - Photographs of Prehistoric Rock Paintings at the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki. The exhibition is open June 16th to September 18th, 2011.... [Continue Reading...]

Marijke Nap: Life Works

detail: Marijke Nap: Untitled, 1999 collagraph & silkscreen image 21 x 32 cm on 40.5 x 50.5 cm paper While on vacation recently I received a group email about a printmaking exhibition of works by Marijke Nap. How very... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/05/2011 | 5 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Roger Fidler exhibition

It is my pleasure to introduce friend and fellow printmaker and photographer Roger Fidler. Roger has an exhibition of his photographs, photo-etchings and photoworks opening next Sunday at the Havana Gallery. Everyone is welcome to the opening, details below:... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/04/2011 | 3 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Photography, Printmaking

 

Natalie's serial novel

illustration by Natalie d'Arbeloff, from chapter 4, La Vie en Rosé, used with her permission I love the way a story builds up in a serial novel or sequel format à la Dickens. It is a clever format for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/03/2011 | 6 comments
themes: Blogging, Other artists

 

art and healing

detail of a tie-dyed table runner I created a long time ago - not related to subject below Many question the purpose of art. Here's one answer in this wonderful story about art and healing.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/11/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Other artists

 

Chang-Soo Kim: photos

As I wrote recently, Korean artist Chang-Soo Kim has an exhibition of his large digital printworks at Capilano University's Studio Art Gallery. It continues until Thursday, October 28th. A few days ago I had the opportunity to take a few... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/10/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking, Other artists

 

little sketchbook

As some of you know, we visited Montreal last June and met in person long-time online friend Beth and her husband. I've been wanting to show this special and beautiful gift Beth gave me, a little sketchbook about 10... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/10/2010 | 14 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings, Other artists, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

Exhibition: Chang-Soo Kim

Chang-Soo Kim is an award winning photographer and printmaker and a professor at the college of art at Kyungwon University, Seoul, South Korea. He is visiting Vancouver and Edmonton with the following events, organized by University of British Columbia... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/10/2010 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking, Other artists

 

a new appleturnover

my warm woolly wrist warmers knit by Elisa*** Motherly pride is showing when I write how I've long enjoyed our daughter Elisa's blog appleturnover since she started in the spring of 2006. As demands of family and an art... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/09/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Blogging, Other artists

 

BIMPE VI exhibition

Design: Cloe Aigner, Print: "Bite your Tongue", by Jen McGowan, Intaglio Everyone is invited to the opening for The Sixth Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition (BIMPE) on Saturday, September 11th, 2010 from 6 to 9 pm. at the Federation... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/09/2010 | 5 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking, Recent Exhibitions

 

one year, ten years

On my reading rounds around the bloghood earlier today, I came across two mentions of the Tate Modern. This made me check my travel diary from a year ago - yes! it was exactly a year ago that we were... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/05/2010 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Leonardo da Vinci Drawings

This is a week late but I cannot let it go by without expressing my excitement, astonishment and feelings of being newly inspired by the greatest Renaissance man. Days before the exhibition was to end, my husband and I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/05/2010 | 8 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Drawings, Other artists

 

alone in the Sistine

In the fall of 1993, my husband and I took a very special, very memorable trip to Italy. Seeing so much of the art, architecture and archeology that I'd studied in art school was literally mind-blowing for me. We... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/04/2010 | 6 comments
themes: Culture, History, Other artists, Photography

 

AfK Alumni exhibition

For a better view of the invitation, please view the PDF version AfK Alumni All Stars April 12th to May 8th, 2010 open 7 days a week Opening: 7:30 PM Thursday April 15, 2010 Artists for Kids Gallery located... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/04/2010 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

a special Easter greeting

We received this astonishing Easter greeting this morning from artist friends Loit and Virge Joekalda in Tallinn, Estonia. I'm so in love with it that I asked permission to share it here. Loit wrote that last fall he made... [Continue Reading...]

Winter Stories 2009

Every Christmas since 2003, our granddaughter Lael, now 9, has told a winter story that her daddy has animated and put on her website as their holiday greeting to their friends and family. And each year since I started... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/12/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Home, Other artists

 

sing your complaints

The Helsinki Complaints Choir at the stairs of the Lutheran Cathedral in Helsinki. Photo taken from the complaints choirs website The first time I heard of complaints choirs was over three years ago and later blogged about how amusing... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/12/2009 | 9 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Music, Neat stuff, Other artists

 

December's here

The sun is shining and I can see the snow on the mountaintops. It's cold and still very wet from the November rains. I think we had some frost last night, not the first for we had a few... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/12/2009 | 7 comments
themes: Culture, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Other artists

 

Paris: Notre Dame #2

All in a row.... repetition as an artistic device seen in a lot of art, works magnificently around these magestic cathedrals of Europe, I love it!    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/11/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Culture, Other artists, Travel

 

Olga Campbell's Graffiti Alphabet

Friend and fellow-artist Olga Campbell has just published her very first book, Graffiti Alphabet. She calls it a visual tour of the graffiti of Vancouver. I just bought a copy from her a few days ago and I've been... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/11/2009 | 6 comments
themes: Books, Other artists

 

a murder of crows

about a fascinating program on CBC TV called A Murder of Crows

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Marja-Leena | 10/10/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Blogging, Films, Other artists

 

William and Kate Blake

I have just finished reading a fascinating book about a famous artist-printmaker-poet and his wife. As a printmaker, I found this passage particularly intriguing to find in a historical novel: William and I began to be real partners in Printing.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/10/2009 | 18 comments
themes: Books, History, Other artists, Printmaking

 

exhibition on Bowen

detail: ARKEO 2, Marja-Leena Rathje (may or may not be in exhibition) You are invited to: An exhibition of prints by the Art Institute Printmakers of Capilano University at The Gallery at Artisan Square
 589 Artisan Square, Bowen Island,... [Continue Reading...]

this and that

        This morning as I sat at my computer next to the window, some movement caught the corner of my eye - six big crows were strutting about the lawn, looking for grubs perhaps? I was too slow... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/08/2009 | 23 comments
themes: Blogging, Canada and BC, Other artists

 

visiting Tate Modern

On the morning of our last day in London we went to the Tate Modern to see their collection of modern and contemporary art to balance out the older works seen previously. With us were our daughter and granddaughters who... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/08/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Travel

 

visiting the National Gallery

        On our last two days in London, we really packed in the sights and gallery visits. I wrote about the morning of our second-to-last-day's visit to the Annette Messager exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, after a ride... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/08/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Travel

 

Annette Messager

Annette Messager: Casino - image from Art Knowledge News After our London Eye ride, we walked over to the nearby Southbank Centre and left the granddaughters to play with their Opa. Elisa and I went into the Hayward Gallery... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/08/2009 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Travel

 

visiting Brighton

After our weekend in Birmingham, already the next day we were off on another train trip with our daughter's family, this time for a day trip to Brighton. Our son-in-law had accepted a long-standing invitation from a cousin whom he'd... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/06/2009 | 8 comments
themes: Culture, Other artists, Travel

 

Devonian Fossils

        Imagine having ancient fossils in your own backyard. Henry Domke is the lucky person and has captured their variety and beauty in gorgeous photographs in his Devonian Fossils album. Do have a look, I think you will enjoy... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/04/2009 | 11 comments
themes: Other artists, Photography, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

Michiko Suzuki: Flicker of Life

I've written about my friend and fellow printmaker Michiko Suzuki several times here but I missed telling you about her most recent solo exhibition Flicker of Life ~ Selected Works (1993 - 2008) held at the Penticton Art Gallery... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/04/2009 | 19 comments
themes: Art Institute (Printmaking), Other artists, Printmaking

 

a Wm. Kentridge video

    This was sent to me by artist friend Dorothy: In "Taking a Line for a Walk" (2007) William Kentridge performs what looks like pantomime until, as it repeats, bare bones animation gives his moves meaning. Delightful! And I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/03/2009 | 6 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Films, Other artists

 

Ihaya: Trees and Water

Tomoyo Ihaya, Ladakh Indus I, 2009, mixed media. I haven't posted about any exhibitions in a long while but here's one that I want to share. My friend Tomoyo Ihaya is presenting "DRAWINGS - TREES and WATER": Trees and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/02/2009 | 5 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Tapio Wirkkala, Finnish designer

    Go fetch yourself a cup of your favourite brew, sit down and watch this gorgeous 16 minute video on Tapio Wirkkala, in English and some Finnish. Virtual Finland presents him as "a father figure of Finnish applied art... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/12/2008 | 11 comments
themes: Culture, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Other artists

 

Male Self-Portraits

        500 Years of Male Self Portraits in Western Art is another* wonderful video slide show set to music, created by Philip Scott Johnson. I like the provided list of the artists in order of appearance, useful for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/11/2008 | 8 comments
themes: Other artists

 

older female geeks


Natalie d'Arbeloff, artist, cartoonist, author of the amazing 'The God Interviews' and blogger with alter-ego Blaugustine continues to inspire me with her colourful career and many talents, her humour and her energy.

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Marja-Leena | 14/06/2008 | 8 comments
themes: Blogging, Books, Other artists

 

exhibit in Squamish

I'm pleased to announce that my friend Bonnie Jordan and I have a selection of our prints on exhibit in the new Artisan Gallery in the town of Squamish, north of Vancouver.             Here's how the space is... [Continue Reading...]

a letter from Teju

My friend Teju Cole is the author of Every Day is for the Thief, which began life as a temporary blog, and was published in Nigeria last year. He is at work on another book, a novel about a young... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/05/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Books, Other artists, Photography

 

Robert Rauschenberg 1925-2008

I've just learned that one of my favourite contemporary artists has died at 82: Robert Rauschenberg. The New York Times has a very good obituary on him. In case you cannot get past the registration wall that it may... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/05/2008 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Books, Other artists

 

artsy afternoon

Whenever I have to take the car over town somewhere, I usually try to do several things on that journey, to maximize pleasure over pain, for I dislike driving in Vancouver's crazy traffic, and then there's the cost of gas.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/05/2008 | 7 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Ihaya and Chang at RAG

Another intriguing exhibition opening this week! Richmond Art Gallery presents two exhibitions that explore what it means to be a citizen in a global world where identities are ever-changing and fluid.   Amy Chang: Donated Organ and Tomoyo Ihaya: Water,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/04/2008 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Michiko Suzuki exhibition

An exciting exhibition featuring the printmaking of Michiko Suzuki is coming up this week!
FLOATING WORLD at Bellevue Gallery, West Vancouver
April 24th to May 24th, 2008

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Marja-Leena | 20/04/2008 | 4 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

snow artist


Artist and University of Lapland Professor of Art Education Timo Jokela's medium is snow, which he sculpts, saws, and moulds on the fells of Finland, Sweden, and Norway, Russia and the Austrian Alps.

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Marja-Leena | 18/04/2008 | 2 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Other artists

 

sanding disk

Boogie Street's Mr Zip, an artist and blog pal in the UK, wrote this on my previous post called rust circle: Lovely piece of metal, and I can understand why you've kept it for so long. When at university... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/04/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Anne Adams' art

    Over the past three days, I've read two fascinating stories about Vancouver artist Anne Adams who died in 2007. First I read Boléro: Beautiful symptom of a terrible disease in the NewScientist. Today, I'm looking at the Vancouver... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/04/2008 | 10 comments
themes: Music, Other artists

 

Mohsen's Childhood Dreams

    I'm so pleased to learn that my friend Mohsen Khalili is having an exhibition of his Childhood Dreams series of mixed media works on paper. The opening is from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday April 5th, 2008... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/04/2008 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

print artists

For a few months now, I've been reading the blog of a printmaker who happens to live in the same part of this world as I do. Amie Roman is based here on the west coast of British Columbia, working mostly in relief techniques, and writes an interesting blog about her processes and inspirations....

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Marja-Leena | 19/03/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

Sunday afternoon in Burnaby

Yesterday we headed out to Burnaby (a city next to Vancouver) and the Scandinavian Centre where we enjoyed a recital of songs sung in Finnish, Swedish and Italian by a beautiful, rising talent, Finnish-American singer Maria Männistö. Here's the announcement... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/03/2008 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Culture, Music, Other artists

 

Elaine de Kooning


Recently I discovered Elaine de Kooning and some work she had done at Crown Point over 20 years ago...

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Marja-Leena | 06/03/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Books, Other artists, Printmaking, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

Theo Jansen's Strandbeests

These are amazing! Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist who creates lifelike kinetic sculptures called 'Strandbeests' (Beach Creatures) that move on their own. How come I've never heard of him before? You can hear and see Jansen and his... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/01/2008 | 2 comments
themes: Other artists

 

Sagrada Família in danger

I still remember well my art school days and the many hours of Art History classes, viewing thousands of slides of art and architecture, sometimes sleepily but often excited. The courses were taken by students of art, architecture and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/10/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Culture, History, Other artists

 

Robert Young

Robert Young: Sampler - Enhanced multiple plate intaglio, linocut, woodcut. Printed for Artist's for Kids We had the great pleasure of having Robert Young, one of BC's most respected senior artists, visit as a guest speaker in the Art... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/10/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Art Institute (Printmaking), Other artists

 

Robert Jackson exhibition

Friend and fellow artist Robert Jackson will be having an exciting opening of his exhibition called 'Approaching Wholeness' this Thursday, Oct.4th starting at 4 pm

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Marja-Leena | 02/10/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking, Other artists

 

Marianna Schmidt


I was very pleased to have seen a large body of Schmidt's mixed media works at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam (a suburb of Vancouver) on its last day and last hour!

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Marja-Leena | 18/09/2007 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Books, Other artists

 

creative license vs. copyright law

Vancouver artist collides with Olympic and Paralympics copyright act

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Marja-Leena | 17/08/2007 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts, Other artists

 

77 Million Paintings

Saturday evening, yesterday, felt like a fall evening, so dark so early with rain thundering on the skylights. Desiring some cocooning, we set up our favourite game of Liverpool Rummy on the table, with hot cups of gen-mai cha... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/07/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Music, Other artists

 

colours of music

Can music have colour? David Hockney thought so, as filmmaker Maryte Kavaliauskas shows in her profile for PBS's American Masters, David Hockney: The Colors of Music. Hockney designed sets for perfomances of some of the world's great operas for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/07/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Films, Music, Other artists

 

Tina Schliessler

Vancouver artist and a friend, Tina Schliessler, has her series Living Portraits on exhibition at the Seymour Art Gallery in North Vancouver. I was very happy to attend her opening the other evening (Tuesday) and see her exciting new... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/07/2007 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

my favourite sculpture

First I saw Ossip Zadkine's De Poeet, then Tuumailua's challenge to bloggers to post their favourite sculptures. So here's my choice of current favourite, especially one located in Vancouver: Magdalena Abakanowicz' Vancouver Ancestors, posted a year ago. I'm wondering... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/07/2007 | 14 comments
themes: Blogging, Other artists

 

Power of Art series


This looks to be very exciting: Simon Schama's The Power of Art series is beginning tonight on PBS TV in North America.

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Marja-Leena | 18/06/2007 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Films, Other artists

 

Portraits of Women


A superb collection of women portraits from about 500 years - a video slide show set to music.

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Marja-Leena | 29/05/2007 | 5 comments
themes: History, Other artists

 

Congrats, Grads!

One of the more splendid events in the merry month of May is graduation. This year we join many proud parents of sons and daughters who are graduating this month from institutes of higher education. Our daughter Erika has... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/05/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Current Events, Other artists

 

a collaboration

Yippee! Our collaborative project In Its Four Voices - Silent Messengers: Connecting with D'Amico #2 has been published on Qarrtsiluni, the online literary and visual art zine! Go see and LISTEN to it! Then come back.... I must tell... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/05/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists, Silent Messengers

 

Ekphrasis 12

I feel very humble and honoured that my new blog-friend Tall Girl felt inspired by a pair of my etchings Nexus IX and X. She wrote mark in response to my work as well as to the challenge of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/04/2007 | 5 comments
themes: Nexus, Other artists

 

ECI Grad Art Auction

Don't miss the opportunity to own work from the next generation of great Canadian artists and designers at the 14th Annual Grad Art Auction at Emily Carr Institute. AUCTION: Saturday, March 31, 2007 TIME: 7:00pm REGISTRATION: 5:30pm to 8:30pm... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/03/2007 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists

 

Benjamin Phillips, again

Wow, this artist is busy! Not long ago, I wrote about sculptor Benjamin Phillips and his exhibition at the Access Gallery, which has just finished. Now he's having a show at Capilano College* in North Vancouver. If you are... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/03/2007 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Tallinn's Print Triennial & Conference

Many printmakers may be aware that there is a call for entries to The 14th Tallinn Print Triennial in Estonia. The exhibition will be held 17 October - 27 November 2007. The deadline for the first stage of jurying... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/03/2007 | 2 comments
themes: Other artists, Print Triennials, Printmaking

 

The Danish Poet

Torill Kove, a Norwegian-Canadian anImator with Canada's NFB (National Film Board) won an Oscar this year for Best Animated Short Film. Her film, The Danish Poet, is a "charming 15-minute meditation on life's peculiar coincidences, based loosely on a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/02/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Culture, Films, Other artists

 

Benjamin Phillips exhibition


Benjamin Phillips: Chthonian* Dialogue
Opening February 23rd, 2007 at 8 p.m.
Access Artist Run Centre, Vancouver

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Marja-Leena | 22/02/2007 | 4 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

mentors please

We've just spent a pleasant Sunday at the apartment of our daughter, Erika, and her boyfriend. Her father tried to help her with some computer problems, while Erika and I chatted about possible layouts for the artist's website that she... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/02/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Burtynsky interview

"People who are engaged in art are engaged in a process of thinking beyond the present moment, looking both forward and backward, reflecting on how the human story plays itself out. In a way, art is a research and development... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/01/2007 | 5 comments
themes: Other artists, Photography

 

computer art

Got a little time? Get a cup of your favourite brew and a biscotti and relax with these entertaining though time-consuming links that are all about using the computer to create art. 1. Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings. "... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/12/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Neat stuff, Other artists

 

Margaret Witzsche exhibition


Margaret Witzsche has an exhibition of large canvases exploring the natural and inner worlds called 'Claiming the Dream'.

AT: the Seymour Art Gallery, OPENING: tomorrow Tuesday, December 5th, 7-9pm

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Marja-Leena | 04/12/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

print sale '06

The Studio Art printmaking department at Capilano College is holding their always popular Annual Print Sale, featuring intaglio, relief, silk screen and digital prints created by first and second year students, by artists in the Art Institute and faculty... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/12/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

an artistic savant

Watch this 5 minute video of a brilliant artistic savant who goes for a 45 minute helicopter ride over Rome. He then draws an accurate representation of the city from memory...

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Marja-Leena | 24/11/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Other artists

 

Peter Frey exhibition

I am very pleased to introduce friend and fellow-printmaker Peter Frey. Peter is presenting Threads and Fissures, an exhibition of his photographs and prints at the Capilano College Studio Art Gallery. Opening reception: Thursday, November 9th, 4pm - 7... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/11/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Goldsworthy: Rivers & Tides

I've just finished viewing the DVD Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides. Wow! It is very beautiful, very inspiring and I want to view it over and over again. I've admired Andy Goldsworthy's work in books, magazines and online but... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/11/2006 | 13 comments
themes: Films, Other artists

 

The Relief Print

This composite image of Earth at night was assembled from data acquired by the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite in April and October 2012. Gravity by Shinsuke Minegushi, woodcut & wood engraving, 30 cm x 81 cm., 2000... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/11/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

must-see artworks

The new Guardian's Art Blog looks interesting. Critic Jonathan Jones kicks off with his picks of 20 great art works for a definitive list of the 50 works of art to see before you die. Readers' suggestions to add... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/10/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Blogging, Other artists

 

Griffin & Sabine

Griffin and Sabine, An Extraordinary Correspondence, written and illustrated by Nick Bantock grew into a series of six books that achieved great popularity and are some of my very favourites. I love the artwork, letters inside envelopes and postcards... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/10/2006 | 7 comments
themes: Books, Culture, Other artists

 

Burtynsky in Vancouver

Image on invitation: Edward Burtyntsky: Recycling No.20. Cankun Aluminum. Xaimen City, Fujian Province, China 2005. Chromagenic print, 58" x 68". Courtesy of Charles Cowles Gallery, NY. I'm really looking forward to seeing the photographic works of acclaimed Canadian photographer... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/10/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Films, Other artists, Photography

 

visiting Interconnection

We were sad to miss the opening last week of Michiko Suzuki and Wayne Eastcott's exhibition Interconnection, also the grand opening of the new Bellevue Gallery. By all accounts the opening was very successful, attended by around 200 people... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/10/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Eastcott/Suzuki at Bellevue

INTERCONNNECTION, Wayne Eastcott and Michiko Suzuki's collaborative printmaking project is opening in Bellevue Gallery next week. This is a recently opened new gallery that is celebrating its grand opening with this exhibition, to be introduced by renowned Canadian artist... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/09/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Jean Detheux


Back in July, I wrote about Belgian-Canadian artist Jean Detheux, who creates wondrous works entirely digitally after giving up painting for health reasons.

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Marja-Leena | 14/09/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Films, Other artists

 

woodblock printmaking

Image of woodblock from wikipedia Some months ago I wrote about a demonstration of Japanese woodblock printing by Tae-Huk Kim. Now I'm pleased to see that Printfreak has posted a video of the process, that looks very similar to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/07/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

Kenneth Lochhead

Yesterday I learned from Arts News Canada that Canadian artist Kenneth Lochhead, 80, died in Ottawa on Saturday July 15th, saying to his family at his bedside, "I've gotta go; enjoy every second". I remember him well from my student... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/07/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists

 

digital abstract expressionist

Jean Detheux used to be a painter and is now working exclusively digitally due to allergies to paint fumes and solvents.

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Marja-Leena | 12/07/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Other artists

 

pensive


WosspRock.jpg

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Marja-Leena | 06/07/2006 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Music, Other artists, Photoworks, Rocks

 

Abakanowicz' Vancouver Ancestors

As I mentioned before, last week we ventured out to Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver especially to see the Magdalena Abakanowicz' sculpture installation. I was excited to be seeing her work live for the first time. Created for the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/06/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

art, trees & birds

visiting art exhibitions, Queen Elizabeth Park and the Bloedel Conservatory

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Marja-Leena | 27/06/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Dad's day

Happy Father's Day to all dads out there! Happy Father's Day to the father of our children! I can't think of anything better than reposting this wonderful poem written by our eldest daughter and designed by our youngest for their... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/06/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Culture, Other artists

 

self-portrait 2


My second self-portrait contribution to the self-portrait marathon.

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Marja-Leena | 16/06/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

thirteen cent pinball


Our youngest and very talented daughter has caught the blog bug! I am proud to introduce Erika's blog thirteen cent pinball.

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Marja-Leena | 15/06/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Blogging, Other artists

 

Cornelia Oberlander

"PICTURING LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE" Projects of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander as seen by Etta Gerdes Elliott Louis Gallery, West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver June 6 - June 25, 2006 - Preview: June 6th & 7th Opening Reception: Thurs. June 8, 6:30 -... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/06/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Photography

 

art in fibre

An exhibition by two Vancouver-based Finnish fiber artists is opening tomorrow:
"Between the Hand and the Loom" - Works by Kaija Rautianen & Hanna Haapasalo
Exhibit: June 1- July 2, 2006, Opening Thursday, June 1, 2006, 6-8pm
at Crafthouse Gallery, Vancouver

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Marja-Leena | 31/05/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Jungen at Tate Modern

Some readers may recall an article I wrote about Brian Jungen's exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery earlier this year. The artist received a great deal of media attention including a mention that he was going to have his work... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/05/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Other artists

 

Abakanowicz here!


Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz will unveil the installation of Vancouver Ancestors, her latest work consisting of twenty iron cast, 9 foot tall headless figures. Created specifically for the 2005/2006 Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale...

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Marja-Leena | 29/05/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Arts news in Canada

Fairly new on my daily net reading list is the excellent Arts News Canada, "a digest of national arts news collected from Canadian sources and updated every weekday". An exciting item today is about Montreal's designation as City of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/05/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Other artists

 

art that excites 2

Magdalena Abakanowicz: detail from the Ninety Five Figures from the Crowd of One Thousand Ninety Five Figures Anna L. Conti of San Francisco writes a very focused and intelligent blog about her own art practice and about other artists.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/05/2006 | 15 comments
themes: Other artists

 

art that excites

Brad J. Goldberg: Coral Eden When I see art that excites me, that draws a reaction out of me, that makes me really take notice, that stirs my emotions, it becomes a memorable and almost a spiritual experience. And... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/05/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Modern Rock Art, Other artists

 

Norman McLaren

This interesting news item about the late great Canadian animator Norman McLaren (1914-1987) brings back a lot of wonderful memories for me: 'The films of National Film Board animation pioneer Norman McLaren will be the subject May 22 of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/05/2006 | 7 comments
themes: Films, Other artists

 

online galleries

I think it was about three weeks ago when I was browsing through the Saatchi Gallery site, checking to see what's new and (naturally!) if the link to my site is still there under cultural institutions. I noticed a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/05/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Canadian books

Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart is celebrating 100 years and has put out their Essential 100 list of books: "Selected from the 700 plus M&S backlist titles currently available, our Essential 100 consists of those titles that  should be on... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/05/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Books, Canada and BC, Other artists

 

Kathan Brown

This is very interesting for printmakers and other artists! Artist-blogger Gregg Chadwick at Speed of Life has written: "Kathan Brown, the founder of San Francisco's Crown Point Press, has a new book out - "Magical Secrets about Thinking Creatively:... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/04/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Books, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Brian Jungen

Prototype for New Understanding #16, 2004 Nike athletic footwear, human hair Collection of Joel Wachs, New York Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery (taken from Brian Jungen Gallery) I'm very late getting this written - it was 11 days... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/04/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Annabel Carey's batiks

Annabel Carey: Nine Stones - photo by John Talbot-Cooper Some time ago I wrote here about an exhibition of batiks by UK artist Annabel Carey: Spirit of the Stones. I expressed my keen interest in these because of my... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/04/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists

 

Artists in Our Midst 2006

Artists on the west side of Vancouver are once again opening their studios to the public: West Point Grey April 21-23 Kitsilano April 28-30 Dunbar/Kerrisdale May 5-7 Each Friday there is a preview night with entertainment in a local centre.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/04/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Canada and BC, Other artists

 

Takao Tanabe

Takao Tanabe - Malacca Strait: Dawn - Etching & Woodcut (not in this exhibition) Takao Tanabe was born in 1926 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia of Japanese parents. He studied at the Winnipeg School of Art (which later became... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/04/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

gallery date night

Vancouver Art Gallery at Robson Square It's a lovely day and I've got a date! I'm picking up husband from work and we are going to visit several exhibitions late this afternoon and into the evening. We really love... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/04/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Self-portrait, Dead Horse Point, Utah, 1997, 20" x 24" I first became acquainted with Arno Rafael Minkkinen, an internationally known Finnish-American photographer through Art Daily some months ago. His works affected me deeply, and I bookmarked it for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/03/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Other artists, Photography

 

openings tonight

I'm getting ready to go to a couple of art openings this evening: 1. RETURN, prints by Hannamari Jalovaara and Taiga Chiba at Malaspina Printmakers Gallery, opening 7 - 9 pm. 2. IN CONTRAST - ceramic sculpture by Mary... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/03/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

RETURN

(left) Hannamari Jalovaara: Identical Witness intaglio 30 x 60 cm. (right) Taiga Chiba: My Return to the Cambrian Sea-16 monotype 52 x 77cm. RETURN is an exhibition of etchings and monotypes by Hannamari Jalovaara and Taiga Chiba at Malaspina... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/03/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Made In India

Another exhibition by the very busy printmakers Tomoyo Ihaya and Taiga Chiba is opening this week at Dundarave Print Work Shop Gallery,1640 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC. The exhibition is on from March 17 to April 9, 2006,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/03/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Steven Dixon: Spare

Steven Dixon: Desert Structure No. 1, 2006 Digital print on Japanese paper mounted on panel The Art Gallery of Alberta, formerly the Edmonton Art Gallery, is featuring an exhibition of prints by Steven Dixon called Spare: Steven Dixon's large-scale... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/03/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking, Other artists, Photography

 

update on batik show

batik by Annabel Carey, photo by Valeri Following up on a suggestion in the comments to my post about a batik exhibition in Cornwall, UK, I emailed Valeri of dyeing 2 sew, because she lives in Cornwall. I told... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/03/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

WOMAN

(image scanned from invitation - designed by Andrew Cairns) WOMAN is an art exhibition in celebration of International Women's Day at the Ferry Building Gallery, 1414 Argyle Ave, in West Vancouver, BC. The opening reception is tonight, Tuesday, March... [Continue Reading...]

a batik exhibition

This little news item in Stone Pages caught my eye and really piqued my interest: Exhibition: Spirits of the Stones "A touring exhibition by Annabel Carey of batiks featuring stone circles in England, Scotland and Wales, which began at the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/02/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

Olga Campbell's opening

We made it this evening to Olga Campbell's opening at Diskin Galleries. Olga presented quite a large number of her digital prints, some based on her travels in Asia and some of her personal family history, and all very... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/02/2006 | 1 comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking, Other artists

 

Olga Campbell at Diskin

Art Institute Printmaking member and friend Olga Campbell is having an exhibition of new mixed media works under the theme of "Triumph of the Human Spirit" at Diskin Galleries from February 24th to April 27th, 2006. The opening reception... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/02/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Japanese woodblock printing

A few days ago, Tae-Huk Kim, our artist-in-residence from Korea, gave us an excellent demonstration of traditional Japanese woodblock printing. This is the technique he uses for making his contemporary woodcuts. Several woodblocks are made, usually one for each... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/02/2006 | 7 comments
themes: Art Institute (Printmaking), Other artists, Printmaking

 

Bill Laing's Silkscreens

Bill Laing - "Terrain of the Domestic Landscape #2" - Silkscreen Yesterday we spent a few enjoyable hours poking around the always lively Granville Island. Amongst other pleasures, we stopped in to view Bill Laing's exhibition PARIS: Recent Silkscreen... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/02/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Tae-Huk Kim exhibition

Regular readers may recall my post about our print studio's artist-in-residence Tae-Huk Kim. Since his arrival in November, Kim has been busy making new woodcut prints using traditional Japanese water-based woodblock techniques. Next week he will be giving a... [Continue Reading...]

Mohsen's opening

Last night we attended the opening of Mohsen Kahlili's exhibition at Gallery Jones, here in Vancouver. It is an impressive body of work! The 61 sculptures were laid out on three long tables beautifully custom built by a friend,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/02/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Mohsen Khalili exhibition

(scan of the front of the invitation showing Mohsen Khalili's unique bronzes) Art Institute member and everyone's friend Mohsen Khalili is having an exhibition called DYSFUNCTIONED TOOLS at Gallery Jones. Featured will be his numerous small bronze sculptures and... [Continue Reading...]

Picasso at VAG

'Minotauromachie' - Etching, 1935 - Pablo Picasso (Scanned from my copy of Picasso, by Pierre Descargues, translated by Roland Balay, publisher Felicie, NY 1974) It would be very interesting to preserve photographically, not the stages, but the metamorphoses of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/01/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Tae-Huk Kim

Tae-Huk Kim - Photo by Robert Jackson The Art Institute Printmaking studio at Capilano University is very fortunate to have Tae-Huk Kim as artist-in-residence for six months. Kim, as we call him, is a native of Korea who has... [Continue Reading...]

remembrance

On Canada's Remembrance Day today, as I struggle to express my conflicting feelings about it, I read this wonderful essay: A Rare Tribute to the Dead: Käthe Kollwitz's Memorial to her Son Artist Käthe Kollwitz grieved the loss of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/11/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Culture, Other artists

 

Pnina Granirer's Floating Dancers

Busy artist Pnina Granirer is having another exhibition! Floating Dancers will be at the Seymour Art Gallery, 4360 Gallant Ave. in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, from November 8th - Dec.4th, 2005, with the opening reception on Tuesday, November 15th,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/11/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Interconnection: Eastcott / Suzuki

Interconnection 6 (Interior 3) Michiko Suzuki & Wayne Eastcott inkjet, toner etching and Japanese paint on torinoko paper In August 2004, I wrote about a fascinating collaboration between printmakers Michiko Suzuki of Tokyo and Wayne Eastcott of Vancouver. They... [Continue Reading...]

Tomoyo Ihaya & Helen Gerritzen

R E C E N T WO R K S by Tomoyo Ihaya & Helen Gerritzen November 1 - 27, 2005 Opening reception: Thursday, November 3, 7 - 9 pm at Malaspina Printmakers Gallery 1555 Duranleau Street, Granville Island,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/10/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Prior Editions: 10 Years

Jardin Noir IV (detail), Jack Shadbolt lithograph on paper 88.9 x 68.6cm, 1994, private collection Prior Editions: 10 Years of Canadian Printmaking, curated by Darrin Martins, is still on until October 30, 2005 at the Burnaby Art Gallery, in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/10/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Picasso and grandson

Protean Picasso: Drawings and Prints from the National Gallery of Canada and Selected Paintings from International Collections, an exhibition that brings together the full scope of the artist's career through drawings, prints and paintings, opened at the Vancouver Art... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/10/2005 | 5 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Books, Other artists

 

NIFCA

If you are an artist looking for opportunities such as residencies in the Nordic countries, NIFCA, the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, will be of interest to you. Located in Helsinki, NIFCA is funded by the Nordic Council of... [Continue Reading...]

John Mawurndjul

John Mawurndjul, Milmilngkan, September 2004 © Foto Erika Koch. From Museum Tinguely Synchronicity strikes again! Just two days ago I wrote about rock art in Northern Australia. Now I've just finished looking at Art Daily's post about an exhibition... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/09/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Fred Brown's woodcuts

Fred Brown: Share the Shelter Woodcut 36" x 72" I had heard that printmaker Fred Brown was going to be having an exhibition this month in Vancouver. Imagine my surprise when I read Art Daily's posting "Power Tools, Plywood,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/09/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Art Institute (Printmaking), Other artists

 

Dan Steeves

Dan Steeves is presenting a series of printworks 'The House as Fortress, the dichotomy of symbolic structure' at The Lookout Gallery, Regent College, at UBC, Vancouver until October 14th. Yesterday we were pleased to have artist Dan Steeves visit... [Continue Reading...]

Matisse in Louisiana

Henri Matisse: Thème E, variation 8, 1941 Album "Thèmes et variations" © Succession H. Matisse / CopyDan, 2005. "You sure know Henri Matisse. And you sure know Louisiana. But it is not that Louisiana I think of. In Denmark... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/09/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Artscape Nordland

Seven Magical Points - Martti Aiha, Finland Reader and commenter extraordinaire Bill really livened up the virtual conversation at my post about a book on Quadra petroglyphs Spirit in the Stone. If readers missed it, do go read the... [Continue Reading...]

Rodin in Vancouver

Auguste Rodin. Monument to Balzac. 1898 (cast 1954). Bronze, 9' 3" x 48 1/4" x 41" (282 x 122.5 x 104.2 cm). from MOMA. "The sculptor must learn to reproduce the surface, which means all that vibrates on the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/09/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

blogs and shows

1. Thanks to blog friend Anna of Self-Winding for pointing out that The Padacia has posted a couple of my Nexus prints. Thanks also to this mystery blogger from Oslo - it's nice to find another beautiful blog. Curiosity sent... [Continue Reading...]

Holman's Graphic Art

Mary K. Okheena Shaman Dances to Northern Lights 1991 stencil on paper, PWP 1/3 56.3 x 76.1 cm Collection of The Winnipeg Art Gallery I've been exploring this site with much pleasure: Holman: Forty Years of Graphic Art. Holman... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/08/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Culture, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Jutai Toonoo's silent stones

New and Improved, 2000 serpentinite 12.5" high x 8" wide x 6" deep Inscription: "New and Improved Fertility God." Jutai Toonoo of Cape Dorset currently has a solo exhibition "Life Forms" at the Marion Scott Gallery at 308 Water... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/08/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Modern Rock Art, Other artists

 

Marlene Dumas in Helsinki

Marlene Dumas Female, 1992-93 from the series Female 211 tusche and charcoal drawings Sammlung Garnatz, Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe "Kunsthalle Helsinki will offer a unique opportunity to see works by one of the hottest names in contemporary art, Marlene Dumas.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/08/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

artist-blogger interviewed

Roberta of roberta fallon and libby rosof's artblog recently visited artist-blogger Anna L. Conti in San Francisco, then wrote a long, warm and fascinating interview of Anna, with plenty of photos of her in her studio. I've been looking out... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/08/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Kiki Smith revisited

Kiki Smith Jewel (#2), 2004 etching 14 x 17 inches (from Barbara Krakow Gallery) I love Kiki Smith's work and have mentioned her several times in my blog, most importantly the MOMA video presentation on her printmaking. Today, thanks... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/08/2005 | 7 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

Art of the Hibakusha

Like so many others, we have been following the marking of the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, then Nagasaki tomorrow. This made us recall the stories once told us by two Japanese-Canadian friends now in their... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/08/2005 | 3 comments
themes: History, Other artists

 

Evolution: 80 Years of Emily Carr Institute

"An unexpectedly nostalgic event is occurring at Emily Carr Institute. Formerly Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design. Formerly Emily Carr College of Art and Design. Formerly the Vancouver School of Art. Originally the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/08/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

A.R. Menne's art

VVOI at New Art introduces new-to-me artist A.R. Menne**. I was immediately struck by the compelling images that are beautifully drawn, sometimes etched, sometimes with watercolour and the compelling writing, with some excellent quotes by others. From entry 03-27**: "(From... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/07/2005 | 7 comments
themes: Other artists

 

good links

Here's a small collections of links I've been saving to share for your reading pleasure: 1. More about Smithson at Print Australia and Modern Art Notes 2. As a lover of rock art and earth art, I was excited to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/07/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Blogging, Neat stuff, Other artists, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

Graphica Creativa

Graphica Creativa is the second oldest international printmaking exhibition in the Nordic countries. It is arranged in Jyväskylä, Finland every third year. Thanks to Graphica Creativa, Jyväskylä has become a centre of printmaking. A few days ago its 30 Years... [Continue Reading...]

more printmaking blogs

Wow, this is why I love blogging! It is fascinating hearing from people around the world, that I'd never meet otherwise, whether they send an email through this blog or post a comment directly. And I'm particularly excited to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/07/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

Land of the Saame

Photo by Pekka Antikainen, in "Land of the Saame" As my dear readers know, I'm fascinated by the northern indigenous cultures, in particular the Saami people of northern Europe who are a branch of the Finno-Ugric family. Some time... [Continue Reading...]

visual music

Wassily Kandinsky: Painting with White Border 1913 This description in Thursday's Arts Journal really captured my imagination: Art in Musical Terms - There is a relationship, but does one describe the other? "The notion was to take the novelty... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/06/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Music, Other artists

 

new printmaking blogs

A warm welcome to new printmaker blogger Printfreak, a graduate student in the US. Amongst other things, she has been writing about well-known printmakers Mauricio Lasansky, Stanley Hayter, Kiki Smith and some interesting artists new to me. Printfreak also... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/06/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

visiting Sacral Spaces

Another exhibition that we went to see on our Friday jaunt about town was Sacral Spaces at the Emily Carr Institute. The main attraction for me was, of course, that this featured Finnish architecture (did I ever mention that... [Continue Reading...]

visiting Champuru

I wrote a while ago about Champuru, an exhibition of contemporary Okinawan art in Vancouver that I've been eager to see. Yesterday afternoon, I picked up my husband from work for an evening on the town. We headed over... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/06/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

artists' quotes

Words of my own fail me today, but these artists' words sustain and inspire me: "Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul." - Edvard Munch "I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/06/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

artist blogger in Georgia

Welcome, Willkommen! to another artist blogger, Berlin born artist Hans Heiner Buhr, who lives in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has recently joined the blogosphere with New Images where he posts some of his work, talks about art, his family and life... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/06/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Other artists

 

Edward Burtynsky revisited

Edward Burtynsky: Nickel Tailings No. 32 Sudbury, Ontario 1996 About a year ago I wrote a bit about the achievements of Canadian photo-artist Edward Burtynsky (unfortunately the link to the news article has since expired). This year he has... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/05/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Other artists, Photography

 

Lalla Essaydi

Lalla Essaydi Converging Territories # 30, 2004 47 x 57 1/2" chromogenic print I've just been looking at and getting excited by Moroccan-born artist Lalla Essaydi's Converging Territories, a series of large-format colour portraits of women and children in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/05/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Other artists, Photography

 

Olga Campbell's Whispers

I am so glad I made it out yesterday to see Olga Campbell's exhibition Whispers Across Time before it's closure tonight. It is very moving and powerful in theme, a kind of catharsis perhaps for the artist as she... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/05/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Dinny Lansdowne

Has a painting exhibition May 6th - 15th Opening: Friday, May 6th, 7 - 10 p.m. At Marilyn Mylrea Art Studio and Gallery, 2341 Granville Street, Vancouver Visit Dinny's website for more details and images. Dinny was one of the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/05/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Olga Campbell exhibition

(Images copyright of the artist, used here with her permission) WHISPERS ACROSS TIME, paintings, prints and sculpture by Olga Campbell Opening reception on Thursday, April 21, 2005, from 7 to 9 p.m. Gertrude and Zack Gallery, 950 West 41st... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/04/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Artists in Our Midst

"Artists in Our Midst" is Vancouver's West Side Annual Art Studio Tour. Sorry I'm late posting this, having missed the first weekend opens in Kitsilano. This coming weekend April 15 - 17th Dunbar/Kerrisdale area artists have a preview exhibition and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/04/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Stolen Art

You may recall my posts last month about Pnina Granirer's exhibition and my visit to her studio. Some time ago, I was horrified to learn that two of her works have been stolen. This is a terrible thing for an... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/04/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Current Events, Other artists

 

Lesley Dill at Equinox

Lesley Dill: I See Visions Lithograph on Muslin, Silk Organza with Hand-Sewn Elements 28 x 20 in. 2004 New York artist Lesley Dill's work is showing at the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver (ending March 31st). An artist friend and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/03/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Tomoyo Ihaya at SNAP

This email recently came from Tomoyo, who just finished an exhibition in Vancouver: "hello, everyone. Spring in vancouver and semi-spring in Edmonton.. I came to edmonton hopefully to see beavers, buffalos and water.. Please come by to see the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/03/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Bonnie Jordan

Another artist-friend of mine, Bonnie Jordan, has been doing exciting, yet very thoughtful and very leading edge digital printmaking for several years. Here are some of her latest works. Images are copyright Bonnie Jordan, used here with her permission.... [Continue Reading...]

An Art Full Week

What a busy week this has been, making art, seeing art and meeting artists! I finally completed editioning a group of prints that took me several months to develop and print many trial proofs. I'm testing another hanging method... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/03/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Pnina Granirer's Synchronicity

Installation photo of a section of Pnina Granirer's exhibition "Synchronicity", at Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery For some time now I have been working on several larger works incorporating a layer of inket-printed clear mylar over prints on paper.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/03/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Duet: Taiga Chiba & Eunjin Kim

DUET, an exhibition of collaborative prints by Taiga Chiba and Eunjin Kim will be presented at Dundarave Print Workshop March 10 to April 3, 2005. The opening is from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm on March 10th. If you... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/03/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Janet Strayer

Perishable Goods Janet Strayer, a friend and past member of the Art Institute, Printmaking at Capilano College has a large solo exhibition of her paintings, etchings, and mixed media works on display at the Enigma Restaurant in Vancouver during... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/03/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Art Institute (Printmaking), Other artists

 

Douglas Curran and Nyau

Douglas Curran, Ndapita ku Maliro (Nkhuku Mutsekele) I'm going to the Funeral, Lock up the Chicken (scanned from invitation) Another very interesting and very worthwhile exhibition we went to see on Sunday afternoon (yesterday) after the visit to the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/02/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Anthropology, Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Photography

 

Prints from St. Michael's Printshop

Today we finally made it out to see the touring exhibition 'The Power of Place - 30 Years of Printmaking in Newfoundland' at the Burnaby Art Gallery. Some weeks ago I wrote about this in some detail - if... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/02/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Rock Garden of Chandigarh

Here's a new kind of rock art! wood s lot has pointed to Carl Lindquist's excellent photographs and essay on Nek Chand's Rock Garden of Chandigarh. These are captivating, go look! "One day over 40 years ago, Nek Chand,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/02/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Modern Rock Art, Other artists

 

Finnish artists' blogs

A few days when browsing through language hat I found coloria. It's a unique site (in Finnish) all about colours: history, cultural meanings, chemistry, pigments and so forth, plus a discussion forum, by Finnish artist Päivi Hintsanen. She says... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/02/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Other artists

 

anniversary & rocks

Well, today is this blog's first anniversary and what a wonderful ride it has been. Many thanks to all you faithful readers and commentors and the still growing numbers of visitors who have been and are still making this... [Continue Reading...]

Ethno-Techno photos & review

James K-M, curator of the Ethno-Techno exhibition of last October in which I participated, sent a note today that the installation photos of that show are now up on the Digitalis site. Please have a look. If you are new... [Continue Reading...]

Prints from Newfoundland

Guide and Protector of All the Children (detail), Jerry Evans, lithograph, 2000 (scanned from Burnaby Art Gallery invitation) The Burnaby Art Gallery has been featuring quite a few print exhibitions this past year and this one sounds the most... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/01/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Tomoyo Ihaya

Art Beatus is presenting Fountain, a special collection of prints and mixed media works by Tomoyo Ihaya from January 14 to March 11, 2005. The opening reception is on Friday, January 14th from 3 to 6 pm. in the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/01/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

a winter story

I am so thrilled and proud that I must share this! My four-year old grandaughter sent this lovely story she created (with a little help from her mommy and daddy): Lael's Winter Story* Don't miss clicking on the circles... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/12/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

some art reading

Holiday preparations have sidetracked me lately from the more serious business of art. Trying to keep up with reading some art blogs, I found this to be so good that I'd like to point you towards Zeke's Gallery in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/12/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

a printmaker's blog

This is why I don't want to shut off the comments against nasty spammers. Recently Linden Langdon, a new visitor to my blog, wrote in a comment. I am excited because she is also a printmaker who has a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/12/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Elisa Rathje

still image from untitled (left side/right side) © Elisa Rathje I am proud to introduce my daughter Elisa, a 1998 graduate of the Emily Carr Institute (of Art, Design and Media) who works with computer-generated images and digital video.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/12/2004 | 11 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

William Blake

William Blake (1757-1827) "was an artisan in the truest sense: his craftsmanship played a role in every creative aspect of his poetic and prose works. William Blake thought, wrote, prepared, designed, engraved, and printed all pieces his name would... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/12/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

Taiga Chiba at Baker Lake

Mark your calendars. Master printmaker Taiga Chiba will discuss his experiences teaching printing techniques to Inuit artists in the Canadian North. A slide presentation will be followed by a guided tour of the exhibition Experimental Prints from Baker Lake. This... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/12/2004 | 6 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

Steven Dixon

Steven Dixon: Mine Site No. 17 photogravure 58 x 70 cm Master printer, teacher and friend Steven Dixon just let me know that some of his photogravure prints are on exhibition at Lando Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta until December... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/12/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

Setsuko Piroche

Setsuko Piroche is another good friend and printmaking colleague who works in the Art Institute printmaking studio. Before coming to printmaking, Setsuko worked in a wide variety of media - paintings, ceramics, textile art and woven sculptures. She has had... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/11/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Art Institute (Printmaking), Other artists

 

Taiga Chiba

Yesterday we attended another opening, this time "Tis the Season!" at Art Beatus, featuring the works of four artists, including friend and printmaker Taiga Chiba. Taiga's works are part of a series using the traditional Japanese Sumi-e painting technique... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/11/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

monotypes and monoprints

Some of my work in the Veils Suite, such as Child's Play II, Child's Play III & Child's Play IV are made using a printmaking technique called monotype. The monotype is a singular and unique print that takes its... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/11/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists, Printmaking, Veils Suite

 

Jean Morrison & Setsuko Piroche

Artists Jean Morrison and Setsuko Piroche invite you to their exhibition of print media and objects entitled "the diverse earth". The opening reception is on Wednesday, November 17th, 2004 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. The exhibition runs from Nov.15... [Continue Reading...]

Betty Goodwin exhibition

Chris posts a long list of reviews at Zeke's Gallery, including two in the Globe & Mail about the current exhibition of works by Montreal artist Betty Goodwin at the Sable-Castelli Gallery in Toronto. Sarah Milroy writes that this... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/11/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Burnaby Art Gallery exhibitions

Diagram Lambda, Wayne Eastcott, serigraph. City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection. The Burnaby Art Gallery features two interesting exhibitions. 1. A Survey of British Columbia Printmaking - November 9, 2004-January 2, 2005 From the invitation (links added by me):... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/11/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Jean C. Morrison

Jean Morrison and I have been friends and printmaking colleagues for a long time, working together in the Art Institute printmaking studio. Jean has worked in a wide variety of printmaking media, even venturing recently into digital inkjet printing,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/10/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Institute (Printmaking), Other artists

 

Andrew Wyeth's Helga

I've always been fascinated by Helga, the subject of numerous paintings and drawings by Andrew Wyeth. Now we can see 70 of the more than 240 works he did of his neighbour Helga Testorf, on exhibition at the Mint... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/10/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists

 

an artist's blog

Anna sent me an email suggesting I read and comment on Rachael's post of Thursday about artists blogging. Go read Rachael's first, including the comments, then come back here for my response, which I decided to post here: I've... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/10/2004 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Other artists

 

Biliana Velkova's exhibition

Another exhibition coming up is the recent work of Biliana Velkova, a recent member of the Art Institute, Printmaking at Capilano College. Here is her show statement: "Paris Hilton wearing a stretch cotton pantsuit by Dolce and Gabana, Kirsten... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/10/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Wayne Eastcott exhibition

Wayne Eastcott: Generation#3  1983   silkscreen As I wrote earlier, October is a busy month for art shows here! The Lookout Gallery, Regent College is presenting "Wayne Eastcott: Selected Works" - a survey of his printworks from 1965 to... [Continue Reading...]

Michiko Suzuki's exhibition

Michiko sent this link about her newly opened exhibition in Tokyo's Gallery 219. Have a look at her series of archival inkjet prints. You may remember Michiko from my article about her collaboration with Wayne Eastcott.... [Continue Reading...]

Richard Avedon 1923-2004

Famous photographer Richard Avedon died today in Texas at the age of 81. News at Reuters, CBC and ABCNews Avedon's homepage is blacked out today Avedon Portraits at Metropolitan Museum of Art (2003)... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/10/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists, Photography

 

Writing on the Wall

As part of an occasional series about the printmaking studio that I am happily associated with at Capilano College**, I will be posting about exhibitions that members are involved in. Robert Jackson is a new artist member this fall.... [Continue Reading...]

Canadian Arts news

CBC Arts News is on my daily blog visit list for Canadian arts news. I have linked to their articles several times in my postings. (If you'd like to see these, search my site for 'CBC'). Besides current news... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/09/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Culture, Other artists

 

experiencing art

Lenny writes an interesting art blog at Washington, DC Art News. Today he writes about how he came to chosen to be the curator for the upcoming "Homage to Frida Kahlo" exhibition. (The call for artists will be announced... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/09/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts, Other artists

 

Bill Reid's art on $20 bill

For the first time ever, the work of an artist is featured on a Canadian currency note. The new twenty-dollar bill with anti-counterfeiting features, still has the Queen on one side, and the other illustrates the art of Bill... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/08/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Culture, Other artists

 

more Spiral Jetty photos

Last week I wrote about Smithson's Spiral Jetty re-emerging and about Todd Gibson's visits there. Hope you have had a look at his series of articles and photos at From the Floor. Today he came across some photos at While... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 25/08/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Other artists, Photography

 

Wayne Eastcott & Michiko Suzuki

A fascinating collaboration between two internationally well-known printmakers has been happening in the printmaking studios at Capilano University, North Vancouver. Japanese artist, Michiko Suzuki of Tokyo, Japan became the University's first artist-in-residence in the fall of 2003 and also... [Continue Reading...]

Smithson's Spiral Jetty

My daily newspaper The Vancouver Sun's weekend edition has an Arts & Life section (subscription needed for online archives) which I often enjoy reading over lazy weekend breakfasts. The August 14th paper featured a fascinating article "Land art rises... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/08/2004 | 4 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Warhol at VAG

Lenin by Andy Warhol ( silkscreen - from Artchive) Another destination visit with our European visitors was to the Vancouver Art Gallery and its main summer exhibition Andy Warhol: Prints and Drawings from the Warhol Museum. Warhol's work continues... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/08/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Museum of Anthropology at UBC

(detail of totem in Great Hall - I love the circles of figures wrapped around the pole) For the past few days we have been showing off our lovely city to some family visiting from Europe. One of the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/08/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

My Top Ten

Tyler Green started something here by posting his top ten favourite artists and asking other bloggers to post their lists. Then today he posted those! I'm late to the party, having such a very busy week, but have been... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/08/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists

 

Phonecam photo art

This is very interesting! Pinseri (in Finnish, from the land of Nokia!) writes (my translation): "If you belong to the group always dreaming of a more expensive and superior digital camera, take an example from Henry Reichhold. He snaps... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/08/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists, Photography

 

Print Exhibition in Philadelphia

Libby of Roberta & Libby's artblog raves about an unusual print exhibition at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia: "Several Steps Removed" is so terrrific and I have to share it. It's all prints and plates or other matrixes... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/07/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

For Dad

This is a wonderful poem written by my eldest daughter and designed by my youngest for their father on this Father's Day. Click on image to view larger. Poem © Anita Rathje Design © Erika Rathje... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/06/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Other artists

 

Edward Burtynsky

"Toronto photographer Edward Burtynsky, who has made a specialty of capturing the terrible beauty of destruction, was declared the fourth and last winner of the Roloff Beny award at a reception last night at the Royal Ontario Museum. His... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/06/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Other artists, Photography

 

Kiki Smith & Giuseppe Penone

Doing my daily blogstroll, I stopped at Modern Art Notes where Tyler Green writes that unlike in the past, "this month's ArtForum is pretty much a must-read". There, my eye was caught by Kiki Smith's name and because I'd... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/06/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Sokolovski the sculptor

Just found this very interesting item on online: CBC Radio 3 asks Valeri Sokolovski, a Socialist Realist sculptor from Odessa living in Surrey, BC, Canada to come out of retirement to portray some of today's leaders. This is a full-screen... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/06/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists

 

Drawing, Hockney and Eyre

David Hockney has talked to BBC News Online about drawing: "Drawing should be regarded as a major art form, artist David Hockney said as he launched the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in London...Drawing has been neglected for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/06/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Michelangelo

Found at that rabbit girl: "The artist Michelangelo may have had the condition Asperger's Syndrome, according to researchers. Two experts in Asperger's, a milder form of autism, say the artist had many of the traits linked with the condition... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/06/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists

 

women in prints

The Bayly Art Museum, at the University of Virginia, has published online a wonderful exhibition called "The Power of Woe, The Power of Life" - " Images of Women in Prints from the Renaissance to the Present". It takes... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/05/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

The Big Print Show

A quick update: Carolyn at studio notebook (May 21, 2004 entry) visited the Big Print Show at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, about which I posted recently. She comments on her favourites and has good links including the gallery's... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/05/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Nature Art

The work of Finnish visual artist Anni Rapinoja was recently brought to my attention by Irma H. of Finland, who initiated an interesting correspondence since finding my blog. Rapinoja uses collected plant materials to create her unusual sculptures and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/05/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Other artists

 

circle

a tree stump on Vancouver Island

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Marja-Leena | 11/05/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Nature, Other artists, Photoworks

 

print show in Seattle

SUPER-SIZED: the BIG print show featuring works by Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, Graham Gillmore (from BC, Canada), Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Motherwell, William Kentridge, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Kiki Smith and others, will be at the Greg Kucera Gallery in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/05/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Krakow Triennial winners

Speaking of award-winning printmakers, here are some more that I'd like to tell you about. As I have written before, the Krakow Print Triennial in Poland is one of the world's largest and most prestigious international print competitions. They publish... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/05/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists, Print Triennials, Printmaking

 

Award-winning Estonian printmakers

In some recent correspondence with friends Virge and Loit Joekalda in Tallinn, Estonia, I learned that Virge has won her country's prestigious Eduard Wiiralti Young Artist's Award for 2004. They sent a large format PDF catalogue of the Awards,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/05/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Digital printmaking, Other artists, Printmaking

 

on creativity

As mentioned in a couple of my recent posts, there has been a lot of discussion on why we make art, and this has led me to think more about creativity. Cassandra wrote a few days ago (scroll down to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/04/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Life as an Artist

I have just found an artist's blog that has really piqued my interest. Ivan Pope in the UK does multimedia installation work that is very different from my printmaking, but his clear descriptions of his life as an artist... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/04/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists

 

Why Make Art?

Anna Conti in her Working Artist's Journal ( April 7/04 entry) brings up this perennial question that we artists are always asking of ourselves: "Why make art? What is it good for?" She writes: "I don't think we'll ever... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/04/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Concepts, Other artists

 

Hockney again

Over at studio notebook, on April 5/04 Carolyn wrote about her reaction to David Hockney's book Secret Knowledge. The book is about Hockney's research into how the Old Masters utilized optics as a tool to create their works. "The... [Continue Reading...]

The Ainu

Feeding my fascination for ancient as well as the indigenous cultures of the world, I was excited to find at the rich Mysterium** a post about the Ainu: "A beautiful audio-visual presentation on Japan's Indigenous Ainu people, their origins,... [Continue Reading...]

Snow Show Architect wins Prize

Recently I wrote about the unusual Snow Show in Finland. Today I found a link at studio notebook (March 31st post) to artdish and the following article: "Zaha Hadid selected for architecture prize; Her recent sculptural work on the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/03/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists

 

Jim Dine

Found this on Art Daily: First Survey of Jim Dine at National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC Leading American artist Jim Dine's groundbreaking achievements as a draftsman beginning around 1970 are featured in Drawings of Jim Dine at the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/03/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Kiki Smith at MoMA

In my blogstrolls, I discovered this treasure on MoMA's site: Kiki Smith: Prints, Books, and Things. Take a look at the neat website with the videos displaying the actual printing process! "Kiki Smith (American, born Germany, 1954) is among... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/03/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Mohsen Khalili's monoprints

Today I happened to meet Mohsen at the studio and we showed each other our websites. I have seen him at work on his monoprints but he also does paintings and sculpture. To me, his monoprints are very moving,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/03/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Art Institute (Printmaking), Other artists, Printmaking

 

Horkay's digital collages

mr.h at Giornale Nuovo writes a fascinating blog with numerous entries about unusual art. Recently he wrote about Istvan Horkay's work and posted several of his images. Lee Spiro was quoted as saying:"[his work] combines original drawn and painted... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/03/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Blogging, Digital printmaking, Other artists

 

Toni Onley

Toni Onley, the famed flying artist of BC, died on February 29, 2004 when his plane crashed into the Fraser River near Maple Ridge, east of Vancouver. At the age of 75, he had achieved international recognition mostly for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/03/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Other artists

 

Exhibition: Bob Steele - 50 years of Printmaking

Burnaby Art Gallery has an exhibition of prints by Bob Steele, a major Canadian printmaker. He is Professor Emeritus in Art Education in the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. Steele's work has won awards and been exhibited... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/02/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

A photogravure exhibition: Steven Dixon

Steven Dixon, one of the three artists in our Traces exhibition in Finland, is having an exhibition of his photogravures opening at the SNAP Gallery. This is a gallery run by the Society of North Alberta Print-Artists in Edmonton,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/02/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Tallinn

Continuing the story about our travels in conjuction with our Traces exhibition in Vaasa... Leaving Helsinki, a fast ferry ride across the Gulf of Finland took us to Tallinn, Estonia with its fascinating medieval walled old town, surrounded by... [Continue Reading...]

Helsinki

Continuing the story about our travels in conjuction with our Traces exhibition in Vaasa... After Vaasa and Turku, came the beautiful capital city Helsinki, full of interesting things to see. As arranged, we met printmaker Vappu Johansson, who had... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/02/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Other artists, Travel

 

"Traces" Exhibition in Finland

In May & June 2002, I had the great pleasure of having an exhibition called Traces with friends and colleagues Bonnie Jordan and Steven Dixon at the Pohjanmaan Museum's Taidehalli in Vaasa, Finland. Please look at: TRACES, my site... [Continue Reading...]