Summer Reflections and New at the Co-op

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Manager's Blog

Sun drenched days of summer. Every year I look forward to beach days, backyard reading sessions, BBQ’s, cottages and refreshing cocktails. Every year the reality is; create, exhibit and repeat. The craft and art world are made up of Cinderella’s, working during party season (summer, Christmas) who have to wait until the beginning of a new year to attend the ball. The day the children get out of school, I recognize that summer will be over in the flick of my Fairy Godmothers wand.

For the artists who rely fiscally on their craft, summer and Christmas (not as far away as you think) are vital times, and the old farmer’s adage, make hay while the sun shines, says it all! Happily, summer also brings craft shows and festivals and the opportunity to renew old friendships and make new acquaintances. Busman’s holidays are a craftpersons specialty! Selling your wares in the great outdoors can be very soothing when the weather is sunny and fine, particularly at music festivals, where the air is redolent with musical notes. (Yeah! Summerfolk! Hillside!)

I think that I am not the only creative person who is cursed with the affliction of procrastination. Busy summers would be less so if I took the time in those long days of winter to design new lines, and build up stock. I admire those artists who are able to work on a schedule, rather than on demand. At the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op I am impressed with the quality and quantity of the work some of our members achieve. Fresh items are hung on walls and displayed on shelves regularly. I suppose it is far to late to teach this old dog new working tricks.

Acrylic artist Tom Bunce falls into that productive category. He is always bring in new work, more often replacing paintings as they walk out the front door with a happy customer! Tom will be unveiling many new paintings during a month long exhibit in our Legacy Gallery. I am always impressed with Tom’s use of colour and paint strokes to create skies with personality; I feel the emotion vibrating off the canvas. His painting style ranges from somewhat abstract, to highly detailed realism. Tom will be available on Sunday, July 3rd, from 2pm to 4pm as we officially open his exhibit.

Guest artists for July include: Black and white watercolours by Constance Maconaghie, landscape watercolours by Catherine Smart, Raku and stone sculpture by Melanie Earle of Souceworks Ceramics and lampworked beads on jewellery and functional items by Beth Grant.

The Owen Sound Artists Co-op is open Monday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Sundays from 12 pm to 4pm at 942 2nd Avenue East. www.artistscoop.ca