This is where I try to create magic, in my Artarage on a circa 1980s Ikea table. Dragonflies seem to be on my agenda today. I have seen so many flitting around my garden. They are symbols of change and self-realization, a reminder to seize the day. Using some donated antique doilies (thanks Jean) and one special doily my mama made many years ago, I print wings on lovely washi paper. I enjoy experimentation...failures are learning tools, happy surprises bring me joy. I am in my happy place. I hope you have one too! Axo
"I Love You Enough To Let You Go" 8x8+ , mixed media/assemblage on burlap, is one of twenty four artworks in my exhibit at the Art Lab Studios & Gallery in beautiful Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.
The mixed media and assemblage artworks are composed of many materials. Some found, some handmade, some rescued from second hand shops on my travels here and there, but all have been given a new purpose in the artworks I create. I have been collecting ephemera for many, many years. It can take days or sometimes years before I realize an artwork. I let my intuition guide me and the pieces come together like a puzzle and create a new visual narrative. I try to revive the overlooked, the disposed of and the ordinary, then turn it into something beautiful, preserved and collected.
In this exhibit I gathered and used donated and found objects/papers, painted tissue papers, vintage newsprint from France, UK, the Netherlands and Canada, mulberry paper, Japanese papers, handmade seaweed paper, 19th c. math books sent to me from Newfoundland (that's another story), corrugated cardboard, gold leaf, paints, inks, charcoal, graffiti markers, 100+ year old silk from India, old show posters, my own handmade prints of objects and animals, driftwood, fishing line, leather, mother of pearl buttons, vintage patterns, metal and poetry by Tagore (1861-1941) (another great find). And the most important ingredient being my heart and soul!
I hope you go on a road trip that takes you to Parrsboro and the Art Lab studios & Gallery, I can guarantee that you won't regret it!
In creativity and light,
Andrea Pottyondy, SCA
"As part of the work of the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP), a collaboration of 19 of the world’s leading energy producing cities of which Halifax is a member, 24 local Halifax artists have partnered with 24 Danish artists under the WECP initiative called “Rørpost”.
The purpose of Rorpost is to bring international artists together in WECP member cities using collaborative projects as a pipeline for the flow of creative energy, the development of friendships, and the celebration of the freedom of expression.
The word “Rørpost” means a pneumatic tube in Danish. In the past pneumatic tubes were used in department stores to make change or exchange paper messages. In this case Rørpost is a metaphor for sending the paper exchange and art ideas across the Atlantic. The verb “Røre” basically means “to touch” when translated from Danish to English."
We had a splendid time in Denmark last week. Coming together in friendship and art was an incredible experience. Thank you for putting on a fantastic art exhibit opening in Esbjerg. Thank you , Astrid and Leif, for letting us into your home, for the warm hospitality, conversation, great food and drink and tours around town. We enjoyed it immensely. Tak og se dig igen!
It was a great adventure. Seventeen people on a "We Are Bamboo" tour in Costa Rica. People who love to travel but want to give a little back to the places they visit. That is what we all have in common. First week we volunteered in a small town called Corozalito. We were asked to paint a mural on the two room school house, more than a hundred tires around the soccer field and many cement tables and benches. I lucked out! Being an artist I was able to help create a mural with Tim, a graphic designer from the UK and Maria another artist from Australia. With some ideas and designs by Munsi, one of our guides from Turtle Trax, who also educated us about sea turtle habitat, we came up with a design, drew it in chalk and Jacqueline, Pat and Angharad helped paint it. We had shade, the rest of the gang not so much! Besides painting we also did beach sweeps, picking up debris (ban plastic straws please) and night patrols where we witnessed Olive Ridley sea turtles nesting. It was amazing. The second week was all fun and lots of educational experiences! I love my Bamboo family and hoping we meet up again on another adventure.
Almost all the paintings sold, we raised $3000 together which was donated to the Molly Appeal for cancer research, Adsum House for women & children, Hope for Wildlife, VANS artist fund and the Lodge that Gives. I am thankful to everyone that came over and helped make the fundraiser a great success. Thank you! Here is the link to buy the book on Blurb
Since 2006 a group of artists from Nova Scotia, Canada come together regularly to share a love of art making. The group was founded to give artists the possibility to step out of their studios and enjoy creative company once a week. Artists work on their own projects in various mediums and techniques, support and critique each other’s artworks and share information on art related topics. Members have also worked on collaborative art projects such as the “Po lar Exhibit”, “Global Shoe Project”, and “Joachin in His Shoes”; a cultural art project facilitated by past member Patricia Gonzales Rivero. We have participated in numerous group exhibits including one at the beautiful J. Franklin Wright Gallery in Cape Breton and for fundraiser “Mosaic for Mental Health”.
Our name is ARTSPA. “Art making is better than a day at the Spa”, said Catherine McMillen (1927-2010) who was our gracious elder, a Nova Scotia College of Art graduate and a founding member of Artspa. We all miss her but her enthusiasm for art continues to live in us all.
A wonderful bookstore/cafe/gallery in Truro, Nova Scotia featuring my artwork on its walls for the month of May. During the exhibit I will be facilitating an art workshop.
"Paint a Bloom, Enjoy a Cuppa" at NovelTea
Sunday, May 22nd from 2:00pm - 3:30pm
To RSVP contact NovelTea at (902) 895-8329, firstname.lastname@example.org , or drop by in person!
6" x 6" canvas board
acrylic paint and materials
Space is limited so sign up today!
This is an all ages event! 5-up.
Thank you HuVAC for awarding "Swell", artwork from my Lifeline series, an honourable mention in the 2016 National Open Juried Online Exhibition. This exhibit will continue until October 31st, 2016. Here is the link: http://huvac.ca/e-exhibit/gallery
The beginning of a new year is like a blank canvas. It brings fresh starts, new inspiration and arouses the imagination. I will continue to explore an artistic path without always knowing where this journey will lead. Wishing you love and light.
Lifelines Exhibit/ ArtZone Gallery Questions
1) You’ve had a very interesting life and have managed to keep art a part of it. Perhaps you could elaborate a bit on this:
Every life is interesting and has a story to tell. Art making and art appreciating have always been an integral part of mine. Without it life would be horrendously boring.
2) Was there any turning point or landmark in your art career that you can share with us:
Yes. I ran a small business bookkeeping, wordprocessing, etc. One of my clients was paraplegic. A man who made great contributions to those in similar circumstances and to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. He told me once that a person should do what they love. He died suddenly in 2000 at the age of 51. That was my epiphany, I decided then that everything I did would have an art component. So now I make art , volunteer as a docent at AGNS, became an elected member and Atlantic rep for the Society of Canadian Artists and began Artspa with a group of artists that meet every Tuesday to create art and conversation.
3) Could you share with us something about your art creation process, how it starts, choice of the subject, the medium, the title? a little about your take on this and your process (time frame/ application)
I use water based mediums, simply because they dry quickly and I can glaze , add texture/layers and collage during the creative process. I like working fast and furious. I am known for my floral paintings which I do from memory and emotion. I like change and work on a variety of series at any given time. I start a new subject when I am inspired by a story, an experience or the natural environment. Titles are intuitive.
4) What drew you to painting over other media – are you exploring any new media now?
Painting allows me to put down my reaction to a subject in a visceral way. It’s what I enjoy doing. I have taken classes/workshops in photography, pottery, blacksmithing, printmaking and always find a way to incorporate what I’ve learned into my artworks. I am now working on a series of landscapes in water mixable oil on small boards, probably because I am reading “Defiant Spirits” a book about the Group of Seven. I’d like to learn letterpress printing and sculpture.
5) You always seem to have interesting narratives or stories about your work. As your work here on display "Life Lines", what would you like us to have as a take away from either any specific works or the collection as a whole? Do you have a particular mood or emotion you want us to share in?
Most of my work is narrative to some degree. Lifelines came from a medical emergency I had in March. Made me realize we are all born with an expiration date! I wanted to capture some of the intensity of how I felt during and afterwards. I am certain making the artwork had a healing effect. Viewers can decide for themselves how the artworks make them feel. I can only hope it is a positive experience.
6) What do people not know about you that you would like to share with us tonight?
I am a closet accordionist!
7) What is some of the best advice you received as an artist that you could share with us today at Art Zone Gallery?
It’s never too late to do what you love.