I looked back at my post about my love of list-making and realized that I promised you all a sneak peek of what I have coming up this year… and neglected to deliver on that promise. Sorry about that! I hope I didn’t keep any of you in too much suspense. Today, I’ll let you in on my arts-related plans for this year so you can have an idea of what I have in store for your beautiful eyeballs.
As you may have seen at the beginning of the month, I took part in Notre-Dame-des-Arts’ 25th First Thursday where I had the opportunity to give a presentation on a project that I am already working on within my community of NDG. I relished the chance to connect with other artists and art lovers and really appreciated that people took time out of their week to participate in the evening. A big thank you to Paul Scriver, Michele Baxter, Guillaume Jabbour and Notre-Dame-des-Arts for all the work that went into organizing it!
The project I am working on is year-long. I will complete twelve paintings of locally owned storefronts on Sherbrooke St in NDG this year. In December, I will have a show of the original paintings, which will be available to purchase. Notre-Dame-des-Arts and I will also be producing a 2020 calendar including reproductions of all the original paintings. It will be for sale at the end of 2019. I am really looking forward to this and can already visualize our calendar hanging up in all the little kitchen nooks in my neighbourhood. I am passionate about making my art accessible, and I think that a calendar is such a charming way to include art in every day life.
The series began with this little painting that I made in memory of DAD’s Bagels, a 24h family-run shop that existed on the corner of Sherbrooke and Wilson for about 25 years up until its close in 2014. When it closed down, I felt the loss along with everyone else in NDG. It reminded me how much I missed the local restaurants and cafés that I used to frequent in my hometown. There is one restaurant in particular, Eli’s, which I used to visit with my Dad and sister almost every weekend. Luckily for me, it is still in business and I get to visit it whenever I am back home. I always make time to stop in at Book Brothers and the William Street Café too.
I think that what is interesting to me about painting these storefronts, beyond my own emotional connection to them and the abundance of visual details that I get to interpret, is the connection that they represent between myself and all the other people that know and love them. When I talk about this project with my neighbours I get to see their faces light up, and I recognize the same contrast of familiarity and wonder that I feel when I consider these shared places as works of art.
This year, I will continue updating this blog on a weekly basis. I am hoping to host some guest writers and do a few compilation posts where I interview artists that I know. I am also always accepting requests so please get in touch if there is something that you’d like me to write about or if you’d like to do a guest post.
My website will be updated with an online shop – in the interest of making my art accessible, I am going to be making a selection of my paintings available as prints. I want my art on your walls!
I am on the hunt for group shows in the Montreal area to participate in. I’ll keep my website updated with any show dates so that you can see my work in person (it is so much better to see paintings in person than to see the weeny little photos online).
Process videos are something that I have wanted to do for a while now, and I’m hoping that this is the year that I get to do that. I aspire to have a super cleanly edited, beautifully shot film of me working in my studio, with the natural light shining in through the window. Realistically, it will more likely be something shot super up close with my phone in my left hand while I’m painting with my right – but done is better than perfect, right?
Kevin and I are also working on a pretty cool project together, but I have to keep that one under wraps for now.
The last thing that I want to say here is commissions!!! Even though I already have a lot happening this year, I’d love to hear about your ideas and how we might be able to work together to create a painting just for you! Get in touch here if you are interested in commissioning a custom piece.