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Squirrel and Cardinal Masks: The Coast: Halifax’s weekly newspaper. Archie McPhee strikes again! #Squirrealism

Today in the Twitterverse:

(photo by @rosalita on Twitter) 

@rozalita spied the cover of this weeks issue of The Coast: Halifax’s weekly newspaper, featuring news and arts reporting and the best listings in town (July 17 – July 23, 2014).

On the cover, they’ve featured the Squirrel and Cardinal masks, which are created and sold by my good friends at Archie McPhee.  David Wahl, the Director of Awesome (friend and art collector) is the one who levelled me up a couple years ago by introducing me to his squirrel masks, and a whole new creative medium was born! Those crazy cats are also famous for making the Horse mask famous as seen here in latest photo op with President Obama (below).

This cover is a perfect example of #Squirrealism! Nice work Halifax!

The Coast
Halifax, NS
thecoast.ca

Cardinal Mask
http://mcphee.com/shop/cardinal-mask.html 

Squirrel Mask
http://mcphee.com/shop/squirrel-mask.html 

Screen capture from @archiemcphee

A few behind the scenes shots and finished pieces of #squirrealism in action by Carollyne Yardley

Banksy Squirrel Character with Mask, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Banksy Squirrel Character with Mask, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Breaking Bad Squirrels, Archival Print, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Breaking Bad Squirrels, Archival Print, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Photographing Society Squirrel. Model: Leif Klatt. Photo: Jen Steele Photography.

Photographing Society Squirrel. Model: Leif Klatt. Photo: Jen Steele Photography.

27th ANNUAL TD ART GALLERY PAINT-IN (formerly known as MOSS STREET PAINT IN)

27th ANNUAL TD ART GALLERY PAINT-IN

Saturday, July 19, 2014 | 11am – 4:30pm

It’s that time of year again, where over 30,000 spectators and 180 artists take to the streets for the annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In (formerly known as Moss Street Paint In).

I will be located directly across from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Drop by and say hello, I’ll be working on one of my latest paintings.
Newly released Chief Rande Cook Squirrel greetings cards will be available, plus many of your other favourite “squirrealism” items.

Here’s a quick snap of last year and location this year!

 

Carollyne and Mary-ellen Threadkell at 26th Annual TD Paint In (Moss Street), 2013

Carollyne and Mary-ellen Threadkell at 26th Annual TD Paint In (Moss Street), 2013

Moss St. from Fort St. to Dallas Rd. | Free event | Donations gratefully accepted

  • 11am – 4:30pm Artists on Moss Street
  • 10am – 6pm Gallery admission by donation
  • 5pm – 9pm Music by Kumbia

Mark your calendars for the 27th annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In. Lots of new artists and many of your favourites have been invited - over 180 are taking their studios to Moss St.! Love your Art Gallery and participate in the joys of plein air art in all media. Donations gathered during the day directly support our educational programs
such as Gallery in the Schools and New Extreme.

 

Media, Photos and Video of Ravenous, Alcheringa Gallery. Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley

Hello! Many thanks to everyone who came to the Opening Reception of Ravenous at Alcheringa Gallery (June 23 – July 19, 2014) either in person, or in spirit. The show continues until July 19, 2014. The Alcheringa Gallery is downtown, located at 665 Fort Street, Victoria, BC.

SEE POST WITH ARTWORK/IMAGES FROM THE SHOW HERE

I am going to post media, photos and video here over the course of a couple of weeks, so please bookmark this page and visit often.

PHOTOS (By Claire Beauchamp / Alcheringa Gallery)

MEDIA:

Robert Amos, First Nations art, meet squirrels. Times Colonist, June 29, 2014, pg. D7

Robert Amos, First Nation art, meet squirrels, Times Colonist, D7, Sunday, June 19, 2014.

Robert Amos, First Nation art, meet squirrels, Times Colonist, D7, Sunday, June 19, 2014. Click to enlarge.

Art Openings by Kate Cino
Read full article at: http://www.artopenings.ca/ravenousalcheringa.html 

Ravenous. Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook at Alcheringa Gallery, by Philip Willey, Saturday, June 28, 2014
Read here: http://exhibit-v.blogspot.ca/2014/06/ravenous-carollyne-yardley-and-rande.html

VIDEO:

Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley at Alcheringa Gallery
Courtesy of Efren Quiroz of Exhibit-V.

Opening reception video, Courtesy of Efren Quiroz of Exhibit-V.

Pride in Art | June 27 – July 6, 2014. The Queer Truth and Nothing But | Fifty Fifty Arts Collective.

Pride in Art
June 27 – July 6, 2014.
The Queer Truth and Nothing But
Fifty Fifty Arts Collective.

Opening Reception: June 27, 2014,  7-10pm

Space Hat Dot Pictogram, 24 x 36, oil on board, 2014, Carollyne Yardley DOT Pictograms.

Space Hat Dot Pictogram, 24 x 36, oil on board, 2014, Carollyne Yardley DOT Pictograms.

 

I’m releasing to the public for the first time one of my DOT Pictograms. 

DOT (Department of Transportation) Pictograms and Icons.  Dot Pictograms are used to convey messages to travelers without using words; there are 50 official symbols worldwide.

I wanted to explore the how my artworks could convey messages without using a face of any kind, but still stay within the figurative art genre. And what they would look like by reducing and simplifying my understanding of what constitutes hair, and clothing, etc. Read more.

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything | Vancouver Art Gallery June 2014

Carollyne Yardley with Douglas Coupland’s Gumhead, Vancouver Art Gallery, June 2014.

 

Douglas Coupland:
everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything
May 31 to September 1, 2014

{From the VAG website} {Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything iseverything is the first major survey exhibition of the artist’s work and will be presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 31 — September 1, 2014. Douglas Coupland is an artist based in Vancouver whose remarkably prolific production across a diverse range of media over the past 12 years addresses the singularity of Canadian culture, the power of language, as well as the ever-pervasive presence of technology in everyday life. The title of the exhibition,everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, refers both to Coupland’s deep engagement with place and cultural identity and, simultaneously, his recognition of a growing ubiquity as access to information, images and technology becomes more readily available to the masses.}

The exhibit is brilliant, and if you want to read more click here, plus follow along audio to go with the photos, click here to download the app from the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Editors’ Note: This photo gallery plugin drove me nuts so the exhibit is reverse ordered, and a bit out of sequence, just like me.  Although, I’m never out of sequin.

 

Ravenous | Alcheringa Gallery | Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley | June 23-July 19, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION: PHOTOS, VIDEO, AND MEDIA POSTED HERE

Ravenous
Alcheringa Gallery
June 23 – July 19, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28th, 2-5pm

Facebook Events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/247638198766617/

I’ll be exhibiting works in collaboration with Chief Rande Cook (K’alapa). I’m very honoured and privileged to have been invited by Rande to be apart of this exciting show. And the squirrels are downright ecstatic, as well as ravenous.
Ravenous brings together two unique artists who share a passion for celebrating new ideas, works, and concepts about art. In this exciting new exhibit, Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley will use personal identities, humour and storytelling to engage and remind viewers that art is alive, influenced, and constantly changing.

"Ravenous"  by Rande Cook, Acrylic on Canvas 72” x 72”

“Ravenous” by Rande Cook, Acrylic on Canvas 72” x 72”

Behind the scenes footage of photo shoot. Chief Rande Cook in Regalia. Feb 2014.

Behind the scenes footage of photo shoot. Chief Rande Cook in Regalia. Feb 2014. More behind the scenes photos here

Rande Cook uses the story of trickster Raven, a shape-changer who inadvertently releases the light to the world, to the benefit of all of humanity, while Carollyne Yardley’s squirrel mask is a trick for the mind, creating a cognitive dissonance about the characters portrayed and the secrets they keep. Both use allegory and metaphor in a visual dialogue that connects the artists’ own unique stories, especially those that emerge from self-identity in a culture, to the contemporary art world.
Elements of humour in the artworks will be either obvious or obscured. Simultaneously inclusive and exclusive, humour reminds us that identity is alive. If you get the joke, you are included in the secret society. If you do not immediately see the layers and references then you may feel excluded – but this exclusion can serve as the spark for active engagement and revelations about the interconnectedness of world culture.

In Ravenous, the fusion of works from these two different storytellers will aim to set those sparks in wide audience — by opening the doors of traditional cultural iconography and challenging the sacred parameters that define any artistic movement today.

Featuring works by:

Chief Rande Cook
Website: www.randecook.com 

The Marriage, 48" x 36", acrylic on canvas by Rande Cook

The Marriage, 48″ x 36″, acrylic on canvas by Rande Cook

Squirrel Mask, Cedar, 2014 by Rande Cook

Squirrel Mask, Cedar, 2014 by Rande Cook

Carollyne Yardley
Website: www.carollyne.com 

Rande Cook: Squirrel Mask and Chief's Copper, Oil on wood panel, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Rande Cook: Squirrel Mask and Chief’s Copper, Oil on wood panel, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

Rande Cook: Vatican Mask Squirrel, Oil on wood panel, 2014 by Carollyne Yardley

Rande Cook: Vatican Mask Squirrel, Oil on wood panel, 2014 by Carollyne Yardley

Vatican Mask: Inspiration, and primary source.

Vatican Mask: Inspiration, and “beta” photo test.

Chief Rande Cook Squirrel, 36 x 48, Oil on wood Panel, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

The Matrix (Rande Cook Regaila back view). Photograph on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

The Matrix (Rande Cook Regaila back view). Photograph on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

Raven Remix Matrix, Digital Composite, Concept Design (with Rande Cook Raven head). Printed on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Raven Remix Matrix, Digital Composite, Concept Design (with Rande Cook Raven head). Printed on Cotton Fine Art Paper, 2014, by Carollyne Yardley

Media

Focus Magazine, June 2014 VOL. 26 NO.9 pgs. 32-33

Focus Magazine, June 2014 VOL. 26 NO.9 pgs. 32-33. Click image to enlarge

Kate Cino, Alcheringa Gallery presents Ravenous with Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley, June 23-July 19, 2014. Art Openings, June 16, 2014. Weblog.

Screen capture of Kate Cino's Art Openings.

Screen capture of Kate Cino’s Art Openings. June 16, 2014 http://www.artopenings.ca/ravenousalcheringa.html

Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook at the closing of Differences and Repetition (curated by Efren Quiroz). Photo by Efren Quiroz.

Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook at the closing of Differences and Repetition (curated by Efren Quiroz). Photo by Efren Quiroz.

RAVENOUS

Alcheringa Gallery
featuring works by Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley
June 23 – July 19, 2014.
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28, 2-5 pm
665 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 1G6
T: 250.383.8224

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Sunday: 12 – 5 pm

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Editors Note:

I first met Rande Cook at the closing reception for Difference and Repetition, the Slide Room Gallery, curated by Efren Quiroz. We were both included in this show where 30 artists riffed off of a Gerhard Richter painting. We had both seen each others works at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Rande’s curated show Urban Thunderbirds (with Francis Dick, LESSlie, and Dylan Thomas), was on at the same time as #Strangelings, Massey Gallery, AGGV

Behind the Scenes photos of Rande Cook for Ravenous | Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria, BC, Canada

Rande Cook and I discussed doing a portrait of him in January 2014, and then set up a photo shoot to capture material. Rande’s idea to paint him in traditional Regalia was married with the idea behind my latest series, where I re-imagined world famous artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Banksy, and Murakami in the style of Squirrealism.

Re-imagining Rande Cook with his art and design was a great way to continue this theme. Chief Rande Cook is pictured here in traditional Regalia, which he designed himself.

This idea grew, and Rande then invited me to join him for a two person show called Ravenous which will be showing at the Alcheringa Gallery June 23 – July 19, 2014.

Here are some behind the scenes photos from February 2014.

I hope you can make it to the show, and see our collaboration, Rande’s artwork, and the final artworks created from this creative. Show information is below.

Behind the scenes footage of photo shoot. Chief Rande Cook in Regalia. Feb 2014.

Behind the scenes footage of photo shoot. Chief Rande Cook in Regalia. Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

 

Chief Rande Cook in Regalia (back view), Feb 2014.

Chief Rande Cook in Regalia (back view), Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

 

Rande Cook with Vatican Mask, Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

Rande Cook with Vatican Mask, Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

Rande Cook with Vatican Mask, Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

Rande Cook with Vatican Mask, Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

 

Rande Cook with Chief's Copper. Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

Rande Cook with Chief’s Copper. Feb 2014. Photo by Jen Steele.

More information on show dates here:
http://www.carollyne.com/blog/2014/05/ravenous-alcheringa-gallery-rande-cook-and-carollyne-yardley-june-23-july-19-2014/

Facebook Events pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/247638198766617/

Rande Cook website: www.randecook.com

 

Carollyne Yardley and Mattel’s American Girl: It’s Caroline vs Carollyne at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Trademark matters: It’s Caroline vs. Carollyne at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office

My name is Carollyne Yardley.  I am a Canadian artist who is being forced to contend with expensive and growing legal fees because a large U.S. toy manufacturer wants to cancel my Canadian trade-mark registration for my CAROLLYNE trade-mark.  Yes, you read that correctly.


Listen to Interview on CFAX1070 with Ian Jessop, 20:39 minutes

Screen Capture compilation: CBC News screen capture and photo by Darren Stone (left) Times Colonist.

CBC News: Carollyne Yardley fights Mattel’s American Girl for her name: 
It’s Caroline vs. Carollyne in a fight at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office

I want to share my story in the hope it helps other artists and small business owners to protect their brands and business.

Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, who represents American Girl (a subsidiary of the Mattel Corporation), asked the Canadian Registrar of Trade-marks to send a “Section 45 notice” to me against my CAROLLYNE trade-mark registration.  Section 45 refers to Section 45 of the Canadian Trade-marks Act. The Section 45 notice requires me to show use of my CAROLLYNE trade-mark in association with the goods and services covered by my trade-mark registration within the 3 years immediately preceding the date of the notice.  If I am unable to do so, the Registrar of Trade-marks may cancel my trade-mark registration. This process is known as “expungement”.

The expungement proceeding was started because my trade-mark registration was cited by an Examiner at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office against American Girl’s trade-mark application for CAROLINE, the name of a doll in their “American Girl” line of products, which they plan to start selling in Canada.   If my CAROLLYNE trade-mark registration is cancelled, then American Girl would be able to overcome the Examiner’s objection.

Several years ago I left a successful career as the co-owner and Creative Director of an software application company, to devote myself full-time to the business of painting and art.  I have worked hard and earned recognition from all parts of the globe as a rising talent in Canada’s art scene.

 

Link to Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

As you’ll notice from visiting my website, I coined the term ‘Squirrealism’ to describe my signature style of using squirrels in paintings, photographs, and digital art to create strange characters living in wonderful worlds. My painting techniques follow the classic methods of fine portraiture, where meticulous and minute brushwork demands hundreds of hours to complete a single work of art.  That is why I recognized, well before I jumped into art as a full-time career, that I needed a solid business plan and my artistic livelihood could not rest on paintings alone.

So in 2008 I hired a trade-mark agent to file a Canadian application to register the mark CAROLLYNE with certain goods and services which I market under that mark as part of my fine art and commercial media business. Those listed wares include cards, bookmarks, books, and dolls, which overlapped with the goods covered by American Girl’s CAROLINE application.

 

Link to Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

As an interesting note, American Girl’s fictional character “Caroline” is a young American girl who helps her parents and community in the War of 1812 – against British Canada.  We have a large American corporation trying to cancel my Canadian trade-mark registration for CAROLLYNE because it interferes with its application for CAROLINE.

Thanks to my previous business experience, I knew the importance of keeping business records to demonstrate use of the CAROLLYNE trade-mark in association with the goods and services that I market under the trade-mark. I have filed my evidence of use, and await the proceedings to be carried out. Protecting my brand and growing my business is important to me, as it is for any successful business owner.

In future blogs, I will keep you up to date on my proceeding and use it an opportunity to explain in greater detail why artists need to protect their brands and the importance of solid business planning.

Other related links:

CBC News, Article by Steven Lus
Carollyne Yardley fights Mattel’s American Girl for her name: 
It’s Caroline vs. Carollyne in a fight at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office

CBC Radio, As It Happens, Carol Off (Radio Listen Now 5:25)
Canadian artist takes on giant toymaker Mattel over trademark of her name

National Post. Article by Tristin Hopper
Toymaker Mattel fighting Canadian ‘Squirrealism’ painter Carollyne Yardley over trademark to her own name

Globe and Mail
B.C artist facing down Mattel in expensive copyright fight 

Times Colonist, Article by Sandra McCulloch
Artist goes after U.S. giant Mattel over trademark to her own name

CBCNews
Mattel’s American Girl name fight

CTVNews Vancouver Island
Victoria artist takes on toy giant

GlobalTV

Vancouver Island artist takes on U.S. toymaker over name

MetroNews
B.C. artist battles Mattel’s American Girl over trademark

Huffington Post:
Canadian Art Fights Mattel’s American Girl Over Trademark 

OTHER

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
http://www.cipo.ic.gc.ca/

Website: http://www.carollyne.com

Website: http://www.carollyne.com

 

Nothing is absurd in a world bereft of judgement. Samuel Beckett

Nothing is absurd in a world bereft of judgement. Samuel Beckett

 

Squirrel Masks in Shop Window YYJ

You know things are catching on, when you pass by a store window display (although cordoned off so no access), and you see Squirrel Masks.

Squirrel Mask in store window in YYJ.

 

Carollyne Yardley - Masked.

Carollyne Yardley – Masked.

Carollyne Yardley Squirrealism
Photo by Jen Steele
Mask provided by David Wahl Director of Awesome at Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of Awesome

Squirrealism Family Portrait Sessions: Available Fall 2014 #squirrels #portraits

 

Introducing: The Anonymous Family Portrait.

It started with a conversation with my dad.

Dad: I don’t want you putting our photographs on the web
Me: Ok, Roger that.

Available Fall 2014, I’ll be offering Family Portrait Photo Sessions, which will allow you to customize your very own piece of Squirrealism. No more worries about posting all your personal photos for the world to see with the Anonymous Family Portrait.