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Whisky, Cashmere, and a Self Guided Art Tour of Edinburgh’s Art Museums, Scotland 2014

We toured from Elgin -> Pitlochry -> Edinburgh for some formal business and whisky celebrations.

Along the way there was a trip to a woollen mill, and Scotland’s National Galleries.

Another quick photo gallery with highlights here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour of Johnstons of Elgin, Cashmere and Fine Woollens, Scotland 2014

I was fortunate enough to be given a lovely tour of Johnstons of Elgin, makers of cashmere and fine woollens, made in Scotland.

Fascinating to see how cashmere goos are made from raw wool, through ancient machines, and hand craftsmanship to the final product. Goods are made for companies such as Burberry, Range Rover, and Hugo Boss.  Unique runs can be done for smaller companies too.


Boston Museum of Fine Art to Philadelphia Art Museum – Self Guided Art Education, Sept 2014

I plan to write more about this trip from September 2014, but in the meantime, here are a few photos.

Including:

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
- Jamie Wyeth
- Shinique Smith: Bright Matter
Isabella Garner Museum
Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love
Barnes Collection
- Cezanne special exhibition
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
- David Lynch: The Unified Field
Rodin Museum

 

 

Event Photos and Video: Co-Mix Art Exhibition and Sale | Martin Batchelor Gallery | Integrate Arts Festival

EVENT PHOTOS AND VIDEO
GROUP SHOW
The Martin Batchelor Gallery, Irma Soltonovich and Efren Quiroz invite you to unleash your inner super hero.
Visit the Co-Mix-Art exhibition and sale at Martin Batchelor Gallery, part of the Integrate Art Society (Integrate Arts Festival).

 More show details here.

Excerpt of video by Efren Quiroz (Carollyne Yardley speaks about Bunderwoman)

Full video by Efren Quiroz (Carollyne Yardley speaks at 32.10 – 33:18)

Carollyne Yardley and Brad Pasutti

Carollyne Yardley and Brad Pasutti, Opening Night. August 15, 2014

 

Cooper Hawk sighting makes for a quiet garden

I took this photo on August 25, 2014 about 10:00 am.  The whole garden went silent.

There’s no birds or squirrels here, lady.

 

Coopers Hawk, Aug 25, 2014

Like a Princess (For Better or For Worse). Diana, Princess of Wales. Photo series.

Diana, Princess of Wales (July 01, 1961 – August 31, 1997).

I had planned to bring my Squirrel Mask to London to capture a few Squirrealism pics on the road.
But, I forgot. So I had to improvise. I found a post card of Princess Di.

Like a Princess (For Better or For Worse).

 

THE BEGINNING WAS FILLED WITH EXCITEMENT, AND MANY SECRETS.

THERE WERE PARTIES IN THE DAYTIME.

AND IN THE NIGHTTIME TOO.

WE’D ALL HEARD ABOUT PRINCE CHARMING.

AND THE PAPARAZZI ZOO

AS YOUR WORLD STAGE GREW AND GREW.

IT WAS HARD TO IGNORE YOUR THROWN SHOE.

AND IN THE END, IF THE PEAS DIDN’T GET YOU, THE CARROTS HAD PROMISED TO.

 

Inspiration

Early on, during our art adventure, I was taken with a painting by Adrian Ghenie, Golems (June 12 – July 26, 2014). The lead character, is wearing a 1940-1950′s flowery dress, a feminine hairstyle, and her face is a distorted, rearranged, screaming, melting, doubled, and mask like. This served as the basis of my photo series using a Princess Diana postcard.

Adrian Ghenie, Golems.

DETAIL

 

Co-Mix Art Exhibition and Sale | Martin Batchelor Gallery | Integrate Arts Festival

COMICS THIS WEEKEND!!
GROUP SHOW
The Martin Batchelor Gallery, Irma Soltonovich and Efren Quiroz invite you to unleash your inner super hero.
Visit the Co-Mix-Art exhibition and sale at Martin Batchelor Gallery, part of the Integrate Art Society (Integrate Arts Festival).

Excerpt of video by Efren Quiroz (Carollyne Yardley speaks about Bunderwoman)

More photos of the opening here:

2014, 8″ x 10″, Fine art paper mounted on canvas, signed with certificate of authenticity.

2014, 8″ x 10″, Fine art paper mounted on canvas, signed with certificate of authenticity.

 

2014, 8″ x 10″, Fine art paper mounted on canvas, signed with certificate of authenticity.

Found my first Wonder Woman costume. My mum made it for me when I was about seven? Because I *WAS* LINDA CARTER. #wonderwoman #1970′s

Wonder Woman costume I made and wore on Halloween 1989-2002. Managed to get into this sucker for my comic book cover.

It’s a lot or work, ya know.

The exhibit opens Friday, August 15 ( 7-10:30 pm ), & August 16 ( 10 am -5 pm ) in conjunction with the Integrate Arts Festival and runs to August 30, 2014.  (map)
Plus there’s a hop on – hope off bus (more info). 

We are exposed throughout our lives to comic book culture starting in childhood with Super Heroes & Cartoon Characters, and then perhaps graduating to Manga, Underground Comics or Graphic Novels. Even the 1940’s detective comics, the 1950’s horror sci-fi classics, that may predate us, still manage to affect us with their nostalgic aura. To many artists comic books were the first exposure to image making – here is your opportunity to reconnect with these roots!

Co-Mix-Art exhibition and sale Martin Batchelor Gallery

Martin Batchelor Gallery
712 Cormorant Street
Victoria, British Columbia
 (250) 385-7919

Although I had already submitted my artwork to the printer for this show, I especially noticed these artworks during our trip to visit London galleries.

 

After Cristofano ALLORI (Florence 1557-1621 Florence).
Judith with the Head of Holofernes, oil on copper. prob. 16th century

The Jewish heroine Judith holds the head of the enemy Assyrian commander, Holofernes, whom she decapitated in his drunken sleep.

Julian Schnabel, Every Angel Has a Dark Side (exhibit), The Dairy, London, UK.

London Calling: Marina Abramovic, Gilbert and George, and the BP Portrait Awards 2014.

 

Big Ben and Big Bun Silhouette. Photo by Lucy Barwin, July 2014.

We had a lovely self-directed art tour of London galleries and museums this summer, plus a side tour to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford.

A highlight was our participation in Marina Abramovic’s 512 hours at the Serptentine Gallery.

From the website: {In a unique work created for the Serpentine, the internationally acclaimed artist Marina Abramovic will perform in the Gallery for the duration of her exhibition:  10am to 6pm, 6 days a week. Creating the simplest of environments in the Gallery spaces, Abramovic’s only materials will be herself, the audience and a selection of props that she may or may not use. On arrival, visitors will both literally and metaphorically leave their baggage behind in order to enter the exhibition: bags, jackets, electronic equipment, watches and cameras may not accompany them. The public will become the performing body, participating in the delivery of an unprecedented moment in the history of performance art. }

Daily diaries found here: http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/marina-midnight-serpentine-diaries 

During our visit on July 25th, 2014, the exhibit was utilizing ear defenders to block out sound, ritual walking, and the separating of black and white rice. The best part for me, was the visual of Anonymouse holding hands with one of Marina’s volunteers (which he coined the “sweaty hand brigade”), and walking in slow motion in the walking room.  I could see Anonymouse was really concentrating on walking slowly, while Marina was walking with another fellow, alongside them. This was right before the volunteer left Anonymouse to stare at a wall for 10 minutes.

Considering Anonymouse’s temperament, this experience has now become a legendary tale, and account of Anonymouse’s embrace of the contemporary art world. I now know from watching Marina’s daily diaries, that she is looking to record profound emotional experiences from herself and visitors, but sometimes the aftereffect is the most powerful, especially when it’s an unexpected, and unanticipated appreciation of the moment.

Marina Abramovic, Serpentine Gallery, London, July 2014.

Not all exhibits allow photos, but here are some highlights below.

Tate Britain

British Folk Art
Kenneth Clarke
Tate Boat

Tate Modern
Transferred Visions
Poetry and Dreams
Matisse Cuts Outs
Malevich
Russian Revolutionary Posters
Mark Rothko

National Portrait Gallery
BP Portrait Awards 2014
Virginia Wolff
Cubism
Catherine Goodman
Permanent Collections

National Gallery
Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting
Permanent Collections

Dairy
Julian Schnabel

White Cube x 2
Gilbert & George Scapegoating
Rachel Kneebone

Barbican

Serpentine x 2
Marina Abramovic: 512 Hours
Ed Atkins

Saatchi
Jenny Savill

Gagosian
Alexander Calder

Victoria & Albert
MF Hussein

British Museum

Royal Academy x 2
Dennis Hopper
Summer Exhibition

Queens Gallery
The First Georgians

Society of Antiquaries
Portraying the Past

The Wallace Collection

Dulwich Picture Gallery
Art and Life: Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, William Staite Murray, 1920 – 1931

The Fleming Collection

Philip Mould & Co
Personal Tour

Numerous New & Old Bond Street Galleries

Sotheby’s

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.

MORE PHOTOS

Bun Anus at TD Canada Trust Paint In. 2014.

Bun Anus at TD Canada Trust Paint In. 2014.

Carollyne at TD Canada Trust Paint In. 2014.

Carollyne at TD Canada Trust Paint In. 2014.

Carollyne at TD Canada Trust Paint In. 2014.

Carollyne at TD Canada Trust Paint In. 2014.

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.