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Victoria Emerging Art Awards

Hosted by:

The Avenue Gallery

The Avenue Gallery

August 19, 2010

6pm – 8pm

2184 Oak Bay Ave

Victoria, B.C.

Victoria Emerging Art Awards is a unique opportunity for young emerging artists to get the recognition they deserve.  The award show also offers the community accessible prices in a reputable commercial gallery and a fair assessment regarding the monetary value of artists’ work.  The first inaugural show is being hosted by one of the top galleries on Vancouver Island, The Avenue Gallery. The exhibition will run for one week Aug 19-26 2010.

VEAG is seeking unique talent (see submissions), with many of our artists sourced from the upcoming Victoria Emerging Art Awards.


Picasso masterpiece sells for millions in London

Christies' auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen gestures near Pablo Picasso's 1903 painting 'Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto' during an auction of Impressionist and Modern Art in London on Wednesday. Photograph by: Paul Hackett, Reuters z

Christies' auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen gestures near Pablo Picasso's 1903 painting 'Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto' during an auction of Impressionist and Modern Art in London on Wednesday. Photograph by: Paul Hackett, ReutersÂ

LONDON — A celebrated masterpiece by Pablo Picasso called the “Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto” — also known as “The Absinthe Drinker”, the sold Wednesday at Christie’s auction house in London for 34.8 million pounds, in a sale that set a record for the amount of money made at a British art auction.

The painting is a 1903 work from the Spanish painter’s Blue Period.

“The Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto” — which was sold to an anonymous telephone bidder — depicts one of Picasso’s artist companions, leaning on a table with a glass of absinthe and smoke curling from his pipe.

The painting was sold by British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s foundation, a charity which focuses on the promotion of arts, culture and heritage in Britain. It acquired the work for $29.2 million in New York in 1995.

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Squirrel, Tabasco & Olive Oil

Acrobat Squirrel

Acrobat Squirrel

Cone of Starvation

Cone of Starvation

My fascination with squirrels can be said to be, “for the birds.” My inspiration to paint them as characters, perhaps too.

But, so are the bird feeders.

We have many squirrels in our yard, and yes, we feed them peanuts. No shells or skins, and always unsalted, of course. We also have bird feeders made of seeds, in the shape of  bells, and suet hanging from what used to be for plant baskets.

After watching their behaviour for the last three years, I have noticed that squirrels are not only mysterious with their interspecies relationships, but they are a little bit greedy too.

Here are some photos snapped the other day. See the photo with the black cone attached to the pole? This is a technique we call, “the cone of starvation,” which is an attempt to keep the bird feed – for the birds. Earlier, we tried a mixture of tabasco sauce and olive oil to grease up the pole, thinking the squirrels would slide down unsuccessfully with hot little hands.

You can only imagine our surprise when the mixture not only seemed to encourage them, but resulted in a note being left at our door asking for spicy flavoured peanuts. The Greek Squirrel demanded a better quality olive oil.

Madrona Gallery, New Gallery, Victoria, BC

Madrona Art Gallery opened on June 5th, 2010. Located on View Street in downtown Victoria,  they are exhibiting  the Colours of Summer Exhibition from July 01 to August 31, 2010

Image from www.madronagallery.com | Front Entrance of Madrona Gallery | View Street

Image from www.madronagallery.com | Front Entrance of Madrona Gallery | View Street

MADRONA GALLERY

606 View Street
Victoria, BC CANADA
V8W 1J6

Phone: 250 380 4660
Fax: 250 380 4625
Mail: info@madronagallery.com

Web: http://www.madronagallery.com

Saint Squirrel – art in progress

Saint Squirrel is still in progress.
I’m learning that a colour study saves on time and effort early on. I’ll do that next time (smile). As mentioned before, it
helps me see how the painting is developing by photographing and posting to my blog. Many thanks for your continued

Saint Squirrel in progress

Saint Squirrel in progress

interest in my process.