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Integrate Arts Festival, August 3-4, 2012, (including Art Gallery of Greater) Victoria, BC

Integrate Arts Festival, August 3-4, 2012
(formerly Off the Grid)

Victoria’s 6th annual Integrate Arts Festival (formerly called Off the Grid Art Crawl) will take place August 3rd & 4th with an official art crawl, outdoor visual projections and various other art and music events throughout the festival.
What: 29 galleries, 9 offsite events & extra perks
Where: Victoria, BC

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

I will be painting onsite at the Massey Gallery along with Adam Noonan at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria for the Integrate Arts Festival
Saturday, August 4th from 2pm – 4pm

You can watch me paint, check out how I lay out my palette, learn about my painting process, or talk about squirrels, and how they relate to the universe.
When: Saturday, August 4th from 2pm – 4pm
Where: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Summer Small Works Exhibition and Sale

Which reminds me to remind you about the Summer Small Works Exhibition and Sale. It is a great way to collect a piece of art, and support the many educational programs at the gallery.

I had five pieces juried into this show and sale, I believe there is one left called, Geisha Girl miniature, if you’re looking to collect something squirrelly.


Mushroom Hat Miniature at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Summer Small Works Show, 2012

Mushroom Hat (after Mary Quant) Miniature at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Summer Small Works Show, 2012 Photo credit: Renee Crawford

Sooke Fine Art Show 212 – Award Winning, Best 2 Dimensional, The Dovekeeper by Carollyne Yardley

Sooke Fine Arts Show 2012 • July 28 – August 6
SEAPARC Leisure Complex – 2168 Phillips Road • Sooke, BC • Canada

Carollyne Yardley @ Sooke Fine Art Show 2012. Best 2D Award. Photo by Angi Bailey

Carollyne Yardley @ Sooke Fine Art Show 2012. Best 2D Award. Photo by Angi Bailey

Best 2 Dimensional | Sooke Fine Art Show 2012 | The Dovekeeper

Best 2 Dimensional | Sooke Fine Art Show 2012 | The Dovekeeper

Thank you to the jurors and the Sooke Fine Art Show 2012. They received 1300 entries from 600 artists who applied this year, apparently more applications than ever recorded in the 26 year history. First thrill, was to have three of my pieces accepted.

You can only imagine how excited  I was to receive an award for Best 2 Dimensional for The Dovekeeper (along with Johannes Landman, 2 awards in this category because there is such a high volume of 2D work).

Twelve awards were handed out along with 5 Honorable Mentions: Best 2 Dimensional x 2, 3 Dimensional, Photography, Glass or Ceramic, Jewellery, Fibre, Mixed Media, 3 Juror’s Choice, Jan Johnson Memorial Award.

Shout out to Leonard Butt (Best 3 Dimensional), and the lovely Samantha Dickie xoxo (Best Glass or Ceramic). So great to connect and see you both there.

Special thanks to sponsor Re/Max Camosun Victoria too.

Please try and make it out to the show, they have lunch available and it’s a great way to spend the afternoon.

The Dovekeeper | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley

BEST 2 DIMENSIONAL | SOOKE FINE ART SHOW 2012 | The Dovekeeper | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley

Cupid and Psyche | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley

Cupid and Psyche | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley

Morning Glory | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley

Morning Glory | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley

Summer Small Works Exhibition and Sale | Art Gallery of Greater | July 14th to September 04, 2012 | Victoria, BC

Exhibition and Sale

July 14th, 2012 – September 04, 2012

Exhibition and sale continues until September 4th, 2012. I have one piece left available from this show, called Geisha Girl miniature.  (Miniature paintings that have sold: Mushroom Hat, Space Hat, Green Bun, Atomic Robot Squirrel).

This is also a great way for you to support the many education programs supported by the gallery, including tours for schools, visually impaired individuals, public lectures, Gallery in the Schools, Family Sunday, New Extreme Mentoring, Open Door Access and more.

Summer Small Works Poster, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Summer Small Works Poster, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Art Rental’s Summer Small Works Show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, is a two month exhibition and sale featuring Vancouver Island’s finest artists’ original artwork in small format. Hung salon style in the historic Massey Gallery, this much anticipated event showcases well over 100 works of art for only $200 – $400 per piece.

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Collector David Wahl sends photo of Squirrel Paintings in situ!

Bye Bye Mushroom Hat Squirrel! + Green Bun and Space Hat Miniatures

The power of the web. My friend sent me a link to a blog story about a group of people meeting in brunch clothes and wearing squirrel masks which led to a Twitter conversation with two folks in the Twitter universe, which led to the sale of Mushroom Hat Squirrel (after Mary Quant) and Green Bun and Space Hat Miniatures. I love that she is going to a new home that is dedicated to the weird and the fabulous.

(SOLD) Mushroom Hat Squirrel (after Mary Quant) | 14 x 20 | Oil on Board | Carollyne Yardley

(SOLD) Mushroom Hat Squirrel (after Mary Quant) | 14 x 20 | Oil on Board | Carollyne Yardley

All three paintings reunited at the collectors home. Photo by David Wahl

All three paintings reunited at the collectors home. Photo by David Wahl


Below are some links to the stories and collector that created this wonderful collecting story.

Laughing Squid, Secret Society Plans Civilized Brunches in Unusual Circumstances

Great story out of Alameda, California with folks wearing formal Brunch-y wear and donning squirrel masks by Rusty Blazenhoff, Managing editor at the Laughing Squid, (also Twitter @laughingsquid) and online resource for interesting art, culture and technology.

Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of Awesome

The fabulous David Wahl, the Director of Awesome for Archie McPhee and co-editor of the Geyser of Awesome writes about his soft spot for squirrels, and swooning after my squirrel portraits.

Website: www.davidwahl.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/zoomar

Archie McPhee

The world’s greatest weird store! We love unicorns, narwhals, bacon and that one thing you think only you like. Seattle, WA. Widely considered to be a Mecca for connoisseurs of the strange and one of Seattle’s top ten weird destinations.
Seattle Store location: http://archiemcpheeseattle.com/

Website: www.mcphee.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/archiemcphee

PHOTOS! Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Moss Street Paint In, July 21, 2012

Carollyne Yardley at the TD Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Paint In, Photo by Dunc Malcolm (Camerabug), July 21, 2012

Carollyne Yardley at the TD Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Paint In, Photo by Dunc Malcolm (Camerabug), July 21, 2012

Wow! How fabulous it was to see everyone, meet, reconnect and talk about art all day.

Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed a day at the TD Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Paint In (Moss Street Paint In).

It was my first time participating as an artist, and while I’d been as a spectator for many years, nothing compares to being in the thick of it all.

Here are some pictures of the moments throughout the day. A huge thank you to my  “volun-squirrel” and photographer, Courtney.

Thanks to wonderful photographer Dunc Malcolm (PhotosByCamerabug) for allowing me to post the first picture seen above. Many thanks to everyone who collected some art cards, posters, tshirts, and the lucky fellow who scooped up the original oil on board painting called, Atomic Robot Squirrel!

Big thanks to Mary-ellen Threadkell, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Paint In Co-ordinator and Assistant Director of Advancement, for taking me on a media ride  to meet Adam Sawatsky, Reporter/Anchor for CTV News/CFAX radio leading up to the event.


SPECIAL thanks to the little snowy owl perched on my shoulder all day. I spy says I – kidding, there wasn’t a camera in there :-)

Carollyne Yardley with Dame Mailarta at the TD Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's Moss Street Paint In, 2012 Photo by Courtney Graham

Carollyne Yardley with Dame Mailarta at the TD Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's Moss Street Paint In, 2012 Photo by Courtney Graham

Carollyne Yardley and Mary-Ellen Threadkell, AGGV Assistant Director of Advancement and Paint In Coordinator, Paint in 2012

Carollyne Yardley and Mary-Ellen Threadkell, AGGV Assistant Director of Advancement and Paint In Coordinator, Paint in 2012 | Photo by Courtney Graham

Carollyne and Walter, TD Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Paint In, 2012
Carollyne and Walter, TD Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Paint In, 2012 |

Photo by Courtney Graham

Adam Sawatsky CTV News, Arts and Lifestyle Report talks with Carollyne Yardley | Moss Street Paint In, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC

Your Island Arts & Lifestyle: July 20, 2012
Adam Sawatsky, from CTV News and cameraman Jason came over to the studio today, and filmed me painting and talking about the squirrel paintings.

He asked to be “squirrelfied”, so here it is. Before and after.

Plus the story with clips of myself and Mary Ellen Threadkell, Paint In Coordinator and Assistant Director of Advancement at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC.

Follow Adam Sawatsky on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CTVNewsAdam

Adam Sawatsky, CTV News and Carollyne Yardley, Artist (photo by CTV news cameraman, Jason), July 20, 2012

Adam Sawatsky, CTV News and Carollyne Yardley, Artist (photo by CTV news cameraman, Jason), July 20, 2012

Adam Sawatsky, CTV News - You've been Squirrelled!

Adam Sawatsky, CTV News - You've been Squirrelled!

Carollyne Yardley 2:12 into this clip!

Monday Magazine, Artist nuts for squirrels. Local Painter Carollyne Yardley has gone Squirrely for her art by MaryEllen Green

WOW – COVER SQUIRREL!

Cover 3829, July 19-25th, 2012 Issue
Local Painter Carollyne Yardley has gone Squirrelly for her art
Feature Pg 8
By MaryEllen Green

Thank you MaryEllen Green, Arts Editor, and Grant McKenzie, Editor, of Monday Magazine.

Cover 3829, Monday Magazine, July 19-25, 2012. Article pg. 8

Monday Magazine, Cover Art 3829, Artist is nuts for squirrels, Issue July 19-25, 2012. Pg 8 by MaryEllen Green, Arts Editor

That squirrel is so big! I feel like a Lilliputian in Gulliver’s Travels!

Back in May 2012, I received an email from MaryEllen Green, the Arts Editor of Monday Magazine, asking if I had any upcoming art shows. She said she’d love to see one of my squirrels on the cover of Monday Magazine, and wanted to tie it into a show in future.

MaryEllen and Grant McKenzie (Editor of Monday) had seen Geisha Girl Squirrel on their travels for lunch, down the street from Monday Magazine headquarters, to The Clay Pigeon Restaurant. This is a fabby dab lunch, breakfast, and dinner spot, kitty corner to the Royal Theatre (at Blanshard and Broughton St.). They were both curious about the QR Code painted on the painting, and not having aQR code app on their smart phones they becamse curious, and more curious.

At the time I had work up at Sooke Harbour House, and was awaiting confirmation on whether I’d been accepted into the TD Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Paint In. I let her know about the Sooke show, and that I’d keep her posted in upcoming events.

Once I received confirmation that I’d been accepted to the Paint In, I emailed her right away. It worked out just great. I got to see so many people, many of whom had read the article, and came down to see my work, along with over 160 artists at the largest outdoor art show on Vancouver Island.

The interview itself, was a fun, cake induced afternoon.

MaryEllen came to my studio, and we drank tea and ate some lemon lavender cake from Delish Bakery. She asked me so many thoughtful questions, it really helped me to navigate the kinds of things people want to know.

“How to you paint, what materials, and why squirrels?”

I’ve come to better understand by reading other artists interviews, and now my own, that people want to connect with an artist on as many levels as possible. The more you can describe your art, the process, and inspirations, the more people can identify with a piece or add it to their own narrative.

I am absolutely delighted with both the cover and the article, and it has helped me to articulate even better my vision for future artworks.

From every part of my heart and all of me, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and joy.

THANK YOU!

Read article here: http://www.mondaymag.com/news/162947676.html

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Monday Magazine Cover July 18 2012

“The Very Thing that the Squirrel Does”, my mom says.

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After reading the awesomesauce article in Monday Magazine, by MaryEllen Green, my mom reminded me of a peculiar habit I had as a child, which made her think of why I like squirrels.

EXCERPT FROM ARTICLE

by MaryEllen Green, Monday Magazine, July 19-25, 2012, pg. 8)

{The squirrel is nature’s supreme gatherer  amassing nuts, berries and seeds, then hiding them away for retrieval at a later date.

Local artist Carollyne Yardley is much the same, except she collects unique vintage clothing, luxurious costume jewelry, hand-made hats and ornate picture frames, storing them away in her tickle trunk as inspiration for her next painting}

Read entire article

STORING SMARTIES

Apparently (which I sort of remember), when I was about two years old, my Mom would dole out Smarties to me in two and three’s. I would then (without her knowledge), eat one or two smarties and wrap the others in an individual piece of toilet paper, and come back for more. If she gave me six smarties, I would wrap up about three smarties, hide them, and so on.

She found them all neatly distributed, and hidden in between the clean sheets in the linen closet. Once she discovered my “savings account”  she bought me a little box so I could keep my stashed loot in one place.

This was the one major “treasure” that had to travel with me when we went on road trips. When we moved to Victoria, Mom made the travel box road ready.

As I was saying goodbye to my Mom on the phone, it was sweet to hear her say, “you’ve always been like a squirrel!”

I have also realized that MaryEllen Green’s article has done more for me than help spread the word of squirrel throughout the community. She has helped me see how others hear me describe my artwork, and the quirky, unique things that make a person and their art be true to themselves.

I am grateful to have MaryEllen describe my artwork with her art of word – a world that reads with so much colour, exactly as I imagine it in my mind.

Artist is nuts for squirrels

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By Mary Ellen Green – Monday Magazine

TD Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Moss Street Paint In, Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Saturday July 21 | FREE and open to the public

Vancouver Island’s largest outdoor visual art event, the TD Art Gallery Paint-In is celebrating its 25th Anniversary!

Count down to the Moss Street Paint In!  Come visit me!

There will be Maps  available all along Moss Street, but you can find me close to the corner of Rockland and Moss!

I’ll be working plein air on my latest “squirrel” at this event.
Think pink Christmas lights, top hat with bow tie and a giant spider – I think you’ll enjoy seeing how he’s coming along.

Summer Small Works Exhibition and Sale

I will have Atomic Robot Squirrel for sale at my table during the Paint In on July 21, 2012.
This miniature painting was juried into the Summer Small Works show at the AGGV.
Plus there are two other miniature paintings for sale in the Massey Gallery (Green Bun and Space Hat miniature already sold).

These are just a couple of more great ways to support the arts and collect a lovely piece to add to your collection! There are original works by over 50 local artists including Adam Noonan, Corre Alice, Elizabeth Allen, Krystyna Jervis, Carollyne Yardley, Sandhu Singh, Alexis Beringer, Chin Yuen, Timothy Wilson Hoey, Thekla Albrecht-Iribarne, Adelle Andrew, Stephanie Quinton Steel and many more. Works range in price from $200 – $400 and sales support the development of local artists and the AGGV.

Donate to get a “I Love My Gallery” sticker

Remember to support the AGGV by donating and proudly wearing your “I Love My Gallery” sticker.
Your money helps go towards educational programs brought into to elementary schools, and high schools, such as Gallery in Schools, New Extreme, and Open Door Access, just to name a few.

Artists on Moss Street: 11am – 4:30pm
Gallery Open House: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Food & BeverageGarden: 11am – 9:00pm
Dancing to Kumbia: 5:00pm – 9:00 pm

The Avenger, new squirrel painting, pop surrealism

Here is the latest painting off the easel called The Avenger.

The Avenger | Oil on Board | 16 x 22 | Carollyne Yardley

The Avenger | Oil on Board | 16 x 22 | Carollyne Yardley

Partly influenced by Captain America and superheros, she bears the mark on her necklace of the Captain America logo, which also happens to be the same logo for my previous company called Star Global, and the logo I use for Carollyne Yardley Omnimedia.

The hat is inspired by a vintage Vogue hat from the 1920’s and also represents the winged cap worn by the Olympian god Hermes, the herald, or messenger, of the gods to humans, the protector of shepherds, literature and poets, athletics and sports, orators and wit, and of commerce in general.

The Avengers is a time collapsing portrait of a superhero of Yardley’s creation; the squirrel subject wears a 1980s era necklace with the Avengers (Captain America) logo (also the logo for Yardley’s current and former business ventures), a gown of apparently late Victorian vintage, and a bobbed 1920s hairdo adorned with the wings of Mercury. “She servers her justice swiftly”.

- Aaren Madden, Focus Magazine