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CNIB ‘Eye Appeal” Art Event 2013: Squirrel Stole the Banksy Balloon (after The Balloon Girl), Carollyne Yardley, Pop Surrealism.

I am donating this painting to the CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event.

The CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event will be held on May 10, 2013 at the Crystal Garden in Victoria, BC.
Here is information about Banksy, and the online shop.

Squirrel Stole the Bansky Balloon (character study), 14″ x 11″, Oil on Board, 2013, Carollyne Yardley

 

The Balloon Girl

{From Stencil Revolution}
Banksys The Balloon Girl first started appearing on various London walls in 2002. The work has been known by several titles: There is Always Hope Balloon Girl, The Girl with the Red Balloon, and Red Heart, among others. The painting has been reproduced several times, not all containing the words There is Always Hope, though the most popular copies contains these words. The prints are available through many art dealers in various sizes. Reference here.

Banksy, Balloon Girl

Banksy, The Balloon Girl

 

About the Event
The CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event is one of the most anticipated fundraisers for CNIB on Vancouver Island. Attendees will experience fine dining, breath-taking art and the opportunity to bid on unique items.

Through the help of over 200 locally and internationally renowned artists as well as various sponsors and volunteers, the CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event raises money to fund programs on Vancouver Island.  http://eyeappeal.org/

About CNIB

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.To find out more, visit http://www.cnib.ca/ or call 1-800-563-2642.

Is the Pope a Secret Squirrel? If the Red Shoe Fits, Dance. Pop Surrealism, Art Gallery

ROMANCING THE SQUIRREL
SHOW CONTINUES UNTIL APRIL 01, 2013

THE APARTMENT GALLERY

FEB 22 – APRIL 01, 2013
1016 FORT STREET
MON-TUES, by appointment
Wed – Fri: 2pm-6pm
Sat+Sun 12pm-4pm

Saint Squirrel: Protecting You ‘Cause You’re Nuts! 18 x 24, Oil on Canvas, 2010. Available for viewing and purchase at The Apartment Gallery until April 01, 2013.

Event Photos and Video!

Romancing the Squirrel at the Apartment Gallery, Feb 22 – April 01, 2013, Victoria, BC Pop Surrealism | The Art of Consumption – Contemporary Pop Art Surrealism Acrylic Oil Painting Pop Art Gallery Victoria BC Carollyne Yardley

 

 

Event Photos and Video! Romancing the Squirrel at the Apartment Gallery, Feb 22 – April 01, 2013, Victoria, BC Pop Surrealism

Cool video by Jen Steele Photography

SHOW CONTINUES TO APRIL 01, 2013

THE APARTMENT GALLERY

FEB 22 – APRIL 01, 2013
1016 FORT STREET
MON-TUES, by appointment
Wed – Fri: 2pm-6pm
Sat+Sun 12pm-4pm


Here are a few teaser photos from my camera, I will post more when the photographer and gallery send me their pictures. Close to 3oo people attended the opening at The Apartment Gallery, and I was very impressed with how they handled the overflow, considering the gallery size.  They graciously opened up the spa downstairs so art lovers could enjoy wine and spa treatments, while waiting for the crowd to turn over.

See coverage of the show, and Press Release
CTVNEWS
CFAX 1070
Focus Magazine
Pennello Lane
Vic42.com
Exhibit-V.ca

I’m expecting an email tomorrow that says, “They said I wasn’t on the guest list, Love Mom.”

We do our best.

Green Felt Squirrel Doll after Romancing the Squirrel (Tierre Joline production). Photo by Jen Steele

Green Felt Squirrel Doll after Romancing the Squirrel . Photo by Jen Steele

Video by Efren Quiroz of Exhibit-V.ca

 

Tierre Joline (hat designer), Carollyne Yardley (holding felted squirrel made by Tierre Joline modeled after Romancing), Alexander Kaiser (Silly Hats by Alexander), Romancing the Squirrel, Opening Night, Feb 22, 2013

Danica Wilcox and Tierre Joline wearing Tierre Joline hats. The painting, Revolution 9, by Carollyne Yardley, in between.

Wonderful ladies of The Apartment Gallery, Romancing the Squirrel, Feb 22 - April 01, 2013 - Photo courtesy of  The Apartment Gallery

Wonderful ladies of The Apartment Gallery, Romancing the Squirrel, Feb 22 – April 01, 2013 – Photo courtesy of The Apartment Gallery

The Erling-Tyrells with Carollyne Yardley, Romancing the Squirrel, Feb 22, 2013

Thank you to everyone involved, Ellen Manning, Director of the Apartment Gallery, the countless volunteers, hat and clothing designers who came armed with gorgeous models wearing delicious hats, Heather Leary who donned the Tropical Girl Squirrel outfit for a second time.

Romancing the Squirrel, The Apartment Gallery, Opening Night, Feb 22, 2013

Cupcakes on silverware at Romancing the Squirrel at The Apartment Gallery

Scyi Norgaard, and Alexander Kaiser (Silly Hats by Alexander)

Chantelle Kneale and friend

Donna, Gordon and Tierre with The Avenger, Romancing the Squirrel, The Apartment Gallery, Victoria, BC

 

A big thank you to Burke Tanner of Beverage Concepts International who represents Cannery Brewing, Dennis of McLaren Vale Wines, and my new favorite drink, Diplimatico Rum 12 y/o. I’ve always loved an age statement.

Green Felted Squirrel by Tierre Joline (after Romancing the Squirrel), with Diplimatico Rum sponsored by Burke Tanner of Beverage Concepts International

 

Heather Leary as Tropical Girl Squirrel. Photo courtesy of The Apartment Gallery

Heather Leary as Tropical Girl Squirrel with Carollyne Yardley. Photo courtesy of The Apartment Gallery

 

In the contemporary world we put on various costumes, faces and disguises to mold ourselves for roles and positions in society, taming the unattainable or unmentionable desires hidden within our personal psyches.  Break this cycle of suppression and enter into the world of Carollyne Yardley in which everyday and every image is a witty insight into the characters beneath the surface!  Romancing the Squirrel  presents Yardley’s entire body of unique personalities  – her characters, our real selves, emerge from behind the safety screen of the mask, the ‘squirrely’ exterior.  Yardley’s signature style is a calculated and revolutionary approach to art historical tradition invigorating and enlivening the static entities of the past with the eccentric personalities of the present.  Ellen Manning, The Apartment Gallery

THE SHOW CONTINUES UNTIL APRIL 01, 2013.

THE APARTMENT GALLERY
FEB 22 – APRIL 01, 2013
1016 FORT STREET
MON-TUES, by appointment
Wed – Fri: 2pm-6pm
Sat+Sun 12pm-4pm

See coverage of the show, and Press Release
CTVNEWS
CFAX 1070
Focus Magazine
Pennello Lane
Vic42.com
Exhibit-V.ca

CTV News Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle, Feb 21, 2013. Squirrel Bombed!

I was so thrilled when Adam Sawatsky asked to do a news segment for Romancing the Squirrel art show which is on at The Apartment Gallery Feb 22 – April 01, 2013.
MON-TUES, by appointment
Wed – Fri: 2pm-6pm
Sat+Sun 12pm-4pm

The segment aired on CTV News at 5 pm & 11pm for Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle, Feb 21, 2013.
Also featured on full segment (not on this web posted clip) were Mary Walsh, Actor, Steven White of Dance Victoria, and David Vest, Musician.

 

 

So guess who got Squirrel Bombed again?

See the first time here.  
This photo is super rad tho’ ’cause Adam’s in the awesome squirrel mask for realzies!

 

Adam Sawatsky (squirrel) and Carollyne Yardley during interview for CTVNews at 5 & 11pm. Coverage for Romancing the Squirrels, at The Apartment Gallery (Aired Feb 21, 2013)

Adam Sawatsky (squirrel) and Carollyne Yardley during interview for CTVNews at 5 & 11pm. Coverage for Romancing the Squirrels, at The Apartment Gallery (Aired Feb 21, 2013) Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle, Feb 21, 2013. Photo by Ellen Manning, Director of The Apartment Gallery

Romancing the Squirrel: A Retrospective – Carollyne Yardley, The ApARTment Gallery, Pop Surrealism

Romancing the Squirrel Invite

Opening Reception: Friday, February 22, from 6-9 pm
Please RSVP by Feb 20th as space is limited:
Click here to RSVP

Location: The ApARTment Gallery
Google Maps: 1016 Fort Street (upstairs)
Tel: 778-430-5585

Romancing the Squirrel showcases the progression of Carollyne Yardley’s fascinating squirrel series. Yardley furthers the portrait into intricate narratives and all encompassing environments where the presence of the squirrel pops up in unexpected places. Recognizable characters mingle with Yardley’s squirrely exteriors to envision a life where our alien, humorous and subconscious personalities are revealed.

Carollyne Yardley’s signature style has captivated all, creating composite squirrel creatures which inspire discussion and laughter.  By entering the subconscious and revealing our hidden characters, Yardley challenges the spectator to let their inner selves free.  Romancing the Squirrel presents the next progression of this unique series while embracing the origins of ‘The Squirrel’.  This is no ordinary art event, rather it is an all encompassing environment of quirky characters and eccentric worlds.  Jump into the surreal mind of Carollyne Yardley – you may never want to jump back out!

Use your imagination and explore the intricacies of Yardley’s eccentric worlds and histories. Her artistic prowess moves beyond the canvas for this exciting exhibition full with quirky characters and surreal socialites. Explore the alternate reality of this intriguing artist.

Ellen Manning
Director
The ApARTment Gallery

Show continues:  April 01, 2013

Also featured at the apARTment Gallery

Lyle Shultz

Pete Kohut, Paint Is Only Skin-deep", 40" x 40", oil on canvas

Pete Kohut, Paint Is Only Skin-deep”, 40″ x 40″, oil on canvas

Tierre Joline

Alexander Kaiser

Connolly McDougall Design

SPONSOR

Special thanks to Burke Tanner of Beverage Concepts International Networking Agency

Curiouser: Contemporary Responses to Alice in Wonderland curated by Laurie Luck: Nexus Magazine, Victoria, BC Pop Surrealism

Fifty Fifty Arts Collective
Curiouser: Contemporary Responses to Alice in Wonderland
 

Curated by Laurie Luck
Feb 22 – March 17, 2013

2516 Douglas (just north of bay st.)
Victoria BC

Contact: Jzero Schuurman
thefiftyfifty@gmail.com

Hey how cool is that, Romance Squirrel is featured both online and in print in Nexus Magazine, Camosun’s student voice since 1990.
An interview with curator of the show, Laurie Luck, discusses the show in this article titled, Artists take a crack at Carroll classic.

For those looking for a journey down the rabbit hole, the upcoming show at the Fifty Fifty Arts Collective is sure to scratch that adventurous itch. Curiouser: Contemporary Responses to Alice in Wonderland is a collection of works from over 15 BC artists that explores some the iconic imagery found in Lewis Carroll’s famous stories.

 

 

Tin Soldier Squirrel, First Commission! Pop Surrealism

My first commission was a request made by a dear friend of mine, James (Jim) Mantle, Artist and Friend to the Environment.

James Mantle, is an alumni of the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design (circa 1980’s) and retired from the world of advertising and graphic design many years ago. While we both laugh about the good old days, we are  happy to be back to painting now. More about James Mantle below.

James asked me to paint an image of a British Tin Solider, as a gift for his mother on Valentines’ Day.  His mother, Betty Mantle had performed in a play in Britain just after WW2, and she maintained friendships with the other children in the play, all these years later.  James wanted to tie in this special memory for her with one of my “squirrels”. How lovely. Here “she” is below.

 

Tin Soldier Squirrel, Oil on board, 2013

 

Jim paints large spirit goddesses, inspired by his work cleaning Vancouver Island beaches using only his sailboat as transport, and his bare hands. He has removed hundreds of pounds of plastics, cigarette butts and styrofoam allowing the natural habitats of Islands like “Jimmy Chicken Island”, and others, to grow back vegetation, and encourage the wildlife to flourish.

His spirit goddesses are all intertwined with animal creates, painted by an automatic painting, guided by emotion and his sub consciousness. His works reminds me of Patrick Nagel, who worked as a graphic designer, had many commercial clients, and also did the album cover of rock group Duran Duran’s hit album, Rio.

 

By James Mantle

By James Mantle

Behind the scenes! A studio tour and interview by @Kate Jones of Pennello Lane, Creative Canadian Women – Pop Surrealism

As posted previously, Kate Jones author and blog mistress of Pennello Lane, came to my studio with Ellen Manning and Stephanie Eisenbraun from The Apartment Gallery.
We were joined by Jen Steele Photography. Gnome feature in photograph by Tierre Joline.

Carollyne Yardley inspired costume in front of painting titled, Tropical Girl Squirrel and Gnome (18 x 24, oil on canvas, available for purchase at Romancing the Squirrel show, February 22 - April 01, 2013)

Carollyne Yardley inspired costume in front of painting titled, Tropical Girl Squirrel and Gnome (18 x 24, oil on canvas, available for purchase at Romancing the Squirrel show, February 22 – April 01, 2013). Photo by Jen Steele Photography

Read this wonderful article written by Kate  called, Romancing the Squirrel in the studio.  
I adore how she captured a behind the scenes look at my studio, and a story my mother remembers best.

Read more about how I cut the entire back out of a 1960s paisley dressing gown of my mother’s closet to make myself a skirt, leaving the remaining piece on the hanger. The act would be undiscovered for six months. Badass behavior and more.

Pop surrealist painter, Carollyne Yardley, is sometimes referred to as “The Squirrel Lady”.
READ ARTICLE

Romancing the Squirrel
The Apartment Gallery
February 22 – April 01, 2013
more information here: art show 

 

Carollyne Yardley with gnome, and squirrel in the garden. Photo by Jen Steele Photography

Carollyne Yardley with gnome, and squirrel in the garden. Photo by Jen Steele Photography

 

Carollyne Yardley has been Squirrelized! Feb 2013, Photo by Jen Steele Photography

Carollyne Yardley has been Squirrelized! Feb 2013, Photo by Jen Steele Photography

 READ ARTICLE HERE

 

Focus Magazine February 2013, The unbearable lightness of squirrels by Aaren Madden, pgs. 30-31

I have to admit, it was hard to suppress the squeals that erupted when I saw another squirrel made the cover of Focus Magazine, Feb 2013 issue.

Accompanying the cover is a wonderful article by Aaren Madden describing the squirrels and their depth, with a lovely photo by Tony Bounsall.

The cover painting will be on show and sale at the Romancing the Squirrel show at the Apartment Gallery, February 22 – April 01, 2013.

Focus Magazine
Read Article at Focus Online

Focus Magazine February 2013 VOL. 25 NO.5, COVER and article by Aaren Madden, The unbearable lightness of squirrelspgs 30-31

Focus Magazine February 2013 VOL. 25 NO.5, COVER (Cupid and Psyche, oil on board, 30″ X 20″)

 

Focus Magazine Feb2013, pgs 30-31 Carollyne Yardley, Photo courtesy of Tony Bounsall http://tonybounsall.com/

 

Focus Magazine February 2013 VOL. 25 NO.5, Article by Aaren Madden, The unbearable lightness of squirrels, pgs 30-31

Focus Magazine February 2013 VOL. 25 NO.5, Article by Aaren Madden, The unbearable lightness of squirrels, pgs 30-31 – CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE

Read Article at Focus Online

Sneak peak behind the scenes photo shoot for upcoming article by Kate Jones at Pennello Lane, Creative Canadian Women, Pop Surrealism

Jen Steele Photograpy, Tropical Girl Squirrel

Photo by Jen Steele Photography. Carollyne Yardley posing as Tropical Girl Squirrel from one of her paintings. http://www.jensteele.com

 

Tropical Girl Squirrel and Gnome, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24, 2011, Carollyne Yardley

Tropical Girl Squirrel and Gnome, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24, 2011, Carollyne Yardley

Here’s a sneak peak at the behind the scenes photo shoot today with Jen Steele Photography for interview with Kate Jones at Pennello Lane, Ellen Manning and Stephanie Eisenbraun w/ The Apartment Gallery.   This painting was completed in 2011, read more about this painting here.  Tropical Girl Squirrel will be available for show and sale February 22 – April 01, 2013 at the Apartment Gallery for Romancing the Squirrel.

#tropical #girl #squirrel #pop #surrealism.

Stay tuned for blog post at: http://www.pennellolane.com/
Photos: http://www.jensteele.com/
Apartment Gallery: http://www.theapartmentart.com/

 

UPDATE: READ ARTICLE HERE!