Rain and love, laughter and mud, friends and family, orchids and umbrellas. It was that kind of day when Tina and Mike got married in Invermere a couple weeks ago. Both utterly un-phased by the weather, they joked that they may as well have had a January wedding in their home city of Vancouver. But I'm glad they came out this way, to celebrate in the mountains, to share their love with folks from near and far.
I’ve been accepted into The Arctic Circle Residency, a three week program on a boat sailing around Svalbard, Norway in October. It’s an exciting opportunity for me, a chance to make art at sea, to be in a very special and rapidly changing part of the world, and to connect with a new network of international artists.
I’ll be working on a multimedia project (combining photographs and audio recordings) while in Norway, and shooting lots of still images to incorporate into that work. Some of these images will also become prints and/or be integrated into mixed media work with encaustic wax, photo transfers, and paint. I can’t know exactly what the imagery will be like, but I’m anticipating subject matter that would include ice and icebergs, ocean, fjords, and perhaps even a polar bear or two.
In order to help fund the residency, I’m offering pre-sales of original art work that will arise from this adventure. If Arctic-inspired items for your wall sounds appealing (along with a chance to be a patron of the arts), pop on over to my [other] website (clairedibble.com) to weigh the options.
* this photo is from the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina, shot on a solo adventure in 2005.
With the support of ArtStarts' Creative Spark program, I've put together a variation on Pen Pals for a group of grade three students. Two groups actually, one here in Golden and the other in New York. My aunt, Annie Coan, is an inspired art teacher in the Bronx, and she was game for sending letters and artwork back and forth between the two classes. On this end, grade three teacher Linda Poon was fully on board. And so, the Art Pal Project was born.
It's been great to pop in to Ms. Poon's class here in town a few times, and the experience was made even richer by fitting in a quick trip to NYC in February. I met all the Bronx kids, together we recorded video messages for their pals, and then [not surprisingly] I made a portrait of each one. To say the BC kids were thrilled to get these photos of their new friends might be an understatement.
Maybe this experience will fade into the blur of childhood memories for these kids. But I like to imagine that a few might just stay in touch over the years, that maybe these are the seedlings of lifelong friendships.
I met Suzanne on a pretty special day a couple years back, a stormy winter afternoon when her son Ryan married his love, Liz, atop Kicking Horse. We got together for some portraits this spring, and I loved the confidence that she exuded, a woman quite comfortable with who she is. May we all find such comfort.
Michelle is on a mission, taking her personal journey to health and applying her experience and compassion to make life better for her coaching clients. It was amazing to hear her story of resilience and I'm excited to see where her budding business takes her. No doubt, there will be lives changed along the way.