Thursday, September 24, 2009

Gabriola Island Painting Extravaganza

Wow! Loved it. What an amazing experience. To have all these incredible artists in one room! Information overload! A few minor bumps along the way but all and all a totally enjoyable week. Kathryn Manry sums it up quite nicely

"Gabriola Island is the northernmost of the southern group of Gulf Islands east of Vancouver Island. In September, it was the site of a week long gathering of artists for a Federation outdoor painting event. The 88 participants came together at The Haven, a facility which provided a waterfront setting for living, dining, and generally hanging out… and from there they dispersed daily to various painting sites around the island to work “en plein aire” and explore their responses to the rich visual opportunities each location offered.

There were four principal “instructors” – artists who rotated through smaller groups of 22 participants each day. They conducted sessions according to their own focus and techniques at different sites. David Langevin, Stephen Quiller, Suzanne Northcott and Brian Atyeo were the “stars” who served in these rolls. In addition to these principal presenters, other artists were invited to attend, to paint together with the groups at the various sites, and to participate in the evening events. These artists included Janice Robertson, Kiff Holland, Brent Heighton, Alan Wylie, Gaye Adams, Liz Wiltzen, Rick McDiarmid, Sarah Kidner, Jean Pederson, and Donna Baspaly. Robert Genn was a special guest for one evening session. This collection of talent made for a rich and heady environment."

I have hundreds of photos to share but obviously can only submit a few. More tomorrow :)

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