As a member of Red Tree Gallery for eight years, it is with a mixture
of sadness and a sense of upcoming challenge/opportunity that I write.
After twelve years, Red Tree Gallery launches its final month-long
showcase of beautiful artwork on the waterfront at Hope Bay. The
artist reception takes place tomorrow, Saturday December 2nd - join
us for warmth, chocolates, bubbly and, most importantly, fine art
between 11 and 4. We offer thanks to the Pender community that has
supported the Pender Island Artisan Cooperative since the inception
of the gallery. Red Tree Gallery remains open until 4 pm on December 31st.
Autumn - change is in the air. I have been a member of the Red Tree Cooperative for eight years, and have treasured my time as part of our vibrant collective. While the cooperative will continue, the associated store-front Red Tree Gallery is winding down. This is what appeared in this month's issue of the Pender Post. (Please forgive me if you have received this more than once. I want to ensure that anybody who wants to visit the gallery is aware that time is of the essence.)
Pender Islands Artisan Cooperative has operated the Red Tree Gallery at Hope Bay for over twelve years. Artists have kept the gallery open through busy summers and quiet winters, and visitors and Penderites alike have expressed tremendous appreciation for the visual feast and tranquil atmosphere that greets them as they walk through the doors. Thirty Pender artists have shown their work at the Red Tree over the years, and the work of a dozen guest artists has been featured over the last three summers.
Sadly we have taken the decision to close the gallery at the end of this year. However the Red Tree Cooperative will continue with a plan to mount one or more shows each year. Look for updates in the coming months. We will sign off with "Remembering" in November and a thank you to the community in December and hope that you will continue to visit the gallery between now and then. Thank you for your generous support over the years and for pointing your guests in our direction. Monica (Mira) Petrie, PIAC Chair for the Members
Personally I will miss the Red Tree walls tremendously as a place to show my work along with the work of a variety of talented Pender Island artists. "When one door closes, another opens" - the trick is to find it. I certainly won't stop taking pictures but I may not mat and frame as many!
This fall is melancholy with the prospect of Red Tree closing, but I continue to be nourished by the warmth and beauty of the season.
The Sidney Fine Art Show opens Friday October 13th and runs through Sunday October 15th (the weekend after Thanksgiving). I am thrilled to have had three pieces accepted - the show is always a feast for the eyes and well worth visiting. http://www.DianeMacDonaldPhotography.com
Flight of Fancy
The photographs I have taken for our September show, Through the Looking Glass, feature glass and other reflective surfaces. I love experimenting with the play of light, and, for this end-of-summer show I aim to focus on play.
A highlight of summer - Art off the Fence on South Pender Island. The show runs Saturday and Sunday next weekend, July 15 and 16, from 11 to 4 each day. The venue is the grounds of The Church of the Good Shepherd, immediately beside and within easy walking distance of Poet's Cove Resort and Marina. This is the 21st annual Art off the Fence show, and is widely anticipated on and beyond Pender Island shores. There will be wonderful art and music - bring a picnic and plan to stay awhile.
I will be showing photography and mixed media work. There will be framed photographs printed 'traditionally' on paper (see boats anchored in Browning Harbour below), and some unframed canvas pieces (Bisected Sun below).
A trio of shows coming up - photographs, printed on metal, at Slow Coast in July,
Red Tree Gallery at Sea Star Vineyards over the July 1st weekend, and Art off the Fence
on South Pender Island July 15th and 16th.
Coastal scenes, many of Pender, will show for a month at Slow Coast. A sample or two:
Then, 10 Red Tree artists at Sea Star. Join us for art, music, and wonderful local wine from
our very own Pender Island Vineyard.
And one of the summer highlights on Pender, Art off the Fence, a two-day outdoor extravaganza
of art and music. There I will show photography and mixed-media. Bring a picnic and linger
under the trees.
Pender Island recently lost a gifted glass artist. Wendy Hacking was to have been a guest
artist at Art off the Fence. Sadly she won't be there but her work will be featured for show
and sale. Please forward this to anyone you know who might want to be there for Wendy.
Home for our current March adventure is a rental 31 foot motorhome - it houses two senior humans and one senior dog, and has weathered intense sun and equally intense rain, snow, sleet, and hail. It provides spacious comfort when "camped" but shrinks to insignificance between semis on the interstates or riding beneath towering Utah rock formations. Wondrous canyons and majestic cliffs have given my lens plenty of exercise - and a challenge beyond its capacity - that is to register the grandeur and expanse of the spell-binding 360 degree landscape. Utah is an enchanting land.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. First Arizona's Grand Canyon (lives up to it's name).
Now Utah, starting with Monument Valley.
Amazing colours highlight a miraculous route across Southern Utah from Blanding through
Hanksville and Torrey, on towards Bryce Canyon.
Kodachrome Basin State Park:
Towering hoodoos in Red Canyon:
We are now heading north for home and the scenery has changed dramatically! Today we drove through Eureka, Nevada which bills itself as "the friendliest town on the loneliest road in America".
Just want to let you know about a special show at Red Tree Gallery
on Pender Island. The show opens this Friday with a wine and nibblies
reception from 4 until 6 - invitation attached below poster.
My apologies to those of you receiving this more
The pleasure of pairing images became clear to me as I compiled photographs for my books (Pender Island and the Salish Sea in 2014 and Edges and Echoes in 2016). I love finding ways and reasons to combine two or more images.
Even though the subject matter may be unrelated, the images can be analogous in some curious way such as form or colour, or both as in the photographs shown below.
I am in the process of revising my website - http://www.DianeMacDonaldPhotography.com - where you will find new images and other, sometimes odd, combinations.
New years signal fresh starts and resolve. Seeking nourishment for myself and for my camera,
I set out in what we call 'frigid' in the southern gulf islands to find - what? - light and unusual beauty.
The first shot appeared through my dirty passenger window, enough to lure me from the warmth
of the car.
Magic Lake lives up to its name, and would be totally frozen except for the gusting winds that keep
some edges liquid and create beguiling textural contrast between the sheen of smooth ice and the
shifting patterns of water ruffled by wind.
The seam between the open water and the ice shifts, adding mesmerizing line and pattern.
Ice cubes form where the branches drop into the water, and the frozen lake surface softens
shadows and reflections.
Winter overtakes. imprisoning fall leaves just below the surface.
This optimistic little guy hovers at the feeder along with some pals, clinging as the wind
rocks his meal and entertaining us with his persistence.
And, unrelated and taken at the end of 2016, a burst of light reflected at night on our rain
soaked deck - sheer play. I like the depth and splash - our very own non-pyrotechnical New
Year's Eve display.
Back to January 2017 - and my homage to Tom Thompson. Here's to a year of visual and
sensual beauty, peace, health, joy and happy adventure...