Monday, November 25, 2013

A busy tour - thanks to all of our customers!

Whew! This year was a very busy one at the Broody Rooster for the 25th Annual Cedar Yellowpoint Christmas Tour.  Thank you to all of the customers who visited us and supported local artisans with your purchases. 

The message about the need to buy local continues to gain steam in society.  And while the benefits are often cited as environmental in nature (i.e. less carbon emissions for transport), there are numerous social benefits as well. In the case of artisans - who transform resources into aesthetic and consumable new products - local shoppers allow them to perfect their craft and make an income. Many of them keep our heritage alive as well.

I have enjoyed being part of the CYAA and find that as a cluster, we collectively attract significant traffic to our studios, workshops and galleries each year.  It is a cooperative spirit that is hard to find.

Our barn provided us much more space for our "fancy farm girl" items this year. Shoppers told us they loved the set up, the quality of the work, and the ambiance at the farm.  Many petted the horses or Oscar, or they viewed the chickens, bought eggs and the men were often spotted looking way up to study how the barn is constructed. Others enjoyed interacting with the artisans and watching Deb work her magic with wool. I enjoyed the many conversations with guests about a wide range of topics and I especially enjoyed seeing the numerous repeat visitors from years past.

Thank you artisans for your efforts and again to our many customers for your visit to the farm. See you next year.


Monday, November 18, 2013

Cedar Yellowpoint Artisan Tour - Nov 21-24 2013

Well, it is that wonderful time of year again! If you haven't been out to the Cedar Yellowpoint Artisan Tour before, this year is going to be a great event. Come and explore the 22 Artisans on the tour at their studios, galleries and workshops.

Maps and brochures are located at local gas stations and venues, or go to the website at

We will be on the tour again this year and I have a few local artists joining me to display a wide range of local items including paintings, art cards, canning, poppycock, dog treats, tea, rice, salves, soap, birdhouses, horseshoe art, sewing items, fishing gear, furniture and more. Something for everyone!

Join us Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. See you there!

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Location:Giovando Rd,,Canada

Monday, August 19, 2013

People's choice and best student art award

Well, four days of votes by the visitors to the Art Show and Sale and we have winners for the People's choice award (favourite in the show) and the Best Student Artwork award. Remarkably, when John tallied up the ballots there was a tremendous number of paintings nominated. There were 33 paintings selected as favourite in the show and 10 for the student work!

Drum roll... the People's Choice award goes to "Obsession", one of my paintings of a fellow fly fishing in the Cowichan river and the Best Student award goes to Linda Campbell's painting of a horse, done in the July art workshop.

Congrats to all artists - there was consistent feedback by the visitors that it was hard to pick just one, indication of the great array of artwork that was on display.

A reminder to those visitors who came to vote - mark your calendars for Nov 21-24 for the Cedar Yellowpoint Artisans tour where you can come and see more artwork. And for those wanting to learn to paint and master a new technique, think about signing up for the Sept 28-29 art workshop here. All students over the next year have the opportunity to display their work at next years art show as well.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Wine and cheese for artists

Tonight we hosted a wine and cheese event for the featured artists at the Show and Sale (Lesley Lorenz, Marci Leighton and Kevin Bray) and students of past workshops. Photo above left to right - Nicole Vaugeois, Lesley Lorenz, Kevin Bray, Tammy Mercer and Marci Leighton). Photo below, guests voting for their top picks.

Everyone is invited to vote for people's choice award (favourite in show) and for the best student piece. Still time to come this weekend so join us! Noon to 6 Saturday and Sunday.

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Location:Giovando Rd,,Canada

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Art Show and Sale begins!

Today marked the first day of the art show and sale here at the Broody Rooster - if you have time to come out over the next few days, we are displaying lots of artwork and other goods from noon to 6 pm until Sunday the 18.

Enjoy an afternoon in our lovely neck of the woods!

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Location:Giovando Rd,,Canada

Monday, July 22, 2013

Getting ready for the Art Show and Sale at the Broody Rooster Gallery

Well now that my students are all through their workshops, it is time to get ready for the first Art Show and Sale at the Broody Rooster Gallery on August 15-18.  This event is intended to provide my students an opportunity to showcase their work to the public and to sell works. It will also be a venue for my new work and work of local artist Lesley Lorenz to appear for sale. 

So, spread the word - four days of artwork on display in the lovely rural area of Cedar/Yellowpoint in the loft of the Broody Rooster Barn.  Come by anytime between noon and 6 pm to view the art, chat with artists, vote for the "best in show" and purchase great local artwork.

Wonderful creations in the July Art Workshop at the Broody Rooster

Last week I had the good fortune to be joined by fellow "creatives" for one of my Acrylic Art Workshops in the loft of our new barn at the Broody Rooster.  It never ceases to impress me the range of subject material and the range of colours that students use in their masterpieces. It is always fun to watch how they apply the same principles to different material with such great outcomes.

Thanks to all the participants last week - I hope you learned a lot and that you will be inspired to continue to create post workshop. I look forward to seeing your work in the future and hopefully to painting together again.