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.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Artwork at the Trading Post for Customer Appreciation Days

Isn't it great when local small businesses work together? I was asked by friends at the Trading Post - my local tack and feed store - to have a booth for their Customer Appreciation Days May 25-26.  I was able to get a great spot near the door and had lots of inquiries about wine glasses, art workshops and paintings. Thanks gang at the Trading Post for sharing your customer base with me.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Art at the Coco Cafe in Cedar

If you are out and about in the lovely village of Cedar or Yellowpoint, make sure to stop by the Coco Cafe in the village center. This funky little Co-operative is a welcome addition to the community and is a great place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat.  For years my friends and I have said that after a run we needed a place where we could grab a little java (and a treat to replace those lost calories!). Now we have it.

I was pleasantly surprised about a month ago when I saw that they were looking for local artists to display their work. Luckily, I got in and wanted to share with folks that I now have 13 pieces of art (many new) on display this month.  So, stop by and check it out and support those who support local artists.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

"It's that simple" Art workshop a success

This weekend I had the pleasure of helping six great ladies create something from nothing here at the Broody Rooster. Five of the gals had signed up together - sisters and girlfriends who wanted to try something new and leave with a finished piece of art. Well, I am happy to say that they kept pace, worked hard, got through the "uglies" and left with some wonderful pieces. I commented that it was a great idea to do the workshop together because now they can paint together (over a glass of wine perhaps) and help remind one another about what they learned. Congratulations ladies, you are super successful with your work.

That is it for workshops for a month or two (but I am happy to entertain groups that may want to do something in April or May). But, there is lots of room for the workshops this summer in June and July. I have these posted mid week as three day workshops, but if someone wants to do just two days - we can adjust the price accordingly too. And, if weekdays in the summer don't work for you, I can entertain a weekend so long as I can get at least 4 people together.

C'mon, take a plunge and try something new - you will never look at art the same again - and you will add a new talent to your repertoire at the same time (never mind the painting that you leave with - that YOU did).

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New creations at the January workshop

I think one of the things I love the most about my art life, is teaching others to create through acrylics. Inevitably people comment about how they cannot even draw stick people, thereby implying that they shouldn't even dare to try and paint. I respond to this commentary that painting is not about lines, its about layers. Rethinking our default position on art and creativity is the start of all things magical.

I was lucky in January to have a workshop with some newbies and a few of my faithful workshop participants. Together we spent the weekend creating all sorts of master pieces in the cottage (see photos).

If you are wanting to join in some fun - the March workshop is completely full, but there are some summer workshops taking place in our new barn - or if you want to connect, I may put on a workshop in April or May if I had enough interest. Just send me a note or gather a few friends together and let me know!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Art profile on Shaw Cable

This year, just prior to the Artisan Tour, I was asked if I could meet with the folks at Shaw Cable to do a short clip on my art. When the crew arrived, I learned that it would be a bit more extensive, but they walked me through the process and produced a nice clip.  They asked about what inspires me, how I work, features of my studio/gallery and workshops. I must admit I was really nervous about it, but the process was quite fun in the end. 

I kept hearing from folks who had seen the clip, but hadn't had a chance to see it until tonight! Other than seeing my wrinkles and age creeping up on me, I am quite pleased - thanks Shaw for the coverage.

If you are keen to take a watch, you can view the clip here: NICOLE VAUGEOIS ON SHAW CABLE