My art show, entitled “Taking Flight: An Exploration of Birds and Other Flying Creatures in the Art of Sue Bland” took place Mother’s Day Weekend (May 11 and 12, 2013) in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan.
I learned that to mount an art show – and especially one called “Taking Flight”, I had to stay pretty darn grounded! It was definitely hard work, and absolutely full of joy for me. I was so thrilled that so many of all ages chose to hang around, drink some tea and make some beautiful art. Many beautiful rice paper birds, butterflies, snakes and pictures were created by folks from age 3 to age 88! Numerous people helped me but I would especially like to thank the volunteers at the Qu’Appelle Valley Centre of the Arts, and my family, especially Shane and Jessie and Marina.
On Sunday morning, the first hour was very quiet, so I sat in the gallery, listened to music and looked around. Some of the art in the room comes from 25 years ago, and I have never seen my art at all in one place before. I could see that as well as a fascination with birds and other flying creatures, there is both movement and colour in my art which has remained consistent over the years. I had never noticed this before. I have not yet finished my explorations of “Taking Flight” in the form of blog posts, but I hope to. (See former posts Taking Flight 1, 2 and 3). The art show perhaps marked a starting point for further exploration of the flight theme.
I have chosen 15 photos for this post – you can see the entire collection in Past PLAYshops, Shows and Sales. Most of the photos are courtesy of Susan Sorenson and Cherie Westmoreland. I thank them both.
The Qu’Appelle Valley Centre of the Arts was once a school
Flowers from Mary, Screen behind made by Justin
“An Exultation of Larks”
Rice Paper on plexi-glass
Tree of Birds – wax crayons, watercolour paint, 1991
- “Bird Woman” – Diana’s Magic Lamp, half a globe, a velvet hat, a heart, two rolls of paper, rice paper birds
Janaye and Natalie
Ciane, Jared and boys
L to R-
Print- Earth Dances with Sky
Where are You Now?
Collage- Earth dances with Sky
Collage- Autumn Flight
Collage- Sunrise Ceremony
Part of the Fairy Section
2 Star fairies, and 1 Undaunted fairy
Gorgeous butterfly created by Chrysa who said “I am not creative!” WHAT???
Some of the beautiful art created during “Taking Flight”