I really feel in the mood for Rolling Skating. Not Roller Blading, but just an old fashioned Roller Skating Rink with the whole 70’s disco ball, kind of like those days of teen fun which didn’t include alcohol. I wonder if there is anything like that around this city anymore, particularly as the nearest Bowling Alley is now across the water. Anyone been Roller Skating recently?
The ‘hottest summer in 30 years’ continues across Canada and though it was overcast and supposed to be raining, the Moss Street Art Faire expected blue skies, and they got them.
Before we went, Linda and I dropped by the James Bay Farmers Market. New designs and animals by Tyler Hayes of Mystic Glass Creations include glass blown octopus and sea turtles with 3-D colours which change as you move. I have a necklace like that done in an anarchy symbol and Linda has a ‘BC coast tidal pool’ necklace. We picked up a Jam for Ice Cream by Whimsical Jams. Whimsical Jams are the ones who will make Diabetic Jams on request, as many individuals with disabilities also can be fighting diabetes (let me know if you want any, so I can pass on the order). I know the amount of medicine I throw at my liver, kidneys and pancreas has to be giving it a hard time.
Three things to know about Moss Street Art Faire. 1) If it is about art and it is FREE in Victoria, it will be packed! 2) The hill is a steep hill, even in the Wheelchair, it was a challenge, so I am guessing Linda and Cheryl have muscle aches and 3) It was HOT, or maybe my ability to adapt to temperature was not that good. So I scooted my power chair INDY from shade spot to shade spot. Thankfully there were plenty of trees.
I saw Libby Wray’s Pottery almost first thing. She had just moved here to Victoria and Moss Street. She was selling off some of her pottery pieces she did before she moved, as she didn’t have her glazing and kiln up and running yet. It was stoneware, so good for microwaves and washing, but very light, likely due to a different clay from Katy, who I buy much of our pottery from. I like well make functional pottery as it is unique, truly ‘one of a kind’ and when surrounded by so many artists, I am fortunate to afford and let the beauty shine into everyday life. I like good primary colours and of the two blue and white mugs she had, I bought one of them for $12. It was the largest, with a good strong handle, and a wide opening, good for drinks, ice cream, smoothies, soup and soba noodles.
Compared to a painting I saw later on ($2,500), or a reproduction of another painting (only $400) I was glad to visit and PURCHASE some original art at the Moss Street art festival. I think Libby Wray might have been priced for someplace not so art focused as Victoria. Linda told me, catching up to me after she had parked the van (she unloaded INDY and I first), that she talked to Libby who told her to pass on to me that since seeing me she had sold out of the Blue, as well as some bowls I had admired.
A good mug AND I am now an official ‘Patron of the Arts’ for Moss Street Art Festival.
I talked to a painter just up the hill whose had a lot of abstract art, including a series mixing Koi Goldfish and abstract art. I recognized the abstract style of two planes with squares from some abstract art in both the Welsh National Art Gallery and the Winnipeg Art Gallery (which has a large selection of abstract art), and asked the painter his influences. He said he was influenced by Pollock and Georgia O’Keeffe. I was a wee startled as both artists’ work were VERY different from his, but looking again, I am noticing that the Koi in the pictures have a ‘circumcised’ look to them; particularly the two in the painting in the back. So perhaps his er….introspection of the fish and the bees, the flowers and seeds did have similarities to O’Keeffe’s flower series. He did have a small set of three which screamed ‘I’m from the prairies’ to me (just missing the May ticks and the hordes of insects that take chunks out of you at sunset – which shows the advantages of art).
I enjoyed this fun ode to Penguin Books, which adds the lads heading off to the Canadian ‘Pop Shop’ to get a summer drink (the standard for Canadian Picnics for the 1980’s and 90’s). It also puts in the West Coast Salish art style of the Native Nations for the penquins: a clever compendium of west coast Canada threaded into the staple of British penguin paperbacks.
Daniel Sali, added his own bit of Canada into this piece which he exhibited in Tokyo before bringing it home to Moss Street. The long sleeve Kimono indicates the girl is single and usually 25 or under. I love the colours in the fan, but also the Canadian Maple Leaves worked into the pattern of the Kimono.
I’ll finish this first part with one of my favorite local artists, Lisa Hebden (www.lisahebden.com). She paints birds in trees and on telephone wires, people in wheat fields and females, often without faces. You can see her from 2009, which was last time I went to the Moss Street Paint In (the summer strains my autonomic system making it hard to be well on specific days). Plus she paints red heads, so what is not to love. She recognized me, and said she had debated on whether to bring one of the paintings I had liked from last time. I got some of her art cards featuring birds, as she had several series of cards with nature, but none with red headed girls, either back turned or floating in the pool, alas.
Next post I hope to introduce you to an artist from Tokyo who only does urban landscapes, from taxi’s in traffic in New York City to the 1960’s built Laundromat of the small town along Vancouver Island’s winding highway. Also an artist of art brushing who created a living art piece out of a model while a crowd watched. A lot of the artists work on pieces during the Paint In, Moss Street Festival, but not usually on a human body. And Horst Loewel’s Cabinet of the Fantastique, amoung other art experiences.
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