You are invited to our
Open Studio Show and Sale
Monday, November 27th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Grace Westminster Church Auditorium
505 – 10th Street East Saskatoon, SK
Every Monday from September through April I meet with a group of artists for a full day of creating and art-making in the auditorium at Grace Westminster Church. Please drop by our open studio to see how we work as well as what we have created.
I will have many of my small watercolour batiks, perfect for gift giving! Other artists work in a variety of media so there will be acrylics, oils, watercolours, pen and ink, mixed media. Something for every taste!
Artists’ Workshop Open Studio
Sketching in Artists’ Workshop member’s the back yards, driving around Saskatchewan, travel to other parts of our country; all provide inspiration. On our travels I stopped at the Japanese Paper Place in Toronto to learn more about the origins of the Ginwashi paper that I use for my watercolour batiks. Unexpectedly, the stop provided a different kind of inspiration – shape. This change in shape started me thinking about composition in new ways and I have created a collection of 2 x 14” pieces perfect for small spaces.
@Paige Mortensen 14×2″ pieces in folding hangers
Paige Mortensen 14×2″ pieces on wood panel
I also discovered some tiny clips and a new way of mounting that highlights the journey my pieces take in their creation. All of this reminding me to be on the lookout for inspiration everywhere.
Yellow Flowers ©Paige Mortensen in 7 x 5″ Shadow Box frames
See you on Monday the 27th!
I have exciting gallery news to share!
AND ART GALLERY
The first piece of exciting gallery news is that I am now represented by AND ART GALLERY in Davidson! The owner, Gail Prpick, is also fellow member of the Artists’ Workshop group. And Art Gallery, at 112 Washington Ave, Davidson,SK is housed in a century old brick building that use to be a bank.
The AND ART GALLERY grand opening is:
Friday, November 17th from 5 – 10 p.m. and
Saturday, November 18th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
I’ll be there Friday evening to celebrate with Gail and the other artists and to chat with you.
These are my pieces that are there and will be hung by now!
Preparing to hang work by Paige Mortensen
Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique
I dropped some new pieces off at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique and they are hanging already! It is exciting to see them amongst all this wonderful art and fine craft!
Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique 1
Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique 2
Black Spruce Gallery
The Black Spruce Gallery is on winter hours right now but there is still lots to see! My watercolour batik birds and other pieces are on display!
It is located in the NorthSide Antiques building on Highway #2 at Northside, SK. I suggest you call ahead to confirm the hours (306 982 4222).
Birds by Paige Mortensen at Black Spruce Gallery
Tall & Sunny 1 ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 12×30″ Available at Black Spruce Gallery
Enjoy the Galleries!
It is a real honour to be participating in the Artisan Fine Craft Market this year! The space has been doubled this year and it will be a fantastic show. Dates and times are listed below and there is more information at artisansask.ca.
Artisan Fine Craft Market
Then two weeks later is another show I’ll tell you about next time. For now, what that means is that I have been busy. Here are a couple images of what has been hanging in the ‘fireplace gallery’ in my studio. Although, they haven’t had time to linger as the next batch comes along quickly.
Fall 2016 Fireplace Gallery
Fall 2016 – Fireplace Gallery
I am thankful for Kim at Vanishing Point Framing for looking after the framing of my larger pieces. They are finished and ready for me to pick up. These made in Saskatoon frames are a wonderful smooth maple – not only do they look great but they feel so smooth!
Changing – Framed by Vanishing Point Framing
I have attended the Artisan Fine Craft Market many times over the years, but this is the first time I will be there as part of the show. That is exciting, and a bit scary. So, I have been practising my setup in the basement.
Make sure you stop and say hello while you are there!
I am excited to announce that the Saskatchewan Craft Council’s selection committee chose three of my watercolour batiks to show in their booth at this ART NOW : The Saskatchewan Fine Art & Craft Fair! It is a first annual event so I am looking forward to everything it has to offer.
Some of the specifics:
Friday, September 16 – noon – 9 pm – FREE admission
Saturday, September 17 – 10 am – 6 pm – FREE admission
Sunday, September 18 – 10 am – 4 pm – FREE admission
VIP Opening Reception
Thursday, September 15 from 6 – 10 pm
Tickets $100 with proceeds going to the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan
(tickets available here)
Information Sessions (more details here)
September 16 – 1pm Social Media for the Arts
September 17 – 1pm The Two Sides of the Brain: Creativity in Art and Science
September 17 – 3pm Saskatchewan Art Now
September 18 – 1pm From Here to There
It doesn’t happen very often but yesterday there was something very exciting in the mail. It was a letter from Jesse Campbell, Director/Curator at the Mann Art Gallery in Prince Albert, SK saying that they have purchased this piece (‘Welcome’) for their permanent collection! I am honoured and thrilled!
Welcome ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 12×18″ SOLD
As background, it is Winter Festival in Prince Albert and as part of that the Gallery has a member’s show and sale. All gallery members are invited to submit two pieces to the show so that is how this came to be there. There are many, many amazing and varied artists with work in this show so please take the time to check it out. It is up until April 2, 2016. Details can be found on the Mann Art Gallery website.
In 2008 we were in Bath, UK. The weather was great and we had been exploring. I remember a little shop where we watched a glass blower create beautiful pieces of art. Glass blowing is magical and mysterious…and makes the room very hot.
Shortly after we came across this sign and a very welcoming building.
The building is the Walcot Chapel and it was built in the late 1700’s. I loved the welcoming feel of the space, the people and the history. What stuck with me was again magical as the artist’s ‘circular art’ explored deep inner emotion in a colourful, mesmerizing show.
This is the second piece I have hanging in the show:
Beauty Behind ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour Batik 10×14″ $225
I am extremely thankful to the people who chose my work for the Mann Art Gallery’s permanent collection!
Stories Inside V ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 12×18″ $350
Stories Inside Series
Royal Gallery at The Centre Mall Saskatoon
until January 8, 2016!
Doors are invitations to get to know the people behind them.
While in Europe I found the architecture fascinating and was constantly in wonder about the people behind the doors.
- Who built them?
- Who lived / lives behind them?
- What were / are their lives like?
Stories Inside XI ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 18×24″ $700
What questions do these pieces raise for you?
P.S. If you are looking for something small these three 8×8″ pieces are part of VOID Gallery’s Small Works show that is on right now. (312 Avenue B. S. Saskatoon)
I am so excited to tell you about 3 opportunities November 2015 is bringing for me to share my watercolour batiks with you! I am looking forward to these events because they provide time to meet up with old friends and make some new ones!
Stories Inside XI ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 18×24″ $700
November 9, 2015 to January 9, 2016
This gallery is located just outside Rainbow Cinema and will be waiting for you to stop by and have a look while you are at the mall. Please let me know if you are interested in purchasing anything and I will arrange to pick it up.
This show will feature my Stories Inside series. This series was inspired by our trip to Europe in the fall of 2014. It was the doors and windows of ordinary homes that fascinated me the most. I continue to wonder what stories they have to tell. Who built them? Who lived there? Who lives there now? What were and are their lives like?
There will also be a few of my flower pictures like Tall & Sunny.
Tall & Sunny 1 ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 12×30″ $650
Mendel Farewell ©Paige Mortensen Watercolour 12×36″ $625
November 13 – 14, 2015
Friday 5 – 9 pm
Saturday 12 noon – 4:30 pm
Celebrating the creativity of artists from the Unitarian Congregation.
There will be wonderful harp music Friday evening!
First artists’ workshop group piece ©Paige Mortensen
November 20 – 22, 2015
Friday 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Saturday 10 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 12 noon – 4:00 pm
Since September I have had the honour of spending my Monday’s painting with this wonderful group of artists. There are 11 artists in this group and we have all been working on smaller pieces so it will be a show with lots of variety.
I am looking forward to sharing my work and hope to see you soon!
September is always a time of changes. It has been many years since there was back to school excitement at our house but yesterday was our grandson’s first day of kindergarten! With a backpack like this how could he not be excited?
I too have changes this week. August 30th was the last day of the member’s show at the Saskatchewan Craft Council’s Affinity Gallery so I picked up those pieces on Monday. From there I headed out to Esterhazy take down my show at Jocelyn’s Fine Art Gallery there. It sounds like lots of people were able to see the work and she sold 3 pieces! I am very thankful to have met Jocelyn and for the opportunity to show in her gallery! If you are ever near there do stop in, she has a wonderful gallery!
One last peek:
Today I took pieces over to Partridge Centre Special Care Home to hang in a group show (Watermarks & Friends) for the month of September. They have boards along the hallways and ask that the pieces be hung low so people in wheel chairs can see. A new show goes up monthly so that the residents regularly have new art to view. Visitors are welcome so please stop by and have a look. While you are there have a chat with the residents, it will brighten their day…and yours.
This is my section:
Brightwater Senior Living asked me to come and paint weekly with a group of residents. I am excited for this opportunity to learn and share the world of painting in this new way for me. We are going to start with exploring these colourful watercolour pencils.
Aren’t the colours wonderful!
I am also going to be painting with the Artists Workshop group this year. I have attended their annual shows for years and feel honoured to be invited to paint with them weekly! More about that another day.
“Back to School” excitement isn’t just for students, enjoy your fall changes!
Thanks for being here!
We couldn’t have asked for better weather than we had for the 2015 edition of the 263 Art Studio Tour! Thanks to Donna, we also had a fantastic venue in their family garage which even had freshly painted walls!
Donna Cessna is an acrylic and mixed media painter, Jeannette Lussier paints her originals in oil and then uses a colour sublimation process to create tiles from digital copies of the originals. My works are watercolours done using a batik-like process on Ginwashi paper. Three artists – three individual styles! Here we are, ready to start making connections with our visitors.
And connect we did. As I said in my last post, as artists we create the works but it is not until others view it that it is complete. Everyone who came by seemed genuinely excited to be on the tour and interacting with the wide variety of art. We enjoyed talking about our inspirations and processes.
We had the opportunity to share our art with people who call Saskatchewan home and others visiting the area from Alberta, New York and Belgium. We heard stories about work they had already seen at other studios on the tour and talked about what they were going to see next. This is Saskatchewan and the seven degrees of separation between people seems smaller here so many of our conversations led to the people or places we knew in common.
©Paige Mortensen Blooming Briefly Watercolour 16×16″ $525
Beyond the connections with our visitors there were a few highlights for me:
~ I had time to get to know two wonderful artists! I enjoyed the weekend with both of you!
~ Sharing the experience with family who drove 2 hours just to stop in and see our ‘gallery’!
~ After I got home a friend sent me a note saying: “A friend of mine was one of the visitors and just raved about your work, recommended that I look at it!” Funny that the visitor and I hadn’t found our link – but thanks to her for sharing her enthusiasm!
And, an added bonus was that we were at the lake and I could spend some quiet time sitting by the water!
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s 263 Art Studio Tour!
The process of creating art never feels complete until someone sees it. This weekend is your chance to complete the work of the artists participating in this year’s 263 Art Studio Tour at various sites around Christopher and Emma Lakes.
My latest simple garden bouquet brings a smile every time I see it. I hope my watercolours do the same for you.
I have several new watercolour pieces using my batik-like process. They are framed, labelled and ready to show. All of these were done on Ginwashi paper but as you can see, some are framed behind glass and others I have mounted on canvas for a different look. I’m curious to hear which way you prefer.
I will be at Site #7 along with Donna Cessna and Jeannette Lussier!
A map can be found here.
I hope to see you there!