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Opening At Dollirium

on May 30, 2013 - 11:31am

This past Sunday I hopped in my car and headed out to London, Ontario, for the opening of "The Home Grown Doll Show" at Dollirium

With my trusty camera in tow, and a friend at my side, I enjoyed a short road trip to a small art gallery showcasing Canadian talent. And that included a few pieces from yours truly. 

There is something very strange about walking into a building and finding your art there. And something comforting about it. It was like having a group of friends waiting for me.

I do love that Pilch - second figure from the left in the banner - is a big toothy ham in a group of some more serious looking faces.

I never know what to do in these sorts of situations. It's one thing to stand behind a table of your work and talk to people. It's another to mill about a crowded space where people might make conversation with you about the work on the wall. 

It feels a lot like being at a party where you don't really know anyone. Since I am an introvert, that can be mildly uncomfortable. I was blessed to have so many things to preoccupy my attention or else I might have gotten twitchy...or in trouble.

At one point a couple were leaned in close to my figures, examining them, discussing them at length. It took all my willpower not to step beside them, my shoulder to theirs, and just start nodding thoughtfully.

I was a good ghoul.

In fact, I even made myself leave the room. When I came back, two of my pieces had sold (apparently to an owner of a Tattoo shop which will be their new home).

Dollirium Art Doll Gallery "Home Grown Show"

on May 26, 2013 - 8:36am

If you happen to be in the London, Ontario area, be sure to stop by Dollirium Art Doll Emporium from May 26th to July 5th, 2013.

The gallery is hosting a "Home Grown Doll Show" of artists from Ontario, and yours truly is part of it. 

Opening reception is this evening from 7 pm to 10 pm and I'm so excited to be part of it, I'm actually going to be making the drive out from Toronto this evening to make a brief appearance. 

I've had a sneak peek at the other artist's work, and am thrilled to be in such good company.

If you do make it tonight, I'll be the exhausted, disheveled woman. Nudge me awake and say hi.

Otherwise, you have more than a month to enjoy the show at your leisure.

The gallery is located at 1 Cliftonvale Ave.

If you don't see me, say hi to my figures. It's the first time they've been away from home besides going to new owners, and I'm concerned they might get upset one dark night...and possibly eat the other figures on display. I won't get charged for that, right?

The Undeading: CPR Makes You Undead

on October 5, 2012 - 7:28am

Take two good concepts (Halloween haunts and saving lives), and two big organizations (Canada's Wonderland and the Heart & Stroke Foundation).

Combine them in one event.

What do you get?

The Undeading.

"At the end of September, the outbreak began. By October 4th, the entire city was overrun. Now it’s up to all of us to head to the safe zone on October 25th to survive.

On October 25th, 2012, we are calling on you to help us break the Guinness World Record for CPR training at The Undeading At Wonderland – Presented by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 
For $14.99 – 60% off of regular admission, not only will you be a part of this historic and exclusive event, but you will also have full access to the park and Halloween Haunt and learn how to save lives with CPR.
 
Join the resistance and buy your tickets today. CPR Makes You Undead."

Countdown to Halloween 2012

on October 1, 2012 - 7:27am

Happy October 1st, everyone. And so it begins, another Countdown to Halloween where a large group of folk pledge to try and bring you Halloween-related goodies daily for the month of October. 

To kick off my first post, let me draw your attention to Mad Lab Productions, an animation company who have created fun zombie shorts in the past like Rise of the Zombie Corpse and Springtime Zombie

Now they have a new animated mini-series (cute and kid-friendly) called Vampire Instructionals.

"The premise: a kid vampire takes it upon himself (itself?) to create little instructional animations to school OTHER kid vampires on key aspects of vampire life (unlife?)"

The first is a 30 second tutorial on how to become a bat (which, using kid logic, is actually very simple). They will be releasing a new tutorial every Monday until they feel vampire children have all the basic skills they will need as they work towards becoming better vampires.

If you've ever watched Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, it reminds me of when Grover and Kermit interview children to figure out how Santa comes down the chimney.

Be sure to check out their YouTube video listings to get your Halloween quick fix. 

And to everyone participating in this year's countdown, get posting. Pumpkin flavoured coffee is on me. 

 

Lemons into Haunted Lemonade

on June 18, 2012 - 9:43am

Scarefest

I have some news regarding Scarefest I want to share with you. I mentioned recently that I would be a vendor at Scarefest, a backyard BBQ Haunter Tradition for many years in Ontario. This year the organizer arranged a park space so even more haunters and vendors could attend. It was the next step in evolution for the beloved event which continues to grow.

The City of Vaughn (where the park is) contacted the organizer after they received an anonymous complaint regarding Scarefest:

"This individual who called in took the time to educate the Municipal Officials on our Scarefest web site, pointed out how many vendors we had attending and what they were being charged for a booth, inquired if we had all the proper permits for the park, and asked how all the residents in the neighborhood would feel about all the additional cars on the street." (You can read the full story on Facebook).

Emily Carroll Comics

on May 7, 2012 - 8:39am

Emily Carrol "His Face All Red"

Emily Carroll is a Canadian artist.

Happy Canada (Pumpkin) Day

on July 1, 2010 - 11:20am

Sculpey pumpkins work in progress

Happy Canada Day! Can't think of a better way to celebrate than to make some pumpkin sculptures. It's my first time sculpting large ones, and I'm really enjoying it. These guys are about the size of an orange (approximately 3" tall). I'm still working on them, but already their personalities are shining through.

These three will be coming with me to Scarefest on Saturday. I hope to see some of you locals there!