Fall 2014 . . .

•October 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

F L O W E R I N G . . .


Flowering is finally finished and on her way to her new home…she has been a long and delicious process of one year. I now will begin another, something leading on from where she leaves me . . .

Those of you who followed the Fluevog competition will know that I now have Fleuvogs of my own and they now belong to Flowering too . . .


I have just added some new smaller works to my website under SHOP :  click here :  Fall Figures 2014  to have a look . . .


And . . . here are some images from our expression workshop in Portola . . .


This years classes were all so great, I cannot say enough thank you’s to everyone who participated and trusted me to lead them astray!! We had such a great time. The 2015 calendar will be posted very soon, some new places to visit and a new class called   EXPRESSION   tested out by my favorite guinea pigs . . .  The PORTOLA classes !


tres amigas

May the fall bring you gently into winter, mine is off to Mexico and a six month period of intense studio time and evolution.     a time to    . . .   f l o w e r   . . . .


The R E L I E F artwork . . .

•September 8, 2014 • 1 Comment

The show is done and now, the artwork is at last able to be sold .. it is on my website under : S H O P : here is a link to it: http://www.katechurch.com/shop/r-e-l-i-e-f-artwork/

two papers

There are lovely little artworks too which I will add in the coming days…just took so darn long to get this much done, but I am satisfied and happy to have this part checked off the l o n g  list …

stay T U N E D  . . . . . . . . . . . .

rose and gold   47 x 31”

NIADA Conference and c l a s s . . .

•August 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Lift off

What a great time we had … the class was, as it always is, a wonderful gift to me. The perfect group and lovely fun … thank you all ! ! !

I was asked if I meant my guided method to be like a yoga class … I love that idea !    If I can create that kind of feeling in my classes then I can send everyone home with a lovely way to work and a making of many heads, hands and feet to look forward to!!

Those who have been in one of my classes will (hopefully) understand that comment.

Here are images of some of the work created in the three days we spent learning and laughing …

ANd then … the conference began …  it was non-stop. I eventually became so worn out that even coffee failed me: I believe, a sign of a good conference, right?

I loved having the chance to know everyone a bit better and to feel excited about the things we will do in the coming years. I am mostly juiced about the growth of the teaching part of NIADA. I truly feel that giving energy and time to teaching brings an essential facet to the face of our art.

And, to be a part of that is a very real priveledge, one that returns as much as is given.

Here are a few pictures of the conference events I managed to take …

I had the pleasure of sharing a room with Lesley Keeble, an incredibly gifted artist and wonderful person … Here she is on the night of the gallery show just after having to move rooms in under ten minutes … we are just about to walk out to the     r e d     c a r p e t    . . .    or it maybe it was beige toned ? … never the less,  there was carpet and the opening gala show . . . and her beautiful piece . . .

The Red Carpetlesley keeble












Here is a link to see more of her work . . .  http://piedmontcraftsmen.org/artist/lesley-g-keeble/

And a final image, this is my red carpet guy … C R O W .  He was still being sewn when they showed up to move us from our moldy carpeted room to a fresher one (always seems to be about the carpet) just moments before the opening where we were being shown off … so he was indeed part of this star struck event!

CROW spelling it out

Classes in MAHONE BAY …

•August 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment



We have just finished two weeks of classes here at my home in Mahone Bay. Wonderful, just as life is here on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.
I feel a very special enjoyment for my home sweet home when I get to share it with my students …!

First Week : INTRO workshop

Gayle 2

It was a small but mighty group, a luxury to be able to have smaller groups when it is home  …

Below are some of the great things that came of the three days … if you click on any image you will enter the slide show …



hair wave

The first offering of this class was last September in Portola California where I work with a fabulous group of students and dear friends… now the year is complete  and this workshop is oficially retired.

As I finished this final class, I felt that learning a method  for small scale was successful in helping instruct everyone’s sculpting.  As we simplified the process,  small details became easier and features and fingers became more delicate in a natural way.  It is my hope that returning to a larger scale, the delicacy and refinement will carry forward into the work.

I have so enjoyed teaching this one!! And I must say a huge thank you for those who patiently waited when the intricate stringing of the figures into their boxes took such a long time. The good news is that not one box or solution was the same and everyone went away with a truly original treasure.

Several classes came to my assistance and built the boxes for us, and when my box makers in Mexico let me down, we managed to resolve and do even better !

So … many thanks to all of you who took part in this workshop, I loved figuring it all out with you,  my trusting students!!

Here are images of some of the work created in the final little boxes workshop here in Mahone Bay last week.

the little boxes

Remember to click on the pictures below to enlarge them . . . .


Next week I am off to Florida for the NIADA conference where I will be teaching for three days and then soaking up the company of an incredible group of international doll artists…



Then,it is back to the studio to prepare and test out the ideas for September when I return once again to Portola California HOORAY where we will introduce and test out the new workshop :  EXPRESSION and TRANSFORMATION …



W r i t i n g on R E L I E F . . .

•July 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

An intimate part of  the show are the writings from the journey of my work. As I completed the labels and added my words to the walls I felt I would also place them here with images to surround them, to include some of the emotional content that was part of creating this exhibit.


R E L I E F : my definition : Creating an altered surface. Somehow lifting things forward or moving over other things.


two rosas and domino box dancer



Human L A N D S C A P E :

Process : Discarded drawings painted over. Back to sessions with the model and draw again. Paint eraser conte crayon flannel pastel graphite; layers enriching lines pulling on the figures. Often the whole paper wiped, leaving only a faint trace  . . . then again . . .

human L A N D S C A P E drawings

Smearing drawing erasing scrubbing off areas scratching scribbling. In time I stopped watching and joined with the work climbing into the surfaces.

human L A N D S C A P E  2

Exploring red oxide and gold leaf over the skies, creating bright space above the horizon . . .  mark, colour, texture, surface found harmony. I felt the paper sing.

human L A N D S C A P E  4

Connecting papers is something I have played with for many years.  This series was created over four months of life drawing sessions. When papers emerged they seemed to fall into a natural sequence, into a larger form of the experience.

human L A N D S C A P E  6

The series became E I G H T papers…here is a slideshow of the series, just click on the first image and it will lead you through the sequence  . . .




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To speak about a place of deep insecurity, of searching for  r e l i e f :      As I joined the surfaces during drawing sessions, as the work found strength and harmony in the sky, as I began to hold a paintbrush as I would a piece of graphite or conte  . . .  in those moments I found release.


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Reflecting on Angels:

Symbolic of hope, flying, mischief, love, afterlife

I do not see the wings … to me angels are those who cross or enter your path without marking it . . . shifting perspective, opening possibility at the heart.

Breath of fresh air … purity and light … movement … raw kindness

If one became aware of the wings, there would then be the need to learn how to use them.

sense of wings alt light


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Finding Relief : the connecting of different practices, using the strength of each … hitting straight through the lines, the layers, the doorways … then humbly starting again.


balance   20 x 25 ½“


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Because liberty and ability was pushed gently towards strength, once I could hear him I was able to express with greater freedom … the gold layer brought both discovery and completion ~ like a crowning of the years it has taken to make these marks of emerging confidence.


blue   43 ½ x 23”


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This work is my evolution, my relief.

I have always loved the idea of painting … somehow felt marked for it … in critique there has often been disfavour and discouragement … in reaction I have shied away.

I have returned repeatedly to the brushes, and the connection remains tentative. The desire to unearth deeper significance aches within and does not let go.


rose and gold   47 x 31”


The  p o e m s . . .




Growing like sharp teeth on tender flesh                                                     

Like ancient rumours of bad blood.                                                            


In a flicker of remembering                                                                      

Reduced to the most intimate darkness.  




Isolation     deep                                                                                                    

Playful     solemn

Intriguing     distant

Life     intensely     moving

Inside     the     stillness

Feeling     like     touching

Speaking     of     nothing                   



Dream closer    


A beggar

Crying for applause


Wishing a stranger would recognize some greatness

And lift me up.


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gaze    39 x 34”


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If I were to simplify all the words it would be that what has always been in my heart and soul … at last has entered my blood.




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Metamorphous close up


The show now  rests  . . .  with   y o u .








one week L A T E R . .

•July 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

opening day with the girls

Four friends and I piled in the car and drove to Church Point to celebrate a birthday (not mine) and visit the show. This time the weather was perfect, sunshine all the way, wind gentle and sweet.

We added the labels, writings and the artist statement … and then we cheered. The show is officially    O P E N ! ! ! !

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R E L I E F :  Artist Statement

Figurative works by Claude Chaloux and Kate Church.

The show explores the concept of the surfaces of a  material form attaching to surfaces of emotion evoked by the word relief. Each of the artists has worked independently in following and interpreting this concept.

The title has a double meaning.  In the French language, relief means landscape, which is a subject of the show, explored in the different surfaces and textures. In the English language, the Oxford dictionary defines relief as ‘a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress’. 

These two aspects of the meaning of the word R E L I E F are found throughout this exhibit and hold the spirit of the show. Surfaces are the major emphasis of the exploration and conceptually the material connection of the two artists.


The show celebrates Claude Chaloux’s arrival in the province of Nova Scotia 33 years ago.  Claude and Kate share a friendship of more than a decade.


Ce titre a été choisi pour le double sens du terme.  En français, le Larousse dit: ” Ce qui fait sailli sur une surface. (…) sculpture

dont le motil, les formes se détachent en saillies plus ou moins fortes par opposition à la ronde bosse.”

En anglais l’Oxford définit relief comme: ” un sentiment de réassurrance, de relaxation; se libérer de l’anxiété ou de la détresse”

C’est par le relief, la surface les textures que l’expression créatrice des deux artistes se rejoint .


Cette exposition coincide avec l’arrivée, il y a 33 ans, de Claude Chaloux en Nouvelle-Écosse.  Kate et Claude partagent un belle et longue amitié depuis plus de dix ans .

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Several friends made the long journey despite the hurricane, only to find the University in the dark and the show unreachable … to you and those I have not heard from … my sincere apologies for being unable to reach you, and gratitude for your effort. Please let me know you tried, I would love to know and will find a way to bring the show to you, even if it is via a video/slide show … it is indeed a very long way to Church Point .

Here are images of Claude’s pieces I promised to post. E N J O Y ! !!

ANd, if anyone is “down the French Shore” our show is there until August 31st. Look for the building with the tourist bureau. Open from 7am – 7pm.  If the gallery for some reason is locked, they will open it for you at the desk or the cafeteria.

Claude’s gallery shop is just down the road :  ART & MINÉRAUX : left hand side, heading towards Digby in Belliveau Cove, here is his email :


art & mineraux


and then there was L I G H T . . .

•July 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

DAY  S E V E N . . . we finally got our power back, we were part of the last five hundred homes to be repaired after the storm . . . feels amazing but there are still people out there without power  . . .

so the switches are back on and life is returning to normal ? Excitement, gratitude combined with a deep sense of   p o w e r . . .

AS promised, here are the first images from our show.  tomorrow I will put the final touches on the writings and see the show to its completion. Such a long journey to get there . . .


S O O N   I will post Claude Chaloux’s images . . .


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