life’s travels of then and now and . . .

•August 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Last month I shared how much change had come into my life and indeed it continues but there is more light and grace in my life than ever so I wanted to share a few of the new things that have happened and some that are on their way …

My spring workshops were wonderful, filled with gracious enthusiasm and exciting outcomes. My life is enriched on these journeys, they keep me and my heart in rhythm and colour with fabulous students and large creative days …

Here is an images from Charlottetown, North Carolina where we did the Dancing with Hoops class …

 

And then Albuquerque  one of my favorite places to teach  … feels like home to me now cause I get to work with Annie  …

 

 

 

My life then took me to Barga, Tuscany to visit friends and look at the possibility of teaching there in the future. A beautiful time and transformative experience in an artist’s paradise …

 

Then I took the train to do a private workshop for friends in Switzerland … we had a beautiful time and I got to see some of their beautiful world …

Into the future …

I will be in Mineral Point Wisconsin this fall to teach a week long workshop called Building Sculptural Character. It is my introductory workshop where we focus on all the building techniques for the figures I have taught myself to make. Secrets come out and laughter is a steady sound …

Here is a link for more info : http://www.katechurch.com/mineral-point-wisconsin-workshop-this-fall/

 

And !!!!!!!!

an exciting announcement of a class to be held in Durfort, Southern France next spring!!!

Want to travel to a beautiful little town to create with me?

I just put the information on my website and here is the link for it:

http://www.katechurch.com/pinocchio-and-bird-workshop-beautiful-la-cascade-durfort-france/

 

 

AND … there are a few new pieces that made it to my gallery shop The Flight of Fancy in Bear River Nova Scotia… two large horses from my show last summer called Cactus Flowering and Murder and the Moondancer

One that I have held on to for many years to use as a mascot for my teaching pages finally got his bike ready to roll called The Old Shoemaker and the Bicycle Thief …  it is standing on an antique shoe form full of holes from a real maker of soles :)

The fourth one is called Foxie and Blue, a piece that is a blue haired character with a fox on his mind… and I stole the name of this character for my spring workshop in Albuquerque because I liked it so much …

And finally I refinished a tiny piece that was waiting for  e v e r  for me to repair the hand. His tiny hand now holds an even tinier rabbit on a handle so it simply had to be called  Rattle …

At home walls, doors and stairways are continuing to be freshly painted, the now over-sized rich layers of wild roses, day lilies and hydrangias are being sculpted and trimmed so it can be readied for the market, it is a good decision to try and sell my house again. I feel this will help me manage these times of transition better than struggling to try and hold on to it.

I have enlisted the help of a dear artist friend and indeed, two makes the work go much faster and the heart grow lighter…

My home always loves attention so even though I am not in the studio as much as I want or will be things are definitely looking way way up as the Friendly Giant said !!

I am working on a small show for the Bridgewater Public Library in October called The Spirit Birds … it is work for a children’s book I have always wanted to write and this is bringing it closer to being realized. It is at the moment illustrative style paintings and the models : my three dimensional figures … I will begin to post about it very soonly …

it is good to be back writing my stories for you again ….

my world . . . it is a changing . . .

•June 12, 2017 • Leave a Comment

 

. . . working towards last year’s public exhibit I felt myself moving into a more complete way of working. I did not fully grasp what that meant but I did feel things shifting under my feet . . .

 

A month of retreat in Oxaca Mexico was the best unknowing investment for the time of change that was about to arrive. Now, in the midst of it, when anxiousness arises I can return to that quiet beach and things more easily fall away.  I lift my head and heart and find some balance.

Interesting that the show I was preparing was called . . . BALANCE POINT . . .

 

 

The large installation pieces began during the visit of an acquaintance who arrived in San Miguel for an extended stay in poor health and without sufficient financial resources. I believe he thought it would all be magically better once he arrived. I tried my best to carry this unexpected weight which provoked feelings I did not recall having felt before; that of someone landing on top of me, heavy and unmovable, a vague sense of suffocation and at times, panic. He, on the other hand, seemed to float by unaware of causing any stress or discomfort. This circumstance grew to resonate throughout my personal life until I decided to push back . . .

then for a while    . . .   I    became    the    one    f l o a t i n g    . . .

 

. . . my world turned inside out and upside down. Things became so alive it was imperative that I learn to let go literally and emotionally.

and to recall sunrise on the beach . . .

 

 

Now about half the way through this challenging time I have been sorting what is still on top of me including the stuff of a relationship I let go of.

Standing knee deep in the piles I realize there is no simple exit door; those doors have been taken and I am left to do the work of digging myself and my soul out.

I aim to lighten the load of responsibility; of spaces and places, of things I have collected for security and been so happy to have until now, and  then   c r e a t e   again.

 

 

Minding the noise and confusion, forgiving the anger and sadness . . . it will take  t i m e but I will emerge as soon as I can . . . and then there will be tales of new work to tell . . .

 

 

 

Mineral Point WISCONSIN … a new location to enjoy a class …

•February 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A lovely five day class that covers just about everything to be able to create in my manner of working …. intense and absorbing

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metals and polymer workshop added to Albuquerque

•February 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Back for a new session in Albuquerque is the metals and polymer workshop … love teaching this mixed media class !

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Another fine workshop …Charlotte North Carolina

•February 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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2017 Classes emerging at last …

•February 4, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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so…one by one I am preparing the workshops and posters for this 2017 year.

Charlotte, North Carolina 20-22nd of April:  DANCERS  and  H O O P S  contact: Panze Roberts:  panzejrob@gmail.com

Albuquerque, New Mexico 28-30th of April: FOXIE  and  B L U E  contact: Annie Hooten: hootenannie4@aol.com

Mineral Point, Wisconsin 25th – 29th of September: BUILDING Sculptural CHARACTER  my in depth week long intro class. contact: Sandra Scott: longbranchgallery@gmail.com

I am working on a place to hold a Toronto class…not sure of an affordable location so I am still exploring options for a late summer or fall class near there.

Watch for the next posters in the next few days!! until then…

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a little film …

•November 30, 2016 • 2 Comments

My friend Reid Campbell, playwright, composer, singer and evolving filmmaker has created this lovely little doc about my show at the Mary Black Gallery this past summer.

Working together has been very inspiring for me and with his permission I am posting it here for you to enjoy.

It has been such a wonder full journey, this is a beautiful gift to have as a memory for this show representing my years…