Woodstock Public Library
A little bit of the history of the Library. To see the complete history see: www.mywpl.ca/library-history.
1904 - City of Woodstock passes a by-law for the establishment of a public library and donates land at northeast corner of Hunter and Graham Streets for a library building
1905 - Carnegie Foundation awards City of Woodstock a grant of $24,000 for the construction of a library
1909 - Carnegie funded library building opened
1935 - Membership 3,341
1976 - City of Woodstock designates Carnegie library a historic building
1984 - Membership 8,100
The Woodstock Public Library, plus Theatre Woodstock and Woodstock Market are all available as greeting cards at the Woodstock Art Gallery (WAG) gift shop. Reproduced from original illustrations, which are also available at the WAG gift shop.
One Week 100 people
A fun drawing challenge! Once again this year, took part in the "One Week 100 People" challenge. The goal this year was to draw all 100 people from life, with no photo reference. That can be a challenge, as you have to find indoor places to sketch or freeze outside! Here in London, ON, Canada, Tuesday, March 7 was -2 feels like -9 degrees Celsius.
"Taking inspiration from online challenges such as #Inktober, urban sketchers Marc Taro Holmes (Montreal, CA) and Liz Steel (Sydney, AUS) invite the world to join in with #OneWeek100People – every year in the first week of March!"
Monday - Day 1: Tim Hortons on my way home from work for coffee and sketching (first 10 people)
Tuesday, Day 2: Covent Garden Market was the destination for sketching (27 people)
Wednesday, Day 3: Cherryhill Village Mall, with fellow urban sketcher was the destination (22 people)
Thursday, Day 4: Just a few out my front window
Friday, Day 5: Back to the Covent Garden Market for the rest of the sketches
Challenge Complete: Total was 105!
Spent a couple of days in Toronto, a pleasant train ride, visiting museums, and enjoying great company, and great conversations over food and some beverages.
At the ROM, went to see the exhibition: Kent Monkman: Being Legendary, (Curated by Cree artist Kent Monkman, Being Legendary presents an installation of new original paintings by the artist alongside cultural belongings from collections at ROM). Interesting and educational.
At the AGO, went to see the exhibition: Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows, (An enduring artistic force, Canadian novelist, poet, and singer-songwriter poet Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) is renowned the world over for his meditations on beauty, death, loss and the human heart). Inspirational.
Both exhibitions are worth a visit!
Something new is brewing...
It's been a long time since the release of the books "Barhopping into History, London Ontario" and "Hopping into History, London's Old East Village" by my author friend Kym Wolfe, and myself. It has to be the right project. There are so many craft breweries here in London ON and they each have history and character and awesome craft beer. We are systematically making our way to all of them: testing, talking, observing, taking photos, and interviewing owners and brewmasters.
Played a little golf over the Christmas break. A long drive to South Carolina, but missed the nasty weather here in Ontario, CA. Colder than normal temperatures in Myrtle Beach, but played 5 rounds of golf. The course I liked the best was World Tour Golf Links. After the round, while enjoying a Yuengling Traditional Lager, I sketched the 18 holes in my sketchbook with Micron pen and graphite.
Excited to be part of the "Meet the Artist" Series at the London Public Library. Kym Wolfe and I will be discussing the history and architecture of significant London buildings.
Location: London Public Library
Branch: Central Location
Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 pm
No registration required, 2 hours free parking at Citi Plaza, cost: Free
Holiday Market at London Brewing Coop - I'm a Vendor!
Location: London Brewing Coop
Address: 521 Burbrook Pl, London
Date: Saturday, November 26
Time: Noon to 7pm
Stop by, check out the holiday market, and enjoy a truly local beer! It’s not just great-tasting beer and it’s not just brewed there. Their beer is as local and as organic as possible.
More original cards
Starting into my 5th month of creating original greeting cards in support or Humane Society London Middlesex. This month - more dogs, more cats, maybe some rabbits and maybe even a potbelly pig...
Starting in September, I switched it up a little and started creating some cat cards. Cats have such tiny, cute little noses. And such beautiful eyes! The sympathy cards that I am creating, are a very simple design, so I have added some graphics to the backs. What will be next? Maybe rabbits?
All cards come with an envelope, packaged in a protective sleeve, with some of the proceeds to be donated to a local charity: Humane Society London Middlesex. If you are interested in a personalized card, please contact the artist.
MORE DAILY DOG CARDS
I am starting the fourth month of creating an original art card every day. I am calling it my #dailydog project. $1.00 from the sale of each card will be donated to Humane Society London Middlesex. Each original hand-drawn card comes with an envelope and is packaged in a protective sleeve.
June 30 cards + July 31 cards + August 31 cards = a total of 92 original cards.
Some are for sale at Magpies Collected Creations at Covent Garden Market.
WAG Gift Shop
I am pleased to say that the Woodstock Art Gallery Gift Shop, now carries my artwork and art cards. Last Friday, I delivered nine pieces of artwork, some framed, some matted plus 8 of my greeting cards. Framed pieces include the architectural illustrations: Woodstock Streetscape with Capitol Theatre, Theatre Woodstock, and Woodstock Market. All these pieces of art were completed in 2022. And working on some more. And Woodstock architectural greeting cards to come.
The Woodstock Art Gallery Gift Shop features unique items crafted by local artists (and your purchase supports both artists and programming at the Gallery), including pottery, glass, jewellery, fabric arts, paintings, prints, art cards and more. If you become a member of the Woodstock Art Gallery you receive a 10% discount.