IN THE MIDST OF WINTER

While most of Canada is in the midst of a deep freeze in Jan 2018, I turn to the memory of warmer days in 2017. I took this beauty (among several others) at the garden of Angela Granic in Waterloo. The smiling dahlia exudes sunshine and warmth, so I call it 'Sun Dahlia'.

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John B Miller & Friends Advent concerts 2017

Music has power to heal--I truly believe this. This past weekend, Bonnie and I were privileged to witness the power of sacred music performed by John B Miller & Friends at various churches in the KW area. A truly soulful and re-creating experience. Here are some photos I took at the concerts to give you a taste. For more dates in December go to John B Miller.

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can"

Working on a card appropriate for the season to be entered in a contest at a local gallery, I decided to do something a bit unusual and provocative, not going with the expected light-hearted, wintery landscape or a scene evoking good cheer for the sake of being jolly. My intuition went to a recent scene that caught my attention while driving around Waterloo County (nearby Wallenstein and St. Clements) some of my favourite places to capture inspiring landscapes. I decided to make it monochrome to give it extra punch. In my mind this captures the spirit of the season, as we transition from fall to winter and for many around the world, whether religious or not, we seek sign posts that instill in our hearts hope and perseverance to embolden our spirits against stories and realities of doom, brokenness and despair. The words of Martin Luther King Jr came to me as I created this image: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can."

Only Love & Light Can

Only Love & Light Can

Autumnal beauty in Caledonia Ontario

What difference a year makes! I went looking for fall colours around Waterloo/Wellington counties in October and meandered through Caledonia. This scene caught my attention just driving into Orangeville on Hwy 10. Speaks to me about the cycle of life that Autumn denotes for me; huge contrast to the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows in the spectacular show of Fall colour around Hockley Valley one year ago. Mother Nature is full of surprises.

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KW Central Art Walk

Gorgeous weather setting the stage for magical tour of Kitchener Waterloo Central District neighbourhoods for 10th Year of KW Central Art Walk this weekend, Saturday, Oct 21 (10 to 5) and Sunday, Oct 22 (12 to 5). I will be sharing with 5 other creative local artists at Location G, 14 Braun St., Kitchener. Would love to see you there and chat!

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Solo Exhibition & Sale EXTENDED!

Thank you to all of you who stopped into Framing & Art Centre Kitchener for my Solo Exhibition & Sale and my deepest gratitude to all your supportive comments and support. A close friend and artist went straight to "The Other Side" on Opening Reception night Sept 14 and said to me, "I'm taking this home!" And so she did to Windsor the next day. Sept 16 was the inaugural Belmont Bestival across the street from the Solo Exhibition and many more stopped by my booth as well as Framing & Art. Thank you for your support that day! Sales have been steady and Kris and Annemarie have been so pleased they have extended the Exhibition & Sale until Thanksgiving (mid October). They loved the visual display of all the possible, novel and creative ways to frame your favourite art work. So it's not too late to stop by and see the show. Hope to catch you there.

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Gold Award (Record Readers Choice) 2016

Thank you for all those who made it possible for me to receive this honour as Favourite Local Artist. In addition to this personal award, UpTown Gallery Waterloo, the gallery of which I am proud to be a member, received the 3rd consecutive Diamond Award as Favourite Gallery in Waterloo Region. Join us for our Gala Opening Reception and Celebration as we launch a new show on Friday, Nov 18, 7-9.

 

Guest Artist at Crawford Collective, Brantford, ONtario, March 2016

I am honoured to be invited to be Guest Artist at The Crawford Collective, Brantford ON during the month of March. Opening Reception will be Friday, March 4, from 6 to 9 pm. I will be about 25 pieces on exhibit, including some 'Caribbean Doors' from a recent family cruise on the Carnival Pride, where our son Steven Knisley is Cruise Director.

ManChoi Chow is Guest Artist for month of March 2016

ManChoi Chow is Guest Artist for month of March 2016