The Abbotsford Arts Council is putting on a digital exhibition called “Connected”and, it features Chrstina Mets, Barb Pearson, and myself.
I am thrilled to be part of this show–and crossing fingers–it’s hoped that there will also be an art exhibition with an evening grand opening in real life. We are just waiting to see if there are any more COVID-19 rulings closer to October. For more information, on the event and updates, please check out https://abbotsfordartscouncil.com/connected/.
During COVID-19, I felt a need to find a calm and connected place within myself through my art–as my ability to travel to places and how I moved in places had changed in reality. My recent works are a way to find a positive place to escape to—like a portal to a peaceful state of mind. I wanted these paintings to be a way to ground myself—to the Earth through the sea and sand—to sky and land. I also wanted to expand my mind while I was spending so much time at home—like thinking of the endlessness of space to remind me of the great big universe that I am part of. My goal was to focus on the simple wonders of life—escaping into my memories of the salty smell of the ocean, listening to waves lapping on the shore, feeling the cool wash of water against my feet, and the warm sunshine kissing my skin. Letting my mind travel in thoughtful directions about how Earth is just a pretty marble in an infinite universe—the beauty of swirling galaxies, the heat of shining stars, and the cool mysteries of dark matter. When I feel overwhelmed, I can look at these paintings and lose myself in swirling thoughts of positive places near and far–in reality, in memories, and in dreams.
The poster down below for the exhibition features one of my paintings.
The Kariton Gallery is celebrating Women’s International Month with a Women in Art show online for the month of March. As per their website, “The Women in Art show is a space dedicated to honour and recognize women artists sharing their perception, experience, and addressing their rights and identities, in creative work and beyond.”
There is a great variety of fabulous art you can check out by women artists. I also have three pieces in the show titled, “You are Electric,” “Be Your Own Sunrise” and “Find the Magic in the Moment.” You can check out the website by going to
Here is my artist statement for the work I have been doing on sticky notes, that these three pieces are part of.
Women work 24/7. We work full-time jobs (making 24% less than men). We are full-time parents (working 50% more than men doing unpaid work). We work hard and more than men for less money. It’s difficult to find time to take care of ourselves. Society tells women to be givers—to be self-sacrificing. How can I squeeze time in for me? To integrate art into my life, on a small, but very important scale, I began drawing on sticky notes. I go on jags; sometimes I am painting or writing, or life gets in the way and I don’t do them. But it’s been a positive way to make a little me time. It’s a way to explore what’s on my mind and in my heart. I encourage everyone—particularly women and girls–to take time to express themselves—even if it is a small scribble on a sticky note. Make it expressive and meaningful for you. It’s important to make your mark on the world–no matter the size.
You can order prints online of my work through the Kariton Art Gallery online giftshop.
These are strange and difficult times, not only with COVID-19. My heart feels heavy with how much racism still permeates our society. My hope is that a move toward real and systemic change will happen.
For myself, I am going to be more aware of my privilege and power–and do all I can to make change and speak out where I can. Here is an infographic about the simple but very important act of speaking out.
I am currently part of a digital art show called Strange Times Online Exhibit. Where I painted a picture about hope–a better place and time.
March is International Women’s Month, and the Abbotsford Arts Council is celebrating by having a Women in Art Exhibition. The exhibit runs from now until March 28th, 2020, and shows a variety of work from fanciful hats to mixed media paintings done by women from the Lower Mainland. I am happy to say that if you go check it out–you can see some of my pieces as well. The exhibition kicked off with a packed house opening reception on March 7th. Come by the Kariton Gallery (2387 Ware St.) to enjoy this exhibit for the rest of the month. I will also be doing an artist talk on March 28th from 2-4 to talk about my artist process.
Life has been busy of late, and I am happy to be back posting here. I got myself on Instagram in the last year and went on a stint drawing images and creating quotes. It's been a nice way to get both my drawing fix and writing fix at the same time. I'm still learning the world of "Insta" and have been enjoying the process. If you want to follow me on your phone to check out my latest quotes for the day, drawings, and photos, please do. You can find me at https://www.instagram.com/miki_dare/
Come on down to the Kariton Art Gallery this week for artist talks from a variety of artists talking part in the Women in Art exhibit going on this month. I will be there this Thursday from 1-3 to talk about my art process. You can also express yourself with art supplies through a postcard activity if you are feeling arty. I’ll bring the supplies and you can bring your memories and creativity.
Come check out the Women in Art Exhibit being held this month at the Kariton Art Gallery in Abbotsford, BC. My artwork will be part of this exhibit that runs from March 9th to April 2nd. Come by and chat and have some appetizers at the opening night event on Saturday, April 9th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March is International Women’s Month–a time to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and present day. The Abbotsford Arts Council curated this exhibit to celebrate women artists in the region. Paintings, prints and cards will be on display and for purchase by a range of great local women artists.
It’s lovely to see how students interpreted my short story Spitting Up Frogs. Fifth grade students at Kyrene de las Brisas Elementary School in Chandler, Arizona read my short story and then got to use their computer skills and imagination to make the story come alive on their screens. I love how they all had their own unique spin about what Fuyumi, her frogs, and her world looked like.
Below is a link to a slideshow that features some of their wonderful work.
The Nikkei Centre Spring Festival will also be happening on this same date, so stay awhile and enjoy Japanese food, a tea ceremony, martial arts, dance, music,a bonsai display, and arts and crafts. There will also be a kids zone outside for children to take part in a variety of fun activities.
You can also check out the Beta Vulgaris: The Sugar Beet Projects in the art gallery. This exhibit, by Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon and Keri Latimer, looks at the connection between Japanese Internment during World War Two and sugar beet farms. Japanese-Canadian families were told they could stay together if they chose to pick sugar beets in Alberta. Their forced labour covered about 2/3rds of Alberta’s sugar beet farms in the 1940s. There will also be a free film screening of Facing Injustice. The film looks at the relocation of Japanese-Canadians to Manitoba.
Check out a recent audio interview by Mark Lefebvre with James Alan Gardner and Spider Robinson. The pair worked together to edit the Tesseracts Twenty: Compostela anthology where my short story “Grounded” is featured. Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing puts out a Tesseracts anthology each year, and it features work by Canadian science fiction, fantasy and horror authors. Gardner and Robinson talk about the meaning of Compostela, what kind of stories they received, and their decision-making process. The audio is on the Kobo Writing Life Podcast; it’s Episode 097 titled James Alan Gardner and Spider Robinson. They also talk about their editing and writing accomplishments and reflect on the changes over the years.