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You can’t beat City Hall…. for art!

September 14, 2015


So it’s back to Toronto this week to set up at the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo, held at Nathan Philips Square in the shadow of City Hall on September 18, 19, and 20. Don’t miss this art extravaganza!



Forest Fantasy grooves Alice theme this year

July 17, 2015
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Sketch for title page illustration for The Truth About Rabbits

On Saturday at least, expect to find vendors and visitors to the Fantasy in the Forest Show in “Alice in Wonderland” themed costumes, according to organizer Jamie Brick. Just another reason to come check out the show, rain or shine.

The Fantasy in the Forest (or FAF) is our favourite show of the year; setting up and showing with the other exhibitors is like a reunion, as is meeting the people who come year after year to this ‘wonderland in the woods.’

I often get asked how my books and prints hold up in the great outdoors under tent. So far, so good, but I still have tests to face. In the early days, I swore I would only do indoor shows, not liking the risks that rain, damp, wind and the odd tornado tend to bring to an outing. Other extremes, like humid heat and, yes, cold (this is Canada) also discourage visitors. FAF would become the test venue in many ways, situated as it was (at the time) right on a lake shore with July bringing every extreme of weather imaginable. Obviously, the paper and books on display respond as one would imagine to high humidity, from the air or the ground, but handmade and cotton papers are incredibly resilient, and if books are bound properly, they ‘move’ almost not at all. And any changes that do occur inside frames or inside plastic sleeves returns to normal as soon as it goes back into the studio. The one thing I watch is books in plastic wraps; if left in hot sunlight, moisture contained in the book will condense inside the plastic, and if any of the bindings are cloth or leather, there’s a risk of staining. As I said, I’ve now done dozens of outdoor shows in most conditions outside of apocalypse, and so far, so good.

So, we’re packed and ready to go! See you in the woods….

Art, Books & Wine – Eagle Point Winery Show

October 21, 2013

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Yes, it is show season here at Greyweathers Press, so the next several posts will be about shows, doing them and, yes, promoting them. Just warning you.

The next one up is a new one for me. It takes place at a winery near Mallorytown, Ontario – Eagle Point Winery on November 2 & 3, 2013. The venue is terrific, located in the scenic countryside, rolling hills, and, of course, wine. Here’s the goods:

Before the Rush – an art show at Eagle Point Winery

Eagle Point Winery in partnership with organizers; John Sorensen and Betty Matthew is proud to present an exciting new art show, “Before the Rush”.  View local and selected guest artists in the intimate and unique setting of Eagle Point Winery, Nov. 2nd and 3rd. Take a break “before the rush” of the Christmas season to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow art and wine lovers at Eagle Point Winery.

Local artists; Terry Schaub (stone sculptor), Sue Hale-Ladouceur (fabric folk artist), Ingrid Schmidt (painter, sculptor), John Shea (water colour artist),  Lea Hamblett  (wearable art jewellery), Winona Elliott-Schep (encaustic wax artist),  John Sorensen (oil painter, “found art”), Betty Matthews (water colours and acrylic painter) and special guest artists; Linda Hynes (potter, Smith’s Falls), Larry Thompson (book builder and wood block prints, Merrickville), Herman Ruhland (sculptor of found objects, North Gower), and Kirei Samuel, (glass artist, Prince Edward Cy.) combine to make a unique event in a special setting at our local Eagle Point Winery.

WHEN:    November 2nd and 3rd, 2013 from 11 am to 6 pm
WHERE:    Eagle Point Winery, 337 Escott/Rockport Road

On Shows, and Selling Books

July 27, 2012

Just one corner of the Fantasy in the Forest

It has been a week now since Holly and I set up at the Fantasy in the Forest Show. As mentioned before, this annual show is probably our favourite, set up as it is on the shores of an idyllic lake, and accessible via a single lane trail that snakes its way from the highway some kilometres distant. Visitors to the show must take a shuttle in from a parking area, and many feel it adds to the “brigadoon” quality of the experience.

Organizer Jamie Brick and his wife are planning to move the show away from the lake to a piece of land closer to the main road. It’s a good plan for many reasons, not the least being easier access for both vendors and customers, but we’ll miss the lakeside venue.

This year, we set up in Jamie’s old space, he taking over the nearly completed “chapel” that we had used for the last couple of shows. Being indoors rather than under tent makes a difference when you are displaying books and paper. It can get rather humid out-of-doors, on a lake. this year, however, it was warm and dry with cool breezes coming in off the lake.

Display of prints, framed and unframed, in my half of the room.

One view of Holly’s side, overlooking the lake.

We both had a great show this year. I sold some prints and a large framed type sampler and three books, which was a pleasant surprise. Holly sold some paintings. One never knows what will come from exhibiting; we’ve experienced every extreme. A booth show, where paintings or prints must be hung, are hard work beginning with loading the van or truck to unpacking back into the studio. (Book arts shows are easier, having just a table or two to cover). Thankfully, for the Fantasy in the Forest, it was just a couple of MINI Cooper loads, but it still took me until yesterday to get everything put away, freeing the press area for work again. We took the balance of Monday off, then played catch-up during the rest of the week.

Book display, framed wood engravings and the framed type sampler hanging from the door.

Obviously sales are important when doing these shows; we have to pay for the booth, gas to get us there and back (repeatedly this year), food and sometimes accommodation, although for this show that is not a cost. But it is also an opportunity to engage with people, to talk about the work, get feedback, and new ideas – to reacquaint with familiar collectors and hopefully meet new ones. My book sales fell into that category: a copy of Kubla Khan went to an English teacher and Coleridge enthusiast who summers on the lake; a copy of Graven Images went to a dear friend with whom we have recently reconnected – she saw the book when we visited her recently. Lastly, I was startled last year at this same show when a young teenaged girl picked up the Vampire & the Seventh Daughter and paid for it herself, from gift money. She came again this year, and bought Tenebrismo.  She came back again the following day, and we had a very articulate conversation about Kera’s poetry. It always feels good to sell limited edition hand-printed books; they are such oddities in the retail world, and only a few people understand their value, and thus their cost. A fair bit of my time at shows is spent trying to articulate this sensibility, with some success. But to meet someone so young and so enthusiastic about books and literature, well, that’s just really, really cool!

With five editions still in print, it creates a nice little display. Left to right: Graven Images, Kubla Khan, Tintern Abbey (on lectern), Tenebrismo and Vampire & the Seventh Daughter. Some framed engraving proofs from Tintern Abbey are on the wall.

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