I will be at the ArtWalk Street Party June 4th in St. Albert, Alberta so pop by for this great event with local Artist, buskers, music and more. This Street Party is the kick off the St. Albert ArtWalk for 2015. I will have a collection of some of my newest designs and the classics such as the Rose Onie Scarf. Pop by for a great evening perfect for starting off your Summer fun!
Artist of the Month…Art Gallery of St. Albert and the St. Albert Gazette. Thank you both so very much for asking me to be a part of this great series at the Art Gallery of St. Albert and the St. Albert Gazette. I am honoured that you have chosen me to be a part of this amazing community of wonderful Artists. Thank you Scott Hayes of the St. Albert Gazette for such a wonderful article on my designs and my design process. You have a great way of expressing in written words what the Artist is about and more. Thanks so much for all your hard work and fantastic article. You can view this article on page 51 of the St. Albert Gazette E edition here: www.stalbertgazette.com PDF st albert gazette1
You can purchase these designs in the pictures on the article and many others at the http://www.artgalleryofstalbert.ca (Art Gallery of St. Albert) as well as many other creations made by local Artists. Thanks too for the wonderful pictures in the article above.
Thank you also to all my customers who have purchase my designs in the past and in the future. You are the ones who inspire me the most to create new and exciting designs. I am working on more new styles for fall including more architectural pieces as well as more sculptural designs. Check back often to see what I am working on next.
Most of all be inspired by your surroundings everyday and look around you to see what you can view in a different light today. Thanks again to all of you and have the most wonderful day!
Watch the online interview with HanTV and Claire Seo, the Alberta Craft Council and Tom McFall and myself at
Thank you HanTV http://www.hantv.ca and the Alberta Craft Council http://www.albertacraft.ab.ca for asking me to be a part of this wonderful opportunity. It truly is appreciated that you have given me another opportunity to try something new both in the Artist Spotlight and inspiration towards the Architectural Designs and interview with HanTV. Also thanks to the Camera Man who did an amazing job filming and editing this interview.
Thank you all for your continued support in my design career. I appreciate all of you and wish you all a wonderful New Years and year to come. All my very best!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!! I wish this to all of you (a little late on the Christmas part). Hope you are all having a wonderful time with family and friends.
The weeks before Christmas I was busy designing a few new pieces, orders and a TV interview with Breakfast Television in Edmonton and an interview with Han TV (both thanks to the Alberta Craft Council) that will be posted at a later date. As mentioned in my previous blog the Alberta Craft Council had asked me to be the Artist Spotlight for December and I am truly thank for for this opportunity as it helped me think out of the box and begin my Architectural Collection as you can see from some of my latest pieces above. You can check out my interview on Breakfast Television below which shows some of my work at the Alberta Craft Council.
The Alberta Craft Council is a wonderful place for unique local made gifts with all price points and styles of Artwork. It has various galleries to view as well while you are there. A great place to select hand made gifts and support your local community. Check it out soon it will amaze you!
Thanks to the Alberta Craft Council for their continued support and to Han TV and Breakfast Television for the wonderful opportunities the give to Artists throughout the year.
Have a wonderful New Years and year to come! All my very best, Valerie
Look Who Came to Dinner…Susanna Kearsley! The recent RITA (Romance Writers of America) award winner for Paranormal Romance Winner, Congratulations Susanna for such a wonderful and amazing achievement! Susanna was recently in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada for the Star Fest. I had the pleasure of going to the wonderful event where Susanna Kearsley, http://www.susannakearsley.com, talked about writing and her book the Firebird. If you haven’t read the Firebird or her other books they are must reads. Susanna carries you through her books with such wonderful visual written words. Her descriptions let you travel with the characters from the present to the past to amazing destinations and eras of history. You easily loose your self in her writing and feel as if you are there watching the book unravel the trail to the conclusion of the great adventure.
Eva Stanchniak, http://www.evastachniak.com, was also talking about her latest books Empress of the Night and The Winter Palace. It was a wonderful time listening to two well written Authors and their different styles of writing, techniques, research and process they make during the journey from the start to the finished book. Both Authors were intrigued by Catherine the Great in their latest books. It amazing me how each person with a creative necessity has their own way of going through the process of an idea to a finished product. I say necessity for a reason, creative people NEED to create. It is who they are, you can’t stop them. Their minds are always working on the next thing at the same time working on the current task. It’s what makes listening to other creative people in various disciplines so interesting, you learn that the creative path is different for everyone.
My dear friend Susana Kearsley brought me a special gift:
Her newest book “a Desperate Fortune”! How exciting to read before it is in the stores. Thanks Susanna for this most wonderful gift. I will blog about her latest book soon.
If you haven’t guessed it was Susanna Kearsley who came to dinner. I miss the days we lived in the same neighborhood when we could chat any time. It has been 7 years since I have seen Susanna and I was thrilled to spend the rest of the evening with her. Of course I had a bit of work for her to do before I fed her, I thought it only fair that she work for her dinner. 🙂 There were a few books for her to sign I had been collecting since I moved away from the old neighborhood. It kept her busy for a while, but don’t worry I fed her afterwards so it was a pretty good deal, at least for me. We had a great time catching up and just enjoying spending time together like old friends. Thanks Susanna for coming by and thanks to the St. Albert Library for inviting one of my dearest friends to the Star Fest. If you have a chance to listen to Susanna Kearsley in your neighborhood do go, you won’t regret it.
Susanna Kearsley and myself.
Susanna Kearsley and a “small” collection of books to sign in my personal collection.
Notice the book she is signing in this picture. A Desperate Fortune, her latest book. Can’t wait to read this book, she tells me there are some great surprises.
What a true pleasure it was to listen to both of these wonderful Canadian Authors who have this wonderful love for history. I know reading Susanna’s various books have helped inspire my desire to work on my Architectural Collection. I will be working on a new collection based on her latest book in the future that will fit in with my Architectural Collection. Thanks Susanna for such a wonderful visit. Can’t wait to see you soon.