What’s In Store for Winter!

And just like that, Santa is on his way!

Can you believe we are closing out 2022 already?  What a year it’s been.  I’m sure you’ve all been just as busy as I have the past couple of months, but the fun doesn’t stop does it?  Finishing the year strong with a few more events, just in time for the holidays. 

Before we get into what’s to come, I’d like to thank you all for your support this year.  Being an artist and small business owner in Vancouver is wonderful, but of course comes with its MANY challenges.  We’ve all been through tough times this past year, I know I certainly have so I truly appreciate the support and positive interactions from everyone – whether it’s been in person or online!  I’m still new to the virtual world of social media (been at it less than a year) and recently hit 500 followers on Instagram which is pretty cool.  I’ve enjoyed connecting with all of you and hope to engage with all of you even more in the future.  Shoot me a message anytime with feedback, comments or questions.  I’d love to hear from you!

With that being said – I’ve had the chance to see a few of you over the fall at some of the events that have taken place for me.  It’s been a busy past couple months and here’s what’s been going on:

The “True Colours” Exhibit took place at The Gallery George in October and it was lovely meeting everyone, especially all my fellow artists who showcased their work alongside mine.  We have such a wonderful, talented community of artists in Vancouver and it’s always nice to connect with everyone over our shared passion.  I also had the opportunity to host a live demo here which I really enjoyed!  It’s been a little while since I’ve done demos (used to host these often over the years!) and it reminded me how much I love sharing my skills and showcasing my work in a live setting, answering everyone’s questions, sharing stories (a HUGE part of art for me is storytelling), providing tips and advice, and of course enjoying a Mimosa or 2 with all of you while I paint 😉  It was a great experience and I hope to do more live demos in the new year.  Stay tuned…  

 

 

Had another new and exciting opportunity to showcase my work this fall at The Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival!  Showcased some of my favourite floral pieces at The Roundhouse Community Centre and had a lot of fun being part of this free community event promoting and supporting the arts.  Some very cool and interesting work by other participating artists, and I enjoyed connecting with some of my Instagram followers who came by to check out the event.  This year marked their 6th annual festival with a record number of attendees and lots of support from local artists, musicians and the community.  Looking forward to seeing what next year’s festival brings! 😊 More info about the VOAF here – https://voaf.ca/ 

 

And we ended October with a fun Halloween showcase of some of my younger students’ paper mâché masterpieces!  This is an annual event that I love hosting for the kids with different themes and it’s a great way for them to show off what they’ve been working on.  Some fantastic pieces this year for our spooky Halloween theme, and we held a little contest with prizes by audience vote for the best paper mâché work.  First place this year was The Blue Bat by Fenna!  Coming in a close 2nd  – The Little Custom Ghost by Leo, 3rd place to Bob the Spider by Marielle, and in 4th – the Hooded Joker by Colton.  A fun day of art, tricks and treats to kick off Halloween.  Already thinking about next year’s theme…

 

 

That brings us to this month and what’s in store for the most festive season of the year!

With the holidays just around the corner, I’ll be hosting my annual Holiday Art Show & Sale this Saturday November 26th from 11am to 4pm.  This year I’m excited to be partnering with some other local artists from the Dunbar community – Sascha Westendorp, Pauline Willems and Monique Berner!  The four of us will have all our pieces, small and big, available to view and purchase – everything from paintings, to handmade pottery, to greeting cards, small framed prints, you name it – and at discounted prices and perfect timing for Christmas gifting.  Not to mention door prizes and festive goodies/treats for all!

Can’t wait to have you join us and kick off the holidays with everyone.  Details here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgias-annual-holiday-show-sale-tickets-467630855477?aff=ebdssbdestsearch  

 

Last but not least, happy to share that I’m a participating artist in this year’s Anonymous Art Show – an art fundraiser supporting the North Van Arts and the programs they bring to the community.  You can view all the participating works online and bid on them from now until Dec. 17th.  Given that the artists are to remain anonymous, I can’t tell you which piece is mine but maybe you can find it 😉 

Sneak peek of just a handful of some of the participating pieces below, and you can check out all the work here https://northvanarts.ca/events-exhibitions/the-anonymous-art-show-2022/ or visit North Van Arts in person to see the whole display.  

 

 

Of course on top of everything, art classes are still in full swing and my students keep me busy all week long.  I love teaching and I’m looking forward to new classes and new students in the new year!

And that pretty much covers 2022 for me.  But who knows?  Adventure never ends for Georgia, and there’s still over a month left for me to stumble onto some new, unexpected art quest.  I’ll keep you all posted but never a dull moment around here.

What is everyone else up to this busy holiday season?  I’d love to hear from you!  Connect with me on my social media channels or send me an email – looking for a painting, something in my portfolio OR custom?  Have a painting question?  Need some tips?  Let’s chat about everything art.  And let me know what else you’d like to see from me for videos and art tutorials.  Happy to give the people what they want! 😊 

Thank you all again for your support this year.  All the best to you and your loved ones during the holidays.  Cheers to the future!

<3 Georgia 

 

 

 

 

Things are FALL-ing Into Place

Well that was fast!  Not sure how the rest of you felt, but I blinked and summer was over.  On the bright side, we’re still getting some fall sunshine in Vancouver, so at the very least we’re stretching out that warm weather! 

Hope you all had a fantastic summer yourselves filled with fun activities and time spent with your loved ones.  I must admit, the last couple of months have been a bit of a journey for me, but things really are “FALL”-ing into place this season and I am so excited about what’s to come!

Let’s rewind a bit back to July.  I hosted my big summer art show and sale and had just about everything from my collection, big and small pieces, out on display in my beautiful backyard space.  We had great weather, live musicians, and I was feeling super positive about the day.  But sometimes no matter how much you prepare for and promote an event, there are a million and one reasons why you don’t get the turnout you’re expecting.  And quite frankly, I was disappointed in the lack of attendees this year.  I recognize it was the prime time of summer – travel has re-opened so people were away, COVID restrictions are non-existent so there were a TON of other events happening the same day… again, a million plus reasons why our crowd was so cozy, but it was still a hard pill for me to swallow and I was a bit bummed.  Don’t get me wrong – those who came through had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the art and live music, so I’m very appreciative of everyone who took the time to visit the show.  Thank you!  It took me a bit of recovery time and some good old art therapy, but a couple weeks later I had fresh new ideas, a beautiful new painting (“Redemption” pictured below.  Very challenging peonies!), and despite this summer’s turnout, I’m determined to host another show.  Maybe before year-end?  Stay tuned.  The moral of this story is – we can only control what’s in our control, so try your best, forget the rest, and move on to bigger and better things!

 

                    Summer Show &Sale                                             “Redemption”

 

With that being said, what’s to come for Georgia Youngs?
Quite a lot, actually.  The next couple of months are shaping up to be busy ones but I’m ready for it! 
Thrilled to share that I’ll be displaying my work at a few place in the very near future:

October 4th to 30th – The Gallery George (https://www.gallerygeorgevancouver.com/)
“True Colours” exhibit, showcasing a few of my newer floral paintings here.  Join me at the Opening Reception/Meet & Greet on October 9th from 2-4pm!

October 14th to 16th – The Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (https://www.cacv.ca/programs/vancouver-outsider-arts-festival/) at the Roundhouse Community Centre.  This is an amazing free art event with 600+ artworks from talented Vancouver artists, performers and workshops.  Anyone and everyone should come visit for a great weekend celebrating the arts.  I can’t wait to showcase one of my floral collections here.

 

 

Now till Year-End – The Secret Garden Tea Company (https://secretgardentea.com/).  Switched up my paintings here back in June, and happy to share that they’ll be on display till the end of the year.  Enjoy their delicious high tea menu and my floral showcase while you’re there! 

 

Secret Garden Tea Company – Kerrisdale

 

 

A couple other things in the works – my grandkids and I painted some mosaic tiles for Canada Connects National Mural Mosaic (https://roots.muralmosaic.com/).  A fun project that allows artists and even non-artists to connect through tile art across the world.  They’ll be unveiling the full mural in January 2023, but I’ll give you a sneak peek of what our finished tiles looked like (see below). 

And finally – painted some smaller pieces for a show coming up in November, but I’m sworn to secrecy on this one for now!  Can’t share any details just yet, but I’ll give you another sneak peek of what I’ve painted (tulips picture below). 

 

 

              Mosaic Tiles with the Grandkids                           Tulips for a mystery show…

 

Whew!  On top of everything, class is back in session and I’m back to teaching art classes every day.  As busy as I am, I do have a couple of spots available in my classes for adults or kids wanting to take up painting this season.  Check out my website for more info and send me an email if you’re interested!

Needless to say, the last couple of months have been a journey and a learning process, but a real example of one door closing and ten more opening up.  I can’t wait to keep teaching, sharing my work and doing what I love the rest of the year.  

Hope you get a chance to visit some of my exhibits in the coming months.  Would love to connect with you all over what I’m most passionate about!  Enjoy Pumpkin Spice Season, and see you all soon. 

<3 Georgia 

Summer News, Show & Sale!

Happy Summer Friends! Although, I must say, the weather in Vancouver has been a little strange for
mid-July. Hard to believe that around this time last year we were experiencing a heat wave and a ton of
forest fires all across BC! Grateful that’s not the case this year, but a little more sunshine would be nice.

That being said, it’s been a busy start to the summer with lots going on! Enjoyed a long-overdue
vacation last month in my hometown of Toronto where the weather was a little warmer than here
(maybe a little too warm on some days!), and enjoyed a mix of all kinds of activities there – from a
nurse’s reunion, to some relaxing beach days with old friends, a visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario…even
tried a pottery class for the first time, which I absolutely loved. Overall, a great trip! Not sure when I’ll
be back but happy I took this opportunity to visit my old stomping grounds

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So what else has been keeping me busy? Well, I jumped right back into summer art classes with my students, lots of them outdoors (when the weather cooperates), and have even been painting outdoors a little bit myself. It can be a tricky thing, painting outdoors where you’re at the mercy of nature and its elements, but when the sun hits just right and at the perfect time, the lighting can really make for a beautiful outdoor painting experience. I actually shared some of my outdoor work recently on my social media channels and was thrilled to be featured by Opus Art Supplies in their online gallery for their #PleinAirChallenge! Check out the full gallery/article – here.

Even won a little gift card to get some new supplies (thanks Opus!). If you’ve never tried painting outdoors I recommend giving it a try. It can be very inspiring to surround yourself in nature while getting creative.

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Last but certainly not least – I am super excited for my summer show and sale this coming Sunday, July 24th and praying for a beautiful sunny day, as I always have it outdoors in my big backyard. I’ll have most of my work on display and available to purchase, including all my florals that were up at the Secret Garden Tea Company (just switched them out for some different florals as you’ll see on my social media). But also showcasing my latest project at this show, and one that’s near and dear to me – “Homes & Gardens in Dunbar” – really highlighting the neighbourhood I’ve lived in for the last 15 years! Residents of the area will certainly recognize some familiar sights I’ve captured and painted of this great community, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. We’ll also have live music throughout the day from some local musicians, including the very talented, up and coming Ada Ferguson (check out some of her music and performances here).

Details for my summer show on facebook and Eventbrite here.

Come by and enjoy some great art and company. It’ll be nice way to spend a (hopefully) sunny summer day! Can’t wait to see you all there. And if you can’t make it, checkout my portfolio on my website or visit my social media channels and see if there’s anything you’d like to purchase. Most of my work is open to inquiry and happy to chat if you’re interested.

Have a great week, everyone! <3 Georgia