Sketching the Winter Garden

Soooo much talent in this group!  I am in awe at how everyone was able to simplify such a complex subject.  The Amber, Blue and Green Chandeliers by Dale Chihuly (2010) are so beautiful, a wonder to look at.  Such a treat to be able to admire them for 2 hours without the regular buzz of the +15.  It was so quiet, shhhhhh……

Next weeks sketch is back at the Central Library (11am-1pm).  Maybe as a group we can sketch the construction cranes from library windows as a common theme.  Meet at Luke’s on the second level of the first floor at start and end of sketch.


Sketching at Esker Fondation

Not sure about the rest of the group, but I was blown away by Katie Ohe’s work.  Before I went, it was, “Katie Ohe who?”.  Now it is, “KATIE OHE, I love her work, and she is a Calgarian, so fortunate”.  We are in the process of setting up another sketch session in April to again immerse ourselves in her work.  There is a lovely clip on the Esker website that shows the exhibition.

Next week we sketch at the Winter Garden, Jamieson Place, 308 4 Ave SW. The garden covers 25,000 sq feet which features various vegetation and a living wall with over 20,000 plants designed to represent the foothills and Canadian Rockies.  The garden also showcases art created by Dale Chihuly, a world-renowned glass sculptor. The chandeliers he created were assembled onsite and are comprised of more than 400 pieces of blown glass in soft tones of yellow, blue and amber. The piece was inspired by the idea of viewing a garden through an abstract glass flower.

Meet time and location: 10:15 sharp outside the 4 AV door of the Jamieson Place building.  Please be on time as security needs to let us in.

Sketch time: 10:30 to 13:30.  Bring your stool.


Sketching at Wild Rose Brewery

Wild Rose Brewery Tale began in 1996. In 2006, a 1936 Quonset hut at the Currie Barracks was converted into a microbrewery, and The Taproom, AF23, was born.

12 sketchers had the unique opportunity to sketch in the back of this 1936 Quonset hut where the brewing magic happens.

Next week we sketch at Esker Foundation, Contemporary Art Gallery, 1011 9 Ave SE.  Meet at the gallery doors on the 4th floor. This will be our second visit to the Esker Foundation, which has a spectacular view over Ingelwood towards downtown. An exhibition of Katie Ohe’s sculptures will be on at the same time, and should offer some fantastic indoor subject matter as well.

Note time is Saturday,  11am-1:30pm.   Bring your stool.  Food and beverages are not allowed.  I will confirm if we are allowed open water for watercolors.

Complimentary parking is available in the Atlantic Avenue Art Block underground parkade, and can be accessed from the south side of the building. Esker will validate your parking ticket at the end of your gallery visit.

McMahon Stadium – From Your Car Sketch #2

8 sketchers attended this event.  At 2:00 the weather went from a +7C, to rain to snow.  Luckily by then we were at Nick’s Steakhouse enjoying a hot beverage.

McMahon Stadium is home to our beloved Calgary Stampeders.  The stadium was built in an astounding 103 days in 1960.  It was named after Calgary oilmen Frank and George McMahon,  who donated $300,000 to the construction of the stadium.  The stadium was also the location of the 1988 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies.  There  has been talk to replace the stadium.

Next weeks sketch is Sunday at the Wild Rose Taproom.  We have been given permission to sketch the kettles in the back room where they craft their beer.    Bring your stool, space will be tight.  If you don’t have Facebook, comment here, to let me know if you will be staying afterwards so I have a head count to reserve a table..


Sketching at Golden Acre Home & Garden

Such a great venue, lots of interesting items to sketch, from hats to plants. 14 people joined us today, 2 were new, and a member we have not seen for a while.

Next weeks sketch is our second “Sketch From Your Vehicle” event.  We will sketch the outside of McMahon Stadium, 1817 Crowchild Trail NW,  from the parking lot on the Crowchild Trail side.  Parking is free.

Note: Start time is at noon in hoping to catch the warmer part of the day.  If you wish, we will meet afterwards in the lounge of Nick’s Steakhouse and Pizza at 14:15.