Artistic gifts

My new painting by artist Joyce Boyer

My new painting by artist Joyce Boyer

Before the holidays I mentioned that I had picked up a piece of glass as a gift at the Calyx art show. Now that the holidays are over and the gift has been given – I thought I’d share it here with you.

hand-made glass serving dish

hand-made glass serving dish

The glass serving tray (designed for crackers and cheese) was created by Fused Glass Artist Hellen Beamish.

hand-made glass serving dish

hand-made glass serving dish

So pretty!

Of course, at the top is the painting I bought by artist Joyce Boyer. I chatted with the artist at the Calyx show, where she told me that the background is sort of a water-colour effect using pastels (on a special paper, watered down with crushed chemical fluid…. which I also don’t remember!) and then regular pastels on top for the details. It’s gorgeous! I don’t actually have it hanging yet… but soon… soon…

Calyx art show & sale

Oksana Zhelisko's artwork

Oksana Zhelisko’s artwork

If you follow me on Twitter, you might remember back in October I tweeted about the Calyx art show. I visited both on Saturday, and again on Sunday, and I thought I’d post a few photos now that the event is over – and encourage you to attend upcoming shows too!

Calyx Distinctive Arts was founded in 2001 and currently host two weekend-long (2-day) exhibitions/sales per year in Calgary. The directors and up to thirty-five guest artists on each day display and sell high-quality art from a variety of mediums including pastel, oil, watercolour, and encaustic paintings, along with glass work, bead work, textiles, metal work, pottery, and other sculpture along with wearable art like jewelry.

A nice crowd out for the Calyx art show

A nice crowd out for the Calyx art show

Calyx shows offer the opportunity for art buyers to meet and discuss art with the artists they’re purchasing from, and the artists retain a higher percentage of the purchase price than some other selling methods. Since the overhead is low, artists can keep the cost of high-quality artwork affordable to a variety of art buyers.

In turn, artists can get feedback directly from the art-buying public, and network and support other artists. The show can accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Debit cards along with cash.
Their website currently lists the upcoming shows on April 26 and 27, 2014 followed by the next fall show on October 18 and 19, 2014

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The iPhone photos of artwork are shown only as an example of some of the high-quality artwork exhibited at the Calyx show, and no infringement is intended. Some of the artists whose work I have illustrated here can be found at:

  • Oksana Zhelisko is a classically-trained fine artist originally from the Ukraine now living in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Terri Heinrich is a self-taught local Calgary artist who works in a variety of mediums.
  • Karen Biko is a local artist who comes from a family of artists.

I did end up getting a painting at the Calyx show, along with a piece of glass as a gift… which I’ll show off – after the holidays!
Stay tuned!

Calyx art show & sale

This weekend is the twice-annual Calyx art show and sale, so I wanted to include a brief blurb about the show and encourage others in Calgary to attend!

Very crowded after noon on Saturday, October 19th

Very crowded after noon on Saturday, October 19th

I got there on Saturday after noon, and took a quick photo of how crowded it already was (faces blurred for privacy). Of course I entered the door prize draw, and then looked around… There are a number of different areas, and a number of different art styles represented. There are easy gift items like small paintings, sculptures, glass art, pottery, and jewelry. (The jewelry included hand-made glass beads, leatherwork, beaded items, miniature paintings in little pendant frames, and other items.) There are also really lovely treasure-worthy items like gorgeous alabaster vessels, encaustic paintings (which I’m always drawn to!) oils, pastels, charcoal, watercolour, and mixed medium paintings as well. Prices vary, though I was able to find two pieces to purchase… (more about that in another post…) and it’s nice to have the chance to chat with the artists directly!

door prize items up for grabs - I would LOVE the octopus plate!

door prize items up for grabs – I would LOVE the octopus plate!

If you don’t already have plans for today (Sunday, October 20th), the show is at Crescent Heights Community Centre – 1101 – 2nd Street NW, Calgary, AB, and doors are open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Even if you did have the chance to go on Saturday – there are different artists both days, so maybe head down again!

If you miss this weekend (or just want to mark your calendars for upcoming shows) the next shows will be:

  • April 26 and 27, 2014
  • October 18 and 19, 2014