Thursday, January 29, 2009

Open Studios now going on. . .

I am a few days late in updating this blog, so i hope i can just cut and paste our January newsletter as it has all the information about our new open studios. a bit more explanation however ---

so that our loyal followers can have an opportunity to participate in various art mediums, we now have a weekly open studio to which any and all are welcome to come and play with any medium, although each week will have a focus medium. each session is planned for two hours, but may run a bit longer when interest is high. for a very modest sum one can attend these sessions and perhaps learn some new techniques which will help us determine workshops that our customers would like to attend.

so please, if you are interested, come out to one or more of our open studios, have a great time and learn some new art techniques!


Here at Artemisia we are planning to help you fill up these cold and dreary days with creative and inspiring learning activities where artists can meet and work together.
So come on over to Artemisia and stretch you creative spirit! Limited instruction will be available, depending on the topic of the day. Those marked with * will provide more comprehensive instruction when desired. These open studios will be aimed at sharing ideas and techniques. We hope you will come and join us, and have fun working along with other artists – even those of you who are wannabees!!!
The topics of focus for these open studios will be:
Jan. 28 & 29 – No Press Printmaking*
Feb. 4 & 5 – Drawing and Sketching
Feb. 11 & 12 – Acrylics
Feb.18 & 19 – Watercolors*
Feb. 25 & 26 – Paper Making *
Mar. 4 & 5 –Modeling and Sculpting*
Mar. 11 & 12 –Collage/Assemblage
Mar. 25 & 26 – Weaving & Basketry
Apr. 1 & 2 –Foolin’ Around!
Apr. 8 & 9 – Kaleidoscopes*
Apr. 15 & 16 – Paper Arts*
Apr. 22 & 23 – Fiber Arts
Come in soon and get your 10 session pass for only $50.00! Single session for $7.00. Bring your own materials; or get them from us for $3.00 per session.
Wednesdays --11 am – 1 pm;
Thursdays -- 2 – 4 pm.


At Artemisia we are also planning to hold workshops and classes in a variety of art and craft media. Please let us know what you would like to learn and how we can best serve your learning needs.
Some of the topics we are considering include:
Acrylic painting; Pastel painting
Handbuilding with clay; Sculpting
Polymer Clay - Basics and Advanced
Making Kaleidoscopes
Drawing; Life Drawing
Fiber Art; Weaving and Spinning
Basic Silversmithing
Paper Making; Creating Books and Journals
Make Your Own Cards
Watercolour Painting
Water soluble Oil Painting
Floor Cloths; Stencilling
Stained Glass
Papier Mache
Art Doll Construction
These workshops will be taught by the best instructors we can find in our area.
If you have a special interest, please let us know.
If you are interested in teaching here at Artemisia, please send us a proposal. We can accommodate up to 10 participants per workshop or class.


The Little Sign Shop
Donna Larocque, our graphic artist par excellence, will be here to fill all your graphic needs – from logo design, commercial and residential signage of all kinds, interior and exterior murals, illustrations and so much more! Come in and view Donna’s great work on our own Artemisia sign work, along with other samples of her murals and signs.

Art Conservation
Bonnie McLean, our accomplished art conservator, will consult with you about how to keep your works of art in tip top condition. It is very important to the value of your paintings, sculptures, and other works of fine art to keep them clean and well looked after.
Bonnie will ensure your precious works are properly looked after and kept in fine condition with top quality museum conservation practices.
Please bring any work you feel needs professional attention to Bonnie, who will be happy to consult with you regarding your works of art.

Frame It!
Give your photos and other printed works the frame that they deserve! Specialty framing done right here at Artemisia by Georgia Ferrell.
From standard aluminum mouldings to wood taken from old barn siding, frames can be cut to size for that special project. Frames can be gilded, painted, and otherwise decorated to suit your every need.
Come in and speak with Georgia to see how she can help you with your special framing needs.

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We are starting a new season and are putting out a call to artists to join us for 2009. Please note that we are requesting a cd or email with 6 to 10 photos this year for our initial jurying. We will then request a live presentation from those whose photos meet our requirements.
Please pass this information on to anyone you know who would be interested in having work at Artemisia in 2009.
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Contact us at
Phone: 613-273-8775
Fax: 613-273-8776

Friday, January 16, 2009


Well, 2009 couldn't have come in any colder! The last two weeks have been spent mostly trying to keep warm in this no warmer than -15 celcius weather! despite great and beautiful sunshine, it is a cold and 'icicley' time here in eastern Ontario.

However, here at Artemisia we have been very busy preparing for our new season. granted, that doesn't really begin until april, we have learned that as a business it takes a couple of months at least ahead of the calendar to make sure that everything happens when it is supposed to happen! i am not very good at thinking so far ahead, but getting better.

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we are doing our jurying slightly differently this year, as we simply do not have the room to accomodate works here at the gallery while we jury. so, we are asking any and all interested artists who are local to the Westport area -- that is within 100 km -- to send us a cd or email with between 6 and 10 representative photos of your work. we will be viewing all photos until april, when we will request from those artists whose work suits our gallery, to bring in actual work for the final jurying.

if you are interested in showing your work in our gallery, but live outside of our local area, please email us and we will consider all canadian artists who apply.

we will forward details if requested regarding our contract with our artists, concerning commission and fees.

we hope to hear from you!

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beginning on january 28 and 29, and each and every wednesday morning from 11 am to 1 pm, and each and every thursday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm, our workshop will be open to all to come in and create something new, work with other artists and just enjoy yourself and try something new.
each week will focus on a different topic, however, all are welcome to come and bring your own materials and get together with others for creative fun!
cost is minimal -- $50.00 for any ten two hour sessions and $7.00 for each single two hour session. if you want us to provide materials, it will be $3.00 per two hour session.

call or email us for further details until i can get the focus for each session posted here.

if you would like to be on our mailing list, please also email us to let us know.

thanks, and keep coming back for more information about our gallery, our art services of signs and commercial art graphics, picture framing, and art conservation. we look forward to meeting you and hope to see many of you here at Artemisia Gallery and Art Services in Westport, Ontario.