Welcome to the December newsletter. It has certainly been a challenging year with the chaos and disruption from the pandemic. For the most part I remain optimistic as I believe resilience is the key to managing troubles. I certainly will not forget the extensive human and economic toll, but from a personal standpoint, I firmly believe I will look back at this year as one of personal and artistic growth along with the many new, and strengthening of existing connections, to artists. I believe that art is an important component of a healthy community and in particular this year, an important tonic.
With this final newsletter of the year, I wanted to thank each of you for your support and inspiration through 2020 and to wish you a Merry Christmas. See you in January.
I recently had the good fortune to meet the renowned glass artist John Nutter at his Granville Island studio. John has created impressive glass artworks over many years including Escape to Stella Polaris Kelowna International Airport, Tree of Joy Investors Group office Winnipeg, and various pieces at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Vancouver. He was also part of the team with Bill Reid creating the Spirit of Haida Gwaii.
John graciously accepted my request to spend a morning in his studio, to photograph him and some of his artwork, while chatting about his career. Thank you very much John!
Granville Island is a photographers paradise with numerous eclectic buildings, nooks and crannies to explore, artists studios and shops, and a very welcoming environment to artists. It was repurposed from industrial use starting in the late 1970’s through the 1980s and continues being a great artist and local market hub. I have visited several times this year and I always come away feeling excited and inspired by the new found photographic treasures.
It was on a cold clear morning that I made my way over to the North Vancouver waterfront to photograph the morning light and fog. I started at The Shipyards and was totally taken with the lighting, fog, and frost. It seemed to transform the subjects I was familiar with from previous trips into totally new subjects.