by Caitlin Bryant
Yay! It’s that time again! Artists from Powell River, the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island, Vancouver, and beyond are getting ready to expose themselves…all for our viewing pleasure! Erotic imaginations are buzzing and titillating artwork is being collected. There are new artists, returning favorites and lots of exciting new artwork to ogle. We’ve even got some fun, interactive installation art you can become part of! Not to mention the performances! Read more »
by Caitlin Bryant
ON THE BILL IN 2010: The exhibition is taking shape. Here’s a small taste of what to expect.
We will, of course, have our usual bar with bubbles, beer, wine and martinis.Jeannie Keays will be cooking up some aphrodisiacal, erotica-inspired, gourmet handmade chocolates. The sexy Manzanita oyster bar will be open for business, serving up oysters naked or sauced, with everyone’s favorite shucker, Al, and his special, yet-to-be-announced helper. Robert Scott Macmillan (www.central-nervous-system.ca) will be showing many new paintings this year. He will also give a debut performance of songs from his “black catalogue”, songs about love, deception and other blues.
EXHIBITION: Saturday March 20, 7.30pm—12:30am $5 suggested donation… must be 19 or older. VENUE: We are moving this year! Find us in the space soon to be known as The Kat’s Meow Café at 6762 Cranberry Street (the old Wilshire’s Store). This venue now boasts a stage, great wall space, sexy vibes, and an xxx long bar. PREVIOUSLY: A huge thank you to our friends in Townsite who welcomed us with enthusiasm and lots of helping hands. Join us up the hill this year!Passia Pandora (www.crimsonqueengallery.com) is one very exciting guest contributor who’ll be showing a large body of work. Her professionally framed photographs will also be for sale and, lucky for us, Passia offers lower prices for those choosing to buy directly from a show ($180.00 for framed and matted 11x18 prints). As usual, so much more comes out of the woodwork in the month leading up to the show! Keep your eyes peeled and ears to the ground!
From times of rationing during the Depression, when women saved each usable patch of cloth for new purposes, to the recent times of ravenous consumption and disposability, fashion has run the gamut over the past century. Over the last decade or two, we’ve seen a new fashion trend: even those who can afford a closetful of ever-changing, trendy, new, disposable garments are choosing something different—to re-vamp, re-cycle, re-use and re-envision. Thankfully, Shaunie Yates and The Sow’s Ear and the Silk Purse are here to make life a little easier for the textile-disinclined.
Shaunie’s grandmother used to say, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” In other words, you can’t make something beautiful out of a tattered scrap of fabric; when it’s done, it’s done. From that adage, or in spite of it, came the ideals and the name of The Sow’s Ear and the Silk Purse. Handspun fibers, vintage pieces and tattered scarps are re-envisioned into exciting new creations full of charm and memories.
Starting in the Seventies, weaving on a traditional backstrap loom in Guatemala, Shaunie has studied and sold her medium in many locations, including Canadian venues such as the Banff School of Fine Arts and the University of Manaioba, Circle Craft of Vancouver and Powell River’s Artique, to name only a few.
by Caitlin Bryant
Adorn the bedroom…or find things sure to get you into the bedroom with your special someone. This column is full of self-satisfaction because I have a bit of a collection, also known as obsession, with many of these products.
Adorn The Bedchamber Read more »
by Caitlin Bryant
A night of fun, fantasy and sexuality returns for the 2nd annual Expose Yourself, an exhibition for exhibitionists.
New and exciting submissions are coming in from local artists as well as returning guest exhibitor photographer Passia Pandora from Vancouver. More guests to be announced.
Come explore themes like romance, voyeurism, aesthetics, accessories/textiles, power roles, gender roles, sex industry, etc. Many pieces will be for sale. So, if your bedroom needs a little spice, bring your cheque book. This exhibition is one night only!
We have a creative way for you to get involved this year: Eroticise That Object! I have 6 miscellaneous objects waiting to be eroticised and sold at a silent auction during the exhibition. Here’s how it works: contact me to arrange to pick an object out of the blind-grab bag; I’ll give you $20 for cost of accessories/supplies. Eroticise your object by Friday, March 20th, and bring it back to me for display and auction at Expose Yourself II. Voila!
Ink Fected Tattoo and Body Piercing will be joining in the fun, showcasing provocative body art for men and women.
Check out the Cloud Nine demonstration corner…you’ll have to wait and see what she’s got up her sleeve!
Manzanita Restaurant will be shuckin’ lavishly un-pretentious Okeover oysters at the Oyster Bar.
The Sex Pots will be back on the bar, shakin’ up the original panty remover…Gin Martinis. The usual suspects (beer, wine, champagne) will be available too.
The event is scheduled for 7:30pm—midnight Sat. March 28th at 6261 Yew St., Townsite (below the Rodmay Hotel). Admission is $5 at the door.
We are still looking for spoken-word performance, music, and 2- and 3-dimensional art submissions. And of course, the first 6 people to contact me get to participate in the Eroticise That Object!
Please contact Caitlin Bryant at 604-483-1979 or ArbutusOils@groundswell.ca for info.
by Caitlin Bryant
Coming up on March 15th is ‘Expose Yourself’, Powell River’s first-ever erotic art show.This show was organised because of what I saw as the sum of my interesting-things-to-do-without-leaving-town inventory–boohoo, poor small-town us! Then it hit me. Why not? (This is one of the blessings of being in a small town: organising an event isn’t really out of anyone’s reach. If you can dream it and you can network, make it happen.) We have outstanding artists practising in many media and not many who are faint of heart. So I put out a call and the response was overwhelming. Submissions came to our little town all the way from the Big City. Apologies to all submissions that did not make it in this year–purely because we ran out of room!
Thanks to all the participating artists: Karin Burch (silversmith), Douglas Enquist (glassworks/spoken word), Scott McMillan (paintings), Terry L. Brown (photography), Autumn Skye Morrison (painting), Passia Pandora (photography), Wolfgang Goudriaan (paintings), Eve Stocker (paintings), and Lilia Cardosa (photography).
A big thank-you to Manzanita Café for supporting this event. The restaurant will be hosting a pre-exhibit dinner downstairs at the Rodmay Heritage Hotel at 7:00pm for March 15 only. Enjoy the oyster bar, drinks, a variety of artists and media with music by DJ’s Megs and Tony from The Blender (12:00 Fridays on Jump Radio). Admission to the show by donation (suggested $5). Call 604-483-4238 for info and dinner reservations.