Different Strokes Art Gallery

Doing art shows is always a lot of fun.  I get to meet a lot of interesting people, pill I get time away from my kids to be with grown-ups & I love when I get good neighbours.  My good friend Gena Lacoste and I do a lot of the same shows & we now request to have our booths next to each other.  We do it on our own, so its nice to have someone there to watch your stuff while you go grab a bite to eat.

Many of these neighbourhood acquaintances have turned into long lasting friendships. One of the best parts of this is trading my jewelry for art. I have many pieces of art in my house that I would never have been able to afford. One thing I’ve observed at these art shows, is how much the customer wants to meet the artist, get to know them. I get asked 1000 different questions about materials, technique, inspiration & about my husbands outriding career. I’m lucky enough to get to know these artists well, there have been slow days when we sit with each other for hours without seeing a soul. Every time I look at their work in my home it reminds me of them & our friendship.

Yesterday, a friend commented on a photo of a necklace that I had posted on Facebook. It was dangerously close to his wedding anniversary & needed to get the perfect present before the big day. We arranged a trade for some of his fantastic wood carving work. I have admired Gerardo Carsolio‘s work for years & I finally get to admire one in my own home! The picture doesn’t do it justice, it is artfully carved from Brazilian Cherry & I love it!

by Gerardo Carsolio

I have traded for some of Gena’s paintings that she did of Jeff’s favorite outriding horse, Lake. Gena does amazing watercolors & features one of my favorite things, horses. She’s brilliant at horses & I could never get tired of watching her paint. Watching her work is another great benefit of being her neighbour!
by Gena Lacoste


Doing art shows is always a lot of fun.  I get to meet a lot of interesting people, more about I get time away from my kids to be with grown-ups & I love when I get good neighbours.  My good friend Gena Lacoste and I do a lot of the same shows & we now request to have our booths next to each other.  We do it on our own, dosage so its nice to have someone there to watch your stuff while you go grab a bite to eat.

Many of these neighbourhood acquaintances have turned into long lasting friendships. One of the best parts of this is trading my jewelry for art. I have many pieces of art in my house that I would never have been able to afford. One thing I’ve observed at these art shows, buy more about is how much the customer wants to meet the artist, get to know them. I get asked 1000 different questions about materials, technique, inspiration & about my husbands outriding career. I’m lucky enough to get to know these artists well, there have been slow days when we sit with each other for hours without seeing a soul. Every time I look at their work in my home it reminds me of them & our friendship.

Yesterday, a friend commented on a photo of a necklace that I had posted on Facebook. It was dangerously close to his wedding anniversary & needed to get the perfect present before the big day. We arranged a trade for some of his fantastic wood carving work. I have admired Gerardo Carsolio‘s work for years & I finally get to admire one in my own home! The picture doesn’t do it justice, it is artfully carved from Brazilian Cherry & I love it!

by Gerardo Carsolio

I have traded for some of Gena’s paintings that she did of Jeff’s favorite outriding horse, Lake. Gena does amazing watercolors & features one of my favorite things, horses. She’s brilliant at horses & I could never get tired of watching her paint. Watching her work is another great benefit of being her neighbour!
by Gena Lacoste

I’ve traded for many other pieces of art from awesome artists and I feel very lucky to own them. My husband also has volunteered trades for me, pasture being the least exciting of them all!!

See they’re thinking of the hot summer sun, looking forward to their summer pasture & they think I’m a super talented artist!
Doing art shows is always a lot of fun.  I get to meet a lot of interesting people, viagra sale I get time away from my kids to be with grown-ups & I love when I get good neighbours. My good friend Gena Lacoste and I do a lot of the same shows & we now request to have our booths next to each other.  We do it on our own, ask so its nice to have someone there to watch your stuff while you go grab a bite to eat.

Many of these neighbourhood acquaintances have turned into long lasting friendships. One of the best parts of this is trading my jewelry for art. I have many pieces of art in my house that I would never have been able to afford. One thing I’ve observed at these art shows, is how much the customer wants to meet the artist, get to know them. I get asked 1000 different questions about materials, technique, inspiration & about my husbands outriding career. I’m lucky enough to get to know these artists well; there have been slow days when we sit with each other for hours without seeing a soul. Every time I look at their work in my home it reminds me of them, their commitment to their art & our friendship.

Yesterday, a friend commented on a photo of a necklace that I had posted on Facebook. It was dangerously close to his wedding anniversary & needed to get the perfect present before the big day. We arranged a trade for some of his fantastic wood carving work. I have admired Gerardo Carsolio‘s work for years & I finally get to admire one in my own home! The picture doesn’t do it justice, it is artfully carved from Brazilian Cherry & I love it!

by Gerardo Carsolio

I have traded for some of Gena’s paintings that she did of Jeff’s favorite outriding horse, Lake. Gena does amazing watercolors. She’s brilliant at horses & I could sit all day & watch her paint. Watching her create these masterpieces with only 3 colors is another great benefit of being her neighbour!

by Gena Lacoste

I’ve traded for many other pieces of art from awesome artists and I feel very lucky to own them. Some of the things I’ve traded for haven’t been so glamerous, my husband also has volunteered trades for me, pasture being the least exciting of them all!!

See they’re thinking of the hot July sun, looking forward to their summer pasture & they think I’m a super talented artist!

I kind of wish I could use the old barter system more!

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I feel so bad I haven’t posted all summer.  Life really got away from us as our entire summer was hijacked by an issue we had with a renter in our old farmhouse.  That is for another post, medical heck, its a whole other blog!

I really wanted to talk about a great little gallery in Central Alberta called Different Strokes Gallery in Olds, Alberta.  Deb recently opened this little diamond in the midst of Alberta cattle country.

Here’s a little quote from the Different Strokes Gallery webpage:  I think it says it best!

“Different Strokes Art Gallery is committed to broadening the confines of what individuals think of when they hear the term “Gallery”. We believe that art is not necessarily meant to be quiet and passive – a gallery should have the same passion for its exhibited artworks that the artists have for their own work.

Different Strokes exhibits all forms of art by artists and artisans, mainly from Alberta, focusing on the artist and not just the art work. We welcome all art lovers to come in, be our guest, and appreciate the many different shapes, forms and sizes that art can take.”

I’m going to be doing a trunk show with new pieces at Different Strokes just in time for Christmas shopping on November 6, 2011 from 11am – 4pm.

Handmade Sterling Silver Ornament with Rhodonite

If you’re in the neighbourhood, please stop by the Gallery.

The gallery is open to guests Monday to Saturday at 10:00 am.

5010 – 50th Avenue

Olds, Alberta

403.556.2233

 

Luv y’all

Shelagh

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