Monthly Archives: June 2011

Contest Winner – Congrats Aleshia!

No longer Unnamed! This painting is now called Sable Spirit - Congrats Aleshia!

Hello Everyone;

First, I wish to thank everyone that took the time to enter our “Name the Painting” contest. It was a truly difficult task to narrow down the list even to the top contenders. A small group of friends and family spent many hours between last night and today going over the list many times . . . inevitably the last choice was mine to select “the one” from the many.

And the winner is:

“SABLE SPIRIT” entered by Aleshia Kiedaisch . . . congratulations Aleshia!! It has also now been posted under the contest tab on this blog.

The wonderful response to these paintings tells me that, although tiny, Sable Island and its wild horses hold a large place in the hearts and imaginations of Canadians. I would like to invite you to suggest other titles for paintings in this series. I may not be able to respond personally to all of you, but I will pay attention. The new paintings will be posted as they are finished on my Sable Island Horses blog.

We extended the Show too!

For those of you that live in proximity to my studio, we have had so many people calling and asking if they can come out to the studio to see the paintings that we have extended the show. The show and studio will be open daily from 1-5 pm until end of day on Sunday, July 3rd, or by appointment by calling us at 1-250-752-0395.

A most humble and heartfelt “Thank you” to all.

Warmest Regards,
Joan

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Contest Closed

Unnamed...but not for much longer!

“Name the Painting” Contest Closed

Our contest is now closed for entries but Wow, you people have been incredible!!!  Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to send in your entry.  I am overwhelmed and humbled by your responses.

There have been 257 names entered . . . and I can only pick one.  But let me tell you what has happened because of this . . . some of the names suit the other paintings in the series and some of the names have actually sparked new paintings in my head!!

This entire “Sable Island” series is just getting started.   I have just spent the last 2 days (at our opening here at the studio) talking non-stop about Sable Island.  The stories and aura of this magic island and its horses have completely captivated me.  20 paintings is a good start!

SO, if you would like to suggest titles for any of the other paintings, please feel welcome to do so.  I may not be able to email each of you personally to thank you, but please know that I appreciate each and every suggestion.  I believe that “TIME” is the only thing any of us really ever have to spend, so I most humbly thank you for your time and consideration.

The winner of this contest will be posted later today.  Thank you.


Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Her Away

PQ News reporter Lissa Alexander wrote and wonderful article in the local paper about my trip to Sable Island and about my upcoming show at the Studio this weekend!

Thanks so much Lissa, it’s a beautiful article!

“Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Her Away” – Parksville Qualicum Beach News – Lifestyles

 

By Lissa Alexander – Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Published: June 14, 2011 9:00 AM

Boys Will Be Boys

After a profound visit two years ago to a secluded, East Coast Island, Coombs artist Joan Larson has finished her Wild Horses of Sable Island series, enabling residents to discover this hidden Canadian gem for themselves.

Larson had known about the ethereal sand bar island since she was a child; heard the romantic stories of the wild horses, the sandy plains and beaches and spectacular sunsets, but never thought it would be possible to visit herself.

Access to the island has to be granted by Canadian Coast Guard and visitors have to make their own transportation arrangements to and from the island, as well as bring all their own supplies.

Larson was invited by a childhood horse riding acquaintance, and was thrilled by the invitation.

“It was just like, ‘Oh my God are you kidding?’ when she asked if wanted to go,” Larson said.

“To go and hang out with a bunch of wild horses?” she added.

So she headed off with two photographers and an Alberta professor and wild horse researcher. The island, located 300 kilometres southeast of mainland Nova Scotia, is the windiest place in Nova Scotia with the least sunshine and most fog. That’s why it wasn’t surprising to Larson when she and her group were grounded by offshore fog, delaying their week-long trip for five days. In the end the weather also delayed them getting back to the mainland, giving them four full days on the island.

Before the wheels even hit the landing strip (which was the beach) Larson saw wild horses coming out of the dunes. The population of horses on the island swelled to about 400 when she was visiting and she said it wasn’t hard to find them on the 42 km long island.

Only a handful of people reside on Sable Island, but the wildlife is a different story. Besides wild horses, the island is also home to the world’s largest population of grey seals, along with harbour seals and numerous birds.

One evening that remains ingrained in Larson’s memory was the first night she spent on the island, having hiked to a beach to watch an incredible sunset on a balmy summer’s day.

“I was sitting in the sand dunes and there’s horses behind me, there’s seals up and down the beach and I just had this profound sense like the universe came down and gave me great big hug,” she said.

Larson has created 20 original paintings based on her experiences on Sable Island, revealing captivating scenes of the island’s wild horses, sand dunes and sunsets, all in pastel. She said the Island was a magical place and she wanted to capture and express this in her work.

“To me this is about sharing a little slice of Canada that hardly anyone will get to go visit in person,” she said.

The Wild Horses of Sable Island will be featured in an art exhibition and sale at the Creekside Studio, located at 1471 Winchester Rd. in Coombs this Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details about the artwork and show visit  www.joanlarson.com/sableisland.html or call 250-752-0395.

A “Name That Painting” contest is happening for one of the pieces, visit https://joanlarson.wordpress.com/contest/ for more information.

 


Art & Bloom Festival – Woodland Gardens

So this blog has been under-going quite a bit of shuffling around…this post was originally written on May 25th, 2011

 

We  just returned home from our show at the annual “Art & Bloom Festival” at Woodland Gardens in Courtenay, BC. This year the show ran from from May 21 – 23rd, 2011

Brian Zimmerman, owner and creator of the extraordinary Woodland Gardens, invited me to be the Featured Artist. I were very pleased to be part of this show!  There is a wonderful and relaxed atmosphere among the visitors and artisans like.  My husband, Paul, and I met some great people, including MP John Duncan and his wife Kim.

You can see their website for yourselves…but I highly urge you to check out Woodland Gardens if you are near, or passing through Courtenay.