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2 “Pastels” Workshops

I will be teaching 2 one-day workshops at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville, B.C. in conjunction with my showing of “The Wild Horses of Sable Island.”

Take one, or take them both: Tuesday, Aug. 5th and/or Thursday, Aug. 7th
$90.00/day or $170.00 for both days.
For more information, please contact me at 250-752-0395 or

I will also be giving a “Sable Island” presentation and talk on Tuesday, Aug. 5th starting at 7:00 p.m. at the McMillan Arts Centre. Seating is limited, so come early.


Opening Reception changed!

Sorry for the change of date and time, but the OPENING RECEPTION for the “Wild Horses of Sable Island” at the McMillan Arts Centre has been changed to:

Thursday, July 31st from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The show will run from Wednesday, July 30th to Wednesday, Aug. 30th/2014

ALSO, please join me for a free presentation and talk about my experiences on Sable Island on Tuesday evening, Aug. 5th starting at 7:00 p.m.

“The Wild Horses of Sable Island” at the McMillan Arts Centre, Parksville, BC

I am pleased to announce that the McMillan Arts Centre will be host to a showing of the newest artworks from the “Wild Horses of Sable Island” series.  The Opening Reception will be on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. and will be followed immediately by a photo presentation of Joan’s time with the wild horses.

I will also be teaching 2 Pastel Workshops in conjunction with the show.  Take one, or take them both!  Tuesday, Aug. 5th and Thursday, Aug. 7th from 10 – 4:00 p.m. at the McMillan Arts Centre.  $90.00 for 1 workshop or $170 for both.  Email or call the studio for more information:  joan or 250-752-0395.

Central Island Artisans Studio Tour

Creekside Studio will be participating in this annual studio tour.  Please drop by the studio and see all the new work . . . and some of the old too.  With a show looming on the horizon, there is lots of new work in progress.

Award Winners with “Pastel Artists Canada”

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“Quartette” at the Coast Collective Gallery

“Quartette” will open next week at the Coast Collective Gallery in Colwood, B.C.  This group show comprises 4 very different artists and art forms, but we all strive for the same ideal and excellence in our work . . . the other artists are Sherry Mitchell (incredible watercolour realist painter and my studio partner at Signature Studio), Anne Marie Veale (potter extraordinaire) and Maia Levine (amazing art in the form of rug hooking).  The show will run from Sept. 18th – 29th.  Please join us for the opening on Saturday, Sept. 21st. from 2 – 4 p.m.

For more information and directions to the Coast Collective, please check their website at:

Sable Island – Day 6

It was a spectacular day on Sable Island!  It started off grey and overcast but it burned off by 11:30 so I hit the sand running . . . spent all day out walking and steeping myself in this magic that is Sable Island.  I want to remember it always.  The horses, as always, cooperated which means they ignored me and went on about their day as if I wasn’t there.  But what a special opportunity it is to be able to share part of their day . . . I doubt that I have touched their lives, but they have very definitely touched mine.


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Sable Island – Day 4 & 5, Aug. 2013

Day 4 & 5 on the island have seen quite a bit of difference in the weather . . . from very high winds and torrential downpours to a stunning sunrise this morning followed by overcast, fog and then back to clear skies late this evening.  The weather here is ever changing and continues to remind me just how little we actually control.  Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but be assured, I will enjoy myself!

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SABLE ISLAND – August, 2013

MADE IT TO SABLE ISLAND!!!  Today, Day 3, has proved to be very stormy with lots of rain and high winds however it let up just enough for us to grab our gear and head out for awhile.  The weather has not allowed for me to work on location (it also rained all day yesterday) so I have been working at the station and using the photo reference from the laptop.  Here are a few photos  . . . enjoy, I sure am!

Getting Ready for Sable Island

Getting Ready for Sable Island

Rae-Anne LaPlante (who I am traveling to Sable Island with) just made this short video clip about “getting ready for Sable Island.”  I’m actually posting this while sitting in the airport in Nanaimo waiting for my flight to Vancouver-Ottawa-Halifax.    Sable Island or Bust!