DOING MY PART TO BE GREEN
I have always been a collector and over the years and on a regular basis I visit various shops looking for used and vintage frames. I have no qualms with a few minor dings or nicks in a frame as long as it is a quality piece. A beautiful frame, like any antique, is not devalued by slight imperfections. It is enhanced by the history and is one of a kind. I'm sure that there is a story there somewhere, if only it could talk. Some of my "finds" are beautiful on their own, sometimes obviously handmade, and a little love and elbow grease can restore them to almost new condition. I do my own framing and cut my own mats so that every framed piece is unique. The frame is a part of the art as I envision it. In this way I give those frames a second life, keep them out of the landfill, and derive personal pleasure from the search and rescue. And, my clients get a piece of history along with a new piece of art.
The Reuse Centre
I have known that the Reuse Centre existed in Edmonton for a number of years, but never had the opportunity to visit. Donna and I did just that in the fall of 2017 when we decided to start getting rid of some material things that we no longer need or want. Instead of adding more items to our landfills, we decided to donate them to the Reuse Centre.
For those of you who don't know about the facility, "The Reuse Centre accepts various items from Edmonton residents free of charge and makes them available to organizations and individuals for reuse. The Reuse Centre is unique as it deals with items that are not accepted for reuse elsewhere." (as stated on their Web site: https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/garbage_waste/reuse-centre.aspx). For artists like myself, it a great place for materials for projects you're working on. Its inexpensive, a minimal fee for up to 50 kg of stuff! If you have good and useful items you no longer need, take them to the Reuse Centre instead of the landfill.
NEW WORKS FROM STAN 2018
This year, as in previous years, I will be presenting my new original works at Riverbend Community "Art in Our Park". As some of you know, I am not represented by galleries, so this is the only way to see and purchase my original work. Be sure to mark it on your calendar. "Art in our Park" takes place annually in September. I will keep you posted as more information becomes available. Hope to see you this year!