One: Moment

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Discussing the principles of art

When it comes to openings, being in the moment is crucial. Every visitor is important. The ambiance is the property of the artist or artists involved. We set the stage, create the space in which to share ideas, listen and pick up on new opportunities to form relationships.

DEVENIR in Stony Plain

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Contemplating

Saturday afternoon DEVENIR opened their installation “Devenir” in the Multicultural Heritage Museum in Stony Plain. Bitterly cold, the day turned on the sun and lit up the beautiful room in which we had hung our mobiles and paintings. Those who braved the weather thoroughly enjoyed discovering the idea behind our presentation and stayed to chat at length. One person whipped out his phone and shared our invitation on his links, encouraging people to drop in.

In the moment

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Exciting!

Being in the moment means forgetting about everything else on the schedule and focusing on the person or persons before me. Focus is the key. Fortunately, I do not find this part difficult. I love talking to strangers and entering forbidden conversations. To do this my aim is to create a safe space. Time is short so this has to be done quickly. Not everyone is open. Fear of offending or fear of judgement shuts down many fascinating conversations. Pity.

Follow-up

Relationships also require follow-up. Not so easy. As I step away from the moment, everything else on my schedule floods back with a vengeance, something like the incoming tide in a narrow inlet and I find myself submerged.

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A lovely space

The next five minutes

Again, I turn to the moment. In these five minutes I can place a reminder on my computer for later if I cannot do the task immediately. Priority is given to the immediate. Although relax time is also an essential ingredient in the elixir of well-being, it may be wise to plan it more precisely rather than relying on feelings or lack of inspiration. Movies take a lot of time for example. I love watching movies. Perhaps limiting this fun thing to once or twice per week would be more profitable than every evening…

Take a little time to breathe

This present moment contains all the opportunity of a lifetime. Used wisely it can profit anyone willing to put in the effort. Effort is required to choose priorities, to organize, to let go of what may be less useful. Take a little time to breathe. Be thankful for the blue sky and sunshine, they may not be there tomorrow.

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One: Wings

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Several years ago, our son phoned and asked me what animal spirit his father possessed. Apparently, the artist making the walking stick for his birthday needed to know. We decided the bear fit better than most. Since then I have considered my own and have come to the conclusion, wings are my thing; the eagle suits me.

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Wings for RAFA

 

 

 

 

 

Giving permission

Flying, however, is another matter. One needs permission to fly. Spreading my wings has come slowly. I would allow it occasionally then I would walk again. Lately, the view has been spectacular and the travel much quicker.

Devenir

Belonging to a group of five artists determined to succeed offers certain challenges and advantages. The collective spirit of Devenir encourages sojourns into countries unknown. One such trip allowed us to create our popular exhibition “Devenir +” which just finished showing at Art Point in Calgary.

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Art Point

Supporting the group

Another advantage to belonging is at least one member can usually help resolve conflicting schedules. Such was the case recently. With two of the three members from Edmonton unable to attend the take down of our show, I asked my ever-supportive husband to accompany me to Calgary. There, the four of us finished the job in one hour and we were back home in the early afternoon.

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My ever-supportive husband and I

Playing with wings

The latest idea offers everyone attending the RAFA Forum the possibility of trying on wings. This comes awfully close to playing, another activity I do not allow often. However, all five artists in Devenir have created a set of wings with a photo shoot in mind. Each is uniquely representative of the artist and all attendees can have their photo taken in front of one or several sets, testing the air and the personality, so to speak.

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Sylvie Van Bradant Prix d’excellence

To be announced

I am looking forward to the Forum. The winner of the Sylvie Van Brabant Prix d’excellence will be announced and we can all try on some wings. La soirée est toute en français. Should you wish to attend, tickets can be purchased here.

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Different Strokes: Installation

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Wisdom tells us if we stop growing we die. Growing requires a certain amount of risk. Therefore taking risks keeps us fresh, excited and engaged. Devenir is a risk encouraging new risks. A cooperative installation is the latest risk.

Working in a group

Traditionally artists have followed a path of isolation. They preferred their own company and the space to follow their muse. Currently there is a trend to work in collaboration with others. Consequently many groups and cooperatives have formed. The idea behind collaboration is a vison to stabilize productivity and income. Devenir is such a group.

Serendipity 

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Patricia Lortie

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Patricia Lortie in Whitehorse, Yukon. We were the Albertan representatives for Contact Ouest that year. She and I discovered many mutual interests including professional and personal development. The idea of a mastermind intrigued her. The seed germinated in May 2016 when five Francophone artists (Danièle Petit, Patricia Lortie, Sabine Lecorre-Moore, Doris Charest and me) met and formed the group Devenir. Our mandate is to challenge, support and expand our careers as visual artists.

Devenir means becoming

Installation, mobile, mixed media, blog
Danièle Petit

Devenir means Becoming. Certainly, we are blossoming into the fullness of all we can be. Our first exhibition together has the mystery of creativity at its core. Each artist presents a unique take on the process of creation from inspiration to completed work. In our first discussions, we hit upon the idea of using a mobile as a vehicle to communicate this journey.

Erratic discoveries

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Sabine Lecorre-Moore

A mobile moves in erratic ways. Occasionally the pieces collide, just as ideas do. The collision produces a new movement, an unforeseen conclusion. Our journey takes a new route into unplanned territory. Creation is exciting, la raison d’être of being artist.

Evolution

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Karen Blanchet

Our show bears the name of our group for, indeed, nothing is static. Everything evolves. In the Espace exploration of CAVA we installed five mobiles, each one unique to our personal vision. The mobiles engage with each other as they move and flow together. Five completed works form the anchor to the exhibit as each presents one version of this flow, this becoming.

Installation at CAVA

So should you happen to be in the neighbourhood, do drop in and enter what feels like a forest, our installation full of colour and movement.  CAVA (Centre d’arts visuels d’Alberta) is located at 9103 95 Ave Edmonton, AB. Their hours are Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm. Our exposition closes on the 24th November. Have a wonderful week.

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Different Strokes: Devenir

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Wisdom tells us if we stop growing we die. Growing requires a certain amount of risk. Taking risks keeps us fresh, excited and engaged. Devenir is a risk encouraging new risks.

Cooperating

Traditionally artists have followed a path of isolation. They preferred their own company and the space to follow their muse. Currently there is a trend to work in collaboration with others. As a result many groups and cooperatives have formed in hopes to stabilize productivity and income. Devenir is such a group.

A mastermind

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Patricia Lortie in Whitehorse, Yukon. We were the Albertan representatives for Contact Ouest that year. She and I discovered many mutual interests including professional and personal development. The idea of a mastermind intrigued her. The seed germinated in May 2016 when five Francophone artists (Danièle Petit, Patricia Lortie, Sabine Lecorre-Moore, Doris Charest and me) met and formed the group Devenir. Our mandate is to challenge, support and expand our careers as visual artists.

Devenir is Becoming

Devenir means Becoming. Certainly, we are blossoming into the fullness of all we can be. Our first exhibition together has the mystery of creativity at its core. Each artist presents a unique take on the process of creation from inspiration to completed work. In our first discussions, we hit upon the idea of using a mobile as a vehicle to communicate this journey.

A mobile

A mobile moves in erratic ways. Occasionally the pieces collide, just as ideas do. The collision produces a new movement, an unforeseen conclusion. Our journey takes a new route into unplanned territory. Creation is exciting. It is la raison d’être of being artist.

Five mobiles and five paintings

Our show bears the name of our group for, indeed, nothing is static. Everything evolves. In the Espace exploration of CAVA we will install five mobiles, each one unique to our personal vision. The mobiles engage with each other as they move and flow together. Five completed works form the anchor to the exhibit as each presents one version of this flow, this becoming.

Five artists to welcome you

Should you happen to be in the neighbourhood, do join us for our opening reception on Friday, 20th October 2017 at 7pm when we will be presenting a short introduction to our individual visions and how they manifest. CAVA (Centre d’arts visuels d’Alberta) is located at 9103 95 Ave Edmonton, AB. The interaction is always fun.

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