Spring Open … submissions

February 21, 2012
by Karen Phillips Curran
    For many years now I have been a member at Dockyard in Bermuda. In fact I rented one of their studio spaces about 20 years ago. It was a dream come true then, as it has been for many artists on the island. Mine was only a month long rental, but it provided a quiet space to create. This year I am here, staying on the other end of the island. I have three small (5×5″)  pieces in the Spring Open members show at Dockyard……all for sale, $200 each. (plus shipping if you order them from here….)  
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Sunday walk

February 21, 2012
by Karen Phillips Curran
Wandering is good for you, noticing is what artists are supposed to do, its one of the things we do best I think. Today I wandered. Bermuda roads are twisty, small, and even on a Sunday, busy. Here, the protocol is to walk with traffic, rather than against it. Trust is a big part of the equation for the pedestrian. It takes some getting used to. Its a warm still morning. The air is muggy. Scents linger in the stillness. The last of the freesias accost my senses. Where are they, nearby in a hidden field or glen? I wander inland through a path, to a small bay.  In here, the scents abound, ‘green’ is the overpowering one. Mosses cover anything older than my son. I am reminded of my father’s Old Spice after shave, in the rich scent of bay spice trees as I brush past them.
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in the Bermuda studio

February 15, 2012
by Karen Phillips Curran
Featherbed Studio is in St Georges Bermuda, it is my favourite place to paint. Here I am starting on some small pieces for the members’ show at Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard, which opens this Sunday. You can see the finished pieces there… Now that these are done I can begin in earnest on my new work for my 25th anniversary exhibit here in March.
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Island of my Eye

February 15, 2012
by Karen Phillips Curran
For 25 years I have been painting images of Bermuda. The walls windows doorways and gates provide a perfect tableau for my graphic sensibility. The textures and the colours are beautiful to my eye. I find symmetry and comfort in the commonplace here. The Bermuda Society of the Arts in City Hall, Hamilton, Bermuda will be hosting my 25th  anniversary exhibition here this spring, March 23- April 9th. Come one come all experience Bermuda, and all she has to offer!
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outside

November 29, 2011
by Karen Phillips Curran
I like that red car car and the scaffold are the spark of colour in an otherwise dreary landscape. The new studio design is dynamic, but cannot compete with November skies and bare trees,… in fact I think they complement each other in their starkness. The sink is now inside, with running water from its taps…(too much; as the taps leak…) sigh. Now my job is to organize it all, get it all in order so I may create chaos, disorder and the sometimes frenzied, sometimes measured activity, that happens inside a studio.
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Sign for Neat Coffeeshop

October 11, 2011
by Karen Phillips Curran
  Now this is a Neat sign…..Neat Coffeeshop in Burnstown Ontario asked me to create their new sign on the brick face of their building, letting folks know that they have coffee, wood oven pizza and live music…… Up high, no drugs! Neat Coffeeshop and all it has to offer can be found at Neat Coffee. Burnstown and all it has to offer can be found at Burnstown.
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+oPen sTuDio+

September 25, 2011
by Karen Phillips Curran
My new studio is almost done, but not quite. This weekend, October 1-2 from 10-6 I will let you in for a sneak peek. You can take a drive and see the fall colours, and have a visit, take a gander, and see what all the excitement is about. I’ll have paintings and prints for sale….. Take Hwy 417,  after Arnprior turn towards Calabogie on 508, where the river widens is SPRINGTOWN, and the Riverstone Studio. Turn at BRYDGES Road…the ASHDAD Rd 432-8081 stop 19 on the Festival of the Senses   http://www.calabogie.org/Documents/Festival_of_the_Senses.pdf      
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building the studio

August 4, 2011
by Karen Phillips Curran
an insulated cement pad 24×24 smoooooth the first wall, the short one…. my matchbox studio….. even more real….
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Images of the Madawaska

July 28, 2011
by Karen Phillips Curran
Recently I was asked to be a part of an exhibit at South of 60 Arts Centre in Barrys Bay Ontario, regarding the Madawaska and Bonnechere River watersheds. Since water features prominently in some of my work, I took up the challenge. Instead of creating my usual stone and water images, I wanted to look at the rivers in a new way. I live across from the Madawaska and she has been part of my life for the past five years now. I love her, she is deep and dark, she flows with strength and purpose. I love the way the spring waterfalls show up crating into her with urgency…. You can see my pieces among the other beautiful works created for this event, at the link here http://www.bonnechereriver.ca/watershed—a-virtual-art-exhibit Several of these fine works will be on display soon, after July 22 at the Neat Coffee Shop in Burnstown Ontario ….within shouting distance of the Madawaska River… http://www.neatfood.com/
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Breaking ground

July 28, 2011
by Karen Phillips Curran
We broke ground earlier this month for my new studio…..more to come….the excitement “builds”
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