* * * SHOWCASE * * * Thank you to Dr. Jacqui Fleury ND for showcasing my available artwork in her office, True Potential Health Services in Saskatoon, SK.
* * * New Art stocked at Handmade House, 710 Broadway Ave Saskatoon SK
* * * PUBLISHED * * * Part 2 of 4 'Artist Review' in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine, Canada

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sketch to Stitch in Saskatoon!

Hello!  Guess what?  I'm offering my 2 day yarn embroidery weekend workshop in Saskatoon! Sketch to Stitch 2017 only 4 weeks away, running January 7 & 8 in the new year.  I am renting a WONDERFUL second floor workshop space in Riversdale with plenty of natural light called Creative Commons YXE.  It's above the Void gallery that will also house a new exhibition I'm putting together.  How's that for fun in the dead of winter?  : )

Here's the basic details:

So far I have 9 people signed up.  I can take 6 more.  : )  This is the only 'advertising' I've done for it, so let me know.  You don't need any supplies, just bring yourself.   ***You will need to plan for your own lunch on both days, and street parking fees on Saturday.

Have a great day!

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Holiday Sales Events

I have had such a busy year making, travelling, and doing sales and exhibitions, that by the time the holidays roll around, I find I am busy catching up with commissions, not to mention putting oon the holidays for our family of five. As such, I don't attend the big-venue seasonal markets.  (sorry!) However, if you want to know where to buy my work, here's how...

1. It just so happened that I got a call from the Village of Milden asking if I'd join them in their local community sale before Christmas.  I said without hesitation, 'I would LOVE TO!'.  : )  Milden is less than an hour out of Saskatoon, and is situated half way between Rosetown and Outlook SK.  If you are looking for a relaxing environment to do some Christmas shopping, that is definitely an option.  It's not a juried show, and I have no idea what artisans will be there.  I'm looking forward to this, and i'm sure I'll enjoy the drive.

Wednesday, November 16th
2:30pm to 7:00pm
Milden Community Hall
Soup, Sandwiches & Dessert available.

I'll likely bring one or two of my kids to sell their wares as well.  : )  Thank you Milden!

2.  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
3rd Annual OPEN STUDIO & Holiday Sale!
Friday, November 18th, from 4pm to 9pm
Come eat, drink, be merry, enjoy art, visit with me
at my home studio  351 Crean Crescent, Saskatoon SK
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                    *this is not wheelchair accessible but other arrangements can be made*

3.  ...and then there's this!
New 2017 Wall Calendars featuring 12 images of my threadpaintings.  I'll have a limited number available at my Open House event, but if you want to receive one in the mail, I am taking orders until November 19th.  All calendars will be signed and shipped out by December 1st to arrive before the holidays.

Email me if you would like one. "Monika @ MySweetPrairie . ca"  They are $28.ooCAD (plus $2.ooCAD shipping in Canada, $5.ooCAD shipping to the US and Overseas/UK).  Paypal converts currencies automatically, it's so easy.

4.  The Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique which is located at 813 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon, open six days a week.
- framed prairie threadpaintings
- mini art quilts / Wish You Were Here prairie postcards

5.  Handmade House  I have my own shelf and wall space as a working member, and things move well there so it's changing up all the time.  The gift shop is open Monday to Saturday, 10-5:30 and is located at 710 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon.  It's directly across from the Broadway Theatre.
- art print blank greeting cards with envelopes
- framed yarn embroideries
- mini prairie threadpaintings

Have a great day!

Friday, 11 November 2016

Open Door.

I had the pleasure of running a fibre art project with the Saskatoon Open Door Society.  They contacted me about working with the Creative Women's Group there to embellish posters for an upcoming event.  I can't tell you how much I enjoyed being with all those women, new to Canada. Some didn't speak English, but the beauty of smiles, gestures, and visual projects is sometimes all it takes to have an inclusive time together.
We braided threads, yarns and metallic fibres to adorn the posters, adding buttons and tassels and international postage stamps (not my idea but what a great one!!).

sample photo we were provided with for the project
I didn't get to visit a lot as it was a busy project with 20 women in a crowded room.  I did eventually sit down and ask questions.  Having been raised by immigrants, I always love to hear their stories - good and bad.  Their bravery and strength just blows my mind.  When people tell their individual histories to listening ears, connections and trust develop.  It also blasts your assumptions of people right out the window.  We find out there are common bonds, and really, we are all more connected than most realize.

I *DID* talk about winter. I sat at one table and asked them how long they'd been in Canada.  They told me it was a matter of weeks.  "Have you ever seen snow?" I asked.  "No, never."  So I pulled out my phone and brought up some winter prairie landscape photos on pinterest to show them.  I showed them sparkle and that golden light, the hoar frost and the beautiful blue shadows that fall on the snow.  I talked about how the sun is so low and the light pours through the house.  I told them how in December and January, you can see sun up, mid day, and sun down at one window.

Anyway... I hope as shocking as it might be for them, that they see the beauty and magic of a completely different world, and that helps them to get through it.  There's a lot of 'winter haters' that might have got to them first, right!?  ; )  I'm not part of the 'misery olympics' as they call it.  As a landscape artist, winter is AMAZING.

Their 2nd Annual International Bazaar - as the poster describes, this free to the public event will have 20 different international vendors.  It's a great way to support these new families, take in some rich culture, purchase some wonderful food and crafts from our new residents.  I can't wait to see (and taste)!  : )

Saturday November 19th at Station 20 West, Saskatoon form 11am to 4 pm.  See ya there!

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