Stories from Artwalk, Part 1

During Artwalk, I showed my work in Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke Street) with three other artists:  Bronwen Belenkie, Clive Tucker and Mandara Lebovitz.  Our exhibition will continue through April 28th. The gallery is open 10am-3pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Background

The building in which I exhibited was recently bought by husband-wife duo Rainer (pronounced Rye-ner) and Helen Daniels.  There is a cafe in one half of the building and an open gallery space in the other half (behind the white bars which were removed before the show).

Gallery Bistro

Moving Day

The Thursday before Artwalk was our set-up day.  It began with a knock on the door from Rainer Daniels and together we moved Relationship Study in his pick-up truck, upside-down.  The table fit neatly between the wheel wells and was a few inches of the closed tailgate.  The rest of my work, including one of my latest pieces, There is Not Always Light at the End of the Tunnel, was loaded into another vehicle.

There is Not Always Light at the End of the Tunnel Front

Setting Up the Gallery

After we got my work into the gallery, Bronwen and Mandara arrived with their 2D art and begun to install their work on the walls with nails.  There was a moment when we all watched as Bronwen’s young son, who was helping, set down his claw hammer on Relationship Study in what seemed like slow motion.  Luckily, there was no damage and we decided that it would be a good idea to cover the table with moving blankets.

Centre

Last to arrive was Clive.  His colourful ceramics filled the large shelf unit and a table at the end of the space.

Together, our work filled the floorspace and shelves and covered the walls.

Left Wall

The Front Windows

Gracing the left front window and enticing passers-by were Clive’s Triceratops, Bronwen’s Looking Up At Alders and my shelf Deconstructed.

Left Front WIndow

In the opposite window you can see Mandara’s Dragon River and my sculpture Something Like That.

Right Front Window


This is the final slide from my PechaKucha presentation.

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I had hoped to have the video of my PechaKucha presentation by now, but I do not have it.  I will post it when I get it.

Day 1 of Artwalk

Even though it rained for the first half of Artwalk today (Saturday), attendance was strong at Gallery Bistro.  Engagement was high and the gallery was very busy for most of the day.  Over 250 people visited the gallery in five hours, many of whom came back for a second (or third or fourth) look while others promised to return the next day.

I took half a minute to shoot this quick video to give you a feel for the venue.

Sunday’s forecast is predicting nice weather so I’m expecting an even stronger turnout tomorrow.  I hope to see you there!

In Preparation of Artwalk

Art is Now in the Trees

I’ve installed Reaper in the tree outside of Gallery Bistro, where I’ll be showing my work during Artwalk.  I made signs for it, too.

Reaper Installed

I’ve also installed Graft (table in a tree) and more signs.

Graft Installed

Newspaper Publicity I, along with Reaper was featured on the front page of the Arts section of Tri-City News in print and online.  (Also included with the online article is a list of all the artists, what they do, and their venue at which they’ll be exhibiting.)

Chris Wong and Reaper

Updates to my Store and Gallery

I’ve updated my Store to include Reaper and Graft, each of which will be on a silent auction April 13-14, as well as my recently completed sculpture which is currently untitled.

Yew Sculpture FrontI also updated my Gallery to include the above three pieces, and the cherry coffee tables.

Cherry Coffee Tables

Featured at Port Moody City Council to Promote Art and Artwalk

My cribbage board was this week’s Art at Council feature piece, shown at Port Moody’s City Council meeting on Tuesday.

Apple Cribbage Board II Front This is the write-up from their website:

Chris Wong is a Port Moody artist who works under the name of Flair Woodworks.

He draws inspiration from the unique characteristics and natural beauty of local trees that have fallen due to storms or building development. Rather than start with a plan, then find suitable materials, Chris starts with materials full of character and develops a design to suit. This process leads to very unique results that maximize the potential of the wood.

Chris’ work comes in many sizes. From small items like the cribbage board we have on display tonight, which happens to be made from an apple tree he found in Burnaby to large items such as free-standing sculptures and tables. All of it has one thing in common: Chris’ flair.

A Busy Weekend Ahead!

Thursday, I, along with three other artists, will begin setting up our work for Artwalk in Gallery Bistro.  Friday I teach a seminar at Lee Valley Tools Ltd. before attending Artwalk’s Opening Reception.  Then Saturday and Sunday feature Artwalk – the main event!


This is the nineteenth slide from my PechaKucha presentation.

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Relationship Study

Artwalk 2013

Friday, April 12th at 6:30pm is when the 14th Annual Artwalk will kick off with the opening reception at Old Mill Boathouse (#3 on the map) at Rocky Point Park.  Then, Saturday and Sunday will feature the Artwalk event.  Most of the venues will be along Clarke Street in Port Moody and in the middle of everything you’ll find The Gallery Bistro (#8) – just look for the chair in the tree!

I will be at the Opening Reception Friday night, then at The Gallery Bistro with my woodwork Saturday from 12-5pm.  On Sunday, I will be at The Gallery Bistro from 12-4pm and after that, at the closing party just down the block at the Queens Street Plaza Main Stage (#10).  I hope to see you there!

Click on the image to view it full size.

ArtWalk Schedule of Events-Centennial Page


This is the sixteenth slide from my PechaKucha presentation.

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Art in the Trees

This year, I will be exhibiting in Port Moody’s ArtWalk.  Opening night reception will be at the Old Mill Boathouse at Rocky Point Park on Friday April 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm and ArtWalk will take place the following Saturday and Sunday along Clarke Street.

Artists will be hanging art in the trees to promote the event and my idea is to hang a piece of sculptural furniture.  I want to make a chair that is missing a back leg.  Upon installation, the tree will become the back leg of the chair.

ArtWalk Tree Art This Saturday, March 23, I will begin building (and hopefully finish) the chair.  It will be a live Tweet-Along that you will be able to follow here:  tweetchat.com/room/flairww

Follow me on Twitter – @FlairWoodworks.


This is the eleventh slide from my PechaKucha presentation.

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Maple Slab Table