Margaret Kyle
Acrylic, Watercolor, Portraits

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(posted on 11 Sep 2021)

Crow Gathering

www.kylearts.ca

It's been two years since we have been able to gather for an arts festival. The organizers of Lake Country ArtWalk 2021 created an innovative way to make ArtWalk possible this year.

The event will be held outdoors at 12 sites throughout Lake Country on September 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Three artists per site will be demonstrating their art process as well as displaying and selling work. I will be at Site #12, Jack Seaton Park, along with Sheila Tansey (acrylic painting) and Carolyn Hague (Pine Needle Baskets). You can view the paintings I will display by clicking on this link: 2021 ArtWalk Taking It Outside.

I have been painting lots of trees and will demonstrate how I work with watercolour on "tree free paper," called terraskin, also used in "Crow Gathering" above. Trees are, for me, a metaphor for connection, growth, and groundedness. Plus they are beautiful, interesting, and necessary for human and other-than-human survival. What would we do without trees? The painting below is called, Walking in Sunshine.

Visit the Lake Country ArtWalk website to print out a Map and information about where artists are located as well as a "Passport to Prizes." If you visit all 12 sites and drop your filled out Passport into a draw box you will have a chance to win a certificate for $500, $200, or $100 towards the purchase of art this year or at the 2022 ArtWalk event.

The weather is predicted to be a warm Fall day and I am thankful to be outside at one of my favourite parks -- Jack Seaton -- that has a great children's playground and hiking paths through the forest. Beautiful. Please forward this announcement to others you think may be interested. Thank you and I hope to see you at some point between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 11.                                                

Please drop by my booth on the back wall of the large "Community" gym. I'd love to see you. You can see the art I will be displaying on my website at https://www.kylearts.ca/gallery/2019_artwalk_art_in_fashion.

The theme gallery will be located at the District Offices during ArtWalk and you can see my work, "Prayers for the Earth: Together let's fashion a sustainable, fair world for all creatures" at that venue. $300 from the sale of this work will be donated to the Lake Country chapter of CCL (Citizen's Climate Lobby). 

For more information about ArtWalk 2019 and to plan your visit go to http://lakecountryartwalk.ca/plan-your-visit/.

Now showing at the Lake Country Art Gallery is "Atklokem": a collaboration of contemporary Syilx Art brought together by Okanagan Artist David Wilson: featuring the work of Barb Marchand, Mariel Belanger, Sheldon Louis, and the Okanagan Indian Band Youth Group for this Indigenous-focused exhibition that will encompass painting, mixed media, sculpture, and performance. The exhibition runs August 16 – September 29. 

2018 Lake Country ArtWalk: "Art of Our Time"

 

 

I hope you will be able to visit me at my booth in the small Community Gym at this year's Lake Country ArtWalk.

You can view my ArtWalk paintings in the 2018 ArtWalk Gallery at www.kylearts.ca

 

 

 

 

 

I also have a painting, "In the Slow Lane," on display at the Lake Country Art Gallery from August 30 to September 30 as part of the theme, "Are We There Yet: Canadian Roadside Attractions."  

You are invited to the 7th Annual Under 100 Art Show and Fundraiser at the Lake Country Art Gallery that runs from Saturday, November 25 to Thursday, December 21, 2017. This is a chance to pick up small pieces of art (the majority are under 100 square inches and priced under $100). The proceeds goes to the artist and the Lake Country Art Gallery.

I will have ten Under 100 pieces on display as well as one larger work that will be featured on the 'animal-theme' wall . You can view these on my website in the 2017 Under 100 Gallery.

I hope you will be able to visit me at my booth in the Memorial Hall at this year's Lake Country ArtWalk.

You can view my ArtWalk paintings in the Gallery of this website.

 

 

 

 

 

I also have a painting, "In the Slow Lane," on display at the Lake Country Art Gallery from August 30 to September 30 as part of the theme, "Are We There Yet: Canadian Roadside Attractions."  

You are invited to the 5th Annual Under 100 Art Show and Fundraiser at the Lake Country Art Gallery that runs from Saturday, November 21 to Monday, December 21, 2015. This is a chance to pick up small pieces of art (the majority are under 100 square inches and priced under $100). The proceeds goes to the artist and the Lake Country Art Gallery. There will be over 600 pieces of art on display in the Gallery and in the adjoining Lake Country Coffee House.

I will have twelve Under 100, one Under 200, and one Under 300 pieces of art on sale. You can view these on my website in the 2015 Under 100 Gallery.

There is also an adjoining Lake Country Gift Shop this year with local art and art books for sale.

My recent work has been accepted into the annual arts extravaganza in Lake County -- ArtWalk 2015 with the theme "Light: Illuminating Art" that happens September 12 and 13th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. I will be in the Foyer just before you enter the hallway leading to the large gym. Please stop by and see me or if for some reason I am away from my booth, please sign my guest book. I hope to see you there.

Admission to ArtWalk is $2 and for that you will be able to see over 300 artist's recent works. Musicians and dancers will spice up your journey through ArtWalk and this year Kinchira will give you a most unusual pairing of light and acrobatics. Children's art activities, food venues, and art talks are all part of the venue.

As well my work, "Keep Me Where the Light Is," is shown at The Lake Country Art Gallery ArtWalk theme gallery from September to October. All art works in the gallery depict the theme, "Light: Illuminating Art". The Lake Country Art Gallery is adjacent to the Lake Country Coffee House which is a comfy cozy place to have amazing food and beverages before or after your Art Gallery visit.

Juried Exhibition: March 4 to April 4

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 1 - 3 p.m.

Come and see the work of over 50 Okanagan Artists. My new
work exhibited there called "Sunshine in a Jar," is a still life of flowers that I grew in my garden in Okanagan Centre.

ARTIST STATEMENT: Painting this still life was a great exercise for me. First, I felt very connected with the subject matter that came out of my own flower garden. I intimately know the butter-coloured roses with their silky, heavy, fragrant flower heads. The Shasta daisies bloomed every year at the same time as the roses so it made perfect sense to paint them together.

Second, the painting support called “Terraskin” helped the paint to “slide over,” not “sink into” the coated surface. I enjoyed the feel of creating the petals by pushing the paint with the brush. This support also felt right for creating the watery effects in the vase as the thinner, wetter mixtures of paint blended together on the surface in blurry shapes.

Third, this still life painting was an exercise in “learning to see” more deeply and developing my painting technique. I focused on the arrangement – the shapes, colour, light, texture, and shade of the dynamic relationship. Sergei Bongart is known to have said, "Still Life is the best school, the best exercise for artists." The painting exercise was spontaneous and yet at same time very concretely connected to the subject matter as a whole.

I will be exhibiting my work at Lake Country ArtWalk, September 7 & 8 in the small gym in the Community Complex. This year Lake Country ArtWalk is celebrating 20 years in the community. The theme for the event is "It's All About Time." The event is a juried show that features artists and artisans from throughout the Okanagan Valley in 5 different venues. Besides eye-popping art there will be good eats, music, and a children's area.

"Watching and Waiting," shown to the right, is featured at the theme gallery of the Lake Country Art Gallery and will be on display for the month of September.

Artist Statement: I remember driving by Wood Lake and seeing an ice fisherman huddled over his ice-fishing hole patiently waiting for a tug on the line. Not far behind him was a heron -- also waiting -- for something that the fisherman might throw the heron's way. It has been a compelling image for me of connectedness between humans and the natural world. Afterall, all creatures (humans included) have a need to find food and to eat. Humans, with a knowledge of the past and large capacity brains, are at the hub of the food chain and have a great responsibility to protect and maintain a balance. We are not independent from the web of life.

(posted on 28 Apr 2013)

Soul Collage - curiosity Collaging the Deep-Self

(based on "Soul Collage: Evolving" by Seena Frost)

Artist: Margaret Kyle

Suit: Community

Description: I am one who feels at one with nature

More About this Card: This is the first card I created using the "Soul Collage" method and it brings me a lot of joy when I look at it. This card reminds me of a time, as a child of eight, that I sat on a hillside covered with the golden Arrowleaf Balsamroot flowers that bloom in the Okanagan Valley in May. I felt at one with the granite moss-covered rocks, the blue sky, the pungent, piney scent of the yellow flowers, and the hum of bees as I soaked the landscape into my being. The card contains images of connection and curiousity -- in the giant star clusters, as well as in the intricate web-spinning of a spider. May I always remember as part of my soul this curious and connected inner child.

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