It has been another incredible year...thank you all for your encouragement and support. I can't say it enough. Every kind word, every opportunity, every project I have the privilege of taking part in are all because of the support I receive, both locally and internationally. This year's list seems even larger than any other:
**this year was the first that I organized the Author Series at the Airdrie Public Library and what fun it was...from Pow Wow dancing to live music to the kindest, humorous and most talented authors plus I still got to arrange six large exhibits along with eight workshops for both kids and adults as well as host the library's contribution to Culture at the Creek during ARTember
**another record for me was painting 153 paintings of which 65 found new homes - 'thank you' really doesn't encompass how grateful I am
**receiving support from the City of Airdrie through the honour of receiving the Mayor's Night of Arts Award to painting live at Council to creating a picnic table for our public parks
**having my work published as one of Canada's artists to collect in the article titled 'North of '56' in ARABELLA magazine which was carried in Chapters, Indigo and Barnes & Noble all across north America.
**this year my work was carried by Inglewood Fine Arts in Calgary, Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, Just ImaJan Gallery in Cochrane, Effusion Gallery in Invermere, Evanescence Gallery in High River, the Daffodil Gallery in Edmonton, AyrSpace Gallery in Ontario, and now Delree's Native Gallery in Didsbury
**through Artist Residencies, local schools and the Airdrie Public Library I was priviliged to work with over 500 kids of all ages this year
**two of the most heart-warming things I learned were that my art is now owned by Lester B. Pearson's daughter-in-law and a Reserve in Northern Alberta
**and finally, my annual contribution to the Airdrie FoodBank Empty Bowls fundraiser is something that I feel privileged to be part of every year
What a terrific year! And I'm excitededly looking forward to more live painting, working with more children, continuing to contribute to arts & culture in my community, and always, to more learning & painting this year. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!