Beasts on the Move, 2019 Edition

If you missed the Rare Beasts project exhibitions last year, now is your chance to see it!

My twenty panel series of collages depicting rare and endangered breeds of farm animals is currently being exhibited at MUSO: Musée de société des Deux- Rives at 21 rue Dufferin, Valleyfield, Québec. The exhibition opened Thursday, April 4 and runs until Sunday, May 5, 2019. The museum’s hours are from Thursday to Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm. I will be at the show, working on a collage, on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 1:00  – 4:00 pm. Stop in and say hello if you find yourself in the neighborhood.

Chantecler Rooster
The MUSO is an interesting exhibition space that used to be a Presbyterian church.
Hanging an art show is a tricky business.
This time we decided to group the animals by species.

For more information about the social history museum:

Lost and Found

I accidentally broke my website last week. And by ‘broke’ I  mean I basically destroyed it. “How?” I hear you wondering. Oh, you know, by doing something stupid.

So for the past week I have been picking away at the site, trying (with some help) to get the thing functional again, and this morning…EUREKA! I invite you to take a look here. There have been some renovations done, and some more still to do, but I think it is looking pretty spiffy. And if things are working the way they should be, this blog post will actually APPEAR in the site itself. *crosses fingers*

While we are on the subject of my stupidity, the other dumb art-related thing I did recently was to send in a meticulously presented grant application with the wrong number of CDs included. In my defense, it was a French form and I am a native English speaker. And who knew that when they said FIVE copies, they really did mean FIVE! Fortunately, the nice people at the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec let me know of my error, and I was able to correct the situation without being penalized or having my file dumped in the trash. Whew! Now to wait for the jury’s decision. *crosses other fingers*

So what else have I done lately that wasn’t stupid? Well, I made this:

Turcot Bridge 32×36 collage on panel


Summer is in full swing here on the farm. The vegetable garden is growing gangbusters- and so are the weeds! Weeding is what I do instead of a hobby. The results are worth it, though.

When not in the garden or the barn, you can find me in the studio. Here are a couple of new collages destined for Mackinac’s Little Gallery in Michigan. 
The Windermere 6×8

Wicker Rocker 5×7
Both collages say ‘summer’ to me. How about you?

Island Bound

Yes, it’s almost that time of year again. No, not tax time. That should be over for most of us, unless you are very naughty and LATE. No, it’s nearly time for the start of the Season at Mackinac Island, and with it the annual opening of Mackinac’s Little Gallery.

My collages are lucky enough to go on vacation to this beautiful place. Here is a new collage in progress bound for Mackinac:

And recently completed:
This collage of the Iroquois Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI, is unusual in that it consists of two 6×4 panels which are meant to be displayed together. Or apart:

Officially, in the art world, a work of art made of two panels that go together  like this is called a diptych – which is also one of my favourite weird words. (Say it out loud, I dare you.) And, yes, three panels together is a tripych, which is also amusing. Almost as good as mukluk.
This diptych and the above lighthouse collage in progress will headed down to Mackinac next week.
And here is a random picture of my chickens doing something weird. 
Looks like they are logrolling, but who can tell with chickens.

Carriage Parade Number Two

This collage took much longer than I thought it would. In part this was due to a series of “real life”  – as opposed to “art life” –  distractions that kept my studio time  restricted for the past few weeks. That is over and done with now, so no more excuses!

Carriage Parade 2 – 8 x 10 painted paper collage on cradled panel
Now on to the next!

In Like a Lion and Out Like a…?

March arrived roaring in our little corner of La Belle Province and it shows little sign of quieting down. Here we are, the first official day of Spring, and it is snowing. Again. Apparently Mother Nature wanted to celebrate the Vernal Equinox this way:

More snow is announced for Saturday. I hope wherever you are there are daffodils. 
The only place on our farm where you can catch a glimpse of spring is out in the barn. Yes, we have lambs!
Now if that doesn’t cheer you up, I don’t know what will.  Cheers me up. There aren’t too many things more fun to watch than a baby animal experiencing the world for the first time. This little girl is getting acquainted with her Auntie Violaine. 
Tempted as I am to spend the day watching lambs frolic, I do actually get some real work done. Even when it looks like this outside my studio.
It’s always bright and comfortable inside. With some music on and a collage on my work table, I can forget about our lousy weather.
I finished a new collage just this afternoon. “Carriage Parade”  is slated for Mackinac’s Little Gallery for the seasonal re-opening in May. A big thank you goes out to Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog for the reference photo.
“Carriage Parade” 8X10 painted paper collage on panel.
I really like the green collage paper in this one. Sigh. I remember green.

The Swing of Things

Hmmm…monthly blog posts seem to be all I can manage these days. Still, I suppose monthly is better than not at all.

Summer is in full swing here on the farm. Crops are getting tall; roosters are getting fat, and the garden has sped into that uber productive phase of mid-summer. We recently arrived at the “if we don’t grow it, we don’t eat it” point of no return. Goodbye, supermarket produce!

And mostly it has been a good summer. Sure, some crops fail, but far more are succeeding. We tried to grow some new varieties this year. I couldn’t resist the name of this lettuce in the seed catalogue: Drunken Woman! Isn’t she lovely? Tasty, too. Not quite sure how she got the name, though.

A few years ago I bought a small black currant bush and plonked it into the vegetable garden. It has bloomed for a couple of years, but never produced fruit – until this year! The black currants are just about ripe, and the small bush is weighed down with fruit. I’m thinking about jam…

Here are a few more garden photos to whet your appetite.
Genovese Basil

Green Bush Beans

A nice crisp lettuce – I forget the name!

Ruby Red Chard

Loads of red currants
Oh, were you expecting some art? Yes, there is that, too! Here are a few recent pieces.
“Colorful Gray” 10X8″ painted paper collage on cradled panel.

“Flower Box” 5×7 painted paper collage on panel.

“Thought” 24X24″ painted paper collage on cradled panel.

A Good Month for Shows

So far it hasn’t been a great month for weather. However, April IS turning out to be a good month for art exhibitions.

Along the English River 
20 X 24 painted paper collage on panel
“Along the English River” is currently on display at TAG, the public art gallery of the town of Cornwall, Ontario. A friend kindly let me know that my collage had received an honourable mention from the judges. I was unable to attend the opening, so this bit of information came as a pleasant surprise. TAG (The Art Gallery) of Cornwall is at 168 Pitt Street. Opening hours are from  10 am- 5 pm, Wednesday to Saturday.                     The exhibition is on display until until May 10th.
Capture the Wind
7 X 5 painted paper collage on panel
“Capture the Wind” is part of the American Academy of Equine Art’s Spring Invitational Exhibition and is currently on display in the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown College (corner Mulberry and East College Street), in historic Georgetown, Kentucky. If should find yourself in the Lexington KY area this spring, I hope you will check it out. The exhibition runs from April 12 – May 24th, 2013.
Three Greys and a Bay
14 X 20 painted paper collage on panel
And last but not least, “Three Greys and a Bay” (above)  is on the wall of the Marietta Cobb Art Museum,  Marietta, Georgia. The museum (pictured below) is situated about 15 miles northwest of Atlanta.
Marietta Cobb Museum interior
Marietta Cobb Museum exterior
The exhibition is on view from April 13 – June 30th.  Opening hours are from Tuesday through Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m, and on Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Darling Buds of April

We are still waiting for spring.

I’m starting to think that this slow spring is some kind of seasonal protest. Maybe Winter overslept and just refuses to get out of bed. Or perhaps Spring is “working to rule”, hoping to wrest better job conditions, pay, and benefits from Mother Nature. Whatever the case, the outdoors are uniformly drab.

When I look out the window, I see our yard is a field of mud and construction debris leftover from the Great House Jacking of 2012. On a good day, the mud is frozen; on a bad day, my dogs coat the ground floor of our house with it.

When I look out the window with my mind’s eye, I see the yard as I want it to be: green grass, a lush canopy of trees, and flower beds all a-bloom. I think about where I would like to plant flowers and fruit trees, what colour palettes and garden designs I want to use, where I would like to put a walk way or steps, a raised bed or two…

Sadly, we are a long way from that reality. For the time being, I content myself with making some floral collages. Whatever it looks like outside, the garden in my studio is in full bloom and awash in colour!

Spring Iris I 
7×5 painted paper collage on panel, 
© 2013 Alyson Champ

Spring Iris II
9X9 painted paper collage on panel,
© 2013 Alyson Champ

Irises in bloom? In April?? No, not really.  But hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?