I’ve been sitting on the most exciting news for way too long. Unofficially I’ve known for a year now, and officially it’s been eight months. I don’t know why I’ve waited, except that this space got really quiet since I went back to my day job, and I guess I just didn’t get around to it. So here’s the news…

I will be exhibiting Yes these bones shall live as a solo show at my local public gallery, the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, opening in January 2015! And it will be accompanied by a book! I am over the moon. Last weekend I visited the gallery and stood in the rooms where my work will be, and after a brief cramp of panic in my gut, I was thrilled to imagine it.

In preparation for the show and to fund some of the printing and framing costs, I’m going to have a print sale. I plan to print two images and offer them in 11×14 size. Normally I only offer them at 16×20 or 24×30, but I realize those can be unwieldy for the average person who just wants to hang  a piece in their living room. I haven’t totally chosen the images, so if you want one, please email me (kate[at]peripheralvision[dot]ca) to let me know which one you want.

While we were there last weekend, we saw Robert Hengeveld‘s show, promised lands, a set of animated installations, which we loved. My favourite piece was called “paradise” and it was a separate room, dark, with a fake camp fire and fireflies. There was a pond with fake ducks, a record player spinning, birds that occasionally sang and moved, and an owl standing sentry in the corner, that spun its head round once in a while. A lot of it was built with cardboard, and the “forest floor” was literally carpeted – with green shag rugs. When my oldest encountered the carpet, he exclaimed, “I don’t know what this stuff is, but I LOVE it, and I want some!”

My youngest’s favourite piece was called “unbridled rein.” They both spent a long time watching it and came back again and again to it.

PS I’m on instagram now, if you’re interested.

The Lonely Parade

I’ve been wanting to get into photographing musicians for a long time. A few weeks ago, I got a chance to photograph The Lonely Parade, an emerging band of young women from Peterborough, Ontario. They have been named Emerging Artist of the Peterborough Folk Festival and they’ll be opening for one of Guelph’s best bands, The Constantines, to launch the festival in late August.

I was lucky enough to get an early copy of their new album, Sheer Luxury (yes, I’m gloating). Lucky for you, you can listen to it online.