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Reach Out and Find Your Village

“Artists need to connect with other artists.”
(Paul Kline – Art Activist)

Artists are pretty good at working independently, but connections matter, for so many reasons.

This season, travel is still restricted. Even gallery exhibit openings may still sometimes be difficult to attend. Still, one of my goals this spring is to find more ways to reach out and find my village, in the community and beyond.

The Global Village

Artists meeting artists

There are many ways to make contacts in the arts community. Sometimes it’s about receiving inspiration from others. Ideally I like opportunities where there is also interaction and sharing.

Brilliant online seminars have been presented this year through universities, museums and arts organizations, connecting people from different communities and different countries. The best of these had teams supporting the speakers, with introductions, timing, questions, camera, and tech support.

One of my favourites this year was a presentation with the author Robin Wall Kimmerer. (Her book BRAIDING SWEETGRASS is wonderful – and available through our local library!)

Here are some of my current favourites. If you have more recommendations please add them in the comments below.

  • Journaling with Nature – Bethan Burton
  • On Being – with Krista Tippett
  • The Savvy Painter – with Antrese Wood
  • Akimbo – with Seth Godin
  • The Jealous Curator: Art For Your Ear
  • 99% Invisible
  • What it Takes – (on Spotify) – especially the Jane Goodall interview
  • 3 Point Perspective – (For Illustrators)
  • Unlocking Us – with Brené Brown

There has been a new surge of short or long online workshops, sharing a rich variety of experiences. Occasionally there are even master sessions that would normally  be too expensive to attend from a great distance.

Great opportunities are out there! Are you interested in building skills, or in teaching others?

Time zones can be an issue with live online events. For example, there was an amazing gilding workshop I wanted to attend in England this week but it was happening at 3:00 a.m. Pacific time.

Flexible scheduling is a good reason some content creators are offering recorded sessions for people who cannot attend live workshops.

This is another huge topic all on its own. There are so many wonderful ways to artists to connect in the community and internationally. As I was writing this post just now, I received a brand new unexpected email about an exciting opportunity. I will share more information soon!

My favourite online connections are the simple conversations!

Online chats with a few artist friends can be very inspiring, as can any  sessions linking people with shared interests.

This type of call is pleasant, informal and can lead to lovely community connections.

There are people out there who genuinely care about the arts in our communities

If you can, when someone calls about an interview or a studio visit, it is good to say “Yes!”  

This week I met someone who is working to support Okanagan artists. This meeting was only made possible because of a referral from another visual artist. Thank you Lee Claremont! When we all support each other, positive things happen!

Out of the blue!

This week, I was very surprised to be contacted by Sue Skinner from our local news group at Sue Skinner is a singer and a talented writer, with a strong interest in supporting the arts and local artists.

Ms. Skinner was interested in conducting an interview, so I invited her to visit my studio, and we had a very pleasant meeting in the sunshine outdoors on my back deck. It was wonderful when this outgoing woman came to visit my studio. I could tell how much she loved her job!

She wrote a kind and beautiful article that was posted on Castanet the next Tuesday. I had no idea what she would write, but I really felt like I could trust her process. I was right. Thank you so much for your generous report about the visit Sue!

Here is the link to the article: The Golden Touch


Final Online Spring Coffee Conversation

The small Open Window Art and Nature Sketch Club was created as a way to welcome the spring season in our Okanagan community.

We are reaching out to you, making simple social connections with like-minded people during a time when we could not count on meeting in person.

Our last spring session is this weekend. There is no cost or ticket required. Just r.s.v.p. with the contact button so we know who is coming.

R.S.V.P. to receive link


Open Window Art and Nature Sketch Club coffee meetings are very informal.  We can talk about art and nature inspirations, resources, discoveries, and even struggles we might need a little help with.

Shared Interests

We have varied backgrounds, but we share interests in connecting to nature with drawing, painting, journaling or other forms of art, including poetry and photography.  We can also make recommendations for Okanagan hikes or sketching locations.

Sign up by Saturday to receive the link!

Sunday May 2nd - 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

We planned a set of three Zoom coffee conversations for spring, and the final one is happening this Sunday. New and returning participants are all welcome.

Invitations with the link for this session will go out on Friday April 30th. Please let me know if you would like to be added to the mail list for this!

Facebook Group

The Open Window Art & Nature Sketch Club
Another way to reach out online and find your village.

Let’s support and inspire each other!

Artists, poets, photographers and nature sketchers are invited to join our new Facebook group. We hope to share prompts, inspirations, hiking location tips, and art inspired by nature. Join us at

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