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Fresh Air

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Is it Spring yet?!?!

   I'm not sure about anyone else, but I'm a little bit tired of all the winter shenanigans , and I'm so ready for spring!!
   We got a new puppy last fall, who is now 85 pounds, at 8 months old, and having to put on 2-3 layers of clothing everytime I take him out, is getting really tedious. The pay off though is everytime we go out, he's so excited and happy to be playing in the snow , that it makes it worth it. Still....really want spring to arrive!!
Concentrating and listing new upcoming shows always helps too. So please find below , a list of upcoming events and shows that I have lined up so far for 2019.
    I will update the list as other events come up.
                                  ✨  🌟 Happy Spring Everyone✨🎨

Current Solo Exhibition at Arts Place Gallery,
Port Colborne , Ontario
March 1st ~ March 31st 2019

Teaching 2 Encaustic Workshops, Art Gallery of Burlington
Burlington , Ontario
Sunday March 24th & Sunday March 31st 2019

33rd Annual Pelham Art Festival
Meridian  Community Centre, 100 Meridian Way, Pelham, Ontario
May 10th ~ 11th ~ 12th 2019

Art At the Pumphouse ( pending acceptance)
Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre
Niagara on the Lake, Ontario
August 3rd~4th 2019

54th Annual Oakville Art in the Park
Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, Bronte Ontario
MONDAY August 5th 2019

Dundas Artisan Market
Dundas Driving Park, Dundas, Ontario
SUNDAY September 8th 2019

Art Among Friends
Laurentian Lodge, Elliot Lake, Ontario
September 28th ~ 29th 2019

** We are also working on a setting up a teaching working space here in our home, as well as setting up a weekend open house studio show and sale........ Please stay tuned 🎨😊🎨

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

April 17th2018

   Greetings everyone. As I sit here and watch the snow falling outside my window this feels like the never ending winter ! I'm hoping this will be Mother Natures last winter encore and that spring will soon be on her mind.
   We've settled into our new home ( a few boxes left!) . I've set up my new studio, and it's wonderful. It's in the basement which I don't usually like to work in, but this one is big and bright , lots of Windows, and a huge bonus is that it has a fireplace! It's been amazing to work down there on cold winter days! I am really looking forward to moving outside though too and being able to paint in the yard again.
   So far I have 4 shows booked for this year, and I'm hoping to add a couple more along the way. I've also been toying with the idea of having an open house in the fall, but that's still to be considered . I've been teaching a lot already this year, and would also like to get things set up here so that I can offer classes in my home again. I'm hoping to get that all figured out by the fall as well!

 Upcoming Shows:
   Pelham Fine Art Show May 11th, 12th, and 13th 2018.  Pelham Arena, 1120 Haist Street, Fonthill

   Bon Echo Provincial Park, Annual Art in the Park, July 27th, 28th, and 29th 2018 , Cloyne , Ontario. Breathtaking provincial park!!

   Oakville Art in the Park, MONDAY, August 6th 2018, Lakeside Park, Bronte Ontario

   Dundas Artisan Market, Sunday September 9th, 2018, Dundas Driving Park, Dundas Ontario.

That's it so far, and I will add any new events as they come up. Please also check out my Instagram page , as I post photos and events on it quite regularly , more than I do here on my blog site .
Thanks very much for checking in! Cheers to a wonderful Spring,
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Another year!!

Once again more than a year has flown by at warp speed! And it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride at times!
    I am now the President of the Women's Art Association of Hamilton, and have completed a year in this position so far. It has been an honour to work alongside some very talented and passionate women, and I look forward to one more year before I turn the reigns over to a new president who will continue to help move women artists forward in a creative and dynamic direction .
   I have had the great pleasure of teaching several more Encaustic workshops over the last year at the Burlington Art Gallery and the Cotton Factory as well, and I've enjoyed meeting some very kind and creative people during the process. I will be teaching more this coming fall , and I'm looking forward to setting up some more classes in the coming year also.
   We are moving  to a new home in a weeks time, and packing up our current home has been all consuming, it feels like we live in a sea of boxes. I can't wait to set up my studio area , and decorate our new home and gardens. We will have just over a 1/4 acre, and I've been pouring through all my gardening books for ideas. So very exciting!
  My kids got me setup with an Instagram account, and I really like how easy it is to post photos, and even upcoming exhibits and events . I'm still technologically challenged , so the easier it is for me the better. If you'd like to see my artwork, or lists of upcoming events please visit my Instagram page
at:  robbinsart100
   I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer, and I'll try to post  here more often......
 But Better chance though of seeing more posts on Instagram , just way easier!!
 Best wishes, Robbin

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

   Soooo...a whole year has passed I'm embarrassed to admit, since I have written anything new, or updated my web//blog site !! I am always amazed at just how fast a year can go by, and what can happen and change over that time as well. 2105 was another year of big changes, new adventures with some exciting and some sad events in my life.
   In the Spring, my oldest son and I got to head out to Vancouver to spend a week with Family. I hadn't there in over 30 years, and it was incredible to go back and share this time with my son, and re-connect with some of my family. so many laughs, reminiscing, a few tears, and just a whole lot of fun. The week was over far to fast.. 
      Another amazing highlight was my residency in Italy in June. I was Artist in Residence in the breathtaking village of Noepoli, high up in the Polino Mountains, in Southern Italy. Truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The hosts of Palazzo Rinaldi,  Raphaelle & Pina, were so kind and  gracious, and it was a pleasure to stay in their ancient stone home with them. The residents of this medieval village were very welcoming, and loved to welcome us into their homes, and offer us coffee ( along with chocolate almond liqueur !) and cookies. Even with my extremely limited Italian, and their extremely  limited English , we managed to communicate quite well, and our visits always ended with big smiles and photographs taken together, and warm hugs and kisses . Being in Italy was a magical time that allowed me to see so much of this beautiful country. We started in Florence for a few days, off to Venice, then Rome. Then down to southern Italy for my residency, and then off to Naples and the Amalfi coast to end the month off. The residency also offered me some much needed quiet time. Wandering through the village, sketching , painting on the terrace, taking it all in, gave me time to just sit and reflect a bit about my life, and choices, and offered me some clarity about a few decisions that I had been struggling with for quite some time. I hope  to be able to return there someday very soon, as it will forever hold a special place in my heart. I am so truly grateful that I was given this amazing opportunity to spend so much time in such a wonderful country.
  It seems as soon as I returned to Canada, I hit the ground running and didn't really stop till Christmas.  Family events & obligations, exhibits I was participating in, and  part time work all seemed to contribute to the feeling of life suddenly moving at warp speed!
      Most importantly,  2015 also offered  myself and my husband of 29 years , the opportunity to come back to each other and reconcile , and work out our differences, and start over so to speak to end up in a much better place together. We are working very hard together to keep moving forward....... something a year ago, neither one of us ever thought possible or that we would ever be able to do.
  So, now I am finally painting again, mostly of Italy right now!! My first show is in May, and I am looking forward to exhibiting my new pieces.
  I find it a little bit ( actually a lot!) hard to keep up with social media at the best of times , but I will try a little harder this year. I will also post a list of upcoming shows for 2016 after this post is completed. But  I would also really like to add my Instagram account to this post, as I find it infinitely easier to post photos on, and it will be much easier for me to keep up with form of social media and much easier for people to see new artwork that I am producing.
Thank you very much,
Please check out my

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2014 will forever be remembered as one of the toughest years of my life, full of heartbreak, broken promises, broken dreams, and the realization that there are questions that I will probably never have answers for.
Maya Angelou once said" people may forget what you said, may forget what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel"
And I am forever grateful for my wonderful sons, they are the loves of my life, my incredible family, and for for the handful of my generous and kind, amazing friends. You all went above and beyond to hug me, love me, and make me smile. I will always remember just how you made me feel.
Happy 2015 everyone, don't forget to wish upon a star. May peace, light, love and laughter fill the whole year to come.

I have posted some of my upcoming shows for 2015 below. I hope you can stop by one of them, and say hello. I will update this as more shows become available.
thanks very much for looking at my blog!

Upcoming Shows for 2015

The following is a list of upcoming shows that I will be participating in for 2013. They are all juried art shows. The list will be updated and added to as more events become available. These are all wonderful art exhibits/shows and well worth visiting.

Friday May 8th, 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday May  9th and Sunday May 10th 2015 11:00am to 5:00pm
Pelham Arena 210 Haist Street,
Fonthill, Ontario

I have been accepted into an Artist in Residence-Retreat  program in Noepoli, Italy.
I will be spending 20 days in this lovely country in June 2015

July 23rd 24th and 25th 2015
Cloyne Ontario

Monday August 3rd 2015 10:oo am to 5:00pm
Bronte Harbour Park, Lakeshore Road
Oakville Ontario

September 26th and 27th 2015
Elliot Lake Ontario

Encaustic workshops will once again be offered this year in my studio and at The Burlington Art Gallery, Burlington Ontario.
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

An new year

Welcome 2014! I get the feeling this is going to be a big year. One of changes , realized dreams, and of course some failures too.
Failure at times can be tough, but also inspiring if looked at from a different angle, and learned from.
For some reason, January h as a history of always being a tough month for me....and this January was no different! Record breaking cold that caused a pipe to burst in my 120 year old home, vehicle issues, and a ride in an ambulance and short hospital stay started my year off! I did, however hold two very successful Encaustic Workshops at the Burlington Art Centre. As always I had some very enthusiastic and creative students, and it was a pleasure to spend time with them.

  Now that it is February, I am hoping for a little smoother ride! I have so  many painting ideas that I want to get started on, and hope that I can find the balance of time and family to create them. I am trying desperately to get some aspects of my life in order, because they have de-railed , and as a result  have caused me to question some things and have made it quite difficult to concentrate on my art like I would like too. However, I do have faith that I can do this, and failure is not an option now.

     "Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark". Rabindranath Tagore

So on that thought, I wish everyone a wonderful year to come and I am looking forward to a creative and challenging new year.
Best wishes, Robbin

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