NEWS - 2023
All text, photography and artwork is COPYRIGHT by GARY SIM unless noted otherwise.
MAY 22: UPDATES FOR GarySimStudio ON ETSY
Rapier 500 plane, Stanley "sweetheart" adjustable square, Stanley "eggbeater" hand drill
A number of updates are in progress for various web pages in Sim Publishing
and in GarySimStudio, my store on ETSY. Firstly, I am working on adding the link
for PURCHASE NOW ON ETSY to all artwork pages on Sim Publishing that I have also
posted on ETSY. I am also working to minimize the duplication in pricing that exists
on the two websites.
In addition to posting my own drawings and prints, I recently started posting
antique tools on GarySimStudio, some of which are shown
in these photographs. More are already posted on ETSY, and a number of further postings are
in the works. So far I've sold a collection of old files and rasps, and a Stanley
No. 5-1/2 bench plane, which is a promising start. Some tools are from my own collection,
and some are from an old tool chest that I recently purchased at a thrift store. It was
full of more than 70 old tools, a few are more than 100 years old, and most of them are
"top of the line" tools that are as useful today as the day they were made.
MAY 14: NEW LINOCUT "SEAGULL"
I managed to edition a few impressions of this new relief print in time for Art in the
City 2023. It's from a photograph that I took of this seagull last year in Stanley Park.
It was just standing there minding its own business. Originally I thought that its feet
would be the same colour as its beak, but the bird book says its feet are flesh-coloured,
although they looked pretty dirty in my photograph.
MAY 12: ART IN THE CITY WAS A SUCCESS
Ken & Helen Pattern and friends plus 3 of my prints; partial view of my half-booth.
A week later the dust has mostly settled ... Art in the City 2023 was successful
for both myself and for Ken & Helen Pattern, who shared my booth. Events like this
are quite a marathon experience. First, weeks of selecting and organizing artwork
to display, and getting everything ready to be moved down to the West End Community
Centre on the Friday afternoon. Then, the move and the installation. A bit of a break,
then the "Vernissage" opening on Friday evening for two hours.
That was fun, a lot of visitors showed up, our hosts provided a cash bar with wine,
beer, pop, coffee, and water, as well as tables of appetizers to nibble on while
wandering around the displays. All of the exhibitors got 2 drink tickets along with
their exhibitor i.d. There were 50 booths and they all seemed occupied.
Quite a wide variety of visual art, prints, and photography, but not much sculpture.
Saturday morning I went down a bit early and organized my artwork some more. Again, the
whole day was fairly busy, with the odd lull providing a chance to have a sandwich.
Sunday was another busy day from 11 to 4, then began the frenzy of taking it all down, packing
it all up, and getting it all home. I managed to do all that and was home by 4:55,
collapsing into the nearest comfortable chair with a drink in my hand. I sold out the
impressions of Little Bird that I had prepared and taken
with me, but forget to take down more of them on Sunday morning. In any case, I also sold
two drawings, Nine O'clock Gun and Erratic Shoreline,
and a number of limited edition prints including Five Bamboo,
Hummingbird, Higher Rises,
Dream Snake, as well as one impression of new relief print
Seagull that is not yet posted here.
Most the of friends and acquaintances who said that they would see the show did come by
to say hello, and a few others that I knew wandered by as well. A lot of people took my
business card. Many were very interested in the process of relief printing, linocut
especially, although I also described to a few folks how my two copper plate etchings
Water Taxi and Looking West were
produced. I really love the educational part of these shows, and a printed photograph
of my printing press was very useful a number of times.
APRIL 10: NEW LINOCUT "FIVE BAMBOO"
A completed impression of the print
I went for a walk in Stanley Park last week, and wandered into the rhododendron
garden. In the middle of it was a stand of giant bamboo, perhaps 30 or 40 feet
tall. I took a number of photographs, thinking that there might be a good linocut
image. Cutting the block went quite quickly, and the image is easy to print. The five
main bamboo stalks are hand-embossed into the damp print paper after the impression is taken
out of the press.
Design in red carbon paper on the block prior to cutting; an impression on the block after inking
APRIL 2: ART IN THE CITY UPDATE
Ken Pattern and I colluded to produce invitation cards for Art in the City 2023.
When I created the document, three cards to a page, I decided to do three
different sets of images for the cards. Here are two of the versions. The QR
code for each of our websites was generated using a free online tool. It should
be an interesting event. This is the sixteenth annual Art in the City, I was
in the first one in 2006! Hopefully you can drop by to say hello.
MARCH 23: NEW LINOCUTS "HUMMINGBIRD", "LITTLE BIRD" and "PENGUINS"
Click on images for edition information.
I have been working on a series of new linocuts. These feature my favorite subject:
birds. The hummingbird was seen on Mayne Island a few years ago, it is tentatively
identified as Anna's Hummingbird. The "little bird" is from a photo I took in Stanley
Park a couple of years ago. It is harder than you think to take a picture of such a
small and relatively featureless bird. The penguins are from a family photo taken at
Stanley Park about 1964, when there was a zoo.
MARCH 8: GARY SIM ARTWORK MOSAIC
I have been busy working on ways to improve marketing of my artwork. For example,
I recently updated all BC Artists A to Z index pages by adding one of my artworks
at the top of all 26 pages. These pages are the most heavily visited on my web site,
so it was an easy way to get people looking at my art, even if they weren't intending
to do so. In the first few days after
posting the update, a number of my artwork pages had already been looked at.
I had previously shown artworks by other artists there, whose last name was related
to the index letter, i.e. a Carr postcard image for C, and simply moved
those images down the index page to the alphabetical listing for that artist. I also
added all my artworks to my biography page, which gave me the idea for this
new page showing all of my posted drawings,
limited edition prints, and etchings on one page as a mosaic.
MARCH 6: ART IN THE CITY MAY 5 - 7 2023
Art in the City returns again to the West End Community Centre in May. This
3-day event will feature a display of art by Gary Sim, who will be sharing
a booth with artist Ken Pattern. Stay tuned for more details! Note: in 2006
Sim displayed his artwork in the first annual Art in the City. In 2020 I applied
and was accepted to the event, but it was cancelled due to COVID.
FEBRUARY 27: ADVENTURES OF NOMAN SLIDE SHOW
I thought it might be interesting for visitors to see a Powerpoint slide show, showing some
of the "Adventures of noman" series of drawings, with a commentary and some information
about the images and what they mean.
JANUARY 17: 1922 QUOTE FROM A B.C. ARTIST
Local B.C. artist Thomas W. Fripp wrote a long
opinion piece titled "The Case of Local Artists",
published in the Western Women's Weekly in 1922. In
100 years it seems that nothing has changed in the Bolshevik world.
"If the rising generation has more refining influences provided by art,
music, good literature, wholesome thoughts and higher ideals placed before
them we won't have to fear that black death of Bolshevism and Socialism that
destroys but builds not, and threatens the very heart of civilization."
Much further back in time, the historian Tacitus referenced much the same thing when
referring to a battle: "They made a desert and called it peace."
JANUARY 5: LETTER FROM UKRAINE
Letter from the Office of the President of Ukraine
In early November I mailed a present to President Zelenskyy in Kyiv: a matted and
framed copy of my print A CANDLE FOR UKRAINE, that I issued
as my 2022 solstice greeting card. I included a few pages of information and
some printouts in the box. So, for the past two months, I've been hoping to get
an answer back from Ukraine. Yesterday it arrived! It took 5 weeks to get here
from Kyiv, although they sent the letter quite promptly after receiving my package.
JANUARY 4: DALFO EXHIBITION PLANNED AT IL MUSEO
Alfredo Dalfo sculptures
In 2022 I did a lot of research for my ongoing BC ARTISTS
project. A major effort was made to find information on early Vancouver sculptor
Alfredo Dalfo (1905-1993), tracking he and his family in
city directories and Provincial vital statistics through the years. I was able to
contact his brother-in-law, and then his daughter, who were both very helpful. Eventually
I built up a good biography of the man and his work, with numerous sculptures illustrated.
I thought that it was important to do this biographical work because Dalfo had been
Charles Marega's apprentice, assistant, shop hand, and
model maker for many years, starting in 1918.
It turned out that Il Museo at the Italian Cultural Centre had a collection of 10 works
by Dalfo, and the daughter and I had lunch with the Curator Angele Clarke. We discussed
the possibility of having a Dalfo exhibition. However, 10 pieces
didn't seem to be enough for a good solo exhibition. Over the next few weeks
the daughter started sending me photos of sculptures, eventually identifying 20 pieces.
Now there would be enough. This week I re-proposed the exhibition to Il Museo, and an agreement
was made in principle to have a "short" solo exhibition in 2025!
SOLSTICE GREETINGS is a compilation of 22 years'
worth of my solstice greeting cards and prints. There were one or two years when I didn't
issue anything, and I am still looking for a few more images to post.
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