Westside Culture Days

Westside Culture Days

I’ve been neglectful of my own art work because of my Westside Culture Days activities.

Here are the current press articles describing what we are doing on the West side of the bridge.

Current Westside Culture Days Press Articles, thank you to the support of the Westside Weekly!

August 10 2014

August 17 2014

August 24 2014

August 31 2014

September 8 2014

September 14 2014

There are two more articles, one I should be writing right now actually, as the due date is later today and the wrap up that will be hopefully published on Thursday Sep 25.

If you would like to see where everything is going on, check out the map page.  http://westsideculturedays.com/maps/

I hope the community comes out for that weekend.  There is a People’s Choice as well quite generously sponsored by Blenz and Opus, $200 cash and a $50 Blenz card, and a $100 gift card from Opus Arts and Framing.

Living in the Dash – Sharing the Story

Living in the dash sharing stories

Our life happens in the dash.

It is the journey between birth and death. It is the “and”. It is everything we experience for good or ill. It is what determines our beliefs and interactions. It is the pause between the start and the stop. It is what happens between each breath.

This is a project for an exhibition, ultimately about sharing, growth, compassion and understanding.

As a part time job, I transcribe statements for a public service agency. People telling their stories and besides the person in that agency, I am the first witness to their experience. As I listen to these people, describing their trust, their betrayals, their cynicism, their strength, their hopelessness, I think because I listen with compassion and empathy, some healing has occurred in my own life.

The one thing I can tell you for sure is never listen to anyone who says “oh get over it” or “stop living in the past”. Those kinds of statements are insensitive and ignorant. They indicate a lack of understanding of you and your experiences. Don’t listen to them.

This is a project that surrounds people and their lives.  People sharing their story. You can tell whatever story you want. All anonymous. You can talk about it, you can write it.  You can tell your story as you lived it, or as you wish to have lived it.  It’s not all about the bad stuff you did, or such, it is whatever you want to talk about. Your biography, your hurts, your joys, whatever. It is open to your interpretation. It can be as long as you wish or as short as you wish. It can be your entire life, or it can be what happened yesterday. Whatever is important to you.

Audio – Record your story – Save it to your desktop then send to me.

Written – Record your story

Part Two – What I Will Do and the Show

Living in the Dash – Writing the Story

Part two:  What I will do

Writing the Story

I will transcribe your story and become your second witness. The recording, whether audio or written, is the first and the act of recording validates whatever it is you say.  When you record or write, consciously think about this as you go through the process.

If you choose to do an audio recording, I will be transcribing – writing the story for you.  Your name is not important unless you choose it to be, but your story is. I feel that there is healing in this process and there will be a healing and compassion in the process of my transcribing. There is healing in telling the story and healing in writing the story. When I do any transcribing, I always say a little prayer for each person regardless of what was done or received.

Audio – Record your story – Save it to your desktop then send to me.

Written – Record your story

So how will the show look?

The show itself would look like this. Part one would be the visual: Everyone’s story, printed out, papers, 8 1/2 x 11 would cover the walls of the art gallery, all through the art gallery, everywhere. You wouldn’t be able to get away from it. All of your stories. All double spaced stories. Part two would be the recorded audio: Stories would be told on continuous loop, all stories one after the other, different people talking, in various places throughout the gallery. Part three would be recordable audio: There would be places for people to record their own stories if they have not already or to add if they already have. Part four would be tactile: there would be a place for them to write their own stories. Part five, and the most important: the people who come in to the gallery become the witnesses, the validations of all these stories. That validation creates connection, understanding, empathy and compassion. There might be a part six, which would be people in the gallery telling their stories in person.

I believe that there are many in the community who share the same experiences. Maybe in others seeing and hearing what is said, there will be healing in them too.

This is all anonymous. No identification.  You would need to give permission to have your stories used in a public setting, but this would be implied by the very fact of submitting it. I am thinking that a book could also come out of this, because there is something empowering by seeing your words in print. This I can tell you for sure.

It’s about healing, partnerships and compassion. We can do this together. I believe it is the only way.

Audio – Record your story – Save it to your desktop then send to me.

Written – Record your story

I seldom use an eraser

Charcoal-Drawing-Trops

I seldom use an eraser, and when I do use one, it is at the very end of the drawing session, sometimes even a few days later.  The reason for this is, I believe a mark laid is a mark played.  The essence of the expression is intact and pure, the lineage of senses and expression maintained.  The lack of eraser forces me to be efficient and clean and direct.  It is about the honesty of mark making in my practice.

Before the eraser … (please excuse the colour differences, as this one was taken by my iphone during drawing session, and the lights were dim. Interestingly, the colour is more correct in this image than the second image.)

Charcoal Drawing Trops
Before- Charcoal Drawing Julia Trops

And after the eraser …

Charcoal-Drawing-Trops
After – Charcoal drawing Julia Trops

The editing is slight, and only because I felt that the drawing was telling me to do it. Sounds strange if you aren’t an artist yourself, but my fellow artists will know exactly what I am talking about. The editing was done three days after drawing session was finished. This work and others are available for sale in my online gallery. This link will open a new window.

Gold leafing workshop at Opus March 22, 10 am to noon

Gold leaf oil pen original artwork julia trops

I am once again making an appearance at Opus on Saturday March 22, 10 to noon.  This time I will be discussing gold leafing and mixed media.  The Opus staff did a far better job of doing the write up, so I will just copy and paste what they have on their website.

http://opusartsupplies.com/how/demos/gold-leafing-and-mixed-media (will open popup)

Anyway, here is the write up.

Location:  Kelowna
Date: Saturday March 22 2014, 10 to noon

Note – March 5, 2014: This demonstration is now full and no further registration will be taken. Thank you for your interest!

Gold Leafing can add a unique and engaging element to mixed media works. Julia will be demonstrating the water gilding gold leafing process on both paper and wood panel, getting them ready as surfaces on which to paint and draw.

Using a variety of art materials, from pens and markers to acrylic and oil paints and mediums, Julia will demonstrate each step of the mixed media process through a number of works in progress.

Space is limited to 30 attendees and registration is required.

Gold leaf mixed media painting on mounted panel Julia Trops
Gold leaf mixed media painting on mounted panel 6×6

Charcoal and Pastel Drawings – 2014

Charcoal Pastel Drawing

Some people are automatic writers; I’m an automatic drawer.  I respond with mark making, and it doesn’t always look like what I see.  I’ve had clients and friends telling me they see faces and people and angels in my work, and I never really looked until this weekend.  There’s quite a few in this one.  I’m not sure where they are coming from.  This is actually a female figurative nude based on magnificent model Donnalee, 12×16 watercolour paper.

Charcoal Pastel Drawing Julia Trops
Faces in the crowd Charcoal & Pastel by Julia Trops

Target Reader for book: Art & Money?

Art Money Julia Trops Kelowna Canadian Artist

I was asked the other day, who is the artist who should read Art & Money?

Well, I answered, that’s a tricky question.  There is no one group who “should” read it, whether beginning, mid or late career.  I believe that we can all benefit from many streams of information, and that having read something is superior to not having read it.

The book talks about a lot of areas, and would be good for those who are beginning, as it gathers the information that I wish I knew about when I was first starting out.

This book would have a long shelf life because there are a great many things in the book that take years to develop, and by this I mean items on the cv, and renewed perspective on the biography, as time goes by, and you are active in your career and your community.

The book touches on the media, and how I believe they are interested in their community too, in helping it grow, and expand.  It touches on the city – or at least my city – on how those in the cultural departments are interested in helping their city grow, and how the artist can be and is a valuable resource. It describes ways that you as an artist, or a believer in culture, can encourage this kind of investment of your city. This book would help the patron understand what goes on behind the easel.

The book also describes how the beginning, mid or late career artist can interact with charities, giving a number of points of view to do with supporting non profits.  The charities would benefit from reading this information to see how they could change or adapt their policies to be more artist friendly. The patrons who frequent charities would benefit because they, as patrons, are interested in the success of their charity, and I believe they wish to see everyone successful. This book would help the patron or supporter understand what goes on behind the easel, and how they could help.

Am I an expert? No, I don’t say that I am.  I am just an interested party, and believe in the growth for the good of all. I care enough to say something, and I care enough to believe that artists can take control of their career. This book is for those who believe in culture, who believe in their community.

Art & Money Book Signing – Summerland Oct 12 Saturday 1-3 pm

Margot Logo Studio Artist Summerland

I will be at Margot Artist in Residence Studio on Saturday October 12th, from 1-3 pm for an Art & Money book signing.  If you would like to reserve your book, to ensure there is a copy for you, please send me a note.  My email is juliatrops at gmail dot com.

The address is:
9533 Main Street

Parking for Margot’s studio is easy and it’s free.  The Summerland Art Gallery is located right across from the high school, and you can park directly in front of the gallery.  Or you can come around back of the gallery and park in the big parking lot right across the street.

I teamed up with Margot to create a partnership that is mutually beneficial, and promotes the premise of cooperation between artists.  Margot has just launched her new Artist in Residence studio at the Summerland Art Gallery, and I have launched the book.

Margot has this to say:

I believe we each have a unique gift to contribute to society, mine happens to be the way I see the world and how interpret it through my ART.  Most artists work in isolation in their studios and rarely come out to share their vision with the exception of exhibitions and even then the interaction of the artist with fellow artists and the community are somewhat brief and limited.  Thus I welcome any opportunity to share my vision with other artists and the greater community.  Such opportunities however, don’t just appear magically…someone (I, you, we) have to create them and make them happen.  That’s why I applaud Julia Trops efforts in writing this book and giving artists an insight on how to make this happen.  Thanks Julia and cheers for creating the Okanagan Erotic Art Show event and all the opportunities of networking it provides“.

Thanks Margot, I appreciate that!  It is true, we can think and dream all we wish, but it comes right down to doing, and making the magic happen ourselves.  The possibilities are endless, and my belief is if we can dream it, we can do it.

Margot Art Studio Summerland
Margot Art Studio Summerland

Art & Money Book Signing – West Kelowna Saturday October 12th 9-11 am

westbank west kelowna blenz

I will be at Blenz in Westbank Centre on Saturday October 12th, from 9-11 pm for an Art & Money book signing.  If you would like to reserve your book, to ensure there is a copy for you, please send me a note.  My email is juliatrops at gmail dot com.

The address is:

h222-3645 Gosset Road,
West Kelowna, British Columbia

westbank west kelowna blenz coffee julia trops
West Kelowna Blenz

Melissa Brown and her husband Mike just launched the Blenz Coffee House in West Kelowna this year.  It was originally in the shopping Centre near Canadian Tire and Home Depot, but it has since moved into the old Starbucks location near the Landmark Theatres.  They have made some excellent partnerships with the theatre, such as a COFFEE and a MOVIE.  Bring in your TOONIE THURSDAY ticket stub to Blenz Coffee Westbank Centre and receive a FREE upsize on your COFFEE.

I knew Melissa from her Ex Nihilo days, and I can tell you she loves art.  She can talk about art, and she supports artists.

“I am a big believer in the “eat, drink, shop local’ movement and I am always looking for ways to support the local talent and businesses in our community. Having Julia in for a book signing at the coffee shop is just one more way I can support local talent and the community.”

Thanks, Melissa!  You are an outstanding example of cooperation and partnership with the arts!