Category Archives: Workshops and Events

The Sale Is On!




Well, folks, the weather report is for sun tomorrow, so all systems are go.  This is going to be a huge sale, so come visit us and join in the fun.  If you’re a seller, please post an ad on Craigslist.  You can put it in the garage sale section or the arts and crafts section.  The more advertising we have, the more people show up!


Sticker Dresser 2

Remember I told you about the umpteen million rolls of adhesive vinyl I’ll be selling tomorrow?  Well, I was perusing a DIY book from the library and found the above project.  It’s a dresser decorated with circles punches from this vinyl.  See, stickers are not just for kids.


Austin Kleon

One of my customers turned me on to Austin Kleon’s weekly newsletters.  They’re fantastic.  Every week he sends out a list of 10 things he thinks are worth sharing.  I think his newsletter is definitely worth sharing!



A couple great sites I found on Reddit:

Free Documentaries:  Documentary Heaven

Looking for a good movie to watch?  Well, where else would you look except at A Good Movie to Watch dot com?  You can’t view the movies here, but they recommend highly rated movies that are not well-known.



The annual Toronto Offsite Design Festival has put out their call for submissions.  The final date is October 2 and there is no cost to submit a proposal.  So, go for it all you artsy fartsy people!


Louisa Boyd

Pamela Zagarenski‘s lovely illustrations

Collage and Mixed Media by Roberta Marks

Louisa Boyd‘s amazing book art and gorgeous watercolours


Garage Sale Update


mystery seggs
Less than one week to the Artsy Fartsy Garage Sale!

There is now a Facebook Event page.  Feel free to post pictures of anything you’re going to sell and definitely feel free to invite all your friends!

I had fun going through old boxes last night. Just to whet your appetite, here are a few things from them that will be for sale:
1970’s Mystery Comics Digests
1970’s Chatelaine magazines
Retro recipe cards
Old admission tickets from European travel trips
1940’s weigh scale fortune cards
1950’s Hallmark Date Books
1950’s linen postcards
Russian painted, wooden eggs, including some miniature ones in little, wood baskets.

That’s all I’m going to list for now.  I might tempt you with more later in the week.  Just know there will be a TON of stuff for sale.



So, you’re in the mood for a road trip, but can’t take the time off work.  Why not drive up to Whistler?  ArtWalk 2015 is on right now, until August 31.

There’s an eclectic array of work by more than sixty local artists displayed in forty pop-up galleries throughout Whistler’s cafes, hotels, shops, community centres and restaurants.  And, hey, it’s such a beautiful drive.



 And, don’t forget the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver this week.  Always a fabulous event.



Hey, folks, be aware of the water restrictions on right now.  Our water supply is dangerously low and everything you can do to conserve this invaluable resource helps.  Don’t forget our animal and plant friends, either.  They’re having a very hard time right now.  If you can, put out bird baths and bowls of water.  Take your grey water and hydrate the trees.  It’s important.



Although Revision isn’t happening this year, the wonderful Janet Lee is still sending out her newsletter with links to upcycling artists.  Here are a few:

Aaron Foster‘s license plate art
Elisabeth Lacourt‘s map dresses
C. Kabiru’s strange spectacles
– A pavillion made from broken umbrellas and bike wheels
Jewellery from old skateboards
Thomas Althaus makes jewellery from tin cans
– B.C. student makes her grad dress from old homework, then auctions it for charity.
Susanna Bauer‘s incredibly beautiful art created from nature
Accessories from inner tubes
Laura Lein-Svencner uses found objects in her assemblage work.  Check out her gorgeous collage pieces, too.
– Going to Florianopolis in Brazil? Why not stay at Cabana Floripa; a house made completely from recycled materials.
–  Amazing forests sculpted from cardboard by Eva Jospin


Another Artsy Fartsy Garage Sale!!


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Well, the last garage sale was such a roaring success we’ve decided to hold another one, while the sun is still shining.  (Yes, it will eventually rain).

Date:  Sunday, August 16
Time:  10:00 – 3:00
Place:  Corner of E. 11th Ave. and Quebec St.  (1 block west of Main)

If you want to join us and sell off some of your excess craft supplies or the fabulous art you created, feel free.  I’ll be creating a Facebook Event page and, once that’s done, I’ll post the link on this blog.  As well, there will be ads on Craigslist and Kijiji, flyers in all the coffee shops along Main St. and signs on the main arteries around the neighbourhood.  If you have a blog or newsletter please forward the info.

Last sale I had lots of inquiries about renting tables, how to display items, etc. etc.  Just know, this is truly a garage sale.  It takes place along the sidewalk in front of my apartment building.  There’s no major organising on my part, other than all the advertising.  You can bring a table or just put your goodies on a blanket.  Price everything or not.  Organise the items professionally or just have a rough-and-tumble display.  It’s all up to you.

We had an absolutely amazing turnout last time and sold tons of stuff, so seriously think of participating.  Questions?  Email me at the usual rubydogart address or contact me through this blog.


Blog workshop

Vancouver Island Workshops has just posted their fall schedule.  If you live on the island or want to go there for workshops, these look fantastic. They fill up fast, so register early.  Click on the image above to go to their site.



Our favourite workshop instructor, Shary Bartlett, participated in a fundraising art challenge.  She blogged about her art process here:  Tell Me A Story


Ray ophoff

Ray Ophoff (oil paintings) and Joan Tayler (polymer clay) will be having an open studio this Saturday from noon to 5:00.  Joan is giving a polymer clay demo at 1:00.  Check it out.

884 E. Georgia St.

As well, the kind folks at Renzo’s Café, 1301 Commercial Drive (at Charles) will be featuring some of Ray’s work all month and the first fifty people to tell them “Ray sent me” will receive a delicious coffee beverage of their choice on his tab!


Okay, gotta head out to my lockers now and dig up goodies for the garage sale.  You, however, may just want to spend some time looking at art on your computer.  Have you ever checked out my ‘Favourites’ on Etsy?  No?  Well, this will occupy you for a while:

Items I Love

Shops I Love


Garage Sale Date Changed!



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Hello, again;

It seems more people can attend the garage sale if I change the date.  So it will now take place on:

Saturday, June 27
10::00 – 3:30
Corner of Quebec and 11th
1 block west of Main st.

Let me know if you want to sell anything and feel free to pass the info on to your friends.



Hey, the wonderfully talented Lori Popadiuk is have a one-evening show of her work.  I only hope I have time to go there.  I’ve only seen her paintings online and they look amazing.  I would love to see them ‘in the flesh’.

Maybe I’ll see you tomorrow evening!
Symmetry Lighting
1955 E. Hastings St
Vancouver, BC
JUNE 18th from 6pm-10pm ONLY!!!!!



Well, now that the garage sale has been postponed a week, what are you going to do this Saturday?  How about attending a Draw Down event?  There are free drawing workshops all over town, including at Emily Carr with the fabulous Rachael Ashe.



You chanted it as a kid, “Sticks and Stones can ………. words can never hurt me.”  Well, it turns out they can.  Danielle LaPorte decided to run an experiment, based on the findings of Dr. Masaru Emoto.  I’m familiar with Dr. Emoto’s work on water crystals, so found this particularly fascinating:
Words Can Make You Sick.
Check it out.



Had a hankering to attend Encausticamp?  Well, this is it’s last year, so get your butt down to Seattle this July.  Our own Shary Bartlett will be teaching there, again, as well as other renowned artists and teachers like Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch and Susan Stover.  This is your last chance to spend 4 days immersed in encaustic wax and beeswax.  So much fun!


shary bartlett

Speaking of Shary Bartlett she just posted her Fall mixed media, photo altering and encaustic workshop schedule.  She’s offering some brand new classes, so take a look by clicking on the above image.

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to take one-day encaustic class with Shary in her home studio.  It was wonderful!  She’s a very knowledgeable and generous instructor and I really enjoyed the home atmosphere.


Julia Trigg

I’ll sign off with some new websites for you to peruse:

Julia Trigg’s typographic images (Now I finally have an idea as to what I can do with all those old ham radio cards I’ve been hoarding)
Barbara Runde‘s subdued, enticing collages
LOVE Greg Guedel‘s whimsical, assemblage pieces
Emily Haworth’s amazing, paper jewellery
Reima Honkasalo‘s fun, recycled lighting
Angela Smyth‘s happy illustrations